Before I Let You Go - Kelly Rimmer

Before I Let You Go

By Kelly Rimmer

  • Release Date: 2018-04-01
  • Genre: Family
Before I Let You Go book review score

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 35 Ratings)

Before I Let You Go Kelly Rimmer Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

“Before I Let You Go is a heartbreaking book about an impossible decision. Kelly Rimmer writes with wisdom and compassion about the relationships between sisters, mother and daughter…. She captures the anguish of addiction, the agonizing conflict between an addict’s best and worst selves. Above all, this is a novel about the deepest love possible.” —Luanne Rice, New York Times bestselling author

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 the 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’ childhoods, 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.

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User reviews about this book

  • Insightful

    By BPF72
    I really enjoyed this book and the light it shed on someone struggling with addiction. Annie’s heartbreaking story definitely allowed me to see things from a new perspective. An emotional read that had me reaching for the tissues - which is rare! Couldn’t give 5 stars because Lexie’s character irritated me quite a bit and that took away from the story. It didn’t make sense for someone so “strong and independent” to be so whiny and weak. I also had to look up where the author was from when I was finished reading because a lot of words and phrases (“cot” instead of crib, etc) made the book sound like it was set quite far from Montgomery, Alabama. I had to keep reminding myself this was taking place in the US.

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