Publisher: William Morrow
Publish Date: June 28, 2011
Origins: From Publisher for Review
Format: Trade Paperback
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Synopsis: What goes unsaid can sometimes speak the loudest . . .
What makes up a family? For Casey it's sharing a house with her fiance, Michael, and his three children, whom she intends to nurture more than she ever took care of herself. But Casey's plans have come undone. Michael's silences have grown unfathomable and deep. His daughter Angel seethes as only a teenage girl can, while the wide-eyed youngest, Jewel, quietly takes it all in.
Then Michael's son, Dylan, runs off, and the kids' mother, a woman never afraid to say what she thinks, noisily barges into the home. That's when Casey decides that the silences can no longer continue. She must begin speaking the words no one else can say. She'll have to dig up secrets—including her own—uncovering the hurts, and begin the healing that is long overdue. And it all starts with just a few tentative words...
Review: Things We Didn't Say is a story that just jumps off the pages at you. You quickly become caught up in the lives of Casey, Michael, and the kids. I gave this book 5 Ravens because I felt as if it got to the heart of the issues in a lot of relationships - dealing with past events, blending families, and secrets. I do think that some of the adult characters were flawed in their coping and communication skills, but I also think that was the point. We all say things we don't mean and we don't say the things that matter most. Things We Didn't Say admirably shows the struggle with addiction, mental illness, single parenthood, love, and family.