Australian Author · Contemporary/Literary · Domestic Drama · Historical Fiction · Read-Reviewed-2020

Truths I Never Told You by Kelly Rimmer. (2020).


Truths I Never Told You by Kelly Rimmer. (2020).

**4.5 out of 5 stars**

1959. Grace is a young mother with 4 children under 4. It’s all she’s ever wanted but Grace struggles with her dark thoughts after childbirth. She pours her fears into a notebook, hiding them from her husband Patrick. When Grace falls pregnant again she turns to her sister Maryanne for help.
1996. Beth and her siblings have had to put their father Patrick into care after his dementia diagnosis. As she cleans his home, she finds a series of notes that indicate her mother may not have died in a car accident after all because the notes suggest something darker could have occurred…

I absolutely loved this author’s last two books (Before I Let You Go and The Things We Cannot Say). Both of those stories left me in an absolute emotional wreck at the end so I went into this one knowing that it would likely pull at the heartstrings a bit. With postnatal depression, dementia, abortion and grief/loss all playing a main role in this book, yes you can absolutely expect it to have some kind of an effect on you. The book is told through three perspectives: Grace, Maryanne and Beth. I found Grace’s truly heartbreaking, just imagining being in her circumstances made me extremely sad. However the descriptions of Patrick suffering dementia was equally heartbreaking and the thought of having my parents one day suffering like that bought tears to my eyes. I’d definitely recommend this novel for those looking for a heartfelt and sensitive book which you won’t forget.

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