Catherine West's The Things We Knew REVIEW!

What is better for summer reading than a beach set book?! In my opinion, nothing! Catherine West's The things We Knew is really great book with a beach setting that is perfect for those warm summer days. This is a mystery story that doesn't give away its secrets until the very end. This was a page turner from the get go for me, and I couldn't hardly put it down. Lynette's mother dies, and there's a bit of mystery surrounding her death. Her siblings all hold secretes, and no one is willing to really dredge up a past that Lynette can't remember. Their father, whom they blame for their mother's death, is in ill health and the siblings, who have all gone their own ways, are tasked with coming together to decide the fate of the family home. Each character is strong, and well developed. Their personalities grow and they become more complex as the book unfolds. Each presents their own substory that is also well developed, and ties in with the overall picture. Overall, this is a very well written, well planned bookt hat flows nicely and kept my attention page after page...after page. 

I high recommend you find a warm, sunny spot to curl up and enjoy this book! 

About the book: 

The Things We Knew (Thomas Nelson, July 2016)

A tragedy from the past resurfaces in this tale of family secrets and reignited love.

After her mother's death twelve years ago, Lynette Carlisle watched her close-knit family unravel. One by one, her four older siblings left their Nantucket home and never returned. All seem to harbor animosity toward their father, silently blaming him for their mother's death. Nobody will talk about that dreadful day, and Lynette can't remember a bit of it.

But when next-door neighbor Nicholas Cooper returns to Nantucket, he brings the past with him. Once her brother's best friend and Lynette's first crush, Nick seems to hidingthings from her. Lynette wonders what he knows about theday her mother died and hopes he might help her rememberthe things she can't.

But Nick has no intention of telling Lynette the truth. Besides the damage it might cause his own family, he doesn't want to risk harming the fragile friendship between him and the woman he once thought of as a kid sister.

As their father's failing health and financial concerns bring the Carlisle siblings home, secrets begin to surface---secrets that will either restore their shattered relationships or separate thesiblings forever. But pulling up anchor on the past propels them into the perfect storm, powerful enough to make them question all they ever believed in.
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About the author:

Catherine West
 writes stories of hope and healing from her island home in Bermuda. When she's not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border collie for long walks on the beach or tending to her roses and orchids. She and her husband have two grown children.

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** I received this free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**