⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 / 5 rounded up.
When I first started Whisper Me This by Kerry Anne King I was speeding through it and expected to really like it, unfortunately it ended up falling a little short of the mark for me.
In Whisper Me This Maisey has never quite lived up to her mother's expectations. She has held a series of dead-end jobs, and has never gotten married - two things that her mom desperately wanted for her to change. When Maisey finds out her mom is in a coma and her dad might be charged with abuse and neglect, she goes back to her childhood home with her daughter Elle and must come to terms with her confused father, what to do about her mom, and what she feels are her own shortcomings and failures.
There is a mystery theme in this book that kept me reading and turning pages. The book switched between Leah's journal (Maisey's mom), Maisey, and a love interest for Maisey - Tony. Tony is holding onto his own guilt and secrets, as well as Maisey finding out she has a sister that her mom made her believe was a figment of her imagination. Slowly the story unravels, both the story of Maisey's mom and Tony's story, and it was definitely a slow burner of a story overall.
The biggest thing for me was that I wasn't a huge fan of Maisey and didn't really find myself rooting for her, at least not at first. She seemed incredibly flighty and childlike - even though she has a 12 year old daughter she is supposed to be raising - but we find out there is a reason for the way she acts. I did think she redeems herself towards the end, even though I wanted to smack her over the head a few times to stand up for herself. I think this was a pretty realistic description though so you can't really be mad at her too much. She is dealing with some pretty tough sh*t in this book.
Which brings me to the next thing, so many trigger warnings for this book and they all deal with abuse. Verbal abuse, physical abuse, etc. all directed at females or children. I have to admit it was a pretty tough book to read even though the author tries to infuse hope into it. The end is more uplifting than the majority of the book, and I found myself in tears more than once. Just know it is a very tough read despite the hopeful bits.
Final Thought: There was just something about this book that didn't sit quite right with me, but hell if I can articulate what it is. The mysteries that unravel just produce even more pain, and although I felt slightly better at the ending, the overall feel of this novel was pretty melancholy to me. Well written, but read at your own risk! I think I just found it too sad and frustrating, but that's just me and other people will probably really like this book and the message it delivers.
“Be Small. Be Quiet. Just Go Along.” seems to be the theme of Whisper Me This until Maisey decides to no longer be small, be quiet or go along.
“It’s just that tone he was using, making you feel stupid. You don’t deserve that.” Maisey had her mom and the father of her child telling her she was flighty, unable to make decisions, and maybe she was but she was an excellent mother to her daughter.
Whisper Me This is the story of how the cycle of abuse is finally ended, and how a family can heal. I really enjoyed this page-turner of a story and felt so many emotions from anger to fear to hope and happiness.
“Whisper me truth, whisper me lies. You whisper two things, one truth, one lie-and I decide which is which.”
Thank you to Lake Union Publishing for the advanced review copy; all opinions are my own.
Whisper Me This is a page turner filled with family secrets! Maisey is a single mother trying to raise her daughter. Maisey's mother is found sick and neglected and her father is a suspect. While dealing with the aftermath, she finds a long buried secret from her mother's past. Kerry Anne King is a new author for me and I will be looking at her other books!
Once again this is a new author for me and I need to go back and read her earlier books because I found this one so well done. This is an intense novel about the result of domestic abuse through the generations and the ability of women to rise up and take back their power from those who try to abuse them - either physically or emotionally.
Maisey is a single mother with a 12 year old daughter Elle. At the beginning of the novel, Maisy is adrift in her life and not living to her potential. She gets a phone call that her mother has just been taken to the hospital and her father may be arrested for neglect. She rushes to her childhood home and finds her father totally confused and finds out that her mother is in a coma that she will probably not come out of. She hasn't been home in years but was still shocked at the situation she found her parents in. After she goes through some of the paperwork, she finds out that she had a twin sister she had dreamed about but had no idea really existed. As Maisey tries to get to the bottom of this startling revelation, she finds even more secrets about her parents that make her wonder if her whole life was a lie. When her daughter's father tries to get custody of Elle, Maisey learns that she has to learn to stand up for herself and her family and stop the cycle of secrets in their lives.
This wonderful intense novel kept me intrigued throughout. It's a wonderful story about a woman who has to learn to find her own voice to protect her daughter and her family.
Thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own.
“Whisper Me This” by Kerry Anne King, is a thought-provoking, intriguing, intense and emotional read. The Genres for this novel are Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and Mystery. Kudos to Kerry Anne King for discussing issues of physical and emotional abuse and how it affects others.In this novel, the author not only describes a woman’s point of view, but shows the men’s reaction as well. The author writes about the importance of family, mother-daughter relationships, emotional support, honesty, love and hope. This is also a novel where the characters have many dark secrets. The timeline is in the present and goes back to the past when it pertains to the characters or events in the stories.
The author describes her characters as complex and complicated. As deep, dark secrets start to unravel, single mom. Maisey Addington finds that her world as she knows it will change forever. Maisey has a strong connection to her young daughter Elle, and would do anything to protect her. A phone call brings Maisey and Elle back to her hometown where her mother is in a coma, and it looks like her frail Dad might be responsible for it. Someone is responsible for older fractures and broken bones that Maisey’s Mom has.
When Maisey was a child, she would have an imaginary friend named Marley. Whenever Maisey would mention Marley’s name, her mother would go into quite a fury. Now it seems, that there really is a Marley, Maisey’s twin sister. Maisey becomes obsessed in finding her sister, and could be in danger. I would recommend this captivating story to readers that enjoy a thought-provoking, and suspenseful novel. I received an ARC from NetGalley for my honest review.
Full of richly woven characters, this book is an emotional read. This is a story of domestic violence and how it affects us throughout our lives. It is a story of love and loss, of strength and resilience. This book flows effortlessly from the very beginning to the triumphant end. It is rich in emotions and the dialogue is true to life. The characters are well developed and believable. This is a must read for all. It made me laugh and it made me cry. I loved this book. The author truly knows how to weave a tale that draws you in.
When Maisey returns to her hometown after an incident that leaves both of her aging parents in the hospital, she’s not sure what she is going to find. Running away from her problems and drifting through life seems to be her way of dealing with things, but now she’s stuck back in small-town Washington trying to figure out what secrets her parents have been keeping from her all these years. Throw in her controlling ex and a hot local firefighter, and you have some drama! The real core of this book is about abuse though, including the many forms it can take and what people do to get away from it. I shed many a tear, but was also uplifted by the hope and love along the way.
This story is full of long lost secrets, terrible situations, and love and hope. Maisey is a single mom to Elle who is 12. Maisey feels she has never measured up for her mom as nothing she has ever done is good enough. When Maisey has to go home because of a family emergency, memories pour over her. As Maisey takes care of things at home, her life spirals out of control. Elle's father makes things even harder on Maisey as he they share custody of her. Maisey is much stronger than she ever thought she could be as all the secrets come to light. This is a story of love and family, and deep dark secrets. I loved the characters in the book as they were so very real. I highly recommend this amazing book! I received an advanced readers copy from NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing. All opinions are my own.
I really enjoyed this story. There are some tough topics in this story that pulled on the heart. We can learn so much from our parents. I loved the women characters as well as Walter and Tony. The author did a wonderful job on character development. The scene at the Cemetery at the end of the book where Elle (wise beyond her years) helps her Mom and Aunt recognize the strength this family of women display and how they have persevered really stood out for me and pulled everything together.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and this review is in my own words.
I wish I could give this book more stars, five are not enough! The compassion this writer writes with gets me every time. I will be buying this book as gifts for the women in my life. I think every woman will see a piece of herself in these characters. I liked this book so much when it was over I wanted to turn around and read it again.
In her childhood, Marley talked Maisey into adventures for which she abandoned Maisey to take the blame. Maisey’s mother told her that Marley wasn’t real, even though she was as real as her mother to Maisey. In her third decade, raising her daughter Elle by herself, Maisey continues to be scatterbrained and unfocused, and has never been normal according to Elle, who wants her to stay that way. Elle is 12 when Maisey receives a phone call that her mother is dying, circumstantial evidence pointing to her father, a man she has always known as a gentle buffer between her mother and herself, as the cause. She must go home and untangle the ugly mess, uncovering a mystery in the process. This sets her off on an adventure to uncover her mother’s secret, revealing much about herself and their relationship in the process. The love interest has his own secrets, and Maisey is the catalyst for his family recognizing his trauma and helping him to move past it. As the EMT / firefighter responding to her family’s emergencies, he is woven into her story as an eventuality.
King brilliantly sets up family dynamics that clearly show the repressed fear of the mother and the compensating kindness of the father, and how secrets create chaos and confusion in relationships. There are a couple of slight distractions from the story: Maisey throws up or feels like it a LOT; Whenever the love interest appears, he’s described in Harlequin Romance hunky terms. Despite this, the story moves along at a brisk pace, with the mom’s backstory presented through her journal, an intimate medium that elicits sympathy. It’s a very human story full of complex emotions and motivations, a must-read!
I was fortunate to receive an ARC through NetGalley of this wonderful book.
I posted this review on my blog, Facebook, and Twitter. I will post the review to B&N on launch date.
A mystery, a family drama, and a love story all melded into one fantastic book! This book gave me all the feels! The writing was unusual and beautifuk anf creative and I highlughted several passages. I LOVED the empowerment of (and Elle) and triumph over adversity.
Whisper Me This was such a good read. It was filled with pretty much every emotion and tells the story of secrets and all the problems such secrets can create.
Maisey was an interesting character that at times I wanted to hug and other times I wanted to ask her what she was thinking. Elle on the other hand, was so lovable. She was a seemingly unflappable old soul in a 12 year old's body. She behaved throughout with so much spunk, I guess is the word I want, just stepping up to whatever challenge was happening at the time and working through it. She sometimes felt like the mother while her mother sometimes seemed like the daughter.
Heartbreaking choices are a given in a story such as this and they were terribly tough choices. Where a person starts, I have no idea, but they had to be dealt with and so, they were. This is ultimately a story of family. I would definitely recommend this to fans of women's fiction and family centric stories.
Thank you very much to Lake Union, Ms. King and Netgalley for the ARC
I thought this was an amazing book! Maisey receives a phone call that changes the course of her life - her mom is in a coma and her kind, gentle father is under scrutiny for possible abuse. Maisey and her precocious 12 year old daughter, Elle, head to Maisey's childhood home to get to the bottom of the events that resulted in her mom's coma. The story that unfolds is a mix of heartbreaking abuse (both physical and emotional) and what a mother will do to protect her children. I loved that parts of Leah's (Maisey's mom) journal was interspersed throughout the book so the reader could get her point of view as well as why she did some of the things she did. I highly recommend this book! I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley - my opinions are my own.
I would give this novel 10 stars!
Maisey has to make a heartbreaking decision to allow her Mom, Leah to move on to Heaven.
That is only the beginning.
Leah has been loved by so many, and especially her dear husband Walter, but the secrets she carries need to be released in some way to explain her decisions past, and die in peace. “I am who I am, and I have done what I have done."
This book will keep you on the edge of your chair,make you angry, break your heart and yet scream for joy at times.
I found myself in love with Elle a twelve year old, who has heart and an “old”soul. She has spunk, grace and wisdom far beyond her years.
I can not say enough good things about Whisper Me This. It is something I will be reading again and will be sharing it with others.