What We Didn’t Say by Rory Dunlop

Portobello Book Blog

What We Didn’t Say tells the story of Jack and Laura’s marriage mostly through the medium of his diary account of a difficult time in their relationship, as well as some emails between the two. In the book, the diary is being shared with their son, Mike, and has many ‘corrections’ from Laura telling her side of the story. Jack and Laura’s relationship hasn’t been easy. He was older than her, her lecturer at Uni actually, and I think he always has that fear that he is too old. This leads to a lot of jealousy on his part.

I felt quite annoyed with Laura at times as you come to realise through her edits that if they had just spoken frankly and actually listened to each other, there would have been fewer arguments and frustrations between them. But then I also felt annoyed with Jack as he always seemed…

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