I’ve read quite a few books recently but none that I have wanted to put on here. Finally I’ve found one. ‘Everything I never told you’ is Celeste Ng’s debut novel. It took her 6 years to write. It took me just 3 days to read. It’s a beautifully written page turner. “Lydia is dead. But they don’t know it yet.” Those are the opening words in this story of a Chinese-American family whose teenage daughter is found dead in a lake by their house. The narrative bounces back and forth seamlessly over time as the parents try to understand and come to terms with the death of their favourite child. It’s a beautiful portrait of a mixed race family in 1970s small town Ohio – about their secrets and lies, their unspoken struggles with racism, their unfulfilled dreams. When Lydia’s body is found in the lake, their fragile family bond collapses. All the resentment and frustrations they’ve dwelt on but kept hidden for years suddenly bubble to the surface as they try to understand how the teenager died. It’s a really satisfying, poignant book that will make you think about the sort of pressures you unconsciously heap on your own children. Loved it.