The Whole Truth by Kit Pearson is an amazing and beautiful read. Set in 1932 it follows Polly and Maude when they move to British Columbia after a tragic family event. Polly and Maude’s Grandmother becomes their guardian and Polly lives with her while Maude goes to boarding school.
I have read many of Kit Pearson’s other books and she never fails to write a thoughtful and intricate story. The Whole Truth has more of a mysterious element to it than her other books so it gives a nice change of pace while still having Pearson’s lovely writing style. Kit Pearson’s tends to have recurring themes in her books, such as family (The Guests of War trilogy) and boarding school also seems to be a favourite topic (The Daring Game). If you have read Kit Pearson’s other novels then The Whole Truth will seem a bit familiar but still be a fresh read.
I love how Pearson used the locations in this book to set the mood and set characters and events apart. The descriptions of Maude’s life at boarding school and Polly’s life on the island are so detailed that it is easy to picture them clearly and Pearson really makes these locations come to life. The characters are wonderful written as well, complex characters who are not perfect by any means and provide a lot to think about.
I would recommend The Whole Truth to anyone who is a fan ot Kit Pearson’s earlier stories as well as to anyone who hasn’t yet discovered this wonderful author. 5/5