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What Remains True

A Novel
Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (317 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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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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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • TAUNTON, MA, US
  • 01-13-18

Not worth it

The storyline was only mildly entertaining. It dragged on in a predictable way. The worst part was the voice of the little boy-AWFUL.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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The narrator was not good

This book was good but the narrator was so bad with main character voice that I wanted to throw my phone! If you can get over the voice of the little boy it is a good sad story! I would read it myself instead of listening to it!

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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.

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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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Life lessons...Get ready to cry!

I didn’t read the synopsis of this book before beginning to listen to it....I initially got it to listen to on a trip (mostly for the plane) Thank goodness I decided to start it before the trip....I listened to it one setting.....didn’t sleep!! It was wonderful, real, and very sad. Loved the different views of each family member and how they all experienced the same event but none of them had the same perception of that same event. I liked that the book lets you see true grief and that it’s ok to grieve, but you need to talk about it, also that life goes on and events from before a death that may be affecting a person still need “fixed” and that’s ok also.

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A heart warming story

One of the best books ever! As a mother it was a tough listen yet I'll cherish this one. @😀😀😀😀😀😀

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A book that gives insight to loosing a child.

A very goid book that made me want to get to the end to see how the family survived the death of their son. A look into the emotional struggles of each family member, even the dog. Touching and worth the read.

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Sad, family tragedy, too depressing for me

When I finished this book last night, I basically gave up sleeping to finish it, I don’t know why I expected a different ending. I’ve personally never gone through a death in my family that hit like “What Remains True”...but on that note, I have taken care of friends and loved ones where they’ve been unable to function and have come close to losing their other family members.

I hate saying this, but there are no happy parts to this novel. It’s completely true to how “many” have suffered a complete breakdown and others just can’t understand why it’s happening to “them”. It’s true that if the family doesn’t get help through either counseling or therapy, they’ll never move on. When a loved one passes and the blame game starts, sometimes that family is closer to drowning than breathing. This is one of those family’s.

Yes before it was too late a therapist got involved before it was too late, but at times I felt like I was reading a textbook case of one such tragedy. I gave it a 3 star because it’s not a book I enjoyed reading..all I wanted to do was cry and it wasn’t because it was a great book..it was so sad and truly depressing.

It’s told in many parts from each of the family members including the dog and the one who passed, and towards the end all I wanted to know was “how did it happen, why is this book being drawn out so much, and why was everyone so angry at one particular family member?”. Then..unless I missed something..a lot of time went by and everyone seemed to realize it wasn’t anyone’s fault, but that particular point wasn’t dwelt on a lot, and then BOOM the epilogue written by the therapist came in...huh?!

As far as narration, I always enjoy different voices to go with the characters, so that was a plus.

If you like depressing books, a beautiful family member who wanted everyone happy, a sister who finally came out of her taking care of everyone (that I can relate to) and a couple who really needed each other, figured that out without us figuring it out, and a textbook epilogue by the therapist, you’ll like it. I personally love reading not just happy books, because life is NOT always happy, but this novel just wasn’t for me. Sorry...