Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Things You Won't Say by Sarah Pekkanen

In this timely and provocative novel, internationally bestselling author Sarah Pekkanen takes us inside a family in crisis and a marriage on the brink after a tragic shooting.

How far would you go to save your family?

Intrigued? I thought so.

Have you ever heard the saying "it was like art imitating life." I remember being vaguely aware of what that really meant. Until I read this book. Then it was as if all of my feelings came rushing at me, and I found myself desperately praying "Please God, don't let this happen to me." This was a raw, and honest portrayal of police work. What happens when things go so wrong, and a family is caught in the public eye's crosshairs?

Let me first start with a little confession, I did not request a galley or an early copy of this book. I always request Sarah's books, but life got in the way, and I did not get around to it with this book. I love her books, and am usually diligent, but life...you know how it goes. I am a member of a Facebook group for fabulous readers and authors (Great Thoughts, Great Readers), and a friend of mine received an advanced copy of the book through that group, and then passed it on to me. I am certain this book was meant to make it in to my hands. When my husband read the back cover, his response was "why the hell would you read that?" I understand his reaction, but I just couldn't help myself!

I am a police wife. My husband is a police officer. This book was very difficult for me to read because it forced me to face my worst fears. The type of nightmare-like situation that is the result of something going terribly wrong while protecting and serving the people left me feeling raw and vulnerable. It was not difficult for me to put myself in Jamie's shoes because I am Jamie. I am a mother, a wife, a sister, and someone who loves her husband deeply and knows that mistakes can and do happen while in this line of work. There have been many times I have feverishly prayed nothing happened when he stopped answering his phone. Oh how I wished I made more money so he didn't have to work in a job that was so risky, and one that is under (fairly and unfairly) scrutiny all the time. So for all those reasons, I am Jamie.

Book clubs be ready! Your next pick to spark those difficult conversations has arrived in stores! Things You Won't Say will get everyone talking. Prepare to play both sides of the coin, because this one will have people experiencing a range of emotions, and will get your discussions rolling. Thank you to Bianca and Andrea at Great Thoughts, Great Readers for providing an early copy of this book to my friend, without whom I wouldn't have been able to read this book!

Things You Won't Say-ORDER HERE

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