A while ago I had been favorably surprised by The Moment You Were Gone, and Things we Knew Were True confirms that Gerrard is really a terrific writer, when writing alone. The Nicci French novels (written with her husband, Sean French) are thrillers of unequal qualities, both in content and style, some well written and entertaining other not so. But her own novels are a completely different style, they deal with the angst of the middle-aged woman, who looks back on her life and memories. Of course not everybody feels concerned by such novels, dealing with the ordinary, everyday life, where every little detail rings true…

In this one, Edie, the main character is 16 when she falls in love with Ricky, a troubled teenager not approved by Edie’s parents. But when tragedy strikes in the family, Edie moves and leaves Ricky, but never manages to completely forget her first love. Years later, as she is herself a mother, her own mother dies and Edie is thrown head first in the past, to re-examine the things she knew were true.

Things we Knew Where True is about with family secrets and first loves…

Rating: 4/5