Book Review – More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer

more than we can tell.jpg*While this book exists in the same universe as Letters to the Lost, it is a standalone title.*

Rev Fletcher is battling the demons of his past. But with loving adoptive parents by his side, he’s managed to keep them at bay…until he gets a letter from his abusive father and the trauma of his childhood comes hurtling back.

Emma Blue spends her time perfecting the computer game she built from scratch, rather than facing her parents’ crumbling marriage. She can solve any problem with the right code, but when an online troll’s harassment escalates, she’s truly afraid.

When Rev and Emma meet, they both long to lift the burden of their secrets and bond instantly over their shared turmoil. But when their situations turn dangerous, their trust in each other will be tested in ways they never expected. This must-read story will once again have readers falling for Brigid Kemmerer’s emotional storytelling.

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I wanted to love this as much as letters to the lost, which is simply stellar. And I didn’t, quite :(. That said it is still excellent! And I love Rev, and getting to see more of his background was 💙💙💙💙

Rev is a sweetheart and just needs all the hugs. And his father makes me want to hit things. I want to start by saying that I’d have liked to see some trigger warnings around the content on the book though, it’s pretty explicit in the abuse he suffered in places. It’s incredibly well written around it though. And I love his new family, so supportive and wonderful. I found Declan quite hard to like in this book though, which is a shame as I loved him in LttL.

Emma is a much harder character to like. I sort of understood her viewpoint – she can sense her parents tension, feels belittled by her mum, feels her best friend drifting away, and there’s an evil troll online. But she’s pretty OTT in places about it, especially at the start. I do get hiding the troll thing though, and how deeply affecting it can be. She’s also a little self involved when compared to Rev.

But I think they’re both pretty lost and it’s easy to lash out when you’re like that, which we do see.

I didn’t cry at this (luckily! I most read it on public transport lol) and I don’t think it’s as stellar as LttL, but I do love getting more in the same universe. And Kemmerer’s writing continues to be thought provoking and heart wrenching.

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Buy More Than We Can Tell from Amazon UK.

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