Before I Let You Go reviewed by Vivian

Kelly Rimmer packs a powerful punch in her novel Before I Let You Go, expertly covering themes of dysfunctional families, drug addiction, family relations, sects, and she clearly has an in depth knowledge of hospital and legal procedures.

Sisters Lexie and Annie’s world fell apart after the unexpected death of their father at a young age. Their mother found it difficult to cope and fell into depression leaving her open and vulnerable to a religious sect. The sisters lives veered in opposite directions – with Lexie a successful doctor and happily engaged to a loving surgeon. A few years had passed since Lexie had heard from Annie and when the phone call came at 2am, Lexie’s life was about to be turned upside down. Drug addicted Annie is sick and pregnant, and once again Lexie is expecting to bail her out.

The story is told from Lexie’s point of view while Annie’s story is told through her journal entries whilst in rehab. As the story unfolds we learn about the influences in Annie’s life which lead her to make poor choices and decisions. Through Rimmer’s wonderful and insightful writing we are able to empathise with Annie and understand the true nature and consequences of drug addiction, not only for the addict but on family, friends, the community and innocent babies. This is one book that stays with you long after you finish reading.

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