Marg recently enjoyed Truths I Never Told You, a novel by Kelly Rimmer that is perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult and Diane Chamberlain. Here is Marg's review:
Truths I Never Told You by Kelly Rimmer is an emotionally charged, dual-storyline drama filled with long-hidden family secrets. When the family patriarch Patrick, suffering from a chronic heart condition and dementia, moves into a long term nursing facility it is up to the Walsh siblings to ready their childhood home for sale. New mother Beth, suffering from undiagnosed postpartum depression, decides to take on the project as a form of self-therapy. She is surprised to find the attic playroom padlocked and because of her father’s diminished mental condition she is unable to get information as to where the key is and why the room is locked.
When she eventually gains access she discovers a series of letters penned by her mother Grace in the late 1950’s and her mother’s death certificate. The cryptic letters and mysterious document seem to indicate discrepancies with their father’s story of how and when Grace actually died.
Through the letters (some journal entries and some letters to her sister Maryanne) we get Grace’s backstory. We learn about her privileged upbringing, her courtship with Beth’s father and her struggles as a young wife and mother of four. When Beth reconnects with her Aunt Maryanne she will soon unravel the mystery surrounding her mother’s fifth unwanted pregnancy and discover the circumstances that led to her death.
Family dynamics are a key component to this heart-wrenching story which handles some very heavy topics including the stigma surrounding mental illness, unwanted pregnancy and abortion. Fans of Jodi Picoult and Diane Chamberlain would enjoy this riveting book.
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