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In this mesmerizing drama, one life-altering event catapults a family into turmoil, revealing secrets that may leave them fractured forever...or bind them together tighter than ever before.

From the outside, the Davenports look like any other family living a completely ordinary life - until that devastating day when five-year-old Jonah is killed, and the family is torn apart. As the fury of guilt engulfs them, the Davenports slowly start to unravel, one by one.

Losing her son forces Rachel to withdraw into a frayed, fuzzy reality. Her husband, Sam, tries to remain stoic, but he's consumed by regret with the choices he's made. Eden mourns her brother, while desperately fighting to regain a sense of normalcy. And Aunt Ruth, Rachel's sister, works too hard to care for the family, even as her own personal issues haunt her.

Told from multiple points of view - including Jonah's - the family struggles to cope with unthinkable loss. But as they face their own dark secrets about that terrible day, they have a choice: to be swallowed up in sadness forever, or begin the raw, arduous ascent back to living.

©2017 Janis Thomas (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Strange and Distant Point Of View

First, I can't understand how this book could be classified in the Mystery/Thriller genre. What was the mystery and where was the suspense? Even worse, nothing in this story felt true or sounded in any way real to me. I had the feeling as I listened that the author had absolutely never actually experienced first hand any of the things that happened in this novel. For example, I don't think Thomas could possibly have ever owned a dog--based on the way she wrote about the dog. I won't even address the issues related to the reality of the experience of losing a child. The whole thing just felt fake, dishonest and distant. What a waste.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Sad tale

Good if you want to feel depressed and sad. Not my kind of a story.

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Beautiful story...

And perfect narration!
I was getting a bit tired of my usual mystery books which are sometimes quite dark. This book was a wonderful change. Loved every minute of it!

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Heartbreak well written

This book was amazing! I laughed, I cried, I got angry and I forgave. The voices were spot on!! A definite keeper!!

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Dark but Real

Written from a different perspective than most books, What Remains True is about more than tragedy, it tells of what it takes to overcome. Family matters most!

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Couldn’t listen to that awful voice...

I can’t rate the story or the overall performance because the voice of the dead boy was so grating and awful I could not listen further.
Too bad. Maybe I’ll try this one in print.

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Loved it!

A great story about how a family handles a tragedy. It touched my heart.

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Truly sad but a story of a loving family. I wish Evan could

Have stood up for her precious brother in front of her snotty friends, then she could have lived with her self better, because what they thought did not matter. A story of triumph thru the worst of times, a little boy who help get them there.

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Very emotional and gripping

This was such an emotional read for me, but I couldn’t put it down. I had to listen to this all at once because I don’t know if I could have handled the emotions over a longer period of time!

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Really good book really suspenseful<br />

It was a really good book narrated very well.... Always kept you on your toes.