Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “The Things We Cannot Say” by Kelly Rimmer, Graydon House Books, March 19, 2019
Kelly Rimmer, Author of “The Things We Cannot Say” has written an intriguing, intense, captivating, riveting, enthralling and multi-layered novel. The Genres for this story are Historical Fiction and Fiction. This story is narrated by two characters in two different time-lines, that seem to merge with many questions and dark secrets. The author describes her colorful cast of characters as complicated and complex.
Alina is involved in Poland, when the Nazis come to power. It is around 1942. . She and her childhood friend Tomasz are now engaged, and everything seems to be changing. Tomasz wants to be a Physician and plans to go to school. As the Nazis take over the Polish village, things become dangerous and deadly. They are betrayals, and great fear. Life seems like it will never be the same.
In the present time, Alice is stressed with marital and family problems, and is visiting her Grandmother in the hospital who has had a stroke. The only way that the Grandmother is able to communicate is through an iPad program, that her autistic son uses, and keeps begging Alice to go to Poland. There are a list of people’s names that Alice finds when looking through her grandmother’s things. Alice doesn’t know who they are.
In this well written novel, I appreciate that the author discusses the importance of family, friends, kindness, love and hope, communication, forgiveness and truth. I highly recommend this novel of Historical Fiction for those readers who appreciate the genre. I received an ARC for my honest review.