Everything I Never Told You

September 22, 2019 - Comment

Lydia is the favourite child of Marilyn and James Lee; a girl who inherited her mother’s bright blue eyes and her father’s jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue – in Marilyn’s case that her daughter become a doctor rather than a homemaker, in James’s

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Lydia is the favourite child of Marilyn and James Lee; a girl who inherited her mother’s bright blue eyes and her father’s jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue – in Marilyn’s case that her daughter become a doctor rather than a homemaker, in James’s case that Lydia be popular at school, a girl with a busy social life and the centre of every party. But Lydia is under pressures that have nothing to do with growing up in 1970s small town Ohio. Her father is an American born of first-generation Chinese immigrants, and his ethnicity, and hers, make them conspicuous in any setting. When Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, James is consumed by guilt and sets out on a reckless path that may destroy his marriage. Marilyn, devastated and vengeful, is determined to make someone accountable, no matter what the cost. Lydia’s older brother, Nathan, is convinced that local bad boy Jack is somehow involved. But it’s the youngest in the family – Hannah – who observes far more than anyone realises and who may be the only one who knows what really happened. Everything I Never Told You is a gripping page-turner, about secrets, love, longing, lies and race. This paperback book has 292 pages and measures: 19.7 x 12.6 x 1.8cm.

Comments

Anonymous says:

Character over action used to great effect This is a novel where the gradual revelation of character is key, so if you require your reading to be full of action you may find this too slow; there may be a missing girl but a thriller this is not. Conversely, this is a real treat for those who love character development since everyone portrayed is so clear in Celeste Ng’s mind that she can convey their very souls to the reader. That I felt for all of them, including Lydia, who is dead before the novel begins, shows the author’s skill as…

Anonymous says:

Beautiful and Terrible! This is a special read; an unexpected treat which will leave you in a different place to where you were when you first picked it up. It’s different, it’s deeply moving and it’s real. It’s not simply about an unhappy family, but about a family which denies it’s unhappiness. It highlights that actions don’t always correlate with feelings. It examines misunderstandings and mistakes; tenderness and emotional blindness; the influences and consequences of the paths we follow and the paths we…

Anonymous says:

Top scoring book club choice Great book. My book club gave it the highest score for a book so far and we have been meeting for 6 years!

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