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You Should Have Told Me

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This one unfortunately ended up falling flat for. Maybe I just wasn’t in the mood for a thriller at the time.

Thank you NetGalley for eARC in exchange for an honest review
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3.5 stars. This book was "fine." My main critique is that it wasn't anything special or different-- it read as a very conventional suspenseful read. I saw that the author got a lot of flack for her depiction of a mother struggling with motherhood, and I think she actually did a good job painting the "less than picture perfect" reality that many mothers face. In fact, her author's note provides additional context that only increases my respect for her choices in this book. My issues were more that the twists were predictable, and I feel like I have read books that are similar to this already.
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An incessantly screaming newborn.
A missing husband.
A local woman murdered, with said husband being a primary suspect.
Put all those together and it is not something an already struggling mother wants on her plate.  However, that is the situation the narrator, Janie, finds herself in.

For a book based on secrets, Janie has quite the task - protecting her husband, Max, while trying to uncover the truth about what he is hiding.
Is he a killer? I didn't think so, but the evidence doesn't look good.
Is he cheating?  Maybe.
Is he protecting someone else?  Likely.

For as messy as Janie's life has become post motherhood, she does a pretty good job of managing everything thrown at her.  I would have had a nervous breakdown.  Then you add to that her own personal secret, and you have a big mess.

While I had my suspicions about who the killer may be, I didn't work out all of the twists.  And what I loved most was how Janie truly became a mother when a threat was leveled at her.  An awakening moment.

Overall, this was a fast paced mystery that kept me guessing.  I look forward to reading more from this author.
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This is the first of Leah Konen's thrillers that I read and I will definitely be going to check out her backlist now, too! A missing husband, a dead body and so many secrets in between are just some of the details that had me flying through Konen's You Should Have Told Me. I'm not always one for books where a new mother is the main character as it's a bit unrelatable for me, however, this was not the case with this one - I enjoyed immensely.

Thank you to Putnam for an advanced copy. All opinions are my own.
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This suspenseful drama had me flying through pages to find out what truths would be revealed next! 

Janie is an exhausted new mom in the throes of some postpartum issues, feeling unable to connect with her new baby girl. Her partner, Max, is an incredible support for her and she doesn’t know what she would do without him. Unfortunately, her strength is tested when Max goes out late one night and doesn’t come back home the next day. His family is eerily unconcerned, his best friend comes to stay and help out, and Jamie is left feeling like the only one who cares that Max is missing. When the police show up saying Max was seen at a bar that night and that a girl was murdered, Janie is forced to examine her relationship and her partner with new eyes, trying to find lies and clues. 

The storytelling here is intriguing, as we dive in to Max’s past and delve deeper into Janie’s trust issues and need for privacy. Janie is a sympathetic character who is going through a period of upheaval and struggle in her life, and I was right there with her not knowing who to believe. The twists were unexpected and it was just an enjoyable read!

Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Group Putnam for the ARc in exchange for my honest opinion.
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Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and the author, for an ARC of this book, in exchange for an honest review.
I found "You Should Have Told Me" by Leah Konen to be an addictive, interesting & well written thriller that pulled me in right away & didn't let me go until its final page.
The twists kept coming & everytime I thought I knew what was going on, Ms. Konen would through out another unexpected twist.
I would love to read another book by Ms. Konen.
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This was my first Leah Konen book, and I was quite surprised. 

Janine leaves her city life behind to move in with her musician boyfriend Max. They've recently had a baby girl together. Janine's mental health is quickly declining as she is struggling with being a first time mom, no sleep, missing her job and friends. 

One night, Janine breaks down and blurts out her feelings. Max agrees to get up with baby Freya that night for Janine to get rest, only she wakes up to a crying baby and no Max. He is no where to be found. Janine frantically calls family and friends to figure out Max's whereabouts, but no one knows. Shortly after, police knock on her door to ask where Max is, as he was last seen at the bar where a young woman was murdered. 

As Janine works to find Max, she uncovers many secrets he kept from her. Is Max really the man she knew after all? 

This was a page turner for me and the plot was laid out nicely. I didn't feel like it dragged on and gave a lot of repetitive lines to fill the story. I feel like majority of the time, I have thrillers figured out before the plot twist is revealed however I did not see the plot twist coming in this book. I really thought I had it figured out. 

I will definitely be reading more by this author, and this book will be recommended!

Thank you to Leah Konen, NetGalley, and Penguin Group Putnam/ G.P Putnam's Sons for this ARC copy in exchange for my review.
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When Max, Janie’s live-in boyfriend and father of their newborn child disappears from their home one night, Janie is frantic . And when the police show up the next day looking for him, her world turns upside down. You Should Have Told Me is the aptly named title of this fast paced thriller that continually throws the reader for a loop with each new twist. Everyone around Janie seems to have a secret (including her), and readers will enjoy piecing it together as the author keeps the surprises coming. Flew through this one, lots of fun!  I received an arc of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Janie is a new mom. She is suffering from lack of sleep, post-partum depression and she is struggling with motherhood. Janie is questioning her decisions to even have had the baby. 

When husband Sam offers to take over the highly feeding one night, Janie jumps at the chance. But….Janie wakes up to Freya’s hungry screams. Sam is no where to be found. Where did he go and why? 

With a twisty tale (towards the last half) we find out that secrets of the past are coming back to haunt everyone. 

This was my first book by this author and although it was ok I did get a bit bored and really tired of hearing the constant details of breastfeeding. It got a little redundant. Good? Yes. Thrilling? Not so much. 

Thank you for the ARC
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Wow! This was an amazing read!  This one hooked me early on and I read late into the night unable to put it down.  Loved the characters.  Great storyline packed with tension, twists and big reveals. Highly recommend! 
Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book
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I've read tons of thrillers, so when I say that this is one of the best I have ever read, you can take it to the bank.  You Should Have Told Me by Leak Konen is a wild ride that you won't want to get off!
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This psychological thriller follows a new mother, not adjusting well to motherhood, whose husband disappears and has possibly murdered a woman and kidnapped a child.   This is her story, her desperation as a new mother, not sleeping and maybe not loving her daughter enough.  And wondering if she really knows her partner at all.   She follows the clues and it keeps looking bad as she struggles with how to be mothered herself throughout this crisis and with the secrets she is keeping..  Parts of the book  I liked a lot. other parts seemed a little arbitrary and not sure if they needed to be included.
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By Leah Konen
Release Date 01/03/2023

from the book blurb 📖📙

Alone with a newborn and desperate for answers, Janie searches for Max, but the more she learns about the man she loves, the more she wonders how well she knew him at all. When a woman is murdered, and Max becomes the prime suspect, Janie must face her partner’s secrets—and her own—if she ever wants her daughter to see her father again, Janie needs a break: her baby won’t sleep, she’s struggling with motherhood, and a secret from her past threatens to tear her new family apart. So when her partner, Max, offers to do their baby’s feedings that night so she can finally get some sleep, she jumps at the chance. But when Janie wakes up at three a.m., her daughter is screaming alone in her bassinet … Max has vanished.
 Alone with a newborn and desperate for answers, Janie searches for Max, but the more she learns about the man she loves, the more she wonders how well she knew him at all. When a woman is murdered, and Max becomes the prime suspect, Janie must face her partner’s secrets—and her own—if she ever wants her daughter to see her father again

From me 👽
You think you’ve read this story before, right—a million times. And I’m pretty badass at guessing the twists. Tbh I’m usually 70% dead on. I didn’t guess this one. I wasn’t even close. 
Janie is just a mess. This book is genuine and honest about what some/most mothers go through. (To those of you bothered by the breastfeeding scenes, all I can say is - you’re a douche. )#freethenip and grow the F up. 
I digress
Janie is just on a struggling bus 
And her man Max seems to be all in with the parenting, a supportive partner and dad. 
But when things tend to be too good to be true? They usually are. 
And Why has he taken off?
What is everyone hiding from her? I loved this book!


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4.5 stars - but rounding down simply because everything can't be 5 stars.  With a pulse pounding and adrenalin fueled storyline, I raced through this and couldn't figure out how it was going to resolve.  Alas, the reveal left me a little disappointed.  I wanted something more, something bigger, something more fantastical to match the build up.  I'm not sure what that would have been, but I sort of had that feeling of needing to throw my hands over my eyes to keep myself safe from the big bad reveal, only to peek out from under the safety of my sheets to exclaim "oh, that's what it was!!!".  Maybe I need to take a break from thrillers so they can work their magic again?  Nahhhh!!!
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Thank you net galley and Penguin Group for the ARC copy of "You Should Have Told Me". I could not put this book down once I started reading it. As a mom to two young kids I could relate so much to the challenges, mixed thoughts and emotions of motherhood. I loved all the twists in this book and how it kept me guessing until the very end.
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I haven’t read anything by Leah Konen before, but I’ve only heard good things, so I couldn’t wait to give this book a try. It was a bit of a miss for me, I think I was expecting a much more thrilling book than I got. I also found it too slow at times. I’ll definitely try Konen’s previous books since I’m always looking for my next favorite thriller.
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I really enjoyed Leah Korean’s book The Perfect Escape. However, I though You Should Have Told me was a very so-so thriller. I found it to be a bit tedious to get through. It was not a page turner. It did not keep my attention. It was all very anti climatic. The twists seem uninspired and not really meaningful. Each one was a let down. A lot of new mothers have initial doubts about their babies so I did not find that storyline particularly riveting. The ending seem to very contrived. It was appeared that she just randomly picked someone tone the murderer. I did not really buy the murderers motivation.
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Thank you NetGalley and the Publisher for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review.  
This book did keep you guessing with it's ups and downs.  I just didn't think it was jaw dropping.  It was ok.
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This one was a trip! Fast paced with lots of twists and turns. Well developed characters and very intriguing! Janine as a MC had her ups and downs but, boy were you rooting for her. You felt compelled to sit beside her on this rollercoaster! 

A solid psychological thriller with an ending that will make you literally say WOW. 

Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Group Putnam for the free ARC in exchange for my honest opinions.
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This is the third book I’ve read by the author and I really like her brand of writing. She always seems to come up with storylines that at first glance seem like something you’ve read before, but then when you dive in you realize she puts her own unique spin on it. A partner with secrets is nothing new but there was still something fresh here. The author managed to really capture the feeling of being a new parent, especially the low moments that aren’t often discussed. This aspect alongside a plot full of tension and secrets worked pretty well for me. I did think there was a repetitive feel at times but I almost wonder if that was done intentionally as much of it revolves around Janie taking care of her newborn. Other than that it was solid, some mild surprises along the way and it was the kind of compulsive read I’ve come to expect from the author.
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