I’m a fan of reading good debut novels, as there is so much promise in them. If their first novel is this good, I can only imagine what will come next and I love that anticipation. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng falls into that category and is a great debut novel.
While I’m a fan of lots of types of books, I really enjoy books that tell great and interesting and happy and sad stories about people. That could of course, describe most books, but I feel like I group them together in my head under different classifications (that are not named) and I’d add this book into a list with other books like Sadie Jones’ The Outcast and Matthew Thomas’ We Are Not Ourselves. Really well written, interesting stories about people.
Everything I Never Told You is a story about the Lee family. It’s a sad story as their daughter, Lydia, dies and you see how her family grieves for her in their very own ways. The story winds around from the present and into the past and you start to see just how they got to the place they’re in. How the choices they made and the things they did and didn’t do and what they needed and wanted made them who they are in the months following Lydia’s death.
The story is told from each of their perspectives in both the past and the present including Lydia’s which is how you discover what happened to her. I don’t want to spoil the story but her death adds an element of mystery that kept me as the reader wondering just what happened just as her parents and brother and sister are wondering that. It gave me a connection to the story and made me feel for the each of the characters.
It was a great story and I can’t wait to see what Celeste Ng delivers next.