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Everything I Never Told You

“Everything I Never Told You” Psychological Thriller Book Review

“Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet…”

With these haunting words, Celeste Ng begins her spellbinding 2014 debut novel, Everything I Never Told You, a psychological yet gorgeously literary thriller centered on a Chinese-American family living in 1970s Ohio. While Lydia’s death ostensibly forms the crux of the novel, the fragmented pieces of life she leaves behind constitute the true story.

The book is a meditation on the interactions between family and society that culminates in

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