Sunday, May 24, 2015

Things You Won't Say by Sarah Pekkanen

Things You Won't Say

Things You Won't Say by Sarah Pekkanen 
Paperback, 352 pages
Expected publication: May 26th 2015 by Washington Square Press 

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?

Every morning, as her husband Mike straps on his SIG Sauer and pulls on his heavy Magnum boots, Jamie Anderson tenses up. Then comes the call she has always dreaded: There's been a shooting at police headquarters. Mike isn't hurt, but his long-time partner is grievously injured. As weeks pass and her husband's insomnia and disconnectedness mount, Jamie realizes he is an invisible casualty of the attack. Then the phone rings again. Another shooting but this time Mike has pulled the trigger.

But the shooting does more than just alter Jamie's world. It's about to change everything for two other women. Christie Simmons, Mike's flamboyant ex, sees the tragedy as an opportunity for a second chance with Mike. And Jamie's younger sister, Lou, must face her own losses to help the big sister who raised her. As the press descends and public cries of police brutality swell, Jamie tries desperately to hold together her family, no matter what it takes.

In her characteristic exploration of true-to-life relationships, Sarah Pekkanen has written a complex, compelling, and openhearted novel her best yet. 

My thoughts about Things You Won't Say ~~

This was my first Sarah Pekkanen book and it won't be my last! I love the way she writes and how she takes a very timely issue and shows us the personal side of it. 

Does this sound familiar to you? 
'"How many times does young man of color need to be murdered by police before we as a country demand that it stop? Police are there to protect all of our citizens, especially the vulnerable. Especially the young. Tonight a family is grieving for no reason other than the actions of a trigger-happy police officer who decided to be the judge, jury, and executioner when he saw a brown face,'"
We get to see all sides of this controversial topic, from the victim's loved ones and what they are going through to the officer's family and how this tragedy is affecting them. This is a story that shows us what everyone goes through when something horrible like this happens. It is not easy on anyone. 
'She wanted her life back so desperately. She wanted her biggest worry to be about the electricity bill, or the fact that she couldn't button her favorite jeans, or the state of the kitchen floor. She wanted to be annoyed with Mike because he'd gone out with the guys after work and had lost forty bucks in a poker game.' 
I was totally engrossed in this story and got caught up in the emotions and drama of the families. Sarah writes wonderfully and I am excited to read more of her books. 
'... normal life wasn't normal any longer. Maybe it never would be again.'
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About the author

"Fans of Jennifer Weiner and Emily Giffin will strongly appreciate this rising star in women's fiction." - Library Journal.

Internationally bestselling author Sarah Pekkanen's newest book is Things You Won't Say (May 2015, Atria/Simon & Schuster). She is also the author of Catching Air, The Best of Us, The Opposite of Me, Skipping a Beat, and These Girls. Sarah's linked free short estories, published by Simon & Schuster exclusively for ereaders, are titled "All is Bright," and "Love, Accidentally." The third story in the series is just 99 cents and is titled "Beginning Again." 

Sarah is the mother of three young boys, which explains why she writes part of her novels at Chuck E. Cheese. 

Sarah penned her first book, Miscellaneous Tales and Poems, at the age of 10. When publishers failed to jump upon this literary masterpiece (hey, all the poems rhymed!) Sarah followed up by sending them a sternly-worded letter on Raggedy Ann stationery. Sarah still has that letter, and carries it to New York every time she has meetings with her publisher, as a reminder that dreams do come true. At least some dreams - Brad Pitt has yet to show up on her doorstep wearing nothing but a toolbelt and asking if she needs anything fixed. So maybe it's only G-rated dreams that come true. 

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