TITLE : The Truth About Unspeakable Things
AUTHOR : Emily A. Myers
PUBLISHING DATE : April 06, 2021
PUBLISHER : Self Publishing
PAGE LENGTH : 288
GENRE : Romantic Thriller
TRIGGERS : Alcoholism, Sex and Swearing, Graphic Scenes of Assault, Mature Language, Violence, Mention of Abortion, Organized Crime Syndicate, Sexual Assault
- Badass Female Main Character
- Abused Heroine with a Tragic Past
SYNOPSIS : Emma Marshall is haunted by the trauma of her past. The night she ended her engagement to cheating fiancé, Beaux, was meant to be the night she took back control, but it was only the beginning of his true hold over her. Nine months after suffering an intimate assault by the man who pledged his life to her, Emma is doing — okay. At least, that’s what everyone thinks. No one knows the unspeakable truth of what happened between her and Beaux. It’s a secret Emma plans to carry to the grave, until Julian Cole moves in next door and opens Emma’s mind and heart to the possibility of love after betrayal. As the reporter and music executive grow closer in the music-filled city of New Orleans, Emma must risk everything to protect her newfound happiness from the man threatening to destroy her. As Emma embarks on a dangerous journey to bring her ex to justice, she soon learns the sins and secrets surrounding her are far more wicked than she ever could’ve imagined. Will Emma overcome her trauma and have her second chance at love? Or will the unspeakable destroy her and everyone she holds dear?
MY REVIEW – ★★★★
The Truth About Unspeakable Things was a case of not getting what I expected. Somehow, it was better. If you are anticipating this book to be a hard-hitting, emotionally wrecking story of a survivor of abuse, you are horribly mistaken. But, if you are looking for an action – packed thriller that will make you read the book cover to cover in a few sittings, this is the perfect book for you. Owing to the synopsis, I expected it to be a romantic, guy-saves-the-girl book that will pay homage to all survivors of assault. It wasn’t though and somehow, it was both, a good thing and a bad one.
I am struggling to string together words that will justify the conundrum I’m in and will be enough to express my thoughts. Sadly, so far, I am failing horrifyingly. I think the core idea of the book was wonderful. In fact, the first few chapters showed immense potential. It was dark, gritty, emotional, hard – hitting and unapologetically raw but after a certain point, it turned a tad bit lackluster. However, after a couple of chapters, it picked up pace again which it maintained till the end. Honestly, I had an on and off relationship with this one where unfortunately the pros outweighed the cons.
The plot, despite being a little stuffy was well executed. It pulls the reader in and keeps them engaged. The diction implores the readers to keep reading until they figure out exactly what it is that the author has hidden between the lines. I have to admit that the concept of the book is ten times darker than what I anticipated but Emily has done the themes justice. I was very happy with the way the book set the stage for the duet finale. I remember picking up the second book as soon as I was done with the first one.
One of the best parts of this book was that it wasn’t solely Romance dependent. Both the main characters had their own personalities rather than one’s stemming out from the other’s. This is something I truly adored. The side characters were loveable and definitely contributed to the progress of the novel. There were very few information dumps for which I was insanely thankful.
In brief, I’d recommend this book if dark themes with graphic details do not deter you. If you are looking for a book that will stay with you for a long time, this is the one you need to pick up.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Emily A. Myers is an author of romantic suspense and mystery, thriller, and suspense. Her first novel, The Truth About Unspeakable Things, was short-listed for three Chanticleer International Book Awards in the year 2021 for romantic adventure, thriller, and women’s fiction. When not writing, Emily enjoys traveling, devouring the latest Netflix series, and scouring the shelves of Sephora.