Genre: Psychological Suspense / Mystery
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Date of Publication: November 1, 2017
Number of Pages: 332
In the deep woods of East Texas, Henry supports his family by selling bootleg liquor. It’s all he can do to keep his compassionate but ailing mother and his stepfather—a fanatical grassroots minister with a bruising rhetoric—from ruin. But they have no idea they’ve become the obsession of the girl in the woods.
Abandoned and nearly feral, Eve has been watching them, seduced by the notion of family—something she’s known only in the most brutal sense. Soon she can’t resist the temptation to get close. Where Henry’s mother sees a poor girl in need, his father sees only wickedness. When Henry forges an unexpected bond with Eve, he believes he might be able to save her. He doesn’t know how wrong he is.
Eve is about to take charge of her own destiny—and that of Henry’s family. As both their worlds spin violently out of control, Henry must make an impossible choice: protect the broken young woman who’s claimed a piece of his soul, or put everyone he loves at risk in order to do the right thing.
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The Unremembered Girl will leave you with an emotional hangover and a broken heart. After I finished this book I needed to sit in silence for a bit to digest everything that had just happened. There were no boundaries and no taking it easy in this plot. The author pounded relentlessly on your heart until you were as broken as the characters. There were many points where I was wondering if it would go a certain direction and really take it that far and it did and then took it a step farther.
The Unremembered Girl started off a bit slow as it introduced the characters and the setting, but after those first few chapters it never had a lull again. I was envisioning a graph while reading this to capture the intensity of the story and my interest and it started off in the middle as it introduced the mysterious elements of the setting and the foundation then it skyrocketed. I had to keep adding higher variables because I didn't realize it would take that next step and go that far to continually keep getting better and more intense. I assumed it had hit the ceiling with each new detail and it would now start to plateau and build off that one twist, then slowly come back down as everything was pieced together and resolved. I was pleasantly wrong as each twist would lead to another and build off of the last. The ending was a beautiful resolution for this story, but is in no way considered a typical Happily Ever After.
I was so tightly wound while reading this book. I became fervent as I made my way through it with my speed and need to finish it increasing with each page. The Unremembered Girl was one that had me needing to take breaks and calm down so I'd stop trying to skip over paragraphs and scan through the dialogue when I needed answers immediately. This book was an emotionally consuming, heartbreaking, impassioned story that was beautifully constructed and will stay with me for years to come.
"if it weren't for women, in all their cloaks of unfathomed mysteries, men would lead very boring lives."
"Henry, that damn electric's more trouble than it's worth some days. Just like a husband, it is. Sticks around just long enough you start to think you can depend on it, then it goes and lets you down."
"Because I've found that most people are generally a danger only to themselves."
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