Book Review: Everyting I Left Unsaid by M. O’Keefe

Title: Everything I Left Unsaid (Everything I Left Unsaid #1)
Author: M. O’Keefe @MollyOKwrites
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 352 pages
Rating: 4.5 stars

I didn’t think answering someone else’s cellphone would change my life. But the stranger with the low, deep voice on the other end of the line tempted me, awakened my body, set me on fire. He was looking for someone else. Instead he found me.
And I found a hot, secret world where I felt alive for the first time.
His name was Dylan, and, strangely, he made me feel safe. Desired. Compelled. Every dark thing he asked me to do, I did. Without question. I longed to meet him, but we were both keeping secrets. And mine were dangerous. If I took the first step, if I got closer to Dylan—emotionally, physically—then I wouldn’t be hiding anymore. I would be exposed, with nothing left to surrender but the truth. And my truth could hurt us both.

Grace Review
Two lost and damaged souls searching for redemption, find a form of peace in each other.

We first meet Annie, who’s on the run from an abusive husband. She grown up a shelted life on a farm in Oklahoma, but looks to find a new life in a North Carolina trailer park. Based on her past, she is skitish, shy, and untrusting. Yet she tries to be someone else, a braver version of herself when a phone rings in her trailer. This begins her odd relationship with Dylan.

“I have a sense, Layla, that you give away your yesses without thinking.”
Oh, he was right.  So damn right.
“And you want my no’s?”
“I want something you don’t give away.”

For a large part of this story, we don’t know much about Dylan. What we do know is that he doesn’t trust Annie’s neighbor, Ben, and that he is reclusive. Annie and Dylan’s relationship for the most part is just over the phone. Annie, desperate to be something different, explores her sexual side with Dylan, leading to a lot of masturbation and some voyerism. Dylan encourages her to take chances – skinny dipping, going to a strip club, etc. – to bring her out of her shell. What he doesn’t want and warns her early on, is that he is not someone to create fantasies about.

Annie and Dylan both hid a lot of secrets from each other. The questions was, which person’s secrets would destroy them. I felt like I understood Annie’s situation and the potential dangers she faced.
***Hoyt – her abusive ex
***Phil – her neighbor’s abusive husband
***Ben – her neighbor with a bad history
After what Annie went thru with Hoyt, I don’t know why she stayed where she was and formed friendships with the people she did. She’s entirely too trusting and I felt like that would come back to haunt her.

. . . we were editors of our own selves, revealing only what we wanted to show.  Being only what served us best.

As for Dylan, we really don’t get his whole story. What little we do learn, is sad. It doesn’t make me fear him, but want to give him support to come out of his own shell. And I liked how Annie didn’t judge him. BUT, his friend’s warning to stay away, does raise some warning bells.

Just to warn you,this book ends with a huge cliffhanger. But I knew it was coming, there were too many threats in Annie’s life to think that she was safe at this point. We’ll have to wait for book 2, The Truth About Him, to get answers.

This kept me engaged the whole way thru, desperate to learn the secrets of each character. I’m not sure where the story is heading but I know I’m fully invested. My 2 wishes: I hope some characters earn their redemption and some get a good dose of karma.

– Grace

*An ARC was received from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.



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