Joan P. (Owego, NY)
Things We Didn't Say
The story begins with Casey moving in with Michael and his three children. Her sudden role as mother is daunting since Casey's ex-wife, Mallory, the children's birth mother, is a highly dysfunctional woman who is determined to undermine Casey. As with many patched together families there are many problems. Angel, the oldest daughter, remembers how bad life was with her mother but resents the new woman in her father's life and suspects Casey has secrets. Dylan has a good relationship with Casey and Jewel has made an adjustment. A family crisis brings Mallory into the house and the friction causes all the problems to rush to the surface. Each chapter is written by one of the main characters, a device to gain insight into the thoughts and actions of each. Though I became involved with the characters, their apparent inability to make good choices frustrated me . This is a book in need of someone with a cool head.
Beth C. (Sioux Falls, SD)
"Things We Didn't Say"
Kristina Riggle's current book is a nice piece of women's fiction. It deals with a dysfunctional family and their efforts to cope. The way she handled addiction recovery and lapse seemed quite realistic.The characters are well-drawn, so it is easy to care about them. Each of them is suffering in ways that seem age appropriate. There are enough topics within the book to make it a good choice for a book group discussion.
Melissa K. (Oviedo, Florida)
Things We Didn't Say
A very compelling read. I couldn't put it down. The characters are well developed, and the storyline is realistic. The topic of family was presented in a contemporary fashion. I especially loved that the ending provided conflict resolution without being too syrupy. I am anxious to read another book written by Kristina Riggle.
Malinda N. (Westhampton, NY), Southold Library
Things We Didn't Say
This novel was a quick read. It is the type of book that you want to read after you have finished a difficult or particularly thought provoking novel. It doesn't require much thought on the reader's part. The story outcome and characters are predictable. It has enough of a plot to keep the reader going until the end but the characters are not as developed as they could be which is a disappointment. I started the book with the expectation that I would encounter complex characters who were grappling with unsettling life changes. The making of such characters is possible within the story but the author fails to do so which makes what could be a very good book only an average book. I wouldn't recommend it to patrons as a bookclub choice.
Daveann D. (Eureka, MO)
I was looking forward to this book. I hoped that it would pick up and become more interesting and exciting, but it never did do that for me. I did finish it in hopes that there would be a great surprise or a great ending, again to no avail. Just not enough character or plot building for me.
Kaye D. (Huntley, IL)
Watching the life of a modern family from the inside
I loved, loved this book. I could relate to all of characters and it was interesting how the chapters were broken down as to what character I was reading about. I felt like I was that person and I was inside their mind and thoughts. Without going into any great detail there were some characters that you won't like (there was one that I absolutely couldn't stand), others who you'll feel sorry for and others that you'll feel compassion for. It is a study of a typical American Family, divorced mother and father, new girlfriend, teenagers, children, parents, the whole gammit. I got this book in the mail on Saturday and it's Tuesday night and I already finished it. With my schedule that's quite an accomplishment and only happens when a book really grabs me, which this book did. I think this book would be very interesting in a book club because everyone there would probably look at it differently based on their own personal life and experiences.
Sue J. (Wauwatosa, WI)
I became absorbed in the story and the characters after the first few chapters. The author did an excellent job of creating each character's point of view and leading the reader through the maze of conflicts and resolutions.It was an enjoyable read and I highly recommend it.