The Things We Knew Book Review

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In The Things We Knew, a tragedy from the past resurfaces in this tale of family secrets and reignited love.

The Things We Knew Book Review

About The Things We Knew

After her mother’s death twelve years ago, Lynette Carlisle watched her close-knit family unravel. One by one, her four older siblings left their Nantucket home and never returned. All seem to harbor animosity toward their father, silently blaming him for their mother’s death. Nobody will talk about that dreadful day, and Lynette can’t remember a bit of it.

But when next-door neighbor Nicholas Cooper returns to Nantucket, he brings the past with him. Once her brother’s best friend and Lynette’s first crush, Nick seems to hiding things from her. Lynette wonders what he knows about the day her mother died and hopes he might help her remember the things she can’t.

But Nick has no intention of telling Lynette the truth. Besides the damage it might cause his own family, he doesn’t want to risk harming the fragile friendship between him and the woman he once thought of as a kid sister.

As their father’s failing health and financial concerns bring the Carlisle siblings home, secrets begin to surface—secrets that will either restore their shattered relationships or separate the siblings forever. But pulling up anchor on the past propels them into the perfect storm, powerful enough to make them question all they ever believed in.

My Thoughts

Wow! An intense novel from start to finish, that is full of hurt, pain, hope and love. I loved every single page of this excellent novel. Lynette’s parents have harboured a painful secret that only their neighbour’s son Nicholas has knowledge of. Their Mother’s death rips the family apart, with most of the siblings left with the feeling that their Father is the one to blame. You can feel the pain and mistrust the family has for their Father and how this has trickled into the relationships the siblings have with each other.

When Lynette becomes frustrated enough with the stress of caring for her elderly Father, the siblings are re-united under difficult circumstances and are forced to work through their own issues, the secret their Mother kept and their Father’s aging health. What a mess this is! They fight, they leave and come back, all in the hopes of trying to keep their family together and work through the mess that is in place. When you throw in the devastating secret that Nicholas has kept hidden but threatens to emerge from Lynette’s repressed memories, you have the setting of a potential disaster. Which you are constantly on the verge of being a part of but the family constantly tries to fight back in order to stay together.

A well written story of family, lies, hope and love. I loved every moment of this story and felt as though I had become a part of the story. You are drawn so deeply into the characters, their lives and their pain. There are moments of love, despair and hope that are beautiful and touching. You will truly love every turn of the page in this novel.

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Rating: 5/5

About the Author

Catherine West writes stories of hope and healing from her island home in Bermuda. When she’s not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border collie for long walks on the beach or tending to her roses and orchids. She and her husband have two grown children.

Disclosure: I received a digital copy of this book in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.


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