My book review for September is for the novel “The Things We Knew” by Catherine West. This was released on July 12th, 2016 and can be found in Indigo for around $19.00 CDN. I have to say, I found this book a little hard to read. I found the amount of characters in the book to be a few too many. Each character had his or her own story, which a few of them I thought really just got lost in the book and didn’t really add much to the story overall. It was almost too busy which made some parts to me a little confusing. The premise is a family that has suffered a tragedy coming together when the main character reaches out because she needs help. They try to help each other through various trials and personal issues.
In some ways I think quite a few people can relate to the disfunction portrayed. I don’t think any family is immune to this. The family in the book was dealing with so many things; death, grief, addiction, abuse, caring for an unwell parent, scandal, love and ultimately the unknown. You did feel for the characters and you understood the emotion and what some of them were going through.
I do understand the one area of the book very well, creativity is therapy. The main character used painting as her therapy to help her remember. I do know, speaking from personal experience, being creative through art or writing is very helpful and healing.
All in all, I give this book two out of five stars.
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