Thursday, December 17, 2015
Everything She Forgot
Ever read a book that offers something different from what you were expecting? Everything She Forgot by Lisa Ballantyne was just that novel for me. With the premise from the back cover being, "Some things aren't meant to be remembered..." the reader is already set up with an expectation that there is some secret just waiting to be discovered by reading this novel. However within the first few chapters, through multiple perceptions of the characters, both present day and in 1985, the reader already knows how this one will play out.
Margaret Holloway is almost killed in a pileup in London one snowy cold evening and she was rescued by a man who refused to wait for her to properly thank him. This tragic event unlocks bits and pieces of a memory she has kept hidden and only through digging in her past will she unlock what has happened.
George McLaughlin has been trying to find a way to put his past behind him as he tries to forget the love of his life and their child. Convinced she was better off marrying someone other than George, Kathleen's family supported her decision to marry someone more suitable for her situation. But once George held his daughter, he knew that he would never be able to simply let her go. Now that he has come into some unexpected finances, he vows to convince Kathleen and his daughter Molly, that they are meant to be together even if it has been 7 years.
Angus Campbell is a man who is looking for his big break. He is a violent man to his wife and children taking comfort only in the animals he cares for on his farm. When a kidnapping opens up, he is willing to be if he can simply follow the clues, this might just be what he has wanted all his life. For people to notice him and for recognition he seems to be missing by those who he has in his life, from the people he works with to those he lives with. He will prove them all wrong!
I received Everything She Forgot by Lisa Ballantyne compliments of William Morrow, a division of Harper Collins Publishers for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review, aside from a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest opinion. While I had hoped this would be a bit of mystery suspense, it was revealed all within the opening chapters, and you simply had to follow along to see when each of the characters would all intersect and catch up. For my readers, this novel contains some graphic violence and profanity that might not be suitable for some. I had hoped for so much more than what this novel offered as with over 400 pages, if you already know how it will end up, why bother to finish it. The reader wants that initial build up of the mystery to be uncovered as the characters are being developed along the way. This one for me, fell too short of my own expectations and thus I only would rate this one a 3 out of 5 stars.
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