Published by She Writes Press on September 15, 2020
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What's Not Said - A Novel
Publication date: Sept. 15, 2020 Available NOW!
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?
Praise for What's Not Said
"Snappy and contemporary. A witty and often amusing marriage drama." -- Kirkus Reviews
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“…honest, raw, and powerful...an amazing book." — J. Ramoutar, Goodreads 4-star review
"CAPTIVATING. From the very first chapter, I was hooked...a shocking novel full of secrets, twists, and turns with elements of pure humor and deep love." — R. Burdette, Readers' Favorite 4-star review
“…an excellent story, one that flowed right along…a lot of surprises and the ending was so well written.” — Goodreads 5-star review
“Fast-paced, well structured with a plot that makes you think and feel.” — K. Hayward Perez — Goodreads 5-star review
Taylor “…develops good characters and realistic scenarios, creating encounters that keep the action nicely paced and the characters believable and appealing.” — D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
"Book club enthusiasts will enjoy Valerie Taylor’s debut novel. Discussion questions provided…are sure to generate lively discussion." — T. Edwards, BookTrib Reviewer
“The writing was so good…I was surprised to read that this was a debut novel by this author, she writes as though she’s been churning out novels for years." — C. Davies, Goodreads reviewer
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