You Should Have Told Me

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Pub Date 03 Jan 2023 | Archive Date 10 Jan 2023
PENGUIN GROUP Putnam, G.P. Putnam's Sons

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A new mother chases the secrets her partner left behind after his sudden disappearance in this pulse-pounding domestic thriller from the author of The Perfect Escape.

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.
An endlessly suspenseful and surprising look at both the beauty and darkness of modern motherhood, You Should Have Told Me is a roller-coaster of a thriller with family at its heart.
A new mother chases the secrets her partner left behind after his sudden disappearance in this pulse-pounding domestic thriller from the author of The Perfect Escape.

Janie needs a break: her baby...

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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 was a new author for me . I never read anything from this author before but for the most part I really liked this book. I thought the whole story was amazing. I honestly didn’t want this book to end. I can’t wait to see what this author comes up with on the next book they write. I usually judge a book from the cover because for me it shows if it’s going to be interesting or not and I loved the book.

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Thank you @netgalley and @penguingroupputnam for the advanced reader copy of “You should have told me” by Leah Konen.
I was so happy to get an ARC of Leah’s newest novel after reading her incredible novel “The Perfect Escape.”

“I wanted out. I wanted my old life back. I wanted to run, to disappear, as maybe Max had. Only a mother couldn’t run, could she?”

“I wished I could go back to me and Max. Simple and easy and in love.”

A twisty and profoundly emotional book about motherhood, postpartum depression, and secrets that come back to haunt people. This novel takes a raw dive into postpartum depression in a way that is rarely shared. Questions that are too heartbreaking to ask sometimes are explored…is my husband cheating on me?
Why don’t I move my child
Is my husband a murderer?

This novel will take you down an emotional journey full of realizations and a shocking end. Highly recommended!!!

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Loved this book - so excited to see the reaction and feedback from friends and family once they can read it!
Great plot, intriguing characters and no clue what would happen next - this book had all the elements of a thriller I love. A new mom finds that her seemingly wonderful partner unexpectedly disappears and leaves her with her six-week-old baby. A post partum/anxious mom is left worrying when she learns about a local woman who is murdered that same night her partner disappears. Such a great page turner!

Thank you Netgalley and Penguin Group for the arc!

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Wow! This was another gripping, adrenaline fueled, psychological thriller you devour in one sitting!
Here’s the summary of the plot:

Janine, taking a leave to climb the corporate ladders, her fast, vivid, social, big city life behind to move to the upstate to raise her baby girl with her musician boyfriend! She is not happy with the choices she’s made! She’s loving her boyfriend Max and she’s loving her baby but she misses the hell of her old life, her free, careless self! She cannot sleep! She has to be 24/7 mother but she’s struggling to adapt her new responsibilities, her new secluded life!

She also keeps a secret from her boyfriend. She gets alerted when she gets texts about one of her special client!

One night at her weakest moment, she blurts out to her boyfriend that she never wanted her baby! The same night, her boyfriend Max soothes her, sending her to sleep, promising he’ll take her of their baby girl when she sleeps off.

But when Janine wakes up from restless sleep, she realizes, Max is GONE! He vanished into thin air.

She calls Max’s family but Max’s father Carl is way too much relaxed and he thinks Max will come back after cooling off. Max’s best friend Lilian comes to Janine help but interestingly she doesn’t seem worried.

And police officers knock her door to ask Max’s whereabouts. He’s last seen at the bar where a young woman was murdered and her kid was kidnapped.

As Janine digs deeper, she realizes Max keeps so many dirty secrets to himself! Could he be the same reliable, caring, honest guy she wanted to raise kids with?

Overall: the mystery surprisingly unfolded.It was smart, fast pacing, intriguing reading!
Janine was flawed but still a great character you can root for and understand her predicaments.

I loved the execution and smart ending which made me 4.5 stars to 5 dirty secrets, motherhood, action packed stars!

Many thanks to NetGalley and PENGUIN GROUP PUTNAM/ G. P. Putnam’s Sons for sharing this amazing digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest opinions.

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