Review: The Sounds of Secrets by Whitney Barbetti


Note: This ARC was provided by the author via Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Lotte had been in love with her brother-in-law's best friend, Samson, for ten years when he kissed her for the first time when she was twenty and he was twenty-four. And then he spoiled it all by saying something stupid like his girlfriend's name. Then Lotte and her family lose her older sister to a car accident soon after Lotte's mother passes away. Life becomes a routine for her, and before she knew it, four years had passed. Ready to push herself beyond her comfort zone and wanting to honor her late sister, Lotte decides to fly across the pond, leaving her life and loved ones behind with a one-way ticket from London, England to Salt Lake, Utah. On the night before she leaves, she and Sam go beyond kissing, and this time, he knows who he's with all too well. He knows her name and he also knows what they did was a mistake. With her heart broken yet again, Lotte leaves and Sam stays, but one frantic phone call is all it takes for Sam to finally show Lotte how much she means to him. But Lotte has one shameful secret, one she fears will send Sam away. What she doesn't know is that Sam has his own secret, and it's a secret that may not only cost him the girl he loves but far more.

The Sounds of Secrets is the companion novel to Whitney Barbetti's June 2017 release, The Weight of Life, which is the only book she's written that I've yet to read (bad Jen--but I'll be rectifying that lapse ASAP!). Not having read the former, I can confidently say that you can jump into the author's new book without perusing the latter because it works quite well as a standalone. Having read nearly all of Barbetti's past work, I know what this author is capable of. Guess what? She didn't disappoint. She's given us a heartrending love story about two lost souls who cope with the stresses that weigh upon them in self-damaging ways. Lotte suffers from an impulse control disorder called trichotillomania while Sam has an addiction to prescription pain medication. How her disorder and his addiction come about, how it affects their relationship and those they have with family and friends, and ultimately how they learn to manage them are part and parcel of this book, but ultimately, The Sounds of Secrets is about not just recognizing one's shortcomings but doing something about them, and it's about loving someone even though they doubt that they're worthy of that love. 4.5 stars. ♥

Release Date: 06 December 2017

Date Read: 05 December 2017

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