Lynette Carlisle was 12 years old when her mother died a tragic death. Her four older siblings grow up and one-by-one move away leaving Lynette to care for their aging father, an alcoholic, who is now showing signs of dementia. As his health and financial situation grow worse, Lynette begs for her brothers and sister to come home. Once they arrive, secrets begin to be revealed, and Lynette’s memories of the day her mother died begin to surface putting her in danger.
Nicholas Cooper, a childhood friend of the family, knows more about that day than he is willing to tell, but can the truth he’s held in all these years save Lynette?
Catherine West’s “The Things We Knew” grabbed my interest quickly. West generates sympathy for Lynette and frustration with her siblings who don’t realize that her memory of her life at home is far different from theirs and her dreams of leaving home and going to college were derailed when their father got sick. They hold such bitterness toward their father that they don’t show any concern for Lynette’s plight.
Even though West doesn’t offer many surprises, her story is interesting, entertaining and keeps you reading. Each character has his or her own redemption story demonstrating that there is hope for all of us.
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