Thursday, October 15

everything she forgot + a giveaway

Anyone who knows me knows that I'm always looking for the next book to read. I read Gone Girl this time last year and have subsequently been craving something dark. Does anyone else do that? It's almost like falling into a pattern. When I read the quick summary of Lisa Ballantyne's Everything She Forgot I knew I had a winner. It's dark, filled with mystery, and a little sadness, but I won't spoil anything. 
Everything She Forgot is exactly the kind of book I love to read. It's consuming. It sucks you in immediately, teasing out the story, told through the perspectives of several characters both present day and in the past. You get a clear idea of what might be going on early enough, discovering different bits and pieces of the puzzle, watching as they slowly come together through the eyes of each character. The moment my suspicions were very slightly confirmed there was no putting it down. I wanted to know. I wanted Margaret to remember. I wanted to see if I was right. This is the kind of book you find yourself thinking about when you're not reading, wondering what will happen next, trying to work out in your head how the plot might take shape, where the story would go from there. I even read parts of it out loud to JD and summarized what was going on for him at multiple turns.

Now, I'm always a little bit weird about endings. Who wants a book they're devouring at such a rapid pace to end? It's an odd feeling. I like it when the loose ends are all tied up neatly, but I also like the open ended way of closing a story, the kind that makes you wonder and fills your head with possible outcomes. While reading, I did a lot of thinking about how the story would end and couldn't think of how it should. I won't reveal what kind of ending this one had because I wouldn't want to spoil it but I will say that I thought this one was sweet, good closure to a whirlwind of a story.

I loved reading this book, truly couldn't put it down. It's an adventure, one that comes highly recommended. If you're looking for something to read snuggled up on your couch with a cup of tea on a chilly autumn day, this one's it.

Harper Collins is giving away a print copy of Everything She Forgot to three lucky readers so don't forget to enter to win below. If you'd like to get your hands on a copy sooner, it it currently available via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound

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  1. I felt that way after Gone Girl too! Adding this read to my to-do list next <3

    Green Fashionista

  2. Ok, sounds like I definitely need to read this book after I finish the one I'm reading now. I almost always hate the ending of a book and I think it's more because I don't want it to be over more than I disliked the ending if that makes sense. <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  3. I haven't read a good book in quite some time. When I'm in the book store, it becomes overwhelming and I easily get confused. So, I'm really loving the book review here. This would be the perfect read for a vacation or an ideal gift with the holidays not too far off. Thanks for the recommendation.

    Taffeta & Tulips


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