Title: Things We Never Said
Author: Nick Alexander
Genre: Fiction /Contemporary Pages: 367
First published: to be published 1 September 2018
Edition: E-book courtesy of Netgalley and the publisher
This book could have been overly emotional, a proper tearjerker, but it wasn’t and it was all the better for it.
The book opens at the funeral of Sean’s wife Catherine. A bit later Sean discovers that his wife left him a box of pictures and tapes. It is a story that has been done before, but it is the first time I am reading it.
This is a novel that deals with death in such a hopeful constructive way. It deals with family and relationships, with grief, but I guess mostly with getting ready to move on. It manages to do this without ever getting too fluffy. It feels very realistic and also comforting in a strange way. It is a novel that made me think about my own life and my own relationships and it made me appreciate what I have.
Yes, a tear did escape every now and then, but the novel skilfully avoids becoming a puddle of tears.
An absolutely beautiful book.
6 out of 7 stars