Everything I Left Unsaid (Everything I Left Unsaid #1) by M. O’Keefe
4 “What are you scared of?” stars
” ‘You are safe. I won’t hurt you, Annie.’
I think I’m already hurt, I think I’m bleeding and don’t even know it.”
I’ve never read anything by this author but when a fellow booklover pointed it out on Netgalley, I decided to try something new. And I don’t regret it. This book is nothing I expected it to be and I thoroughly enjoyed every second of it.
Annie has fled her farm home in Oklahoma and has taken refuge in a trailer park in the middle of nowhere. Annie left because she believed her abusive husband was close to killing her and she left to survive. Upon moving into the trailer, Annie finds a ringing cell phone and answers it. On the other end is the mysterious Dylan who knew the previous tenant. Even through the phone the two feel a connection with the other, and one phone call turns into a series of texts and more phone calls. Both of them have secrets and walls and it’s up to each other to break those walls down.
In an overly saturated market of typical new adult stories, this one stands out among the others. It’s about two people who do not know each other forming a connection, both are lonely and don’t know how to ask for help. Annie is scared of her husband and Dylan has isolated himself because of his past and his family. The two of them find a wonderful escape in the other but know a realistic relationship is not possible.
People are not what they seem and secrets are the most prevalent themes in this book. Annie often reflects back to how her mother appeared in front of other people, but was really a nutjob behind closed doors. Her husband Hoyt had seemed like a nice guy but ended up horribly abusing her. Ben the old man in the trailer park seemed like a nice old guy, but has a dark past. Even Joan the stripper next door neighbor has some secrets.
I do feel like in this first book we really brushed over the main characters. By that I mean a lot of time was spent on developing their chemistry and not enough on them personally. For example I would really like to know the story of Dylan’s past, it’s such a huge part of him and it was somewhat skimmed over. Same with Annie, her husband and what he did was mentioned but there was no plan to move further than escaping.
Overall I really enjoyed this book and will happily continue to read more by this author. I will warn you all though, this book ends on a cliffhanger (that I saw coming but it was still good). Luckily the release dates show the second book will be released soon after the first. So no long wait time. Yay!
ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.