Mini Review: Everything She Forgot by Lisa Ballantyne

Everything She Forgot
Author: Lisa Ballantyne
Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Mystery
Released: October 6th 2015
Review Source: William Morrow Paperbacks

Lisa Ballantyne, international bestselling author of The Guilty One, delivers a compelling domestic thriller with impeccably observed characters and masterful edge-of-your-seat storytelling in a novel that leaps between past and present with page-turning finesse

They’re calling it the worst pile-up in London history. Driving home, Margaret Holloway has her mind 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 just 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 were wiped from her memory. Whatever happened, she didn’t merely forget—she chose to forget. And somehow, Margaret knows deep down that it’s got 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…?

Everything She Forgot is the story of Margaret Holloway. She has everything set in life. She is a mother, a wife, a teacher and a mentor. She’s marking her existing, however, she is unable to recall any of her memories from the age of 7 and earlier. Yet, after she is involved in a crash and a mysterious stranger saves her, Margaret begins to start recalling pieces of these missing puzzle. With the help of curiosity, she embarks a journey of discovery and starts to put these pieces together only to remember of a tragic event.

Although the book started a bit slow for my taste, after couple of chapters, this book became a page turner. Once I became invested in the story, I really enjoyed the multiple narratives, characters and the plot. Even though the outcome was not a shocker, I tend to always start my theories, it was enjoyable.

This story is not only thriller but it contains more than puzzles to piece. It is more about family, self-discovery, and consequences. Overall making this story enjoyable to read. So if you want to be entertained for couple of hours, this is a good read for the holidays.

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