- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 509 KB
- Print Length: 367 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1973148048
- Publisher: BIGfib Books (21 Sept. 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B073B4C1TL
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 579 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Things We Never Said: An unputdownable story of love, loss, and hope. Kindle Edition
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As always, Nick draws you straight into the story and by the end of the first chapter I felt as though I already knew the main characters, Sean, who at first seemed too good to be true but from Catherine we find out that he does have his flaws. Catherine, his wife, who is so honest on the tapes that I wanted to switch the machine off! April his daughter, whom you can tell Sean idolises, Cynthia, Sean's mother, a very complex person, but so true to life and Maggie, Catherine’s friend, who has a big heart but no one to share it with. Nick writes about these people and their friends so vividly that I sometimes think he has snuck into my life and met my family and friends. I do not know of any other author who writes with so much perception of people and their foibles.
The book moves effortless between the present day and the 1980’s, which brought back many personal memories of those times for me. Nick, you have definitely nailed this era and brought it to life, so much so that when I looked up from reading I expected to hear Duran Duran playing in the background!
I loved this book, although it made me smile and laugh out loud there were quite a few times when it had me reaching for the tissues. I had to stop myself racing through it to find out what happened next but only because it meant I would have to wait even longer for the next Nick Alexander novel.
I sincerely hope this book makes it to #1 because that is where it deserves to be. If you haven’t read a novel by Nick Alexander then this is the time to start.
Well done Nick, please, please, please start writing your next novel now!
I received a pre-publication edition of this book from the Publisher for review purposes, but this has not influenced my review in any way.
Like all of Nick's regular fans, I awaited the launch of his latest novel with great expectation and excitement. My downloaded copy of Things We Never Said arrived on launch day and l held off reading it until l had finished reading the book l was already reading.
I knew l was in for a treat and l took a deep breath as l turned the cover page and read the opening paragraphs. From that point on l found it hard to put the book down, but work and daily routine dictated that l must!
I am not going to give the story away in this review as l believe that my fellow readers will enjoy letting the story unfold for themselves, so no spoilers from me.
All l can say is that Nick did not disappoint. All my expectations came to fruition. As always, Nick had me engaged with lead characters from page one. I just had to know what happened to them. The writing is so poignant yet gritty that l found myself choked up with emotion throughout the story.
Nick can set a scene and propel the reader into the moment with little effort. He has a great feel for location and environment without being overly wordy and l love the skills he employs to keep the reader gripped.
Suffice to say that l enjoyed every chapter (or 'snapshot') of the book and, as usual with Nick's work, l was greedy for every word, whilst dreading the inevitable end. If you purchase this book (and you seriously should) you will not be disappointed. Nick is a master at creating dysfunctional family characters. You will journey with them through the pages and feel their pain, their emotional turmoil and their despair, in turn, and you will relish the drama of it all, just as l did.
Thank you Nick Alexander for this latest gift. As always, l will be watching and waiting for your next story. You are an absolute gem and you give us all such pleasure and escapism through your writing.
The chapters of the book start with a short description of each photograph of the weekly opened envelopes, and then the verbal contents of the cassette which Catherine recorded during her final weeks in hospital. We go back to the beginning of Catherine and Sean's relationship when they first met at a fairground and hear from Catherine her first hand impression of meeting Sean. The following chapters give milestone markers of their marriage, the birth of their daughter, April, and various parties and workplace memories – some of which even Sean had forgotten about.
I thought this was a very clever, if not quite unique, way of telling the story of an, at times, troubled marriage through snapshots of memory. Although the premise sounds depressing, it has very uplifting and amusing moments. It is written with emotion and sensitivity and also shows how father and daughter come to terms with the loss of wife and mother in different ways. I am ashamed to say that this is the first book by Nick Alexander I have read, but it won't be the last.
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