Monday, December 31, 2018

Half of What You Hear by Kristyn Kusek Lewis

Moving to her husband’s small home town was something Bess always wanted to do because of the lovely homes, and because she thought it would be good for the twins.

The move wasn’t without problems.  Two of a number of problems were that she would be across the street from her mother-in-law, and they would be taking over the inn that had been in the family for years.

Little did she know about the problems that would come up dealing with the residents. One of the residents who was quite famous because of an accident is Susannah Lake.  Susannah is someone that Bess is asked to interview. 

Susannah is a woman who moved back to this small town after many years, lives in a forty-room house, and is the talk of the town as well as a former girlfriend of Bess’s father-in-law.

Susannah is also a woman that you can’t really be sure if what she says is the truth.

The other residents were nosy, catty, and loved to gossip - the beauty of a small town, right? Everyone knows everyone’s secrets and pasts.

Poor Bess became the target of all the women....not what she expected when she moved to this quiet, small town. She thought everyone would be kind, but they all knew the history she and Cole shared and made sure they commented on it.  

The problem with commenting on their history was that Cole seemed to side with the people from when he was growing up instead of Bess....not a good thing.

HALF OF WHAT YOU HEAR addressed social issues as well as personal issues of fitting in.

There are secrets that the residents of Greyhill have kept for  many years, and as the mystery unravels, the book's interest picks up and ends up with a few surprises.  

There also are a few very unlikable residents. 4/5

This book was given to me by the publisher via Edelweiss as an ARC in exchange for an honest review.


  1. A book your book club would like.

    Thanks for stopping!!

  2. There are catty people everywhere and books about such topics are bound to be interesting. Have a Happy New Year and good reading in 2019!

    1. It was an interesting read.

      Catty people are definitely everywhere. Books can't escape that. :)

      Thanks for commenting, Harvee Lau.

  3. I have never lived in a small town. Don't know if I could stand it. But I don't like big cities either. I love my medium size town.

    1. My town is medium-sized too. :)

      I am happy where I am.

      Thanks for commenting, Judy.