Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer

Before I Let You Go

The 2:00 a.m. call is the first time Lexie Vidler has heard her sister’s voice in years. Annie is a drug addict, a thief, a liar—and in trouble, again. Lexie has always bailed Annie out, given her money, a place to sleep, sent her to every kind of rehab. But this time, she’s not just strung out—she’s pregnant and in premature labor. If she goes to the hospital, she’ll lose custody of her baby—maybe even go to prison. But the alterna...

Details Before I Let You Go

TitleBefore I Let You Go
Release DateApr 3rd, 2018
PublisherGraydon House
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Adult Fiction

Reviews Before I Let You Go

  • Deanna
    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...After falling in love with Kelly Rimmer’s previous novel “ A Mother’s Confession ”, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to read this upcoming novel.Lexie Vidler is a doctor who is used to getting calls in the middle of the night on her cell phone. Although she hasn’t spoken to her sister, Annie in more than two years, Lexie isn’t surprised to hear Annie’s voi...
  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    5 stars! This was a touching and emotional novel that affected me deeply. I have not stopped thinking about these characters since I finished reading.This is a story about addiction. It involves family secrets that test the strength of the bond of sisters. This novel will challenge you to examine your thoughts and feelings toward addiction and the effects it has on the addict as well as their families. My mind was swimming with my thoughts and re...
  • Susanne Strong
    4 Emotional Stars.Lexie Vidler’s relationship with her sister Annie has always been complicated. Their childhood wasn’t like most families and Annie always relied on her sister as a mother figure. When Lexie gets a call at 2 a.m. after not hearing from heard sister for years, she knows something is wrong. Something bad. But then something is always wrong with Annie. Annie is a drug addict. Has been for years. This time however, it’s not jus...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader & Traveling Sister
    5 big stars to Before I Let You Go, an honest, emotional, compassionate story of addiction 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 When Lexie’s estranged sister, Annie, calls her one day for help, it’s serious. Annie has been using drugs again, and she’s pregnant and showing signs of early labor. On top of that, she’s afraid she’ll lose her baby and possibly be arrested due to endangerment laws. The reader quickly learns there’s more to Annie’s pa...
  • Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
    Lexie gets a phone call at 2 am from her sister, Annie. She hasn't heard from her in years. She finds out that Annie is pregnant, but she won't go to the hospital, because she is afraid that she can't pass a drug test. Annie is a drug addict. She has failed over and over again to get clean and sober. If she goes to the hospital, she knows that she will lose custody of her baby. She might even have to go to prison. Lexie has always been there for ...
  • Diane S ☔
    3.5 A subject that is important and one has not been explored enough in fiction. A pregnant woman, addicted to heroin,who will lose her child and have to serve prison time. A law, which I never knew, that is enforced in some states. At first I had a hard time not being judgemental, having a baby that has to go through withdrawal, just such a horrible thing. Once I read Annie's story though I felt equally sorry for her and what she has gone throug...
  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    4.5 stars! BEFORE I LET YOU GO by KELLY RIMMER is a touching, raw, heartbreaking and an absolutely wonderful novel that had me totally emotionally engaged and interested throughout the entire book. I was totally immersed in this deeply moving and beautifully written story here making it hard to put down.KELLY RIMMER delivers a compassionate, thought-provoking and well-written story here that touches on so many emotional issues and the sensitive s...
  • Jen
    Two sisters: one a physician the other a drug addict. One whose unborn baby's life is at risk. The consequences of being an addict and having your parental rights stripped. Then the struggle of doing what's right despite the love you have which has become a codependency. The sacrifices made.This was a surprisingly engaging story told from both sister's POV.It is also a foray into the depths of addiction and the struggle to come clean. The good da...
  • Theresa Alan
    I really love this novel, and here are a couple reasons why: One, Rimmer is sympathetic to both addicts and the family members dealing with addicted love ones. Two, Rimmer is a hugely talented writer.The story is about two sisters who have been estranged for two years because one of them has battled drug addiction for years. Lexie is the together sister—a doctor who is engaged to a wonderful man. Annie is the sister who has battled drug addicti...
  • Kendall
    Before I Let You Go is such an emotional and heart breaking read... this definitely tugged on my heart strings!Kelly Rimmer ever so gracefully pours her beautiful words across the pages of this novel about loss, addiction, strength, and love. Lexie Vidler and her sister Annie have had quite the heart-breaking past with Annie's addiction to heroin. Lexie hasn't spoken to her sister in 2 years and one night gets a phone call at 2 am. Lexie thought ...
  • Esil
    Despite the title and cover, Before I Let You Go is not another psychological thriller — so many thrillers have similar titles.No, it’s a heartfelt story about sisters, addiction, grief and abuse. Lexie and Annie lost their father as children, after which their mother moved them to a very insular and strict religious community. Lexie left first and then Annie followed her. Flash forward several years and Lexie is a doctor and Annie is pregnan...
  • Brenda - Traveling Sister
    Before I Let You Go grabbed my heart from the first page and didn’t let go of it. Kelly Rimmer skillfully writes with compassion and honesty as she explores the bond between two sisters from their traumatic childhood and to the crisis they now face. Kelly Rimmers does an excellent job compassionately creating our main characters here with Annie and Lexie as they deal with Annie’s drug addiction and an unjust law and the trauma of their past. ...
  • Vanessa
    I was immediately drawn to the story and characters in this book. Even though it touches on some very sensitive and troubling themes mainly drug abuse, it was well executed to show two sides of the coin. One of drug addict and also the family affected. I found this a honest and realistic portrayal and the two sisters at the core of this story really touched a nerve, the bond and then the destruction of that bond was heartbreaking, I was impressed...
  • Holly B
    3.5 StarsTwo sisters face some life changing decisions. Lexie is the older, successful sister and Annie is broke and addicted to drugs. The paths they have chosen couldn’t be more different. Lexie hasn’t been able to save her sister from addiction, but things are different now. Annie is pregnant, and she is asking Lexie for help.Prepare to have some tissues ready. I was teary eyed at several passages and could feel the emotions that both sist...
  • Marialyce
    4.5 heartbreaking starsThis sad yet utterly poignant story illuminates for the reader, all the effects an addiction can do to both the person addicted and the family that surrounds that person. Lexie and Annie Vidler are sisters growing up in a loving household until tragedy strikes and they are propelled into a nightmare. After the loss of their father, the mother spirals into deep depression until she meets a man Robert who is one of the leader...
  • Brenda
    The day Lexie and Annie's father died was the catalyst to change - nothing was the same in the aftermath. Their mother was unable to cope, and Lexie, being the older of the two sisters, took over. She prepared meals, got them both ready for school, did the laundry - she grew up quickly.Twelve months later Robert appeared in their lives; their mother married him and Lexie and Annie had a step-father they hated. But the bond between the two girls c...
  • Elyse
    This book explores addiction...from many sides: the addicted, the fixer, core issues, probable cause & secrets withheld, the struggle to ‘get sober’, pregnancy drug addicted and the complex consequences: ‘the health of the baby’, legal ramifications, rehab, and emotional toll on not only immediate family members - but their partners too. Intimate storytelling.....The characters are wonderfully developed. As the reader - its normal to have...
  • (Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
    "There is no off switch to the love between sisters; no way to pause it, no way to destroy it." This story was both a heartbreaking and heartwarming tale of the love between two sisters. Annie is a drug addict facing the biggest problem of her life. She is strung out, pregnant and in premature labor. Not knowing what else to do she calls her big sister, Lexie, for help. Lexie has always been more of a mother than a sister to Annie. She has alway...
  • Veronica ⭐️
    4.5 StarsTwo sisters, two very different life outcomes. Lexie is a doctor engaged to Sam who is also a doctor. Annie is a drug addict. Lexie is not surprised when she gets a call for help, from Annie, in the middle of the night. It’s not the first time it has happened. But now Annie is pregnant and that changes everything.”There is no off switch to the love between sisters” - Lexie VidlerWho isn’t intrigued by dysfunctional family stories...
  • Jennifer
    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review4 starsKelly Rimmer is fast becoming one of my favorite family drama authors. She gets down into the messy details and continually tugs at your heart strings. I don’t think I have read anything by her that hasn’t left me a sobbing mess at the end. The story is told in alternating viewpoints between Lexi & Annie, which allows you to really get to know these sisters. Both of th...
  • Kristy K
    Before I Go is a poignant novel about family and unexpected changes. The story begins with Annie reaching out to her sister Lexie right before the birth of her (drug addicted) baby. Lexie agrees to kinship care while Annie deals with the legal ramifications of doing drugs while pregnant (and also agreeing to rehab). The present situation is told from Lexie’s POV while Annie’s chapters delve into the past. Their dad died when they were young a...
  • Sally Hepworth
    LOVED this book. What a superstar author.
  • Heidi
    I love dysfunctional family relationships as the basis of novels, and sisters always make for interesting dynamics. But Lexie and Annie take this to another level altogether! On one side there is Lexie, who is a successful doctor and engaged to a handsome surgeon. Then there is Annie, a pregnant drug addict living in a run-down trailer and spending every cent she can find on her next fix. How can these two women be from the same background? And w...
  • Sharon Metcalf
    Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer was a disturbingly real story of a family torn apart  - seemingly by drugs.   I was instantly drawn into the story of sisters Lexie & Annie and so wanted everything to work out well for them both.   The writing had the feel of a pyschological thriller so I anticipated a twist.   I was wrong.    Unless of course you count the way my heart was twisted and torn as their story unfolded and the real cause ...
  • Amy
    The drug crisis in the US is overwhelmingly horrific, I have way too many friends and family members who have struggled with addiction and it is such an ugly and awful disease. This book is uncomfortable. This book is heartbreaking. This book is also incredibly important and beautifully poignant. It sheds light on a dark corner of society, that of the pregnant drug addict. The current protocols and procedures in place regarding how to legally han...
  • Myrna
    This is one powerful book about a timely topic - the opioid crisis. It also includes other topics like depression and abuse. The book is predictable at points but it does take you on one emotional roller coaster ride. Drug addiction affects so many. Loved the unconditional love between the two sisters. I will be reading more from Kelly Rimmer. 4.5 stars!
  • Janelle
    Thank you so much to Little Bird Publicity, Graydon House, and Harlequin Books for providing my free copy of BEFORE I LET YOU GO by Kelly Rimmer - all opinions are my own.Lexie Fidler hasn’t heard her sister Annie’s voice in two years when one morning she receives a 2:00 a.m. phone call. Annie is a heroin addict in and out of rehab so this isn’t out of character for her. But this time Annie thinks she’s dying. She’s pregnant and in prem...
  • Lisa-Books Smiles
    I can't even begin to share my feelings about this book, however, if you are a grandparent, sister, brother, father, or like myself a mother of an addict this book is for you. Kelly Rimmer thank you for giving the families of addicts a voice in this powerful novel.
  • Theresa Smith Writes
    Before I Let You Go is a novel that has left me feeling full of so many swirling emotions. I tend not to make comparisons between authors and books, but the moral questions posed within Before I Let You Go are reminiscent of issues and situations raised within novels written by Jodi Picoult and Diane Chamberlain, two authors I admire greatly. What these authors have in common is their drive to challenge the way we see things by widening the view;...
  • Kathryn
    4.5 stars. Oh my! What a heart breaking read, so much of it dark and just so sad. Yet... it is very real and at the same time is hope filled.Lexie is the responsible sister, both herself and her sister Annie have had a tough upbringing after their father died and their mother after months of depression takes them to a closed religious group, whose values are far from mine. And as is sometimes the case hides those who are evil.Both Lexie and Annie...