I received this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
‘More Than We Can Tell’ by Brigid Kemmerer was eye opening.
Synopsis: Emma can code, and she has made her own game, but with this comes a quiet kind of danger. Rev has turned eighteen and this means his father is able to contact him again, however there’s a reason he wasn’t able to before and it’s one that is constantly on Rev’s mind. Emma and Rev both have demons to battle in their lives no matter how different they are, it’s how they deal with them that could make or break them.
Emma had a lot of fire, but whether this is solely part of her personality or more with the environment she is in is the question. She mentions in the book that it’s difficult to remember that when you speak to someone in real life, you’re not in a game. On the internet you can say what you want as generally there are no consequences. Surprisingly it was easy for me to remember that they she was a teenager. Her emotions are all over the place on a normal day but when you factor in the divorce and online abuse, you can see why she acts the way she does. I’m glad Rev notices this (although I would have preferred if he had done it a bit earlier).
Speaking of Rev, I think he contrasts well to Emma. I was fascinated by his background and also extremely uncomfortable. Religion is something that I find difficult to wrap my head around but this was something else. What’s more bizarre is that I can totally see his story being on the news. Like Emma’s story, this happens on a daily basis. I think Rev handled everything the best he could. Sure he had a few flips but I can forgive him that. He’s got a caring heart and I’m glad he makes use of it especially when it came to Matthew.
Both of the main issues in this book had me scared. Emma’s ‘Nightmare’ problem spooked me the most because it’s so easy to get into a situation like that. I dread the day my daughter starts to use the internet because of this exact reason. Harassment and grooming are both things that aren’t easily seen. You couldn’t look at a child and know that they are being groomed. You don’t know who you’re talking to on the internet sometimes and it is frightening to see how easy someone can turn your information around to form a connection. Rev’s situation is also something that you can’t see. Mostly because the main event happened in the past but his issue is just as scary. How a religious madman was able to abuse his own child in such a way is an abhorrent idea to me.
This book was better than I expected it to be. I didn’t know that this was sort of a follow on from a previous book (Letters To The Lost) but I liked that it was also a standalone. It was a great book. I like books that tackle difficult subject matter and this one did exceptionally well with it all.
“We all push sometimes, just to make sure someone is on the other side, pushing back.”
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