The Stories We Don’t Tell Book Review


The Stories We Don’t Tell Book Review

The Stories We Don’t Tell by Melissa Thayer
Published by: Booktrope Publishing
Publication date: May 15th 2014

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“Growing up had stolen the truth of us.”

A life worth living is a life worth sharing. Growing up in a small town in Montana not worth a name, that kind of life is not one Nick can manage, let alone comprehend. When fate gives him an existence he can barely recognize, he searches for meaning in the future he wishes existed, and attempts to escape a past that cannot be told, save for in the pages of a faded memory.

Melissa Thayer’s lyrical and poignant debut novel, part confession and part wistful longing, is an incisive look at love and loss, and what remains of a soul that is dashed against the rocky shorelines of hope.


My Thoughts:

I enjoyed reading this debut novel very much. I liked how it offered perspectives on situations from both Nick and Emma’s perspectives as well is how life events can affect people, not only in the present but also throughout their lives. I could relate to some of the hauntedness of Nick’s persona because terrible things have happened in my life and sometimes it’s hard not to try to envision how life might have been if things had happened differently. It’s just one of those human experience things, I guess. But, I don’t indulge in that kind of thinking often and I don’t mire myself in it. What is, is what is, I figure. Better to understand that the past cannot be changed and just focus on making the present and future as good as you have the ability to try to make it. Ultimately, I am impressed with this first effort and am looking forward to what lies ahead from this author.


Sin City native Melissa Thayer writes fiction that touches upon the timeless truths of the human condition in poignant and thought-provoking ways. She enjoys writing about people and connecting readers with her characters.She currently lives in Washington with her husband, daughter, and three cats.THE STORIES WE DON’T TELL is her debut novel.
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About Wendy

SAHM of 2 kids, one adult kid (my 21 yr old daughter) and one middle-age kid (the hubby). Currently interviewing to return to my career working with juveniles in foster care and/or with cases in the district court system after taking time off to raise my own children. Avid animal lover who cares daily for our dogs, cats, fish, rat and chickens. My MIL says I need a cow for fresh milk; I say No Way!!! (LOL) Hobbies include listening to music, reading, writing, blogging (a new passion), watching TV (Homeland and True Detective are new TV-drama obsessions) baking, cooking, crafting, crocheting, and cross-stitching. I'm a laid-back mama who prefers not to micro-manage the lives of my family (though I feel sometimes like they micro-manage mine as my schedule mainly consists of coordinating all of their schedules). But, I love it and wouldn't have it any other way.


  1. Thanks for being on the tour, Wendy! This sounds like a very good and substantial read! Glad you liked it! 🙂

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