THE TOP TEN BESTSELLER. Your sister needs you. But her child needs you more... Fans of Jodi Picoult will love this moving page-turner from Australia's Kelly Rimmer
As children, sisters Lexie and Annie were incredibly close. Bonded by the death of their beloved father, they weathered the storms of life together.
As adults, Lexie and Annie could not be more different. Lexie is a successful doctor and happily engaged. Annie is an addict, a thief and a liar. When Annie's newborn baby is in danger of being placed in foster care, Annie phones to beg her sister for help.
Before I Let You Go is a moving page-turner with a heart-pounding dilemma: Your sister or her baby. Who do you choose?
'A heartbreaking story about families and how far they will go to save the ones they love. Kelly Rimmer's characters are captivating' DAILY TELEGRAPH
'Get ready for fireworks in your book club... One of the best books for discussion that I've read in years' DIANE CHAMBERLAIN, New York Times bestselling author
INCLUDES extracts from Kelly's bestselling The Things We Cannot Say and Truths I Never Told You
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
This is a story of two sisters who were incredibly close as children before their lives took different paths. From the jump, Australian author Kelly Rimmer goes in directions you don’t expect. Chapters alternate between the perspectives of doctor Lexie and recovering addict Annie, detailing their fractured relationship and filling in the family history that has shaped their interactions throughout their lives. Both women are complex, relatable and—especially—fallible, and we thoroughly felt their pain, emotional turmoil and talent for pushing each other’s buttons.
Rimmer (A Mother's Confession) delivers a heartrending tale of dysfunctional horror as two sisters wrestle with the consequences of unjust laws. After Lexie Vidler escaped a fundamentalist cult as a teenager in rural Illinois, she worked hard to break free of her traumatic childhood and became a successful doctor. But her fresh start is interrupted when she gets a call from her younger sister, Annie, a heroin addict: Annie is pregnant. The two then try to get Annie into rehab instead of charged for chemical endangerment of her unborn child. After Annie moves in with Lexie, old wounds are reopened and Lexie is forced to revisit her abusive childhood. Although Rimmer's story sometimes becomes preachy as the injustices pile up, this morality fable beautifully captures Lexie's guilt for feeling like she could have done more to help her sister earlier in life and exposes many hypocritical attitudes embedded in American culture. "We hold our pregnant women on a pedestal in this society," Lexie says. " women who use drugs in pregnancy have fallen off the pedestal, and don't we all just love to punish them for that?" Rimmer's timely novel captures the unbreakable bond of two sisters and humanizes the difficult intersection of the opioid epidemic and the justice system.
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Before I Let You Go
A fantastic read! It had me at the very first page. This book is an insightful look into addiction and its impact on those around it. I would recommend this book.
This book rocked my world! Such a different point of view! Couldn’t put it down 😍😍😍
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Read it in a day. Drug addiction is so complex.