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What's Left Unsaid

By: Emily Bleeker
Narrated by: Shannon McManus
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Publisher's Summary

An enthralling novel of secrets, second chances, and confronting the past by the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of When I’m Gone.

After a series of devastating losses, Chicago journalist Hannah Williamson has landed in Senatobia, Mississippi, to care for her bedridden grandmother and endure grunt work at a small newspaper. But in cleaning out its archives, Hannah discovers a compelling distraction from her life: a series of rejected articles from the 1930s that illuminate a long-hidden mystery.

The articles, penned by a young woman named Evelyn, are haunting accounts of first love, trauma, and surviving a mysterious shooting that left Evelyn paralyzed at the age of fourteen. The articles stir up more questions than answers, and Hannah becomes consumed by what’s left unsaid. Encouraged by Guy Franklin, a local middle school teacher, Hannah’s investigation into Evelyn’s past becomes more personal with each new reveal. For Hannah, as both a journalist and a woman bearing her own emotional wounds, this is a chance to move forward and bring closure to the story of the girl whose secrets are buried in Senatobia.

What Hannah’s about to discover next is that, even after nearly a century, the truth she’s been looking for still has the power to change lives. Especially her own.

©2021 by Emily Bleeker. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Too much profanity but good story

I do not like nor do I enjoy so much profanity. The story is great, deals with depression, death, loss, grief, and how life turns a season… around the corner to victory. Sometimes, as the writer in the story reflects my own history with journalism… there are battles but one has to choose which ones to fight. The battle over depression is helped by helping others sometimes because healing is like watching a pot boil… it is slower when counting the minutes or days. Being busy doing something worthwhile does help with getting through a season of grief, loss, disappointment and depression. Good story and I can’t stop listening!

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Great narrator!

I listened to this on Audible and the narrator was excellent. It’s sort of a slow burn with a bit too much filling for me at first but it kicked up with a few twists and turns that were unexpected. An enjoyable read.

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Small town mystery that touches on hard topics

I was surprised by this book. It started off feeling like it might just be a shallow mystery read, and while it certainly isn't groundbreaking literature, it delved into some topics that you don't always see in books like this. But throughout it touched on feminism, racism, mental illness, and the integrity of journalism. It was nice to see black characters, single fathers acting as primary caretakers, and women finding their voices. Again, not in an overly academic way, but a nice change from other mystery books.

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Awful save your money

Had to stop at 25% couldn't go any farther. The writing was that of a high school girl. She caught her boy friend Alex in bed with a woman he had been having an affair with for months, this was a year ago and she can't get over him. This is where you get your girlfriends together you get the gun, they bring the shovels. She never showered or washed her hair.

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Really enjoyed this book!

Loved the story, the mystery unveiled slowly. Leaving you thirsting for more. Well written. Wonderful! Can't wait to read more from this author!

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Excellent fun light book

This book was so much fun to read while on vacation it was light intriguing and suspenseful. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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Not entertainment but an attempt to push author’s skewed viewpoints

The audible narrator did a fantastic job in every way. The author, however, forgot she was writing a story. For the entire book, she droned on and on about the “backwards south” and its inhabitants universal racist backwoods views and lack of tolerance for anything other than wealthy white people. Her one dimensional judgement of this group of people is the exact thing she was speaking AGAINST…..
Being from the South, I was offended at the no so unconscious bias and complete misinformation on her part. The characters, especially the main one, was aggravating and without dignity… She seems to be a tolerable though unethical story writer for this type of “entertainment” novel.

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woke book

I like this writer style in the 1st book however they bought into the cool aid of making everything about left wing policies without realizing a 1/2 of America 1/2 the people that read these books are not left wingers . I want to read a book to escape away from what's going on I don't want to be part of it if I wanted a history lesson from a writer I would have picked up a book in the library v stick to writing books and stay out of politics.