**Content warning: This book contains details of abuse and reference to suicidal thoughts**
I Never Said I Loved You is Rhik Samadder’s brave, raw and incredibly honest account of depression, abuse and grief. Whilst his story will break your heart, and as a reader you will probably need to take a break at times, his brilliant personality shines through on every page, and his ability to weave humour throughout the narrative is incredibly touching and refreshing.
Not only does Rhik’s own character radiate throughout this book, but those of his friends and family members do too. Rhik portrays them all in a colourful and revealing way and shows how they’ve shaped his life and mental health journey. His eccentric mother was a particular standout for me, with her hoarding of Kinder Eggs... much to his sensible father’s dismay.
This is an emotional read that will make you laugh and cry all at once. Rhik finds a unique balance of humour and heartbreak for the reader, and his brutally honest words will stay with me for a long time.
Frances, Senior Media and Celebrity Officer at Mind