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In this timely and provocative novel, internationally bestselling author Sarah Pekkanen takes us inside a family in crisis and a marriage on the brink after a tragic shooting.

How far would you go to save your family?

Every morning, as her husband Mike straps on his SIG Sauer and pulls on his heavy Magnum boots, Jamie Anderson tenses up. Then comes the call she has always dr
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 26th 2015 by Washington Square Press (first published January 1st 2015)
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cindy bickford She usually does write more from the female perspective, but this is just a good read.

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Carol
Jun 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
The Hook - The publisher’s blurb drew me in.

The Line”Just last year they’d gone three days without speaking after a ridiculous fight…”
There’s more to that sentence but this is telling quote and has much to do with the theme of the story.

The SinkerThings You Won’t Say is just that, a story of a marriage without honest conversation, one where what is not said or discussed causes damage to the union.

It is also a story ripped out of recent headlines. Mike Anderson, a policeman is involved in
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Melissa
Aug 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I liked Things You Won’t Say. It was a nice story.

Mike is a police officer who is suffering from PTSD following a shooting where his partner was almost killed. Now there is another shooting, but Mike was the one holding the gun. And now he is in a lot of trouble. Can his marriage stay together? Will he go to jail? Relationships, marriage and family are the main focus of this novel. It is all about the characters and their interactions with each other. Mike and his wife Jamie, whose marriage has
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Laura
May 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
I received this book as an ARC from Bookbrowse.

Sarah Pekkanen has written a ripped from the headlines tale aabout an officer-involved police shooting. Cop Mike Anderson, who has seen his partner critically injured in a recent shooting, takes down a 15-year-old Latino boy in a gang fight, and it seems the boy was unarmed. The real focus of the book is on the consequences of Mike's act for his family - wife Jamie, three small kids and a son by a previous girl-friend, Christie, who also figure in t
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Melanie Johnson
Nov 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a story that could be ripped out of our current headlines. Mike, a white patrol cop, happens to shoot a young black boy because he thought the teenager had a gun. Mike is put on administrative leave while they investigate the shooting. His wife, Jamie, and their children have to endure media camped out in front of the house, and kids talking at school, as the fissures in their marriage begin to open like an earthquake fault line. I really enjoyed this book; however, I didn't really like ...more
Catherine McKenzie
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was excellent. Her best book yet.
Judy Collins
A special thank you to Atria Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

THINGS YOU WON'T SAY is Sarah Pekkanen's "best work" thus far; she keeps getting better and better--if this is even possible!

An avid fan for many years, having read all of Sarah's books--she has always had a "thumb" on modern day relationships and parenting, and interjects plenty of wit and humor, wisdom, and inspiration; tackling single life, marriage, extended family, ex-wives, careers, divorce, an
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Jennifer Geller
Jun 09, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Blah

Eh to boring. I wouldn't recommend it and, if I had a time machine, I would not bother reading this book
Carmen Blankenship
Dec 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ok, so this is my first Sarah Pekkanen novel. I said this to one of my girlfriends and she looked at as if I just said I have never heard of the Beatles!!! I actually ducked thinking she was so disgusted with me that the throw pillow she was holding was going to be thrown directly at my face. Hey! Everyone has to start somewhere.

If Sarah Pekkanen's body of work is as crisp, seamless, and written with such a deft knowledge of people and their inner thoughts than I will be scouring the book store
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Ulla
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I think I've said it before: I really like the way Sarah Pekkanen tells the stories of quite ordinary people, ordinary lives, realistic problems!
In this one there is a little "extra" which I just loved: Lou working with a l ovely pregnant elephant!!(A little secret: I have a thing for elephants!)
Bianca

This was one tedious novel that dragged on.

It wasn't badly written, but it was very dull and monotonous.

While the characters are realistic and relatable, I didn't care much about them and honestly, I struggled to finish this novel.

In Things You Won't Say there are several stories that we're following: the main one is the story of Jamie and her husband, Mike Anderson, who's a policeman; then we have Jamie's sister, Lou, a zoo keeper, who's in her early thirties, single and feeling a bit adrift
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Linda
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
Do not understand the hype with this book or this author. I was interested in the characters and the idea, but there was a lot of extraneous plot here. The sister and the elephant plot line was not germane to the topic. There were many references to very recent events, (Ferguson) and current pop culture, so the book must have been written VERY recently and printed VERY quickly. I just did not find the writing to be very good.
Karyn Niedert
Nov 10, 2014 rated it liked it
RELEASE DATE: May 26, 2015

RATING: 3 Stars Worth requesting at library or buying in paperback

GENRE: Women's Fiction

AUDIENCE: Fans of Kristin Hannah and Jodi Picoult may enjoy ” "Things You Won't Say” .

SERIES: Standalone

REVIEW: Jamie Anderson is busy running a household filled with her kids, her husband’s Mike’s son from a previous marriage. After hubs suffers through a shooting that leaves his longtime friend and partner seriously injured, hubs returns to duty and shortly thereafter shoots and ki
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Tara - Running 'n' Reading
In full disclosure, I've been a fan of Sarah Pekkanen's writing for several years so I feel like I approach her novels with a bit of bias; however, I feel pretty confident in saying that this is truly one of her best and the subject matter couldn't be timelier. Pekkanen, in a recent interview through her publisher, stated that the topic was actually unrelated to current events; she'd turned in the manuscript over a year ago, but did ask the editor to make reference to the recent events of Fergus ...more
Kristy
Feb 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: edelweiss, ebook
I definitely enjoyed this novel by Pekkanen. It's the first of her books I've read and after I completed it, I looked back on Goodreads and saw I've had several of her earlier novels on my "to read" list for a while. I certainly liked what I read here enough to go back and explore some of her earlier works. Probably the only thing that prevented me from giving this a 4-star rating (I'd say this is about 3.5 star - still wish Goodreads let us give half star ratings) is that the novel wrapped up s ...more
Bridget
Sep 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
Forced and very one dimentional. Author wanted audience to empathize w police involved in shootings. A disappointing attempt to humanize a white officer with tropes of 'he can't be a racist because his partner is black' tossed in like adding a whole carrot to a salad instead of bothering to cut is up and integrate into the salad/story. No finess or charactor development to actually address the depth of issues so available.The two side stories of the sister whose on the Aspergers scale and the ex ...more
Stacey Lynne
Feb 23, 2015 rated it did not like it
Stopped reading about half way through. I don't understand the popularity of this book. Then again, it often seems to be the case where the popularity of a book is disproportional to the quality of the writing. I've tried to stay away from popular fiction for this reason. Not sure when I'll learn that lesson. I waited on a rather long library hold list for this one. Oh, the irony. This one, to me, falls into the category of an author more invested in the quantity of books published, most of whic ...more
Suzanne
I love Sarah Pekkanen! Her latest novel "Things You Won't Say" is both timely and compelling given the current events across the country. I love that she chose to tell the story of the families behind the stories you hear in the news. For every police officer involved in a shooting, there is a family behind him, whether it be a wife and children, girlfriend, parents or siblings. Sarah gets to the heart of the fear, agony and hopelessness that these families experience in this book. It is a must ...more
Jeanie
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The brotherhood in, blue…stories about police brutality and corruption always made headlines, but overlooked were the quieter truths: the fierce loyalty and unexpected kindness members of the force shared.

Things You Won’t Say many times in the end will bite you until you can bring it all on the table. Mike a police officer in the DC area who loves his job and the people he serves, is in a crisis. His partner has taken a hit and Mike is left with the guilt. Mike who is married to Jamie with 3 kid
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Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

As the wife of a police officer, Jamie Anderson uncomfortably lives with the risk that Mike may be hurt or killed while performing his duty and isn't sure how to best comfort her husband after his partner, and best friend, is shot and badly wounded. Just a few short weeks later Mike, stoic but still obviously distressed, is paired with a new hire, and finds himself in a situation that results in him shooting and killing a gun-wielding teenage boy. When the boy's weapon is not found at the scene,
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Amber
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My husband is a military cop.

In this book, the husband, Mike, is a cop. He winds up killing a teenager with his gun and then the drama occurs. People wonder if he did it because the kid was hispanic--would the teenager have been shot if he were white? You know. The same stuff cops have to deal with today. It's why I had to read the book.

However, there's more to Mike's story: he was involved in another shooting where his best friend was shot. His friend lived, but it's a slow recovery. No one k
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Laurel-Rain
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
They were a happy family, or so Jamie Anderson thought. She and her husband, Mike, have three children: Sam, 8; Emily, 6: and Eloise, 3. Mike's teenage son Henry is the result of a previous relationship with Christie Simmons. They are co-parenting, and the family seems successfully blended.

But something happens that tilts their world on end. A shooting at police headquarters leaves Mike's friend and partner seriously injured, and Mike reeling from the after-effects that resemble a kind of PTSD.
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Oliver C
Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
In this timely and provocative novel, internationally bestselling author Sarah Pekkanen takes us inside a family in crisis and a marriage on the brink after a tragic shooting.

How far would you go to save your family?

Every morning, as her husband Mike straps on his SIG Sauer and pulls on his heavy Magnum boots, Jamie Anderson tenses up. Then comes the call she has always dreaded: There's been a shooting at police headquarters. Mike isn't hurt, but his long-time partner is grievously injured. As w
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Amy
Apr 30, 2015 rated it liked it
I have quite a bit of mixed emotions about this book, and I have found several other reviewers (which I have liked their review) to have expressed my same view. First, this story is not action packed. It is really about the dynamics of a family and the tale is at times very slow and tedious. The side stories of Lou and Christie detract from the main story; however, they are also the only interesting parts of the book. At first I found Christie to be unbelievably shallow; but in the end, she is t ...more
Book of Secrets
Jul 21, 2015 rated it liked it
I chose this book to read because I enjoyed Pekkanen’s previous novel, SKIPPING A BEAT. I didn’t like THINGS YOU WON’T SAY as much, but it was a worthwhile read nonetheless. The author tackles the subject of police brutality and racial tension, and her novel at least covers part of the controversial situation in a sensitive way.

The novel starts off strong with Mike’s tragedies at work and the burden it puts on Jamie and their children. It seemed to lose focus though, with the introduction of Chr
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Sharon
Apr 16, 2015 rated it liked it
As a story about the effects a tragic shooting has on a family, Things You Won't Say is pretty successful. Mike is a police officer, still reeling from witnessing the shooting of his partner and best friend. Back to work too soon, Mike is involved in another shooting, but this time is the one that picked up the gun. In the weeks that follow, his wife Jamie, their children, and the rest of their family and friends try to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives.

There were parts to Things You W
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Holly's Little Book Reviews
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
This book was almost impossible for me to stop listening to. I was so into the characters and their story that I found myself sitting in my car after I had reached my destination or circling the block just to hear more.

Sarah Pekkanen has an amazing talent when it comes to writing relationships between her characters that are so honest and real that it's hard to remember that these people are not actual friends (yes I get that into her books).

Things You Won't Say also tackles some sensitive top
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Becky
Nov 11, 2014 rated it liked it
I received an ARC of this to review via Bookbrowse, and I didn't enjoy the book as much as I hoped I would. I think the story moved incredibly slowly. There was no surprise ending or even a big climax at the end of the novel. While I found the two most prominent female characters (Jamie and Christie) to be annoying, I thought the other female narrator (Lou) really didn't have much place in the book. The story would be tighter without her at all. The husband was so one-dimensional that he dragged ...more
Amy
May 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
A deceptively easy read, for the plot centers on intense ideas. Ultimately, I'm not sure how I feel about this book beyond that the author tied things up too conveniently. It's just too neat, and life and the issues this book attempts to address are far messier, and much more complicated, than this book implies.
Jeannette
Sep 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was written 2 yrs ago & Trayvon Martin and Ferguson are mentioned as one of the undercurrents in the book is LE & race. Sadly, just today 3 LE officers were ambushed & this issue is still prevalent in our country. Pekkanen does a good job with a touchy subject.
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"Fans of Jennifer Weiner and Emily Giffin will strongly appreciate this rising star in women's fiction." - Library Journal.
Internationally bestselling author Sarah Pekkanen's newest book is THE PERFECT NEIGHBORS. She is also the co-author of the upcoming THE WIFE BETWEEN US (out in January 2018).

Her prior novels are: THINGS YOU WON'T SAY, CATCHING AIR, THE BEST OF US, THE OPPOSITE OF ME, SKIPPING
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