cover image If Only I Could Tell You

If Only I Could Tell You

Hannah Beckerman. Morrow, $15.99 trade paper (368p) ISBN 978-0-06-289054-2

Beckerman (The Dead Wife’s Handbook) does an excellent job of illustrating the corrosive power of secrets in this achingly real tale of two sisters and the mother who hopes to mend their tattered relationship. Lily’s life looks perfect—a high-powered marketing job, a beautiful daughter and loving husband—through the eyes of her long-estranged younger sister, Jess, a single and struggling mother to a teenage daughter, and a senior location manager for a TV show in London. Their mother, Audrey, is dying of cancer and is determined that her daughters will reconcile before she passes away. Jess’s intense anger toward her sister is a mystery to both Lily and Audrey, and Beckerman teases out both intriguing details and red herrings before letting readers in on the secret. The author combines authentically imperfect characters and a well-paced, plausible plot. Jodi Picoult’s fans will find much to love in this often heartbreaking story. (Oct.)