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What's Left Unsaid

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  55 ratings  ·  41 reviews
Sasha is just about managing to hold her life together. She is raising her teenage son Zac, coping with an absent husband and caring for her ageing, temperamental and alcoholic mother, as well as holding down her own job. But when Zac begins to suspect that he has a secret sibling, Sasha realises that she must relive the events of a devastating night which she has done her ...more
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Published July 19th 2018 by Matador
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Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What’s Left Unsaid by Deborah Stone is a 2018 Troubador Publishing publication.

An effective, emotional, intimate look at the realities of family and the secrets they keep-
On the surface, Sasha’s life is stable. But, behind closed doors she is dealing with a moody teenager, an absentee husband, and a mother suffering from dementia.

In short order, Sasha’s life implodes, as stunning secrets bubble to the surface and the fallout is devastating Yet at the end of the day, those shocking revelations
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Sasha is mom to teenage son, Zac. Her husband is not around, and she is also responsible for her alcoholic mother, Annie.

Zac has reason to suspect he has a secret sibling, and Sasha is faced with the past she has tried desperately to forget.

Annie is aging and feels like she is being visited late husband Joe. She is reliving some secrets from her past as well, and as she does, she is determined to confront all she has worked hard to bury.

Trauma, secrets, and lies are at the heart of the diffic
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Matador publishing who provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley.

3.5 stars rounded up to 4.

This is a book narrated by three family members: Sasha (adult daughter), Joe and Annie (parents). The daughter Sasha has always felt nothing but love from her Dad Joe who has been deceased for fifteen years. Her relationship with Mom Annie is another matter entirely. It's as if she felt threatened by her daughter's fond relationship with her father. Annie also has a drinking problem. Sasha
Louise Wilson
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sasha is just about managing to hold her life together. She is raising her son, Zac, coping with an absent husband, and caring for her ageing, tempromental and alcoholic mother, as well as holding down her job. But Zac suspects he has a secret sibling. Sasha realises that she must relive the event of a devastating night of which she has done her best to forget for the last 19 years.

Sasha's life implodes as secrets bubble to the surface and the fall out is devastating. The book is divided into th
Dash fan
4☆ An Absorbing Family Drama

What's Left Unsaid is a thrilling and Endearing story of secrets and lies, drama, dementia and family.

This is a very poignant read which draws you in and plays with your emotions.

The story is told in three parts and voiced by Joe ( Sasha's Father, voiced as a ghost), Sasha (The Daughter and Zacs Mum), and Annie ( Sasha's Mother who has Dementia)

Sasha might as well be a single parent for what help her hubby is. He is never home and when he is home he doesn't seem to c
Adele Shea
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I devoured this book in a day.
What's Left Unsaid is told by three points of view of, Sasha (Daughter), Annie (Mother) and Joe (Father). It skips from present to past and tells the story of how Annie and Joe coped during the war, how they came to meet, become married and have their daughter Sasha.
Secrets are unearthed, loves are lost and lives are changed.
ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ
I love stories about family and this was an emotional journey for each of the members. For all their differences they had a lot in common and they each have secrets of their own. Everyone had a major event in their life that they had to overcome, yet they all found a way to face their past. There was bickering, grudges, a lack of forgiveness and a turbulent beginning, but then compassion led to understanding.

Deborah Stone's wonderful, warm writing made What's Left Unsaid an absolute joy to read
Judith Barrow
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are some books that grab you from the first page, even the first paragraph. What’s Left Unsaid did just that for me:

“If Annie had just been honest with me, we might have avoided much of the ugliness which followed… but she wasn’t and we didn’t…”

How could I resist? I didn’t! It helped when I realised the story is told in one of my favourite formats; it’s written from different points of view under the name of three characters: the protagonist, Sasha, her mother Annie and her late father, Jo
Oct 14, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't choose this novel; I was contacted by the writer, Deborah Stone and asked to read and review it. The book description seems acceptable enough, a story about different generations in a family and some well kept family secrets - ok, I thought.
I read the introduction and then about the quarter marker I realized that the main story is to be about Annie, the mother of Sasha, who looks back on her life through the set up of a camera- interview initiated by Zak, Sasha's teenage son. Annie, at
Susan Hampson
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: author-reads
This is a super debut from author Deborah Stone which revolves round three generations of the same family and the influences that have made them who they are.
Annie is a mother and grandmother whose mind isn’t as keen as it once was. Sasha is Annie’s daughter that is trying to deal with her own life problems and Zac is Sasha’s son. When Annie lets something from the past slip to Zac, it really knocks him off his feet and he wants to find out more. Zac arranges for his Grannie, mother and father t
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One day or another the truth will come out ...

When I saw this book I was afraid that I would not be able to read and review it on time, but when there is a will, there is a way and by shifting some things around, I could fit it into my schedule.

From the very first pages, I already gave myself a pat on the schoulder for adding it to my reading list, because I really, truely, totally loved it.

The book is divided in 3 big parts. The first one is told by Sasha and Annie and everything is glued toge
Misfits farm
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sacha lives with her husband Jeremy and their son Zac along with their dog Stanley. Zac decides that they should make a film of their lives so that he will have something to look back on when they are no longer there. He also wants to involve Sacha’s mother Annie. The thing is that Annie is getting rather forgetful to say the least and as with many older people she can remember 50 years ago much better than a few moments previously. Dementia is unfortunately beginning to take its grasp on her Wh ...more
Mary Thomas
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thanks to Netgalley for my copy. 3.5*

This is an interesting tale of family dynamics and long held secrets with some very unlikeable characters. Told in different time-lines by different characters it held my interest throughout. I had no sympathy for the grandmother Annie until reading of her life in Wales as an evacuee in the war.
Annette Jordan
Secrets can be very dangerous, and secrets within a family can often do untold damage when they finally come out., as this book eloquently reveals.
Sasha is struggling, her mother is getting older, and has issues with alcohol, her teenage son is moody and belligerent and her husband is distant and disconnected. When her mother Annie accidentally reveals a family secret to teenage Zac, he begins to try to find out the truth, which in turn leads to big questions for his parents. As the story unfol
Oct 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sympathy for fictional characters is often a matter of perspective; we tend to sympathize with characters whose past and point of view we know the most about. Because we understand them, we can forgive. How else could the Dexter series have been so popular? But in Deborah Stone’s unsettling family novel, What’s Left Unsaid, all the sympathy I felt for one character was weighed against the emotional damage she inflicted on all the other characters. Is it possible for someone to be so awful that i ...more
Laura Nelson (Tangents and Tissues)
I have to be honest and say I started this book with a hint of trepidation. I worried that certain aspects of the story would hit too close to home, but I put my big girl panties (i.e. oxter warmers *snorts*) on and dived right in.

WLU tells of the difficult relationship between 40-something, Sasha, and that of her ailing mother, Annie. On paper Sasha seems to have it all - the house complete with dog (love Stanley), her own business, a loving husband, and a teenage son just about to make his wa
Mary Snaddon
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I really liked this book. It's written from three different perspectives. Joe who is the husband and father and is actually deceased, Annie the wife and mother and their daughter Sasha. Everyone in this book is hiding a secret and this is the story of the unfolding of these secrets. I didn't particularly like any of the characters in this book, except perhaps Joe who seemed to be a decent man. Certainly not Annie in spite of her troubled childhood and the fact she is very much a victim. I didn't ...more
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley-2018
Sasha is a busy mother trying to juggle working from home, raising her teenage son, Zac, and caring for her ailing mother with dementia while her husband is always gone for work. Annie forgets and lets slip a secret to Zac about the brother he never knew he had. As he tries to uncover the truth, other deeper secrets are revealed about Annie's past, her difficult relationship with her daughter, and why Zac's father is always gone.
Throughout the book, I had a really hard time liking Annie. Sure, s
Hannelore Cheney
Thank you NetGalley and Matador for the eARC.
What a wonderful read, I loved it!
This is the story of families with deep secrets that finally come to light; the ripple effects are disastrous and almost bring Sasha, the main character, to the edge of insanity. Her love for her son Zac and the comfort of her beloved dog Sebastian are the only anchors in her life. Her mother Annie, starting on the slippery slope of dementia, is difficult to like, but when you finally get to her backstory, you feel em
Julie Parks
An epic journey through family secrets that people have kept for so long that they themselves have almost turned into the ghosts in their closets.

It's like the unknown past has been shaping the younger generations as well, with or without their knowledge.

It's an engaging book that takes you far away from the couch you're sitting on while reading it.

Thank you Matador for the copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An engaging, compelling read that balances the intricacies of every day life with mystery and plot.
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘Just because you cannot say I love you does not mean that you do not love.’

British author Deborah Stone offers no biographical information from which we may understand the depth of her artistry. WHAT’S LEFT UNSAID is simply one of the most impressive novels about family and secrets and relationships and, yes, personal histories we all share that has surfaced this year. Her prose is eloquent, her manner of delivery of a multicharacter story in conversational pages for individual characters is a
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You can tell as soon as you begin reading this book that you’re going to enjoy it. The opening works so well and is a real attention-grabber. And the rest of the novel doesn’t disappoint.
Sasha is a lovely character. As a woman approaching a rather important birthday, I love female characters I can relate to, and I can’t bear it when a woman approaching middle age is portrayed as supremely confident, and with a body that makes men gasp! It isn’t realistic and it’s annoying. Sasha drinks wine and
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very interesting and thought provoking read. It’s a story about family, relationships and deep secrets that come out. This is a well written story that is told through the point of views of three of the characters. It takes place from War time to present time.

The characters were also very interesting and relatable, and all this mixed together made me want to keep reading and wanting to find out more about their secrets. This book is full of sadness but by the end we as the reader are
Hannah Rae
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This story drew you right in from the very beginning! The intrinsic detail the reader gets from every narrator not only sets the pace and scene of the book, but also helps the reader connect with each character. We get to understand the reasonings and quirks of the characters - in particular Annie and Sasha because of this and their backgrounds. This is one of the main actions on what moves the story along.

I found a couple of spelling errors and missing words, but it didn’t deter me from the sto
Grace J Reviewerlady
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely read; a peek into someone else's life and the secrets and lies which lie hidden there.

Sasha works from home; she spends her days doing everything for her teenage son and husband - the husband who is at home less and less due to his work schedule. The only saving grace is Stanley, the family retriever. Sasha also has her elderly mother to look after; with a failing memory Annie has never been the easiest of parents to get along with. But slowly, we begin to understand what makes
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What's Left Unsaid by Deborah Stone has received a Chill with a Book Readers' Award.

"This story engaged me from the first page."

Pauline Barclay - Founder of Chill with a Book Awards
Julie Morris
This is going to be a difficult book for me to review today as I have really mixed feelings about it and I am still not sure that my final opinion has been fully formed yet but I’ll give you my current thoughts and that will maybe help you decide if this is a book that will appeal to you or not.

The book is the story of three generations of a family with a complicated history and buried secrets which cause havoc when finally revealed. Everyone in the book is hiding something, and this lack of ope
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What’s Left Unsaid novel is a contemporary woman fiction highlighted family issues and drama which every family could face them nowadays. Thus, made the “What’s Left Unsaid” a must read. It was written by the English author Deborah Stone. Her novel What’s Left Unsaid is her first. I got amazed by the quality of the content, the language, and the plot since it was her first.
When I start reading “What’s Left Unsaid” the dialogue between characters got my attention. It was excellent, normal, and wi
Paula Pugh
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What’s Left Unsaid is an apt title for this intense novel about the things people hide or lie about in order to just keep going in life. Sasha is a mother of teenage Zak, facing his teen attitude uneasily and worriedly as he shuts her out on a daily basis. Her upbringing was without love from her mother, Anna, who is slipping quickly into dementia. Anna slips in her memories to Zak, opening a can of worms that Sasha has avoided. The truths that are revealed are devastating but somehow bring Sash ...more
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“My own mother was evacuated at the age of five during World War Two and my father was a young man working as an ARP warden. This novel is purely fictitious, but I wanted to explore the traumas that many ordinary people of the war generation suffered, experiences which would be quite unimaginable to many of us today and then to contrast them with the issues we all face in the modern day.” 1 likes
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