Book Review : What She Never Told Me by Kate McQuaile

March 4, 2016 Book review, Green Giants 2 ★★★★

Green Giants is my feature where I share some of my favourite books by Irish Authors.   I’m passionate about Irish Authors, they supply us with a great and exciting mix of books, hopefully you will find something new to try.  Up today as part of a blog tour is my review for a début novel What She Never Told Me by Kate McQuaile.

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I ADORE books about secrets, they always lure me and I’m not happy until we have uncovered every sordid secret and lie. And this book was no different, it intrigued me and hooked me right from the very start.


Book Review : What She Never Told Me by Kate McQuaileWhat She Never Told Me by Kate McQuaile
Published by Quercus on March 3rd 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Family, Suspense
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback
Source: Received from Publisher
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What do you do when you find out that your whole life could be a lie?
'I talked to my mother the night she died, losing myself in memories of when we were happiest together. But I held one memory back, and it surfaces now, unbidden. I see a green postbox and a small hand stretching up to its oblong mouth. I am never sure whether that small hand is mine. But if not mine, whose?'

Louise Redmond left Ireland for London before she was twenty. Now, more than two decades later, her heart already breaking from a failing marriage, she is summoned home. Her mother is on her deathbed, and it is Louise's last chance to learn the whereabouts of a father she never knew.

Stubborn to the end, Marjorie refuses to fill in the pieces of her daughter's fragmented past. Then Louise unexpectedly finds a lead. A man called David Prescott . . . but is he really the father she's been trying to find? And who is the mysterious little girl who appears so often in her dreams? As each new piece of the puzzle leads to another question, Louise begins to suspect that the memories she most treasures could be a delicate web of lies.

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First Line of What She Never Told Me by Kate McQuaile:

“The little girl is underdressed for the cold night.”

My Thoughts on What She Never Told Me by Kate McQuaile:

What She Never Told Me is very much a character driven book which is always a great fit for me. The main character Louise is an interesting woman that I enjoyed spending time with. She doesn’t have her life all figured out but during the course of the book, she finds out that she is more lost than she ever dreamt possible. Her life is so off course that she is off the charts.

The book setting hops around from Dublin to London to Dundalk to Kerry and all were perfectly described and made it sound like you were there yourself. So between the characters and the setting, this book really hooked me in. And that’s even before we got started on unwrapping all the layers of just what happened in the past.

It was a book that I just flew through as I felt thoroughly entertained while reading it. I did find it a little aggravating that no one seemed to guess the obvious answer as to what had happened in the past but I just let that minor annoyance float over my head as there was so much other good stuff going on.

There was lots of sub plots going on but all delve from the main plot of Louise trying to discover just who she really is. And I felt the ways that she went to investigate were authentic and relatable. We discover just what a web of lies her mother spun her but the sensitive issues are revealed with a delicate hand and we do understand just why they happened.

I felt very emotional at all the right places during the book and that is always a huge thumbs up from me. It just confirms that I have formed attachments while reading and that I believe in the characters and care for them. For the duration of the book, I was part of their lives and I felt all the confusion that they did.

Overall a very promising début and I look forward to more from Kate in the future.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-stars


Who should read What She Never Told Me by Kate McQuaile?

I’d recommend this to you if you enjoy Irish settings, books about family secrets and books that feature lively, interesting characters. Fans of authors such as Liane Morriarty, Melissa Hill and Tina Seskis should also enjoy this one.

Thanks to Quercus books for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. And why not check out some of the other tour stops for this book, all are listed in the graphic below.


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