Thank you to Graydon House and NetGalley for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Trigger Warning: This novel and review discuss the following: postpartum depression, death, grief, dementia.
Goodreads Rating: 3 Stars
Ooof. Rimmer has been getting a reputation as an emotionally heavy-hitting author, and she isn’t shying away from another difficult topic with Truths I Never Told You, in which a family discovers tragedy in their mother’s past, and which is reflective in the current day.
Beth and her siblings have quickly succumbed to the fact that their father’s advancing dementia is too much for them to juggle, no matter how much effort and teamwork they try to balance. Only wanting what is best for their father, who raised them after their mother died, the siblings move him into a nursing home. Beth, a psychologist who is struggling with a personal battle against post-partum depression, offers to take the time to clean out her father’s- and her childhood- home. While clearing out the attic, she finds a series of paintings and letters that reveal the story behind her mother’s passing, and her own struggle with post-partum depression.
As much as I love a heavy-hitting, emotional novel, Rimmer’s latest novel wasn’t my favorite of hers. There’s a little more repetition in the writing, a slower pace, and it was a little too predictable. Because the topic was so heavy, I struggled to keep momentum while reading it, and although it was intriguing, I didn’t particularly want to dive into that novel- and of course, I’d been reading it just as COVID-19 was starting to break out in the USA- a heavy read just wasn’t ideal.
So, I sit squarely in the middle of the star ratings with Truths I Never Told You, as Rimmer’s novel certainly puts a necessary spotlight on a women’s perspective from post-partum depression and the importance of women’s health care- just in a really heavy way.
Expected Publication: April 14th, 2020
Publisher: Graydon House
TL/DR: Truths I Never Told You by Kelly Rimmer is a novel with a dual timeline about a mother and daughter who experience postpartum depression and must navigate its complexities.
Read it? Yes, if you aren’t going to be affected by the tough topics discussed.
Recommend it? Honestly no, not at this time.
Buy it? No. Support this wonderful young author though by buying her backlist novels!
If you liked this novel or review, check out these similar reads:
- Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer
- The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer
- The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman