Things We Never Say by Sheila O'Flanagan
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
'Abbey Andersen's life in San Francisco is in serious danger of hitting a rut. She's pretty sure it doesn't get worse than being dumped by post-it note, and her current job is hardly the best outlet for her creative talents. Meanwhile in Ireland Fred Fitzpatrick is finding it impossible to keep his grown-up children and their families on side, and they're a demanding lot at the best of times. But when Fred asks solicitor Ryan Gilligan to contact Abbey about a long-buried family secret, things start to change dramatically. And not everyone affected is happy about it..'
I have never read any books by Sheila O'Flanagan, I have a few on my shelf but I just haven't got round to them. When I was sent this by the publisher I thought Yes! Finally I can start on her books. Unfortunately I don't think this was a good one to start with as I didn't finish it.
I do not like not finishing books and I always try my hardest with them, however this book just wasn't for me.
Abbey lives in San Francisco and finds out that her past has not been what she thought it was, because of this she gets on a plane and head over to Ireland in search of her roots. The family she thought she knew are not pleased with her return and things don't run smoothly.
I found the book a little confusing, there were many characters to keep up with, maybe it was the way I read the book for my lack of enjoyment with it. I was not in a position to sit and read a huge amount of it in one sitting and perhaps this added to my confusion with the characters. It took me a long time to remember the relationships between them and in the beginning I had to go back to work out who was who.
I found that it was a very slow paced book and not a lot happened which made me lose interest pretty quick, I think again, had I had the opportunity to have read it in a couple of sitting perhaps I would have connected with the characters better and want to know what happened to them. Unfortunately the part I read nothing happened, there were no twists and nothing shocking that Abbey found.
I do not like writing reviews on books that I have not enjoyed or not finished as I feel that if I haven't finished I cannot give a true account on the book. This has just been my opinion, my honest opinion of the book and that is that I didn't enjoy or finish it. Saying that Sheila O'Flanagan is a very popular author who is very successful, a book will never be to everyone's tastes and I am just sorry that this has been my first experience of her books.
I am sure that if you regularly read and enjoy her books this will be one for you. Unfortunately it just wasn't for me.
I would like to thank the publisher for sending me this in exchange for a honest review.