What goes unsaid can sometimes speak the loudest . . .
What makes up a family? For Casey it's sharing a house with her fiancÉ, Michael, and his three children, whom she intends to nurture more than she ever took care of herself. But Casey's plans have come undone. Michael's silences have grown unfathomable and deep. His daughter Angel seethes as only a teenage girl can, while the wide-eyed youngest, Jewel, quietly takes it all in.
Then Michael's son, Dylan, runs off, and the kids' mother, a woman never afraid to say what she thinks, noisily barges into the home. That's when Casey decides that the silences can no longer continue. She must begin speaking the words no one else can say. She'll have to dig up secretsincluding her ownuncovering the hurts, and begin the healing that is long overdue. And it all starts with just a few tentative words. . . .
About the Author
Kristina Riggle is a published short story writer and coeditor for fiction at the e-zine Literary Mama. She lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with her husband, two kids, and dog.
“In this moving and captivating novel, Kristina Riggle explores with depth and honesty the question of how we define a family, and the myriad ways we all seek to shed our difficult pasts. 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, AFTER YOU
“an involving portrayal of the obstacles confronting today’s families.”
“Women’s literature has another promising writer in Kristina Riggle. Her latest work “Things We Didn’t Say”, is an imaginative drama about the consequences of hidden secrets and how they alter human relationship in a family that is struggling to blend and bond together.”
-Iron Mountain Daily News
“It’s really unfortunate that Oprah’s Book Club is no longer around. This is the kind of book she would eat right up.”
“Riggle has a knack for dialogue and prose…the plot is quite compelling and the characters are nuanced and very human.”
-Desert Morning News