What’s Not Said by Valerie Taylor

Title:  ‘What’s Not Said’

Author: Valerie Taylor
Release Date:  08 Sep 2020

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Kassie O’Callaghan’s meticulous plans to divorce her emotionally abusive husband, Mike, and move in with Chris, a younger man she met five years ago on a solo vacation in Venice, are disrupted when she finds out Mike has chronic kidney disease―something he’s concealed from her for years. Once again, she postpones her path to freedom―at least, until she pokes around his pajama drawer and discovers his illness is the least of his deceits.


Large number of readers enjoy the books that talk about two young people who fall in love,  going through ups and downs during their realization time, and end up cherishing their love forever and live happily ever after.Old-time and modern fairy tales.  But is happily ever after always possible? If you want to read a book that talks about the problems that may arise after the marriage vows are said, for a slightly different story, then you should definitely read ‘What’s Not Said’ by Valerie Taylor.

Kassie O’Callaghan and her husband Mike, a married couple, had had the opportunity to enjoy their love and marital happiness, but somehow got lost halfway. And now the divorce is knocking on their door. Cassie is burdened by her daily life, as well as the emotional abuse of her husband. But aren’t two needed for a tango?Well, the same applies to marriage. If we put her lover, Chris and some other details in the picture, it is clear that she is far from an victim. After 30 long years, she decides that it is time to seek happiness. But do our plans and wishes always come true? Or can throw a curved ball when we least expect it?

I have to agree that parts of the book seemed a bit contradictory to me, but I have to mention that some parts are really thought-provoking and inspiring. The subtle message of open communication and conversation as an essential part of the success of a marriage is so skillfully woven throughout the story. How secrets can destroy everything. The plot is excellent and well-presented, just enough to hold the reader’s attention without bothering him.

The style of the writer is very solid, it can be said that it is excellent for a debut work. It must be noted that her skill to lead through the story, allowing the reader  to understand the past as well is absolutely masterful. The perspectives through which the story is told allow the reader to have an insight into the characters, and the opportunity to look at the story from different angles and to understand it.

Yes, we definitely sometimes need to look outside of the box, outside of our  favorite genre so that we can find a book that deserves to be read. A work whose hidden message requires us to scratch a little deeper under the surface so that we can see its beauty.Definitely, this one deserves attention.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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