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Psychology Professor Jackie Strelitz Thought She Was Over Her Ex Lover And Colleague, Harlan Crispin Why Should She Care If Harlan Springs A New Friend On Her After All, Jackie Has Everything She Ever Wanted A Loving Husband And A Thriving Career Still, She Can T Help But Be Curious About Harlan S Latest Nasira Amari Is Graceful, Smart, And Young Worse, She S The New Member Of Jackie S Research Team For Five Years, Harlan Enforced Rules Limiting His Relationship With Jackie With Nasira He S Breaking Every Single One Why Her Fixated By The Couple, Jackie S Curiosity Becomes Obsession But She Soon Learns That Nothing Is Quite What It Seems, And That To Her Surprise And Peril She May Not Be The Only One Who Can T Let Go I wish I would have liked this book , but I have to admit, it was a struggle for me to get through Many of my GR friends really enjoyed it though, so this may totally be a case of it s not you, it s me, but there was just something missing for me.This was my first introduction to Sonja Yoerg, and I did very much enjoy her writing style, as she crafts a detailed story, with copious facts however, as rich as the book is in details and facts, it is lacking in storyline and characters The b I wish I would have liked this book , but I have to admit, it was a struggle for me to get through Many of my GR friends really enjoyed it though, so this may totally be a case of it s not you, it s me, but there was just something missing for me.This was my first introduction to Sonja Yoerg, and I did very much enjoy her writing style, as she crafts a detailed story, with copious facts however, as rich as the book is in details and facts, it is lacking in storyline and characters The book had a REALLY slow start and seemed repetitive, and while some of it made sense in the second part of the book, I still felt like there was too much back story, and the characters came off very flat to me I was also confused throughout the entire book as to whether it was a suspense thriller or a contemporary fiction I didn t think there was a clear distinction either way, as the first half leans toward suspense, but in the second half, the plot becomesstraightforward like women s fiction with dark side.The plot initially seems like obsession gone awry Psychology professor, Jackie, and her colleague, Harlan, dated for five years and even though their relationship ended on a sour note, they have remained friends Now married to Miles, Jackie and Miles often socialize with Harlan They agree to meet Harlan and a last minute friend for dinner, only to find that Harlan s new friend is Jackie s young, post grad student, and Harlan s new flame Jackie becomes obsessed over the relationship, and Harlan seems to be doing everything he can to throw it in her face, and to add insult to injury, her husband always seems to take Harlan s side and has formed a deep bond with her ex Of course, nothing is as it seems and strange things begin to happen at home and at work, to the point Jackie begins questioning her own sanity and wondering just whom she should trust Though in the end, you do get answers to pretty much every question raised in the plot, it just didn t overly excite me Stories We Never Told is a book with a lot of promise, but it just fell a little short on execution for me Great cover though, which is always a plus 3 stars Sonja Yoerg is one of my very favorite authors I dive into her books now without even glancing at the blurb, as I know I will be entertained no matter what the subject One of thefun things for me is that I never know what Sonja is going to come up with next as all of her books are so different I do know some things will be constant though I can always count on wonderfully developed compelling characters, strong plot, and outstanding prose Her books never languish on my TBR.Stories We Sonja Yoerg is one of my very favorite authors I dive into her books now without even glancing at the blurb, as I know I will be entertained no matter what the subject One of thefun things for me is that I never know what Sonja is going to come up with next as all of her books are so different I do know some things will be constant though I can always count on wonderfully developed compelling characters, strong plot, and outstanding prose Her books never languish on my TBR.Stories We Never Told is a suspense novel This is new for Sonja, and I have to give her major props for taking the chance and succeeding The protag is 38 year old Jackie, a university professor of child psychology who is researching aspects of autism As the dominos fall the wrong way for Jackie, she is thrust deeper and deeper into an abyss seemingly without an escape route This starts as a slow burn accompanied by a real foreboding air of chilliness As things progress, the chilliness morphs into a feeling of irreversible rising tension and dread Just who are these people in her life Her ex boyfriend of 5 years, her new postdoctoral student, her husband, her stepson, even her own mother She thought she knew all of them well Maybe not I saw no way out for Jackie The last 30% or so of the book had me stuck in my chair Talk about unputdownable I loved Jackie and was really scared for her The ending is done perfectly Things come out, and we readers are brought down gently with a very satisfying final few pages.Though the mystery is a good one, to me the journey of this tale is where the money is at The psychology of everything going into Jackie s mess is so well done and had me riveted I had to look up Sonja s bio to see if she actually has a psychology degree And yes, she does she has a PhD in Biological Psychology from Berkeley no less The title is perfect.I highly recommend The Stories We Never Told to everyone looking for an engaging suspense yarn rich with strong characters While I m at it, I recommend her previous four novels as well Every one of them is a winner Many thanks, Sonja, for sending me an ARC of your new novel Opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way except that I love your stories 3.5 starsStories We Never Told was my first Sonja Yoerg novel, and for the most part, I was pleased with myFirst selection The writing was compelling I read most of the book yesterday afternoon , the characters came to life and jumped right off the pages, and the story was quite unlike anything I ve read before So, why the 3.5 star rating, Bridgett The answer is this listed this as contemporary fiction, but what I actually read wasa thriller suspense I was not expectin 3.5 starsStories We Never Told was my first Sonja Yoerg novel, and for the most part, I was pleased with myFirst selection The writing was compelling I read most of the book yesterday afternoon , the characters came to life and jumped right off the pages, and the story was quite unlike anything I ve read before So, why the 3.5 star rating, Bridgett The answer is this listed this as contemporary fiction, but what I actually read wasa thriller suspense I was not expecting those elements and honestly felt they hindered the plot To make things work, Yoerg added so many competing story lines, it quickly became convoluted and forced Syrian refugees, parental disappointment, autism, ADHD, homosexuality, sociopathy, infidelity, murder, andIT information than you could ever possibly want to know It was just so much.Interwoven within the novel were chapters of each Character s Insert name here Story Most were unnecessary and added nothing to the story, but the options which did help move things forward gave away so many of the so called twists, it made the ending anti climatic Overall, this was an above average read, and with a few tweaks, I think it could be brilliant I simply wishhad classified the genre correctly EXCERPT Just dinner The innocence of the phrase is deceptive, as deceptive as the dinner itself would turn out to be, as Jackie would discover ninety eight days later Dinner with friends, a table for four Dinner with people she thought she knew and loved As it turns out, no one is who she believed they were, least of all herself So much secrecy, and in its service, so many lies ABOUT THIS BOOK Psychology professor Jackie Strelitz thought she was over her ex lover and colleague, Harlan Cr EXCERPT Just dinner The innocence of the phrase is deceptive, as deceptive as the dinner itself would turn out to be, as Jackie would discover ninety eight days later Dinner with friends, a table for four Dinner with people she thought she knew and loved As it turns out, no one is who she believed they were, least of all herself So much secrecy, and in its service, so many lies ABOUT THIS BOOK Psychology professor Jackie Strelitz thought she was over her ex lover and colleague, Harlan Crispin Why should she care if Harlan springs a new friend on her After all, Jackie has everything she ever wanted a loving husband and a thriving career Still, she can t help but be curious about Harlan s latest.Nasira Amari is graceful, smart, and young Worse, she s the new member of Jackie s research team For five years, Harlan enforced rules limiting his relationship with Jackie With Nasira he s breaking every single one Why her Fixated by the couple, Jackie s curiosity becomes obsession But she soon learns that nothing is quite what it seems, and that to her surprise and peril she may not be the only one who can t let go.MY THOUGHTS I find this a difficult book to review Reading Stories We Never Told by Sonja Yoerg was like watching a movie that is not particularly interesting to you, but that you can t get up and walk away from because you want to know how it ends The basic story line is good But I felt nothing for any of the characters For such an intelligent woman, Jackie behaves quite stupidly And despite all the backstories, I never felt that I got to really know any of them at all Speaking of the backstories, which were inserted seemingly randomly throughout the story, I thought that the only one that had any merit, any reason to be included, was that of Harlan The writing technique is quite dispassionate, detatched Situations that should have been suspenseful fell flat This could have been a psychological thriller It has a definite psychological backbone, but fails as a thriller The story is mostly told from the viewpoint of Jackie, and occasionally from that of Harlan, Jackie s ex lover Jackie s relationships with Miles her husband, Harlan, Nasira Harlan s current lover, and Antonio Miles son from his first marriage have all the stability of a rickety country fairground rollercoaster ride, which should make for interesting reading but, in my case, didn t Maybe it s a case of it s me, not the book Definitely a book that I didn t warm to.5 StoriesWeNeverTold NetGalley The worst lies are the ones you tell yourself THE AUTHOR I grew up in Stowe, Vermont, the daughter of a ski instructor In my first incarnation, I was a animal behaviorist who studied learning in blue jays, hyenas and kangaroo rats I wrote a book about that Now I make stuff up.When I m not writing or pretending to be writing, I run, garden, cook, eat, drink wine, then run someMy husband and I live in central Virginia with a view of the Blue Ridge Mountains It s quiet and pretty, like Vermont.DISCLOSURE Thank you to Lake Union Publishing via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of Stories We Never Told by Sonja Yoerg for review All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions For an explanation of my rating system please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com This review and others are also published on Twitter Instagram and my webpage