The Things We Cannot Say - Kelly Rimmer

The Things We Cannot Say

By Kelly Rimmer

  • Release Date: 2019-03-19
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 2,183 Ratings


Now a New York Times bestseller!

From the author of Truths I Never Told You, Before I Let You Go, and the The Warsaw Orphan, Kelly Rimmer’s powerful WWII novel follows a woman’s urgent search for answers to a family mystery that uncovers truths about herself that she never expected.

“Fans of The Nightingale and Lilac Girls will adore The Things We Cannot Say.” —Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author

In 1942, Europe remains in the relentless grip of war. Just beyond the tents of the refugee camp she calls home, a young woman speaks her wedding vows. It’s a decision that will alter her destiny…and it’s a lie that will remain buried until the next century.

Since she was nine years old, Alina Dziak knew she would marry her best friend, Tomasz. Now fifteen and engaged, Alina is unconcerned by reports of Nazi soldiers at the Polish border, believing her neighbors that they pose no real threat, and dreams instead of the day Tomasz returns from college in Warsaw so they can be married. But little by little, injustice by brutal injustice, the Nazi occupation takes hold, and Alina’s tiny rural village, its families, are divided by fear and hate.

Then, as the fabric of their lives is slowly picked apart, Tomasz disappears. Where Alina used to measure time between visits from her beloved, now she measures the spaces between hope and despair, waiting for word from Tomasz and avoiding the attentions of the soldiers who patrol her parents’ farm. But for now, even deafening silence is preferable to grief.

Slipping between Nazi-occupied Poland and the frenetic pace of modern life, Kelly Rimmer creates an emotional and finely wrought narrative. The Things We Cannot Say is an unshakable reminder of the devastation when truth is silenced…and how it can take a lifetime to find our voice before we learn to trust it.

Don’t miss Kelly Rimmer’s next novel, The Paris Agent, where a family’s innocent search for answers brings a long-forgotten, twenty-five-year-old mystery to light—coming July 2023!

For more by Kelly Rimmer, look for Before I Let You Go Truths I Never Told You The Warsaw Orphan The German Wife


  • 5 stars

    By Mazzystarship
    I absolutely loved this book and the style in which it was written. The Alice character was a little too much at times but her perspective was greatly influenced by the trials that she went through with her autistic son. I loved Thomas and Alina. I’ll miss those characters. Just downloaded multiple books by Kelly Rimmer. Five star author.
  • Absolutely Thought Provoking and Engrossing

    By #ILoveThisGame4Ever
    This book has absolutely held me to my points end bringing me and then down. The conclusion is an honest bittersweet and it is beautiful to read. I have no complaints with this book, none at all. I’ve learned so much about the history in Poland, and much about the History of the world. And I feel as though this is an important read for everyone, not just for the profound story but for the history intertwined.
  • Great book

    By ElliotPepper
    It’s an emotional read. Very well written. The story kept my interest and kept me guessing until the end. Highly recommend.
  • Grab a tissue!!

    By Madmich17
    What a fantastic book! I felt every emotion I have. Please do yourself a favor and read this book! It’s beautiful!!
  • Worth Finishing This Book

    By POOP 101 💩
    The story unfolds slowly and sometimes confusingly. Once the threads are pulled together, this story becomes a beautiful story of love, hope, and discovery. The ending of the book is worth it.
  • Touching and well written

    By mmjimenezrn
    I read it in a few days, great love story in the past and modern day couples
  • Amazing

    By 805wilson
    Beautiful story. Gently told. I felt like I was there and could feel and understand all the feelings written.
  • The Things We Cannot Say

    By janna331
    Excellent book that I could not put down.
  • Excellent

    By stephanie pv
    one of the best books I’ve read; the story it tells is very important and heartfelt.
  • Great story of Daughter, Mother, & Grandmother

    By Liildebpdx
    I could not put this book down! It was such a beautiful story with layers of emotion and understanding generation after generation pre and post WWII. Loved the end of the story. Would read it again.