Truths I Never Told You

Graydon House. Apr. 2020. 352p. ISBN 9781525804601. pap. $16.99. F
Plagued with insomnia and feelings of inadequacy and unable to stand the cries of her newborn son, Beth cannot understand how the years of trying to get pregnant have gone so wrong. She and her brothers and sister grew up in a house full of love and support; Beth was always amazed at how her widowed father was able to raise four young children and run his own construction business. Now, she can’t even look at her baby’s face. When heart failure and dementia send her elderly father into hospice care, Beth throws herself into packing up the family home. Behind a locked attic door, she discovers a new set of her father’s paintings and her mother’s journal, with notes that indicate darker secrets in their family’s history. Did their mother really die in an auto accident? Beth and her siblings endeavor to reveal the truth of their early childhood.
VERDICT Best-selling author Rimmer (The Things We Cannot Say) expertly illustrates a heartbreaking portrayal of postpartum depression through multiple perspectives in dual time lines. For fans who appreciate emotionally wrenching reads such as those by Sarah Jio or Kristin Hannah.

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