Publisher Description

Finalist: National Indie Excellence Awards 2019.

Playful. Compelling. deeply layered. What You Don’t See raises the stakes in friendship against the bittersweet backdrop of motherhood and the endlessly entertaining activities of well-heeled women’s groups. The story follows Livi, a spirited, outspoken PR executive, pivoting at thirty to full-time wife and mom. That goes better than imagined, until she gets entangled in a romantic relationship with another mom.

But no coming-out party. No new set of indie friends.

At first, Livi’s able to defend the relationship, asserting it can all be perfectly normal in a world of well-meaning adults. But her ability to live transparently in this complex web loosens as her girlfriend resists truth, dragging Livi into a world of deceit and subterfuge.

What You Don’t See—set in an affluent Southern California neighborhood and a local hangout bar on the Mississippi Gulf Coast—is anything but ordinary. There’s a talking, know-it-all cat; a large, menacing cockroach; and a host of colorful characters, stirring it up as Livi wrestles with timeless questions of truth, friendship, and free will.

Think: The Help meets The Hours.

Fiction & Literature
April 12
Livi Hallahan
Smashwords, Inc.

Customer Reviews

DottieB7654* ,

Loved this book! Great story of love and friendship.

I received an early release of this book and thoroughly enjoyed reading this! It made me really examine my own views of friendship and love.
This is the story of two women who become best friends and then develop an intimate relationship and how that relationship challenges the concepts of themselves, each other, and society.
The story immediately draws you in and takes you from a golf town in Mississippi to an upper class neighborhood in Pasadena California over the span of 20 years. This book is about love friendship and finding the truth about yourself.
In addition to the well-developed characters in the elegant way the story is written, I especially love the family stories set in the south. This book made me laugh and cry - it was like sitting down with a friend you haven’t seen for a long time and having a conversation last from copied the cocktails, where you learn something unexpected that totally right about them.