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: 3½ Stars
For me, The Things We Knew was a good way to pass the time, but in all honesty, the story didn’t really stick with me. In order to write this review, I had to go back and re-read the back of the book to refresh my memory about the story, because after reading a couple of other books I had forgotten what it was about. When a story makes an impression on me, I don’t have to do that.
I figured out the “secret” of the main storyline fairly quickly, so there weren’t any real surprises. I think maybe the author gave a few too many hints as to what was coming, so when it was revealed, it wasn’t really a shocker. (Personally, I love shockers! )
On the up side, the book was written well, and I would read the author again. It was easy to follow, no major grammatical or spelling errors, and again, it was a good book to pick up and read when I had a few minutes here and there. If you are looking for an easy-flow read with a little bit of mystery to pass the time, you would probably enjoy it!
*Sincere thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishers and The Fiction Guild for providing me with a complimentary copy to read and review.