Title: More Than We Can Tell (Letters to the Lost #2)
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
My rating: ★★★★
Synopsis via Goodreads:
Rev Fletcher is battling the demons of his past. But with loving adoptive parents by his side, he’s managed to keep them at bay…until he gets a letter from his abusive father and the trauma of his childhood comes hurtling back.
Emma Blue spends her time perfecting the computer game she built from scratch, rather than facing her parents’ crumbling marriage. She can solve any problem with the right code, but when an online troll’s harassment escalates, she’s truly afraid.
When Rev and Emma meet, they both long to lift the burden of their secrets and bond instantly over their shared turmoil. But when their situations turn dangerous, their trust in each other will be tested in ways they never expected. This must-read story will once again have readers falling for Brigid Kemmerer’s emotional storytelling.
I’m not surprised that I loved this book as much as I did. I have learned that I throughly enjoy Brigid Kemmerer’s writing. It’s so easy to get into and very hard to put down. I know I can always count on her to bring me a story that leave me wanting more!
More Than We Can Tell is a companion novel to Letters to the Lost, which I absolutely loved! Personally, I don’t feel like you have to read the first book in order to understand this one. It can definitely stand on its own. I will say that you may get more out of Rev’s chapters if you already knew him from Letters. There are also some major spoilers about side characters so just be aware of that if you plan to read this book before Letters to the Lost.
I was so happy that Rev got his own book! He was such a great character in Letters to the Lost and I was excited to learn more about him! He has gone through so much in his life and honestly he deserves the entire world. Rev’s backstory is one that will break your heart and make you furious. As a child, he was abused by his biological father. The man who was supposed to love and take care of him used religion as an excuse to hurt Rev. After years with zero communication, Rev gets a letter in mail from his bio father. In a split second, he whole demeanor changes. It’s like he’s right back where he was as a 7 year old kid…absolutely terrified. His story really shows the long lasting effects of child abuse. It hurt me so much to see Rev struggling. He is the biggest sweetheart and I just wanted him to be happy and safe.
We get introduced to a new character named Emma. She is really into coding and gaming. She even made her own video game that other people play! How cool is that?? I did enjoy her chapters, but it was hard to like Emma at times. She’s not a great friend, she pretty immature and she so rude to her mom. She’s is a teenager though, so I mean weren’t we all that way at one point?
The relationship between Rev and Emma was sweet, but not my favorite thing about the book. I loved that they were able to open up to each other without feeling any judgement. Both characters had a lot in their minds and they needed someone to talk to. Other than that, I didn’t feel like they had any chemistry at all. I’m kind of bummed about it honestly.
More Than We Can Tell discusses the negative sides of the online community. Emma is constantly harassed by a random person oh her video game. It starts at them saying she can’t play because she is a girl and it leads to so much worse. Emma goes about the situation in the best way possible, but even then the person finds a way back. Emma also learns the hard way that sometimes people on the internet aren’t always who they say they are or who they seem to be. The internet can be a wonderful place but there are definitely some scary things about it. Brigid Kemmerer did a fantastic job making Emma’s story so realistic.
My absolute favorite part of this book was getting to see more of Rev and Declan’s friendship! We met Declan in Letters to the Lost and ugh I adore him. It was good to catch up with him and see how things are going. He actually takes a really huge step in this book and it was so heartwarming to see Rev right there by his side. Their friendship is one of my all time favorites. They are always there to support each other no matter what.
So basically, More Than We Can Tell was wonderful and I highly suggest you read it. Go ahead and read Letters to the Lost while you’re at it! 🙂