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Things We Didn't Say

3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  548 ratings  ·  101 reviews
What goes unsaid can sometimes speak the loudest . . .

What makes up a family? For Casey it's sharing a house with her fiancé, Michael, and his three children, whom she intends to nurture more than she ever took care of herself. But Casey's plans have come undone. Michael's silences have grown unfathomable and deep. His daughter Angel seethes as only a teenage girl can, whi...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Alisha Marie
Things We Didn't Say has to be one of the most infuriating novels I've ever read. I wanted to slam this book against the wall repeatedly. Why? Because the characters themselves are infuriating. Seriously, EVERY SINGLE character in this book was an idiot. Not only that, but there were also so many other infuriating things. I was groaning to myself repeatedly thinking "Bitch!" and "Moron!" and "Asshole!" I wanted to tell all of them to open their eyes, get a life, and stop freakin' complaining. Oh...more
Dear Future Stepmothers,

It's tough, I know. I bet you've been scouring the internet, posting questions to Yahoo! Answers, and devouring how-to books. Believe me, I get it. I bet you even picked this book up, considered buying it because it deals with a lot of the subject matter you fear may be coming. Do yourself a! Run from this book like it was O.J. Simpson asking you out after a 10 year prison stint. Don't look back, don't check your emotional barometer to see if you're overreacti...more
Things We Didn't Say is a novel by Kristina Riggle about a modern-day blended family of Michael, his girlfriend, Casey, Michael's 3 kids from a previous marriage, and his psycho drunken/pill feen ex-wife. I forgot her name so I'm not even going to put the effort into going and getting the book off my nightstand, because she's not worth it. The novel opens with Casey getting ready to say peace out to Michael and all of his baggage and the stress, until the ever-so-ironically-placed phone call fro...more

Step parenting isn’t easy under the most congenial terms, Casey knows that. The problem is, things are rarely congenial. As she grows in her relationship with her fiancé and his three children, Casey is thrown into a whirlwind of emotion involving teenagers and a very “dynamic” ex-wife.

In the middle of making sense of chaos and sorting out her own jumbled past, Casey is thrown another curve ball in the form of her fiancé’s second child and only son turning...more
Some people lead lives full of problems. In Things We Didn’t Say by Kristina Riggle, 26-year-old Casey has a mess of them. She’s engaged to Michael, a man 10-years her senior, who has three children with an ex-wife who is a non-recovering alcoholic with multiple mental disorders. Casey’s secrets come back to haunt her when Michael’s middle child, Dylan, disappears after being dropped off at school one day and his oldest child, Angel, finds Casey’s journal and reads it.

It’s infrequent that there...more
Brandy King
Not my usual style, but I can't remember the last time I yelled at a book. Read it in 4 hours because I couldn't believe how the characters treated each other. Excellent example of a dysfunctional family needing therapy.
Christina Cici-lee
I just finished this book and I would like to say I would have given the story mpre stars if Mallory wasnt included in this. If I was casey I would have whooped mallory all over that house coming up in there like she owns the place telling casey about michael the do's and dont's bitch if I wanted your measley ass opinion I would have asked for it. Poor dylan, Angel was a bitch like her mama, Michael was an idiot passive man who didnt know how to stand up for himself or anybody but making excuses...more
Things We Didn't Say is by far my favorite Riggle novel. The story is told from different POV's and definitely works in portraying a messy family situation. There is a totally screwed up and pathetic ex wife, a husband who doesn't know which end is up in trying to keep his family stable, a younger woman trying to deal with a family she loves, and of course the kids who are caught in the middle. I thought this book was well-written as I was drawn into the lives of all the characters.
Things We Didn't Say was a wonderful tale of how silence also has an impact on people's lives. And fear a big motivator - fear of disappointment, fear of loss, fear of nonacceptance, fear of love. These fears, real or imagined, lead us to the choices we make. Kristina Riggle develops these characters so well, the reader gets emotionally involved ( like wanting to throttle the ex!).

This was a well written story and would like to see a sequel. I give it 4.5 stars.
read this last night in one sitting, i enjoyed it and it was a quick read. lots of short chapters with alternating narrators but a lot like a tv movie!! still say goodreads needs to improve its rating system. i need one set of stars for "enjoyed reading it" and one for "quality of writing".
Beth Peninger
Things We Didn't Say promises that the main character, Casey, begins to break silences with her decision to start speaking the hard but necessary things. That promise is a bit of a stretch. In reading the book I never saw a moment in which Casey makes a decision to do such a thing, rather she is forced into it by other characters and their behaviors.
Riggle does an interesting thing with this book in that each chapter is written from the POV and in the voice of a different character. Most often...more
I received an advance copy of this book through Goodreads giveaways.

This book joins the ranks of the very very few books I did not finish. Not because it was poorly written; I could actually say maybe the characters were too convincing. I found myself so drawn into the stress and anger the characters were emoting that I was literally becoming stressed out myself. While I usually think very highly of any book that gets me to empathize with the characters so strongly, I couldn't see the point of...more
I think it's fair to say that if I like one of your books, I will be back for more. I loved The Life You've Imagined by Kristina Riggle. When I saw the e-mail about an opportunity to take part in a blog tour with her latest book, Things We Didn't Say, I was eager to participate. I didn't even know what the book was about, but I knew I wanted to read it.

Do you ever walk around with bottled up feelings? I'm sure we all do. The family in Things We Didn't Say is no different.

Casey, a 26-year-old rec...more
McGuffy Morris

This is the story of a contemporary family in all of its pain and insecurities.

It is the father who tries to be the responsible, stable parent. He is there for his children, no matter the chaos that surrounds them. And there is plenty of chaos: divorce, alcoholism, mental illness to name only a few.

The ex-wife and mother of the children, two teens and an adolescent, is a selfish, self-absorbed woman. She is unwilling to accept responsibility or blame of any sort.

Casey, the girlfriend, is insecur...more
THINGS WE DIDN'T SAY by Kristina Riggle is about a blended family and all its dysfunctions. There's Michael, the dad, who's engaged to Casey, 10 years his junior, and three kids, all living together in the house he grew up in (still owned by his parents). When the teenaged son runs away, the ex-wife joins the mix, remaining under the same roof for the day or so it takes to find the son and bring him home. What Kristina Riggle does so well is getting into each character's head and showing us all...more
Things We Didn't Say is novel by Kristina Riggle that addresses the problems a modern family is confronted with through lack of effective communication.

Michael is a father with three kids who welcomes another woman, Casey, into the home after a recent divorce. Michael is damaged from his divorce and a strained relationship with his father, and overly critical of Casey sometimes. Casey is secretive about her past because she wants to 'start fresh', and, although she is a loving character, she ho...more
The majority of the characters in this book are toxic. Put them all together in one room and what happens? They become combustible. I honestly didn't know if I was going to make it through all the backbiting and hatred teeming within them without getting scorched. Not to mention the whining and judgmental behavior some of them indulged in. These people were making my skin itch. Having said so, I think that the characters were fairly believable, and how sad is that?

I liked that the story was tol...more
Olivia K.
Kristina Riggle writes another flawless book about family, their struggles and along with it, a pinch of love! In Things We Didn't Say the book follows a soon to be family of five, Casey, Micheal and his three children from his last marriage, Angel, Dylan and Jewel.
Casey's found it hard adjusting to moving in with Micheal and his children, she is convinced they hate her. Angel (16) can't have a steady conversation with Casey without an insulting remark or a snobby comment, Jewel (7) however spe
First Thought after finishing this book: Life is such a messy thing isn't it?

What I liked about this story:

The different POV's that Riggle presented. Each character was able to really come to life because the reader was able to read their thoughts first hand. I think this made the story work for me because I enjoyed getting to know each one a bit better and to learn what made them tick.
The younger characters Dylan, Angel, and Jewel. They actually had a lot more common sense than the adults and...more
Laura de Leon
I have to start out by saying I had somewhat mixed feelings about this book. I found it very well written, so much so that I found it a very uncomfortable read at times.

Things We Didn't Say is a very character centered novel. All the characters were collections of problems and issues, with a few good characteristics that showed through. I admit, I'm more used to lead characters that are generally good, competent people, with enough flaws to keep them real, and this was part of my discomfort with...more
Rose Ann
I really liked how the author used the different voices of the characters. I felt like I got inside the thoughts of each of them.
I look forward to checking out Kristina Riggle's other novels.
Thank you Goodreads/Firstreads for the opportunity to read this!

Spoilers (of sorts) below.........

One part at the end really stuck with me....when Michael's father says to him....
"You knew what was best for your kids was getting them out of that chaos. And you were right. They started relaxing the minute the...more
Nannette Troyan
I'm a step-mother with the eldest who thinks of me only as his dad's wife (said with a sneer), a middle one who puts up with me as long as I don't get in his way, and the youngest who accepted me but really just still wanted her mom.
This book HURT me. I could relate to so very much of it.
While I think Mallory could have been left out, she was necessary so that Dylan could stand up for Casey.
I cried during a lot of this - my stomach was in knots, and I was glad to get to the end.
I'm also very g...more
April Hochstrasser
This is a very uncomfortable book, written from the view points of all the major characters, one chapter at a time. We see what happens, what they say and what they really think, underneath the facade. I didn't much like the main character, Casey, even though she was trying to do the right thing and stand by her man through the trauma of his son running away, his ex-wife moving back in and the oldest daughter being mean and vindictive.

I guess the moral of the story is to get problems out in the...more
Debby Stephan
I won this book on a giveaway on Goodreads and enjoyed it immensely. Ms. Riggle has a great understanding of what makes people tick and she tells the story of a family who suffers through all the "stuff" that so many families go through..angry, melodramatic and runaway teenagers, family members who don't talk with each other, and a fiance' who is mysterious and a bit dark. The main character has to grow as her plans for a wonderful family life come apart. Her man and her children aren't open to...more
Have had this book in my stack for a little. It was pretty good, a story of a mixed family and the secrets they have kept from one another. All comes to a head on a blizzard weekend when the middle, "never a problem child" runs away.
I have mixed feelings about this story. The author captured the chaos of everyday life very well - divorce, stressful parent/child relationships, job loss, addiction, grief - these are realities for many families. But overall, I didn't like the characters themselves that much - they seemed at once too weak and too rigid. Michael's comparisons of Mallory and Casey drove me nuts, as did Mallory's immaturity and Casey's failure to truly stand up for herself. I kept hoping she'd really have it out w...more
Most of the narrator's had inauthentic voices. The plot was fairly expected, characters only moderately interesting. Not worth reading. 3
Would make for a great Lifetime movie however.
Regina Spiker
A contemporary read about a blended American family and all its warts and blemishes. Casey is a recovering alcoholic with a not so happy past, but when she falls in love with Michael and his children, all that is covered up. Michael only knows the "new" Casey whose worst "fault" is smoking. When Casey moves in to their family home, things shift and change. As Casey draws closer to the two youngest, Dylan and Jewel, teenager Angel plots with her real Mom to get rid of Casey. Then Dylan runs away,...more
Things We Didn't Say reads like a Jodi Picoult book. Each chapter is narrated by a different character as they tell the story of the Turner family. Michael is a newspaper reporter who lives with his three children Angel, Dylan and Jewel. His ex-wife, Mallory is an alcoholic and his fiancee, Casey is a recovered alcoholic (although no one is aware of that fact...)

Instead of going to school one day, Dylan runs away from home. This forces Mallory and Casey to be under the same roof for a few days...more
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Kristina Riggle's third novel, explores the fecund, complicated morass of personal history and how our stories haunt us even as we try to leave them behind. Narrated in chapters that alternate points of view, Things We Didn't Say introduces Michael, a divorced dad with three school-aged children; Michael's younger, live-in fiancée Casey; and his ex-wife Mallory. As these six people encircle one another, we learn who they are, who they want to be, and the perilous gulf that lies between.

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Kristina Riggle lives in West Michigan, where she writes character-driven novels about complex personal dynamics. Her debut novel, Real Life & Liars, was a Target "Breakout" pick and a "Great Lakes, Great Reads" selection by the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association. Her latest novel, The Whole Golden World, is about two families and a community unraveled by a teacher-student affair....more
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