Title: WHISPER ME THIS
Author: KERRY ANNE KING
Genre: FICTION, WOMEN’S FICTION
Length: 349 PAGES
Publisher: LAKE UNION PUBLISHING
Received From: NETGALLEY
Release Date: AUGUST 1, 2018
Price: $24.95 USD
Rating: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Single mother Maisey Addington has always fallen short of her own mother’s expectations—never married, a bit adrift, wasting her high IQ on dead-end jobs. The only thing Maisey’s sure she’s gotten right is her relationship with her twelve-year-old daughter, Elle…until a phone call blows apart the precarious balance of their lives. Maisey’s mother is in a coma, and her aging father faces charges of abuse and neglect.
Back at her childhood home, Maisey must make a heartrending life-or-death decision. Her confused father has destroyed family records, including her mother’s final wishes. Searching for answers, Maisey uncovers one unspeakable secret after another when she stumbles upon a shattering truth: a twin sister named Marley.
Maisey’s obsession with solving the mystery of her sister forces her to examine her darkest memories and triggers a custody battle with Elle’s father. Will Maisey’s love for her daughter be strong enough to break a cycle of abuse and create a new beginning for them all?
**** WARNING ****
This book contains instances of domestic violence. If that is a trigger for you, I suggest that you skip this novel.
This book “… stirs the emotions in your belly like a spoon stirring cream into a coffee cup…”
Maisey grew up in a home that was ruled by her iron-willed mother. It is no wonder she moved away, placing several States between herself and her childhood home. She loves her parents, she just knows that raising her daughter in Kansas City has been the best decision she has ever made.
Maisey and her daughter, Elle get along famously. In fact, despite what her mother sees as wasted potential, Maisey knows she has done something right – she has raised Elle with all the love anyone could ever wish for.
A single, life-altering phone call brings back all Maisey’s feelings of inadequacy. She has to fly home. Her mother is gravely ill and her father is confused and evasive. The police mention the possibility of domestic abuse or at the very least, neglect.
Back in her childhood home, Maisey unearths a life-changing secret; she has a sister. One that neither her mother or father ever spoke of.
Just as she is coming to terms with the fact that her mother had lied to her for her entire life, Maisey discovers more secrets and lies.
This book is one of the most realistic descriptions of spousal abuse I have ever come across. Author Kerry Anne King has a background in Mental Health Counseling and also as a nurse. She has obviously come into close contact with survivors of abusive relationships, because she does a brilliant job of describing the insidious way that abusers can get inside the head of their victims.
This book is an emotional roller coaster and readers will be taken along for the ride of their lives.
Maisey may initially come across as a weak character, but as readers learn more about her, perceptions change. Whether those perceptions are hers or the readers remains to be seen.
I could not help but be swept up in the drama of Maisey’s story. The plot moves along at the perfect pace and there is rarely a dull moment. The characters are so realistic that they could easily be your neighbors in reality.
With topics such as single parenthood, divorce, custody issues, alcoholism, drug abuse, child abuse, elder care, domestic violence, secrets, lies and more, there is barely a person on the planet that will not be able to find something or someone to relate to within the pages of “Whisper Me This.”
Written with some of the best character building I have read in a very long time, this book is an absolute MUST READ.
I will be thinking about this book for a long, long time and I rate it as 5 out of 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
** Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book. **
QUOTES I LOVED:
“My thoughts and feelings are so jumbled and bruised, I can’t begin to know what I think or feel.”
“How … can [someone] sing so beautifully while packing around so much venomous hate?”
“What I should do and what I will do are two different chickens…”
“A frisson of fear. And a big old bucket of nausea.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kerry Anne King is the author of the international bestselling novel Closer Home.
Licensed both as an RN and a Mental Health Counselor, she draws on her experience working in the medical and mental health fields to explore themes of loss, grief, and transformation, always with a dose of hope and humor.
Kerry lives in a little house in the big woods of the inland northwest with her Viking, three cats, a dog, and a yard full of wild turkey and deer.
She also writes fantasy and mystery novels as Kerry Schafer.
To learn more about this author, visit the following links:
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