Friday, April 10, 2020

BLOG TOUR - Truths I Never Told You

Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for Truths I Never Told You by Kelly Rimmer.


After finding disturbing journal pages that suggest her late mother didn't die in a car accident as her father had always maintained, Beth Walsh begins a search for answers to the question -- what really happened to their mother? With the power and relevance of Jodi Picoult and Lisa Jewell, Rimmer pens a provocative novel told by two women a generation apart, the struggles they unwittingly shared, and a family mystery that may unravel everything they believed to be true.

With her father recently moved to a care facility because of worsening signs of dementia, Beth Walsh volunteers to clear out the family home to prepare it for sale. Why shouldn’t she be the one, after all? Her three siblings are all busy with their families and successful careers, and Beth is on maternity leave after giving birth to Noah, their miracle baby. It took her and her husband Hunter years to get pregnant, but now that they have Noah, Beth can only feel panic. And leaving Noah with her in-laws while she pokes about in their father’s house gives her a perfect excuse not to have to deal with motherhood.

Beth is surprised to discover the door to their old attic playroom padlocked, and even more shocked to see what’s behind it – a hoarder’s mess of her father’s paintings, mounds of discarded papers, and miscellaneous junk. Her father was the most fastidious, everything-in-its-place man, and this chaos makes no sense. As she picks through the clutter, she finds a handwritten note attached to one of the paintings, in what appears to be in her late mother’s handwriting. Beth and her siblings grew up believing Grace Walsh died in a car accident when they were little more than toddlers, but this note suggests something much darker may be true. A frantic search uncovers more notes, seemingly a series of loose journal entries that paint a very disturbing portrait of a woman in profound distress, and of a husband that bears very little resemblance to the father Beth and her siblings know.

A fast-paced, harrowing look at the fault in memories and the lies that can bond families together - or tear them apart.


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Title:   Truths I Never Told You
Author:  Kelly Rimmer
Publisher:  Graydon House
Genre:   Fiction / Historical
ISBN:  9781525804601, 152580460X
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   352
Date of Publication:   April 14, 2020
My Rating:   5 Stars

Beth Walsh is dealing with the responsibility of clearing out her father's home after he is moved to a care facility. It has been years since she called it her home, but she finds it shocking to discover that her childhood playroom is locked. Over the years her father had become quite an accomplished painter. Why were these paintings, as well as lots of other things locked away?

As Beth pushes through everything, one thing in particular stands out, and that is a collection of letters in journal format. What Beth learns is more than shocking. As devastating as each letter she reads is to her, Beth slowly begins to understand a bit more about herself. Will the connection she begins to feel from her long deceased mother heal her or harm her? This story is written in dual timelines. Beth is reading letters that reach back to the late 90s and readers are able to watch Beth's emotions evolve as she reads her mother Grace's words. 

This is no easy book to read. It deals with something many young mothers go through - that of postpartum depression. Although I haven't dealt with it, two of my daughters have, so some of these entries brought tears to my eyes more than once. The women in this book dealt with real pain, and the author showed great care in conveying the true emotions behind such feelings. This book will be with me for a long time, especially as my children keep having children! Kudos to Kelly Rimmer for writing such an exceptionally touching story.

Many thanks to Harlequin - Graydon House and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

Please enjoy the following excerpt:



September 14, 1957

I am alone in a crowded family these days, and that’s the worst feeling I’ve ever experienced. Until these past few years, I had no idea that lone­liness is worse than sadness. I’ve come to realize that’s because loneliness, by its very definition, cannot be shared.

Tonight there are four other souls in this house, but I am unreachably far from any of them, even as I’m far too close to guarantee their safety. Patrick said he’d be home by nine tonight, and I clung on to that prom­ise all day.

He’ll be home at nine, I tell myself. You won’t do anything crazy if Patrick is here, so just hold on until nine.

I should have known better than to rely on that man by now. It’s 11:55 p.m., and I have no idea where he is.

Beth will be wanting a feed soon and I’m just so tired, I’m already bracing myself—as if the sound of her cry will be the thing that undoes me, instead of something I should be used to after four children. I feel the fear of that cry in my very bones—a kind of whole-body tension I can’t quite make sense of. When was the last time I had more than a few hours’ sleep? Twenty-four hours a day I am fixated on the terror that I will snap and hurt someone: Tim, Ruth, Jeremy, Beth…or myself. I am a threat to my children’s safety, but at the same time, their only protection from that very same threat.

I have learned a hard lesson these past few years; the more difficult life is, the louder your feelings become. On an ordinary day, I trust facts more than feelings, but when the world feels like it’s ending, it’s hard to dis­tinguish where my thoughts are even coming from. Is this fear grounded in reality, or is my mind playing tricks on me again? There’s no way for me to be sure. Even the line between imagination and reality has worn down and it’s now too thin to delineate.

Sometimes I think I will walk away before something bad happens, as if removing myself from the equation would keep them all safe. But then Tim will skin his knee and come running to me, as if a simple hug could take all the world’s pain away. Or Jeremy will plant one of those sloppy kisses on my cheek, and I am reminded that for better or worse, I am his world. Ruth will slip my handbag over her shoulder as she follows me around the house, trying to walk in my footsteps, because to her, I seem like someone worth imitating. Or Beth will look up at me with that gummy grin when I try to feed her, and my heart contracts with a love that really does know no bounds.

Those moments remind me that everything changes, and that this cloud has come and gone twice now, so if I just hang on, it will pass again. I don’t feel hope yet, but I should know hope, because I’ve walked this path before and even when the mountains and valleys seemed insur­mountable, I survived them.

I’m constantly trying to talk myself around to calm, and sometimes, for brief and beautiful moments, I do. But the hard, cold truth is that every time the night comes, it seems blacker than it did before.

Tonight I’m teetering on the edge of something horrific.

Tonight the sound of my baby’s cry might just be the thing that breaks me altogether.

I’m scared of so many things these days, but most of all now, I fear myself.

Excerpted from Truths I Never Told You by Kelly Rimmer, Copyright © 2020 by Lantana Management Pty Ltd. Published by Graydon House Books.


Kelly Rimmer is the worldwide and USA TODAY bestselling author of Before I Let You Go, Me Without You, and The Secret Daughter. She lives in rural Australia with her husband, two children and fantastically naughty dogs, Sully and Basil. Her novels have been translated into more than twenty languages. Please visit her at

Facebook: @Kellymrimmer
Twitter: @KelRimmerWrites
Instagram: @kelrimmerwrites


  1. I love this review - I cannot wait to read this one

  2. Great review Robin, I am really glad you fully enjoyed reading this book and it looks and sounds like an fantastic and very emotional book as well. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.

  3. Great review, thanks for sharing!! Melissa's fandom world

  4. Great review, sounds very poignant. Looks good too.

  5. I love reading intense books and this sounds perfect!

    Gayathri @ Elgee Writes

  6. This sounds really good, I’m adding it to my TBR.