Author: Celeste Ng
Published by: Penguin Books on May 12, 2015
Genres: General Fiction
Book Rating: 7/10
Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.
So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos.
A profoundly moving story of family, secrets, and longing, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.
When I first picked up this book I wasn’t sure what to expect.
I thought it was going to be a suspenseful novel. And although there is a mystery, Lydia’s death, I feel the main plot evolved more around family dynamics and the different relationships between each member of the family than the mystery itself.
Saying that the writing is very poetic. The characters are developed nicely. And the story is very emotional and thought-provoking.
I think if you’re looking for a good contemporary drama you will really enjoy this book. However, if you pick it up hoping for a page-turning mystery you might be a little disappointed.
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