Today I finished a book I had previously heard nothing about. I had also never heard of the author, Sarah Pekkanen. I didn’t head straight to the Amazon reviews once I finished reading to see where my review fell in line with others, I will look when I’m through here and maybe surprise myself.
Things You Won’t Say follows Jamie Anderson through not only the daily life of a police officer’s wife, but also through the emotions. Her husband is faced with multiple tragedies within a short period of time and not only does it take its toll on him, but also on her. She feels as though her world is falling apart and she no longer has the support of the person she’s always counted on most, her husband.
I felt the book was well written. The main topic is current and controversial. The characters were rich and believable with real feel emotions and reactions. I realize that having Jamie’s kids run on the obnoxious side helped add to her circumstances and emotional overload, but I felt they annoyed me as a reader more than they lent credibility to the situation. Aside from that, I enjoyed the read and liked Pekkanen’s voice. The only thing that took me out of the story and broke an otherwise great flow was a few misplaced flashbacks. For example: when Jamie goes to the hospital to visit Ritchie, there is a sense of urgency in the visit, but a sudden flashback to a vacation they all took several years earlier breaks the flow of the scene. It didn’t make for a bad story or even bad writing, but those half a dozen flashbacks did break flow and feel completely misplaced.
Overall, an enjoyable 4-star read. I would definitely check out other works by this author.