“Things We Didn’t Say is impossible to put down, and even harder to let go of.”
—Julie Buxbaum, author of The Opposite of Love
Kristina Riggle’s star continues to rise. Tiffany Baker, the New York Times bestselling author of The Little Giant of Aberdeen County, says that Riggle, “writes women’s fiction with soul.” In her novel Things We Didn’t Say, the acclaimed author of Real Life & Liars and The Life You’ve Imagined (an Indie Next Notable Book) explores the messiness of life’s love stories, especially those involving teenage almost-stepchildren, a unreliable ex-wife, and the words no parent ever wants to hear: “Your child is missing.” A poignant, honest, and unforgettable novel that fans of Katrina Kittle and Elin Hildenbrand will take into their hearts, Things We Didn’t Say is exactly the sort of well-written, complex relationships story that women love to read, discuss, and share with their friends.
Riggle's third novel (after The Life You've Imagined) explores love, devotion, and alcoholism in the modern dysfunctional family. Twenty-six-year-old Edna Leigh Casey loves her 36-year-old fianc Michael Turner and his three children, yet has decided to leave him. Not only is helping raise two teenagers and a young girl difficult, hiding her past addiction to alcohol weighs too heavily. But when Michael's son, Dylan, goes missing, Edna stays on, and must deal with Michael's alcoholic ex and her difficult daughter Angel, both of whom are intent on exposing Edna's past. Michael is also in the midst of a bitter custody battle, may lose his job, and can't hack the high expectations of his successful father. Edna feels like a too-young outsider and is highly ambivalent about revealing her flaws to Michael and his family. Though Riggle's use of multiple perspectives is less than inspired, she creates an involving portrayal of the obstacles confronting today's families.
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