Goodreads: The Forgotten Ones
Author: Steena Holmes
Published: 1st April 2018 (Lake Union Publishing)
Source: Copy from Publicist
Rating: 3/5 (Liked it)
Official Summary: “Elle is a survivor. She’s managed to piece together a solid life from a childhood of broken memories and fairy tales her mom told her to explain away bad dreams. But weekly visits to her mother still fill Elle with a paralyzing fear she can’t explain. It’s just another of so many unanswered questions she grew up with in a family estranged by silence and secrets.
Elle’s world turns upside down when she receives a deathbed request from her grandfather, a man she was told had died years ago. Racked by grief, regrets, and a haunted conscience, he has a tale of his own to tell Elle: about her mother, an imaginary friend, and two strangers who came to the house one night and never left.
As Elle’s past unfolds, so does the truth—if she can believe it. She must face the reasons for her inexplicable dread. As dark as they are, Elle must listen…before her grandfather’s death buries the family’s secrets forever.” – Goodreads
Review: I am not normally a person who goes for contemporary based books unless it cop/crime type of books. So I was pleasantly surprised I enjoyed this book. I think the main thing that kept me going was the intrigue that was built from the first page. The Author sucked you in straight from the bat, gave you hints and snippets and made you think. You thought it was going one way, then another. About 40% I knew where it was heading. The questions you had while reading, you felt you needed to read more to find the answers.
The back and forth and the beating around the bush did irritate me a little. But it was just more me being a little impatient, thinking it heading where it going and wanting that clarification from the Author. I liked how the characters were built, the more you read the more you started to understand all of them. Very few characters were left without a lot of information about them. Even the little said, painted a picture of their characters.
I think also that was another thing that sucked me in, the multiple layers of each character. No one was pure bad or pure good. Everyone was grey with their own problems.
(Disclaimer: I received a copy from the Publicist working for the Author, does not affect my review.)
Ah, i should have picked this one when it was on Kindle First… i keep seeing really good reviews about it! (Meanwhile heard nothing whatsoever about the one i ended up choosing…)
Want me to put in a word for you? Her publicist is always looking for reviewers as far as I know
Aw so sweet, that’d be lovely, thank you! ❤
I love a story that creates well-layered characters. I can forgive weak plots sometimes once the characters can pull me in.
Yeah, as long as you like them. Nothing worse than the main character is a douche.