Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Things We Knew by Catherine West


The Things We Knew by Catherine West
After her mother’s death twelve years ago, Lynette Carlisle watched her close-knit family unravel. One by one, her four older siblings left their Nantucket home and never returned. All seem to blame their father for their mother’s death, but nobody will talk about that tragic day. And Lynette’s memory only speaks through nightmares.
Then Nicholas Cooper returns to Nantucket, bringing the past with him. Once Lynette’s adolescent crush, Nick knows more about her mother’s death than he lets on. The truth could tear apart his own family—and destroy his fragile friendship with Lynette, the woman he no longer thinks of as a kid sister.
As their father’s failing health and financial concerns bring the Carlisle siblings home, secrets surface that will either restore their shattered relationships or separate the siblings forever. But pulling up anchor on the past propels them into the perfect storm, powerful enough to make them question their faith, their willingness to forgive, and the very truth of all the things they thought they knew.

My Thoughts:

What started out as a slow story quickly picked up pace as Ms. West pulls the string unraveling Lynette Carlisle's story. With crashing waves and seagulls soaring against the Nantucket setting Ms. West did a fabulous job of drawing me into each of her characters and the mystery surrounding the death of the Carlisle matriarch.

While the pace does pick up with the addition of Lynette's teenage crush, Nicholas Cooper, and her siblings, the story moves methodically. The timing allowed me to discover each new character and their struggles and see the intricate weaving of the mysterious plot unfold.

What I loved about this story was the redemptive hope offered to each character throughout the story. Ms. West delivers a story with relevance that will resonate with readers long after the final page.

*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. You can purchase your copy of The Things We Knew HERE. -OR- Share this review and you'll be entered to win a copy!! Just leave a comment below that you shared and where you shared it!! 

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