Many thanks to Justine and publisher Harlequin Books for my spot on this Blog Tour.
A difficult book to review, I thought. A slow burner of a book where the topics of mental health and motherhood were tackled head-on. Author Kelly Rimmer’s writing gained its depth into the story as the pages turned.
Beth had to take a difficult decision of placing her father Patrick in a home due to advanced dementia, and while clearing her childhood home, she found paintings and letters where the story of her mother Grace and sister Maryanne soon came to light. Beth was shocked that her mother had not died in a car accident. She read on…
My second book by this author, the first part was slightly slow. But the story soon gained speed as I got pretty involved with the swirls of plots that emerged out. The author dealt with difficult topics like post partum depression sensitively.
Told in two timelines, I found myself empathizing with the women in 1950s and Beth in present time. The reveal of the truth happened one page at a time, and the voices of the three women were pretty strong.
This was a difficult book to read at the present time of world crisis, so I deliberately had to skim read some difficult parts so that I was not affected much. Overall, a poignant book where I realized things had not changed much for the women in my section of the globe.
I received a free ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.
All my reviews can be read here
With her father recently moved to a care facility for his worsening dementia, 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.
Exploring the expectations society places on women of every generation, Kelly Rimmer explores the profound struggles two women unwittingly share across the decades set within an engrossing family mystery that may unravel everything they believed to be true.
Publication Date: April 2020