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What's Not Said

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  257 ratings  ·  142 reviews
Award-winning Finalist in the Women's Fiction category of the 2021 International Book Awards

Kassie O’Callaghan’s meticulous plans to divorce her emotionally abusive husband, Mike, and move in with Chris, a younger man she met five years ago on a solo vacation in Venice, are disrupted when she finds out Mike has chronic kidney disease—something he’s concealed from her for
Paperback, 316 pages
Published September 15th 2020 by She Writes Press
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: Kassie spent much of the first half of their marriage trying to save it, and most of the second half trying to escape it.

Several years ago, well at least over the last four to be sure, she'd start each year with one goal: get the hell out. And then something unpredictable, either work or family related, derailed her, making her put off what she knew deep in her heart she had to do.

ABOUT 'WHAT'S NOT SAID': Kassie O’Callaghan’s meticulous plans to divorce her emotionally abusive husband,
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Kassie prided herself on being a control freak—not the my-way-or-the-highway kind of bitch, rather the do-the-right-things-right stickler for details. (c)

Kassie(KO) is a control freak whose life is out of control. She can't stay motivated enough to file for a divorce and it has been going on for at least 4 years.
She's got a whole lot of things to solve and as soon as she manages to start doing just that, all crumbles apart.
Mike's being an asshole. Has been since ages.
Chris's being
Katie B
A bit underwhelming in terms of the characters and the soap opera style plot. I think what it comes down to is I never felt invested in the characters and therefore I didn't really care all that much about their messy lives. The aspects of the story that were meant to be shocking just didn't pack a punch in my eyes. To be fair though, I grew up during the heyday of both daytime and nighttime soaps so just about everything I've seen before and it's hard to catch me completely off guard.

Kassie O’C
Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you Iread Book Tours for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

What's Not Said
By: Valerie Taylor


Valerie Taylor's debut novel, What's Not Said, is a story fit for debate. I can envision this book being a popular choice for book clubs.

Kassie has decided to leave her emotionally abusive husband, Mike. Her decision is based on years of being Mike's personal slave, waiting on him hand and foot. When they married, he was a profes
Mar 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Valerie Taylor writes women’s fiction like no other. In this gripping read and jaw dropping drama full of lies, deceit and oh so many unexpected secrets and surprises, I was certainly drawn in by the twists and turns of this page turner.

I enjoyed this wonderful style of storytelling.

I was intrigued and highly entertained.

I enjoyed it!
rylanne burdette
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, 4-star-reads
well this was a crazy ride
May 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Whats Not Said...
Is A Book that totally kept me interested till the last page. I wanted more.

A story about a couple who once was in love. However time changes everything. Growing apart wasn't part of the plan.

Mike, the husband has secrets. Secrets that would be hard on any marriage. Not one but a few..
Secrets from his past, that weren't meant to come out .

Kassie The wife, has a few of her own secrets.
Kassies marriage has been over for many years for her, practicing the speech. How to tell Mike
ReadingGirlReviews (Gina)
Looking for that book that you can’t put down? Something that consumes you completely and you can’t stop reading until you are finished? That “one sitting” read? Trying to find that book that gets you out of your reading rut? I have it right here!

Some of the best books I’ve ever read have been introduced to me on book tours. A lot of them are ones that aren’t the “big name” authors that most people pass by. WHAT’S NOT SAID happens to be one of those books, and after reading it I can honestly sa
Susan Ballard
Mar 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I’m always glad to see when a book shows that middle-aged people can still have great sex. Uh um.. but here we have a married couple both unknowingly having great sex - just not with each other!

Kassie O’Callaghan has this all planned out. She is finally telling her husband Mike that she wants a divorce. Then she can move in with her younger boyfriend who she has been having a fling with for five years. Yep, it’s finally going to happen.

Until Mike ends up in the hospital. Kassie then learns tha
Linda Zagon
Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “What’s Not Said” by Valerie Taylor, She Writes Press, 2020 On tour with Suzy Approved Book Tours

Valerie Taylor, the author of “What’s Not Said” has written a thought-provoking, intriguing and memorable story that revolves around secrets, betrayals, and unpredictable events. The genres for this story are domestic fiction, contemporary fiction, women’s fiction, and fiction. There is a dash of romance, and suspense added to this story. The timeline is set in the auth
Katherine Hayward Pérez
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Kassie O’Callaghan wants to get on with life, move on. She wants to divorce her emotionally abusive husband, Mike, and start a life with Chris, who she met while in Venice. Chris has a secret and when it is revealed their worlds will collide. Chris does not want Kassie hurt but Kassie must help him get an organ donor......

Fast paced, well structured with a plot that makes you think and feel, What's Not Said is a novel I am glad I was approved for.

What's Not Said is about relationships, secrets
Meryl Ain
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In What’s Not Said, debut novelist Valerie Taylor gives us a great read. It is a saucy tale of a woman who has found a younger lover and wants to divorce her lying husband. The story flows well and the characters are multifaceted. Yet it’s so much more than that. It’s about secrets and lies and their impact on our relationships and our lives. In addition, the book raises moral and ethical dilemmas about adoption and organ transplants. It accurately portrays Chronic Kidney Disease and its consequ ...more
Cassie’s Reviews
Feb 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Kassie wants a divorce from her husband Mike and she’s been wanting/ planning the divorce for a while now . He’s emotionally abusive and it doesn’t help that he had been her professor when they met. Many years ago she met a man named Chris while on vacation, and she’s been having an affair with him. Well he’s nows moving to town so they can be together. Before she can reveal she wants a divorce Mike ends up in the hospital. At the hospital they are informed Mike has Kidney disease and he was tol ...more
Josephine Wrightson

Well, I went into this read with my eyes open, not again being my usual read. My fav is fantasy romance. But I had to say I really enjoyed it. It was well written and flowed. And the heroine, my sympathies are all for her, being able to relate so much to the life and lies she has been told. I found myself willing her to let her husband have it … lol I would have said a lot more. But I’m a sucker for a hea, , And the end was great…
Debra Thomas
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you like contemporary novels about a feisty woman facing unexpected complications in her marriage, this novel should be on your TBR list. The twists and turns will keep you reading, as will the excellent writing, and, oh, how could I forget, there are also steamy scenes with a handsome young lover to enjoy as well.
Aug 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
This would be a great book club pick.Lots of themes to discuss and take sides on. Compelling enough you want to keep reading. It keeps your interest even when you want to reach into pages and smack some sense into them. Not what I was expecting or my usual genre/ theme, but that said I enjoyed it and look forward to reading the sequel when it comes out.
Oct 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
WHAT’S NOT SAID was a great women's fiction book that I found to be a great read! I really liked Kassie O’Callaghan and boy did she take me a tear jerkier of a ride. There were times were I just wanted her to forget about her husband and walk away and other times where I felt like I could really understand her choices and sympathize.
Gabi Coatsworth
Jun 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: women-s-fiction
A different kind of book, with a very modern, albeit "middle-aged" heroine. I didn't know who I was rooting for, to begin with, and as the book progresses, the author deftly switched my allegiance from one character to another. With many twists and turns, this makes a perfect beach read, to keep you turning the pages. The title, What's Not Said, sounds innocuous enough, to begin with, but by the end of the book, I realized how much weight those words really carried. Recommended for book clubs - ...more
May 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What’s Not Said by Valerie Taylor kept me turning the pages! In a story compiled of such realistic characters, I was reminded how life is rarely lived by absolutes. The events experienced by characters in the book were perceived differently by them all, even down to their interpretations of right and wrong.
I was drawn to how Kassie loves to organize and plan her life with Post-it notes, lists, and notebooks always on hand. I loved that reoccurring personality trait throughout the book that I co
May 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I was drawn into this story from the very beginning, and it is a real roller coaster ride, with Kassie, Mike and Chris and all the lies between them, all unsaid. The story is a realistic view of a crumbling marriage, though, with characters that are both endearing and flawed. I found the character of Kassie quite relatable, because of her complexity; there was her bad side, her controlling side and her compassionate side, which all seemed to appear at surprising times. I found myself rooting for ...more
Tammy Pasterick
Feb 27, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This is a fun and entertaining novel packed with so many plot twists and turns! Kassie O'Callaghan is desperate to escape her marriage to Mike, who feels like a stranger to her. But her plans to move in with her younger boyfriend are derailed when she finds out her husband has chronic kidney disease. This is a fascinating portrait of a disintegrating marriage with deeply flawed, relatable characters. This story is filled with so many secrets and lies that I wondered if the truth would ever come ...more
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Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Large number of readers enjoy the books that talk about two young people who fall in love, going through ups and downs during their realization time, and end up cherishing their love forever and live happily ever after.Old-time and modern fairy tales. But is happily ever after always possible? If you want to read a book that talks about the problems that may arise after the marriage vows are said, for a slightly different story, then you should definitely read ‘What's Not Said’ by Valerie Taylor ...more
Linda Ulleseit
Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult-fiction
The characters in this novel are compelling, even if they themselves often don't know if they are coming or going. Mike loves Kassie but has secrets in his past and carries on casual affairs. Kassie loves Mike but decides to divorce him to live with her lover. The events that pull Kassie and Mike apart, and those that pull them together, keep you reading this book until the surprising end. ...more
Feb 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Although the characters are unlikeable What's Not Said has so many unexpected twists and turns. I did enjoy how Kassie did end up traveling and doing things she normally wouldn't with her husband. I can't wait to see what Taylor does with book two which will be released in August. ...more
Etta (Chonky Books Review)
Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
An excellent debut novel! Kassie O’Callaghan is a marketing executive who works in a larger firm. Her husband, Mike, is also in marketing at his own smaller company. They met in college, him a professor and she was his student and they’ve been married over twenty years. Marriage was difficult once the honeymoon period was over and Kassie came to terms with Mike’s controlling and emotionally abusive ways. She’s been conditioned to cater to Mike’s every whim and to his every need. He constantly ma ...more
Literary Reviewer
Nov 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What’s Not Said is a witty and entertaining rom-com written by Valerie Taylor. The narrative follows Kassie in the midst of concocting a plan to divorce her intolerable and emotionally abusive husband, Mike, which is suddenly halted by the revelation of Mike’s chronic kidney disease. The novel opens from Kassie’s point of view, in which the reader learns about all the hardships that Kassie had to endure under Mike’s hand; manipulation, lies, infidelity- the list is endless. Mike is painted as an ...more
May 01, 2021 rated it liked it
"What's Not Said" by Valerie Taylor is the May pick for one of my online book clubs. As the novel opens, Kassie O'Callaghan, a 54-year-old marketing/advertising executive, is on the verge of leaving her husband of more than 30 years, Mike Ricci, and moving in with Chris Gaines, the hot young lover she met five years earlier on a solo trip to Venice. Unfortunately, her meticulous plans go awry when Mike winds up in the hospital, and she learns he has chronic kidney disease -- has had it for the p ...more
Jill (chill_jilland_read)
Mar 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Ohhhh save the drama for this mama!

Thank you Suzy Approved Book Tours and Valerie Taylor for sending me a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

Whew. What a dramatic a good way! Get ready to pick up this marriage expose. Perfect for the beach!

Kassie O’Callaghan’s meticulous plans to divorce her emotionally abusive husband, Mike, and move in with Chris, a younger man she met five years ago on a solo vacation in Venice, are disrupted when she finds out Mike has chronic kidn
Amy Mayo
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
** Book Review **
Book: What’s Not Said by Valerie Taylor
Book Synopsis:
Kassie O’Callaghan’s meticulous plans to divorce her emotionally abusive husband, Mike, and move in with Chris, a younger man she met five years ago on a solo vacation in Venice, are disrupted when she finds out Mike has chronic kidney disease―something he’s concealed from her for years. Once again, she postpones her path to freedom―at least, until she pokes around his pajama drawer and discovers his illness is the least of h
Francis M. Torres
Oct 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
This book reminds me of the little bit of summer I got to enjoy, at a water park, you wait on line, to get on this ride, your heart is racing, you are excited, you finally get on the ride, and you have this feeling that this ride is going to be so much fun, then it starts off, some parts of that ride are not as enjoyable, then some parts just make you scream and your heart is going CRAZY, you feel like its about to come out your chest, then the ride ends and you are like, WOW, we need to get on ...more
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Valerie Taylor was born and raised in Stamford, Connecticut. She earned a B.S. Marketing degree and an MBA from Sacred Heart University, as well as a graduate certificate in health care administration from Simmons University (formerly Simmons College). She had a thirty-year career in the financial services industry as a marketer and writer.

After her divorce, she spread her wings and relocated her

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