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Before I Let You Go: A gripping novel about the unbreakable bond between sisters Paperback – 27 February 2018
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- Publisher : Hachette Australia; 1st edition (27 February 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0733639178
- ISBN-13 : 978-0733639173
- Dimensions : 15.1 x 2.9 x 23.5 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 2,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Annie was more interesting but not enough to make the book great. And the way both sisters remained in contact with their mother, a woman who managed to completely abandon them while still living in the same house, just infuriated me. I would have completely and permanently cut that woman out of my life if she was my Mum.
Overall parts of the book were decent but it’s not something I would ever recommend.
A heavy book. Very difficult to read in places but keeps you hanging on. Tackles some very big issues.
Handling grief upon grief upon grief.
The big sister thinking she has to control everything but eventually realising she can't.
The complexity of family relationships.
The effects of abuse.
Learning that love may mean making yourself vulnerable.
Highly recommended reading.
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Kelly Rimmer often writes about difficult topics in her books, which deeply affect the reader. This book is no different. Rimmer writes about the addiction Annie goes through, however we not only see it from her perspective, but the effect addiction has on all her family members.
This is a beautifully written book about family, love and the lengths family will go to in order to help one another.
Just a note of warning: Before I Let You Go is a very heavy book with heavy topics. It is about addiction, how it tests the bond between families, its affect on families, and most predominantly, babies who are born to addicted mothers.
This is heavy reading here, but also important reading that I think shows how we as a society need to reach out and help people who are addicted rather than judge and ostracize them.
A heartbreaking, beautiful and powerful story. This one gets all the stars from me.
The story begins when Lexie receives a call in the middle of the night from her sister, Annie, begging for help. Annie is pregnant and nearing childbirth when she develops a complication, one which puts her and her unborn baby at risk. Lexie hasn't seen her sister in two years and has no idea about the baby. Annie has caused her untold problems in the past and yet Lexie does not hesitate over helping her, no matter the problems that Annie brings with her. Because Annie is a junkie, a heroine addict whose need for drugs nearly cost her sister everything.
What follows is Annie and Lexie's story, both past and present, exploring how the two sisters came to be so very, very different, from their humble and yet contended beginnings as the daughter's of a fireman, through to their polar opposite circumstances now. Add in another layer of jeopardy - in the state of Alabama, Annie's addiction can see her face charges for child endangerment which could see her face jail time - and you are set for a tense, sometimes shocking and altogether emotionally charged tale.
Now I don't want to go into the story much further than that. You really need to read for yourself. And if you read the author notes at the end of the novel, you will understand the very personal inspiration which drew Kelly Rimmer to the story in the first place. Now I would not claim to have any first hand knowledge on the subject of addiction - the closest I have come is an infatuation with food containing chillies - but every part of this book rang true to me. The presentation of Annie's condition, her lack of willingness to take charge of her addiction or to go to group therapy. Her mistrust of others. As you learn more of her story you will understand why and understand how a young girl, who once showed so much promise, went right off the rails.
In contrast you have Lexie, a woman who has pushed to get herself out of the situation that she and Annie were thrust into. There are key reasons for the difference in their fortune, and they are shocking, gut wrenching ones which seem almost inevitable. The way in which Kelly Rimmer expands upon Lexie's character, her conflict over protecting her sister and the growing love she feels for the baby, even how defensive she is over her relationship with her family and the anger she feels towards their mother, it all rings true. It is perfectly pitched and very well written.
There are so many moments in this book that I wanted to cry for the two sisters. For everything they lost and everything they could have been. The ending, although I could see it coming, was no less heartbreaking to read. To think that things could have been so different, that one decision, one change of routine for very beautiful and positive reasons could lead to so much heart ache. That the keeping of secrets too dark to share could cost a family so much. This was such a moving and well written story that it will likely stay with me for some time.
Kelly Rimmer's books have a habit of doing that. Don't believe me, read one for yourself.