Published by Headline Review on October 18, 2018
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary
Your sister needs you. But her child needs you more... The 2:00 a.m. call is the first time Lexie Vidler has heard her sister's voice in years. Annie is a drug addict, a thief, a liar-and in trouble, again. Lexie has always bailed Annie out, given her money, a place to sleep, sent her to every kind of rehab. But this time, she's not just strung out-she's pregnant and in premature labor. If she goes to the hospital, she'll lose custody of her baby-maybe even go to prison. But the alternative is unthinkable.
As weeks unfold, Lexie finds herself caring for her fragile newborn niece while her carefully ordered life is collapsing around her. She's in danger of losing her job, and her fiancé only has so much patience for Annie's drama. In court-ordered rehab, Annie attempts to halt her downward spiral by confronting long-buried secrets from the sisters' childhood, ghosts that Lexie doesn't want to face. But will the journey heal Annie, or lead her down a darker path?
Both candid and compassionate, Before I Let You Go explores a hotly divisive topic and asks how far the ties of family love can be stretched before they finally break.
Wow! I do not know if I have any words for this review, so I apologise as this might just a short review. How about we talk about the weather….or the gorgeous book cover??
Wow! Oh wait, I have said that already… need another word…
So, I think I need to go and buy some tissues, as I used way too many reading this book. I love books that can teach you something and this book has done that. I did not know there was an act in place in USA, the Chemical endangerment code in Alabama, so it was very eye opening!
Annie’s and Lexie’s story was a tough one to read, fleeting back in the past to their childhood, what happened to them with Annie and the present day and the current situation we find them in with Lexie. I do enjoy books where you have the different POV’s and in different time periods to get the bigger picture, as harrowing as it can be.
This book will stick with you once you have reads the final pages, and you digest what has been written, the emotions all flying about your head and pages, leaving you open and raw. So many issues are covered in the book, from loyalty and love to the darkness of addiction. I lost my dad to an addiction, (not drugs) but it is hard to read anything about it. As much as you want to understand why they become addicts, it is hard for the people outside living through it too.
Right, I am off to buy some more tissues…..not because I am going to cry or anything *ahem*
*Thank you so much to Anne at Random Thing tours, Phoebe at Headline and the author Kelly Rimmer for a copy of this book in return for my honest and unbiased review*
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