REVIEW: I just finished Things Unsaid by Diana Y. Paul this morning. I have to tell you that I really struggled with this book. I don’t think this had anything to do with the author’s writing style. I want to say that it was outstanding. She brought out such strong emotions, I wanted to throw the book across the room. I wouldn’t do that because I value my tablet too much.
The characters…OMGoodness! This family was so disfunctional, I could have spit. The women in this family were so selfish and thought so much of themselves. The mother went so far as to be plain rude to anyone who she deemed beneath her. This story really deals with how much we owe our parents after we leave home and have a family of our own.
As you can tell, I would like to go down the list of all the characters in this book and tell you exactly what was wrong with the choices they made in their lives. I don’t think there was one mentally healthy person in this book.
Diana Paul is a smart woman. She tells a story that is based on truth. She is an acedemic born in Ohio and now lives in California. She writes about what she knows. That usually makes for an outstanding book. I think this is an outstanding book. I just didn’t expect it to bring up all of the emotions that it did in myself. That is a pretty strong book. I almost think there should be a warning when you start the book. There was so much that happened in this book and frankly, it made me sad. Sad to think that someone lived through this life.
Things Unsaid has been out a few years. If you haven’t read it, I would recommend this book. I think you have to ready for the barage of feelings that are going to come at you while you read this heart-breaking story.
I received a copy of this book from the author. Opinions express in this review are completely my own. Thank you Diana Paul for trusting me with your book.
Winner of New Adult Fiction—Beverly Hills Book Awards
Winner of the SILVER Medal for Best Fiction in Drama from Readers’ Favorite
Finalist USA Best Books Awards in Literary Fiction and in New Fiction
Inspired by a true story about mothers, daughters, and impossible choices—Jules Foster, a child psychologist, upon hearing news of her estranged, narcissistic mother’s terminal diagnosis, chooses to care for her mother over her own daughter, only to find out she has been betrayed all along. Things Unsaid asks us to consider what children owe their aging parents and siblings.