An inventive, intriguing and intense domestic thriller full of obsession and jealously.
Psychology professor Jackie Strelitz thinks she’s over Harlan Crispin, her ex-lover and colleague. Why should she care if Harlan brings a new “friend“ to dinner? After all Jackie has everything she ever wanted, a loving husband and a thriving career. But she can’t help but be curious about Harlen’s latest girlfriend.
Nasira Amari is graceful, smart, and young. Worse, she is the newest member of Jackie’s research team. Jackie and Harlen dated for five years and he had some very strict rules limiting their relationship and their time together. With Nasira, however, he is breaking every single one. Why her?
Jackie’s curiosity about the couple becomes an obsession. But soon learns that nothing is quite what it seems, and to her surprise she may not be the only one who cannot let go.
The characters propel the narrative in this cleverly written thriller. The four main characters, Jackie, Miles, Harlen and Nasir are richly-flawed and shrouded in clouds of mystery. But interspersed in the book are four unique chapters that clear the air. There is one for each of the main characters. These chapters contain their deepest secrets, and it’s these secrets that reveal everything. It’s the stories they never told.
STORIES WE NEVER TOLD is inventive, intriguing and intense. The story is packed full of jealousy, obsession and lies. The plot build is a delightful slow burn. The writing is skillfully crafted and the book is immensely satisfying.
Author Sonja Yoerg is the bestselling author of four novels: House Broken (2015), The Middle of Somewhere (2015), All the Best People (2017) and True Places (2019). I have had the pleasure of reading Sonja’s two latest novels and loved them.
Thanks to Netgalley, Sonja Yoerg and Lake Union for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher Lake Union
Published May 1, 2020