Last week I got nothing done. I wasn't sick or lazy or away on vacation. I was lost in a book. One of those books that keeps you from tackling your to-do list. I love those kind of books don't you? Everything She Forgot by Lisa Ballantyne is a must read this winter...one simply NOT to be missed. Here is the scoop...
Some things aren't meant to be remembered . . .
They're calling it the worst pileup in London history. Margaret Holloway is driving home, but her mind is elsewhere—on a troubled student, her daughter's acting class, the next day's meeting—when she's rear-ended and trapped in the wreckage. Just as she begins to panic, a disfigured stranger pulls her from the car seconds before it's engulfed in flames. Then he simply disappears.
Though she escapes with minor injuries, Margaret feels that something's wrong. She's having trouble concentrating. Her emotions are running wild. More than that, flashbacks to the crash are also dredging up lost associations from her childhood, fragments of events that had been wiped from her memory. Whatever happened, she didn't merely forget—she chose to forget. And somehow, Margaret knows deep down that it has something to do with the man who saved her life.
As Margaret uncovers a mystery with chilling implications for her family and her very identity, Everything She Forgot winds through a riveting dual narrative and asks the question: How far would you go to hide the truth—from yourself?
My Thoughts: As I said...I couldn't put this book down. It was a mystery but not your average mystery....it was threaded with family drama and tension. The author did a smashing job of weaving two different time frames into the story. You flow from 1985 to the present day seamlessly which I thoroughly applaud. I often find novels that switch timeframes can lose something in the telling but Ballantyne is a pro and the two different points of view only enhance the mystery and the story.
I found myself on the edge of my seat often during the book with a pit in my stomach both wanting to know what was going to happen next and not wanting to know at the same time. Does that even make sense?! I loved watching this mystery unfold from both points of view and I can say that this book ranks right up there with The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl which I adored.
If you are looking for a book to lose yourself in this winter this is the one. I would also recommend this as a great gift for the book lovers in your life. You can pick your copy up today on the Harper Collins website HERE.
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