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From the bestselling author of The Things We Cannot Say comes a poignant novel about the fault in memories and the lies that can bond a family togetheror tear it apart.

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
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: April 14th 2020 by Graydon House
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    Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    EXCERPT: I'm losing it. That's what this is. It's a panic attack, or maybe a good old fashioned nervous breakdown, and maybe I'm hallucinating those notes. I do feel a little disconnected from the world, and hallucinations are as good an explanation as any. I'm going to have to leave Noah with Hunter and go into a hospital before something unthinkable happens. Crazy. It's an awful word, one I'd never ever let myself use to describe another person, but I feel crazy right now, and I'm so ashamed ...more
    Mandy White
    Truths I Never Told You is the first book by Kelly Rimmer that I have read and most certainly will not be the last. She is an author that I have read so many good things about, and after finishing this book today I completely agree with them all. What an emotional roller coaster I have been on with these characters in the last 24 hours. It was a book that I didn't want to put down, completely invested in the story of this family.

    Truths I Told You is told in 2 different timelines. in 1996, Beth
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    I think this might be a better fit for readers who really enjoy "mysteries" written in the vein of Liane Moriarty in the sense that the focus of the story is less on the payoff of the suspense and more on the relationship between characters in the home. TRUTHS I NEVER TOLD YOU is a domestic mystery that revolves around three women: Beth, Maryanne, and Grace.



    Beth's father is suffering from cognitive decline due to complications from illness
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    Brenda
    Beth Walsh was the youngest of the four siblings; Tim the oldest by only three years, with twins Ruth and Jeremy in between. Their mother Grace had been dead since they were toddlers and their father, Patrick had cared for them since. As a single father, he was devoted to his four children and as a result they were all very close. With Patrick having recently been moved to a care facility, ill with dementia and heart failure, the siblings were trying to come to terms with his imminent death. ...more
    Katie B
    Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
    3.5 stars

    This is the type of story that I felt a personal connection to but that might not be the case for every reader. I thought by far the strength of the book was how the author dealt with the topic of depression, specifically postpartum depression. I maybe had other issues with the book but the realistic portrayal of women battling depression made this a worthwhile read for me.

    Beth Walsh dreamt of becoming a mother but now that she has a newborn, she has found she is struggling to adjust.
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    Karren  Sandercock
    Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Beth Walsh is the youngest in her family, she has two brothers Tim and Jeremy and an older sister Ruth. Despite the loss of their mother Grace in a car accident when they were all toddlers, they had a happy childhood, the family was very close and they all loved their dad Patrick.

    Recently Patricks health had started to decline, he had heart problems and was now suffered from dementia. The siblings had to make the difficult choice of putting their dad into an aged care home and then decide what
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    Sally Hepworth
    Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    ANOTHER SURE FIRE HIT FROM KELLY RIMMER
    Dale Harcombe
    Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Four and a half stars.
    Back in 1959 Grace is a young mother with for children under four, two of them twins. But Grace is struggling to deal with the situation and cannot share what she is feeling with anyone. Though she loves her husband Patrick, who her well to do family never wanted her to marry, he is no help. In desperation she pours out her feelings and fears into the pages of a notebook. She hides the notebook in a safe place where she knows Patrick will never see it. Another pregnancy
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    Jamie beauty_andthebook_
    As I've said time and time again, Kelly Rimmer found her way into my heart when I first read Before I Let You Go and when I read The Things We Cannot Say, she permanently cemented her place on my favorite author list. I have always been in awe of Rimmer's talent to write across a variety of genres and excel in each genre. In Truths I Never Told You, we have a mix of contemporary and the 1960s as our dual timelines and the subject in question is postpartum depression.

    Rimmer creates characters
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    Jen
    Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Kelly Rimmer has firmly cemented herself as one of my favorite authors. Her newest was another emotionally gutting tale, beautifully woven and completely relatable. She weaves dual timelines and multiple viewpoints seamlessly. In Truths I Never Told You, she perfectly captured the stigma of mental illness and the progression of the mental health field from the 1960s until today. While weve come a long way, we still have work to do to end the stigma and that is perfectly reflected in this book. ...more
    ☼♄Jülie 
    Truths I never told you is about exactly that, and the sad and often unnecessary consequences that evolve from those hidden truths.
    It's about the ways that women especially, had to "creatively" conform to the established status quo in a time...not so very long ago...when women had virtually no voice to express their fears or concerns about anything.

    This story delves into not only the circumstances of some hidden family truths, but also the psychology behind them, and how the keeping of them can
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    Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
    Truths I Never Told You is a moving, poignant novel of family secrets from Kelly Rimmer.

    When the Walsh siblings agree it has become necessary to admit their terminally ill father to a hospice, Beth, the youngest of the four, volunteers to clean out the family home. The process is time-consuming, though straightforward until, behind a padlocked attic door, Beth finds a series of paintings, and pinned to one, a devastating note written by her late mother, Grace.
    The missive in her mothers elegant
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    Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
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    I am not surprised that Kelly Rimmer is a top 10 bestselling author. Not only have I loved each and every one of the three books I have read by Rimmer, I have found much to appreciate about the themes she raises within her compelling stories. Truths I Never Told You, her latest release, is a book that I predict will resonate with a wide audience range. It is an emotional and insightful story, which brings family relationships, long held secrets, a troubled
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    BookGypsy
    Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    After moving her father to a long term care facility. Beth is tasked with cleaning out her family home. When she finds journal entries from her mother she discovers family secrets and that everything she thought she knew isn't what it seems. This a powerful and emotional read. The subject of postpartum depression, mothers and daughters is wrapped in duel timelines that reflect each time period very vividly. This is my first time reading this author. I'm in awe of the writing. The depth of the ...more
    Vanessa Carnevale
    Bravo! Kelly Rimmer is an author to admire. She has a knack for weaving poignant and compelling stories that dont shy away from tough topics. Filled with twists and turns that pull on the heartstrings, readers who love stories about family secrets will devour this one. ...more
    Renee Hermansen
    Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Truths I never told you by Kelly Rimmer is a real tear jerker.
    It is written from two time zones- 1959 where Grace, the mother of four children under four is struggling with depression. Each time she gives birth to a child it gets worse. She is isolated and writes notes about how she is feeling, hiding them in the house so her husband can not find them.

    Also-1996 with Beth, the youngest of Grace's children is also going through her own struggles with depression after the birth of her first
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    Vivi Widodo
    Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    It'll be too hard to review this book without giving any spoiler, so i don't want to carry on too much. I totally love it and would recommend this to friends. It's the story of four siblings, Tim, Ruth, Jeremy and Beth. With their dad's move to a care home, Beth finds a note which will open a secret about their mother. It sounds like a simple story but the author is successfully hooked me up to keep reading. It's a beautiful family story,
    ** Thanks Netgalley for an electronic ARC of this book
    MicheleReader
    Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    4.5 stars rounded up

    Truths I Never Told You will surely tug at your heart. This poignant story, set in two time periods, is a raw and emotional read.

    Its 1957 and after giving birth to her fourth child, Grace is overcome with what we now know is postpartum depression, there are four souls in this house, but I am unreachably far from any of them, even as Im far too close to guarantee their safety. In the 1950s, women suffering from this illness were told to pull yourself together. In 1996, Grace
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    Helen
    Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I dont know where to start, this is another moving, poignant story of family and secrets from MS Rimmer, this one had me turning the pages, it was so hard to put down and when I did I could not stop thinking about the characters in this story, I stayed up late last night finishing this one and it will be a long time before I let go of this one.

    It is 1959 and we meet Grace a young married woman with four young children, times are hard and Grace is struggling with family and life. She loves her
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    Genevieve Trono
    Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Last year I was introduced to author Kelly Rimmer by one of my book reviewing friends. I devoured The Things We Cannot Say and was blown away by Rimmer' ability to share multi-faceted characters that felt so real and raw while also diving into a heartbreaking part of our not so distant history.

    I loved the dual storylines and how they wove together and kept me guessing until the end. Rimmer captured the power of sharing our stories while also reminding us that many people have a history we might
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    Nancy
    Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This is a very well written book that tackles some very difficult issues. One of the issues is far too polarizing, hence, I will not discuss it since it also would be a spoiler.

    The issues at the center of the story are post partum depression, aging parents, and relationships. I found the story to perfectly align with addressing the issues at hand. A very adept writer, as Rimmer clearly is, is able to seamlessly allow the characters to develop and interact with one another while allowing a story
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    Jennifer (JC-S)
    Im scared of so many things these days, but most of all now, I fear myself.

    The four Walsh siblings are coming to terms with the imminent death of their father, Patrick. Ill with both dementia and heart failure, he has been the only parent they have known for most of their lives. Tim is the oldest. Next are twins Ruth and Jeremy, then Beth. Fewer than four years separate oldest and youngest. Beth and her husband have a five-month-old son, Noah.

    Once Patrick is moved into a care facility, the
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    Theresa Smith
    Mar 12, 2020 rated it liked it
    Shelves: aww2020
    Kelly Rimmer doesnt shy away from tackling the hard stuff within her novels. This is the third novel by Kelly that Ive read and she is often compared to Jodi Picoult, a comparison that is not unwarranted. In Truths I Never Told You, Kelly takes an intimate look at inter-generational postpartum depression, using a dual timeline narrative to contrast attitudes and treatment options during the 1950s and the 1990s.

    Along the way, she dips into womens reproductive rights and abortion as a method of
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    Karen O'Brien-Hall
    Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I'm a fan of Kelly Rimmer's and Truths I Never Told You does not disappoint.

    Kelly tackles modern problems, in this case post natal depression, with heart, truth and compassion. As a reader, I find myself arguing with, crying with and comforting her characters.

    I highly recommend Truths I Never Told You or for that matter any novel by this exceptional author.
    Vanessa Sousa
    Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: read-2020
    This was my first Kelly Rimmer novel and after reading this one I cant wait to read more of her books! I felt a strong personal connection to this story in being both a mother and experiencing the loss of a parent. Kelly Rimmer did a wonderful job with this story which tells about two womens struggles with postpartum depression two generations apart. Reading it felt like I was watching a movie and the story had me in tears several times. So readers read this with a box of tissue at your side. ...more
    Nicola Marsh
    A wonderfully poignant story that had me curled up on the couch turning pages rapidly to finish it.

    A dual timeline story told from three POVs: Grace, Beth and MaryAnne, covering relevant and heartbreaking topics that affected women across the years.

    A lovely story of family, support and learning to depend on those we love.

    Recommend!
    Katie Farnsworth
    Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Wow, I absolutely loved this. Sensitive, emotional, heart-wrenching. I love Kelly Rimmer's writing as she always delves into big themes and explores them with rawness, heart and truth. I still very emotional right now so don't feel I can do this review justice yet...will update soon.
    Claire
    Thanks to Beauty and Lace Book Club and Hachette Australia for providing me with a copy of this novel in return for an honest review. 

    I have a few Kelly Rimmer books residing on my shelf, waiting patiently to be read, and if it hadn't been for Beauty and Lace,
    Truths I Never Told You may have been sitting there for just as long. 

    This was a very moving story about family, relationships, secrets, death, grief, but most importantly about postpartum depression and how it can affect both the sufferer
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    ✰  BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰
    Copy received from Hachette Australia for an honest review

    I have devoured each Kelly Rimmer book that I have read so far, and the same can be said for Truths I Never Told You.

    As with all her books, Ms Rimmer delves into some deeper and darker corners of families, histories and more

    I felt a connection to Beth/Grace and this book from the beginning. That connection was through the depression that they both suffered throughout their lives.

    Ms Rimmer, I felt, deals with depression very well. As a
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    Debbie
    Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
    This story is told in three POV's, by Beth, Grace and Maryanne. 

    Firstly, we hear from Beth in 1996. Her father has recently been moved to an aged care facility due to his dementia and she volunteers to clear out the family home. As she works through the home she finds a series of notes from her late mother, Grace. But the notes don't seem to support the story that her mother died in a car accident, instead it reveals a woman struggling with postpartum depression. 

    Next we see Grace in 1957. As
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    Kelly Rimmer is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of ten novels, including The Secret Daughter and The Things We Cannot Say. Shes sold more than one million books, and her novels have been translated into more than 20 languages. Kelly lives in the Central West of New South Wales with her family and fantastically naughty dogs, Sully and Basil.
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