- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Headline Review (3 Feb. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0755377842
- ISBN-13: 978-0755377848
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 23.7 x 3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,234,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
What You Don't Know Hardcover – 3 Feb 2011
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Full of characters I felt I knew (or would want to!), facing dilemmas/choices/situations familiar to us all of a certain age, with children, jobs,complicated daily balancing acts...Left me wondering what choice I'd have made...
Highly recommended for book groups (with copious amounts of wine to ease the sharing of your own "white lies"!)
But also touchingly relevant and exploring many of the conumdrums we are faced with as our children age and our relaionships mature(?).
This is sure to become one of those books that everyone is talking about.
Read it now, before yor friends do!
Meeting Graham Parks an ex-Army soldier when interviewing him regarding his book, Helen suddenly starts to feel things that she has never felt before. Why does she feel this way about a plain looking, balding man who is everything that her husband is not? Thoughts start to come and go, and the book is devoted to this will she give in and find out if things could be different after all this time.
I found the book very much a book of thoughts. It was if we were in Helen's mind as she went over all the ifs, buts and maybes. The excitement of receiving text messages or emails and knowing you were the only one who knew. The justification of the lies made to seem like truths so conscience is clear as appoints are made, lunches are taken, brief flitting encounters are held.
Helen knows she has everything and will lose it all? But whilst she has caught herself up in this cycle of thoughts, around her others are having their own crises. Alex's role in the daytime soap has got bigger and there is a new actress, well known who seems to be threatening the equilibrium that Helen thinks her and Alex have, despite Helen's own thoughts. These thoughts create situation where this none and a reason for her flirtation could now be justified.
Helen's friend Katie does what Helen is afraid to do and with consequences which makes Helen realise everything she has can be lost on one action. Katie is as much as Helen is caught in her web of thoughts and I think this parallel story could have been developed more, than it was, by the end it left me wanting more.Read more ›
I did find the subject matter to be rather interesting and enjoyed the book much more than I thought I would based on the book's blurb. This is because I thought it was all handled in a much better way than many books handle such a subject and also I think it was done in a more mature and possibly realistic way.
I would however have liked there to have been epilogue at the end of the book as the story did seem to come to a bit of an abrupt end and I would particularly have liked to have found out what happened to Katie (Helen's best friend), maybe a few months down the line.
Aside from that this book is interesting and thought-provoking and one I would happily recommend.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Helen is a happily-married journalist, with an interesting job on the arts review section of a broadsheet. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Kate Hopkins
Was a very heart warming book. At times I felt anxious for the characters other times I felt pure happiness for them, as if we had created a real connection. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Sophie Taylor
I picked up Lizzie's second book in my local library. It was the cover and title which caught my attention. I enjoyed the book and found it a very easy read. Read morePublished on 30 Mar. 2013 by Tilly Tompkins
Having stumbled across Lizzie Enfield I felt compelled to write a brief review of her superb debut novel "What You Don't Know". Read morePublished on 9 Feb. 2012 by Ian Kirkpatrick
Lizzie has written about the trials and tribulations of married life in a thought provoking way with witty, truthful honesty. A superb read can't wait for the next book. Read morePublished on 31 Dec. 2011 by Louise Jones
I loved this book so much that I still think about the characters and wonder what they are doing as if they have become old friends of mine. Read morePublished on 14 Dec. 2011 by Yvonne T
I'm puzzled as to why an earlier reviewer thinks this is a paean to adultery. In fact it's the opposite - an intelligent and amusing look at the pressures on modern marriages,... Read morePublished on 14 Dec. 2011 by Ali
Intelligent, witty, honest and a jolly good read. I couldn't put it down. a charming take on "brief encounter" but bang up to date.Published on 7 Dec. 2011 by turnip
I loved this book - I think it appeals to all women of my age! Been married for a bit and wondering what's going on! It's funny and movingPublished on 7 Dec. 2011 by carla