What’s Not Said
by Valerie Taylor
Publish Date September 15, 2020
by She Writes Press
About What’s Not Said
Kassie O’Callaghan’s meticulous plans to divorce her emotionally abusive husband, Mike, and move in with Chris, a younger man she met five years ago on a solo vacation in Venice, are disrupted when she finds out Mike has chronic kidney disease—something he’s concealed from her for years. Once again, she postpones her path to freedom—at least, until she pokes around his pajama drawer and discovers his illness is the least of his deceits.
But Kassie is no angel, either. As she struggles to justify her own indiscretions, the secret lives she and Mike have led collide head-on, revealing a tangled web of sex, lies, and DNA. Still, mindful of her vows, Kassie commits to helping her husband find an organ donor. In the process, she uncovers a life-changing secret. Problem is, if she reveals it, her own immorality will be exposed, which means she has an impossible decision to make: Whose life will she save—her husband’s or her own?
The sequel, What’s Not True, continues Kassie’s quest, can stand on its own, and will be published in August 2021.
“Taylor’s dialogue is snappy and contemporary . . . A witty and often amusing family drama.”―Kirkus Reviews
“In this dramatic tale of love, lust, and lies, author Valerie Taylor crafts an entertaining and gripping story. . . . a shocking novel full of secrets, twists, and turns, but it also has elements of pure humor and deep love. If I had to pick one word to describe What’s Not Said, it would be the word ‘captivating.’”―Readers’ Favorite
“What’s Not Said is highly recommended for women who look for not just stories of marital relationships, but the unexpected revelations that revolve around life purpose and the immortality of love.”―Midwest Book Reviews
“What’s Not Said is oh-so-clever at illustrating the unintended consequences of secrets. Valerie Taylor’s characters face a tangle of events and emotions that keep the reader turning pages!”―Joan Cohen, author of Land of Last Chances
“Wonderfully entertaining! You’ll find yourself rooting for the main character from the beginning as she finds herself divided by mixed loyalties and her own desires. Taylor has written a sharp-witted and fun story, so grab a seat, buckle in and enjoy!”―Marianne Lile, author of Stepmother: A Memoir
Looking for that book that you can’t put down? Something that consumes you completely and you can’t stop reading until you are finished? That “one sitting” read? Trying to find that book that gets you out of your reading rut? I have it right here!
Some of the best books I’ve ever read have been introduced to me on book tours. A lot of them are ones that aren’t the “big name” authors that most people pass by. WHAT’S NOT SAID happens to be one of those books, and after reading it I can honestly say it is one of my most favorite reads of this year, and I am anxiously awaiting the sequel that comes out later this fall.
WHAT’S NOT SAID is about Kassie O’Callaghan and he longstanding plans to divorce her husband. Mike is emotionally abusive, secretive and not interested in intimacy with her. But on the weekend she plans to tell him she’s filed for divorce he emergently ends up in the hospital with chronic kidney disease – something he’s been hiding from her for years. While Mike is being admitted to the hospital, Kassie heads home to gather an overnight bag for him and happens upon more locked away secrets in his underwear drawer that make his kidney disease secret seem insignificant.
But Kassie has been hiding secrets of her own, and she’s no angel. While vowing to help Mike with his disease they both face off over each of their hidden secrets, lies, and deceit. The more Kassie finds out from Mike, the more she struggles with her own decisions, and realizes in helping Mike she may threaten herself and her own future.
A brilliant debut. Completely pulls you in immediately and is unputdownable. I read this novel in one sitting and am anxiously awaiting the sequel this fall. Taylor’s writing is gripping and entertaining with realistic characters and true to life scenerios. There is drama galore with a bit of humor and snark. You can’t help but route for Kassie, she’s the imperfect protagonist that just wants to be happy, and Mike is the perfect man you love to hate. This book is everything you are looking for in a captivating read. I absolutely loved it. Hard to believe this is Taylors first book. Highly recommend.
I just would like to thank Valerie Taylor, Suzanne Leopold of Suzy Approved Book Tours and She Writes Press for the gifted copy of this book for my unbiased and honest opinion for review.
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About the Author
Valerie Taylor was born and raised in Stamford, Connecticut. She had a thirty-year career in the financial services industry as a marketer and writer. After her divorce, she spread her wings and relocated her career, first to Boston and then to Seattle. When she retired, she resettled in Shelton, Connecticut to be near her two grown children and granddaughter. She’s a published book reviewer with BookTrib.com and a member of the Westport Writers’ Workshop. She enjoys practicing tai chi and being an expert sports spectator. What’s Not Said is her debut novel.
You can find out more about Valerie on her website: www.valerietaylorauthor.com
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