From the bestselling author of The Things We Cannot Say comes a poignant post-WWII novel that explores the expectations society places on women set within an engrossing family mystery that may unravel everything once believed to be true.
With her father recently moved to a care facility, Beth Walsh volunteers to clear out the family home and is surprised to discover the door to her childhood playroom padlocked. She’s even more shocked at what’s behind it—a hoarder’s mess of her father’s paintings, mounds of discarded papers and miscellaneous junk in the otherwise fastidiously tidy house.
As she picks through the clutter, she finds a loose journal entry in what appears to be her late mother’s handwriting. Beth and her siblings grew up believing their mother died in a car accident when they were little more than toddlers, but this note suggests something much darker.
Beth soon pieces together a disturbing portrait of a woman suffering from postpartum depression and a husband who bears little resemblance to the loving father Beth and her siblings know. With a newborn of her own and struggling with motherhood, Beth finds there may be more tying her and her mother together than she ever suspected.
I have never read this author before…but I am about to read everything she has ever written!
Beth has been given the task of cleaning out her father’s house. She comes across many disturbing paintings and some notes from her mother. Her mother passed away years ago. But these notes tell a different story than what Beth and her siblings were led to believe.
This is the best book of 2020 for me! I finished it several days ago and I am still thinking about it. This book gives you all the feels…anger, sadness, hope, love…it has it all. The anguish…oh the anguish in this book is astounding. The postpartum depression experienced by Beth and her mother just tear your heart and soul apart. The author did a FANTASTIC job.
There are so many parts to this book and I want to touch on them all. The characters, the story, the mystery make up one fabulously written novel! However, I am a firm believer in short reviews…so JUST READ THIS BOOK NOW!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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 www.Kelly.Rimmer.com