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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

BLOG TOUR & Review: Truths I Never Told You by Kelly Rimmer @harlequinbooks #GraydonHouse

Truths I Never Told You 
by Kelly Rimmer

Thank you Graydon House for this stop on the blog tour and gifted copy for review.

Publisher: Graydon House
Publish Date: April 14, 2020
352 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction

After finding disturbing journal pages that suggest her late mother didn't die in a car accident as her father had always maintained, Beth Walsh begins a search for answers to the question -- what really happened to their mother? With the power and relevance of Jodi Picoult and Lisa Jewell, Rimmer pens a provocative novel told by two women a generation apart, the struggles they unwittingly shared, and a family mystery that may unravel everything they believed to be true.

With her father recently moved to a care facility because of worsening signs of dementia, Beth Walsh volunteers to clear out the family home to prepare it for sale. Why shouldn’t she be the one, after all? Her three siblings are all busy with their families and successful careers, and Beth is on maternity leave after giving birth to Noah, their miracle baby. It took her and her husband Hunter years to get pregnant, but now that they have Noah, Beth can only feel panic. And leaving Noah with her in-laws while she pokes about in their father’s house gives her a perfect excuse not to have to deal with motherhood.

Beth is surprised to discover the door to their old attic playroom padlocked, and even more shocked to see what’s behind it – a hoarder’s mess of her father’s paintings, mounds of discarded papers, and miscellaneous junk. Her father was the most fastidious, everything-in-its-place man, and this chaos makes no sense. As she picks through the clutter, she finds a handwritten note attached to one of the paintings, in what appears to be in her late mother’s handwriting. Beth and her siblings grew up believing Grace Walsh died in a car accident when they were little more than toddlers, but this note suggests something much darker may be true. A frantic search uncovers more notes, seemingly a series of loose journal entries that paint a very disturbing portrait of a woman in profound distress, and of a husband that bears very little resemblance to the father Beth and her siblings know.

A fast-paced, harrowing look at the fault in memories and the lies that can bond families together - or tear them apart.

Kelly Rimmer is the worldwide and USA TODAY bestselling author of Before I Let You Go, Me Without You, and The Secret Daughter. She lives in rural Australia with her husband, two children and fantastically naughty dogs, Sully and Basil. Her novels have been translated into more than twenty languages. Please visit her at 

Facebook: @Kellymrimmer
Twitter: @KelRimmerWrites
Instagram: @kelrimmerwrites My Review:
Rimmer is by far one of my favorite historical fiction authors. In this particular story, she distinctly tells the story of two different generations, the societal pressures put on them in their own times and the very real feelings and actions that come with post partum depression. I find Rimmer's writing style riveting. She keeps the pace moving and really pulls you into the story. I wasn't as connected with this story as I have been with others she has written. Could be the subject matter. I don't know. I do feel like since each generation was dealing with the same issues, the story tended to feel a bit repetitive and to be quite honest, it was hard to remain in the heads of these women with their thoughts. I realize that maybe the uncomfortableness is the point and I'm ok with being uncomfortable, I just couldn't feel myself caring as much as I wanted to.

Rimmer does touch on some very big subjects within this read.  I think, for me, it just didn't quite come together as seamlessly as it could have.. it was utter convenience or utter difficulties.  I needed something to fit more in the middle. We all know that not all books are for everyone.  I look forward to the next read from this author.  I did find myself flying through this book, I just wish I had felt more connected.


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