Sunday, January 3, 2016

Everything She Forgot

Oddly, to me, Everything She Forgot was also published as Redemption Road.  The author is Lisa Ballantyne .  She lives in England, so perhaps one was a title for over there? Both titles fit the book.

This novel takes place in two different time periods...1985 and 2013. The book is divided into thirty-four chapters, which each chapter headed by the date and a character's name with the majority of the chapters being about the three main characters, Angus, Big George and Margaret.

The story begins with Margaret in 2013 when she was in a horrific pile-up on the highway.  She was trapped in her car, which was catching on fire, when a mysterious disfigured man came over and was able to get her out of the car.  The car exploded and the man disappeared.

Chapter Two then began with Big George in 1985.   Big George shared with a co-worker that he had a daughter that had been taken away from him when she was a baby seven years ago.  

The story shifts back and forth between 1985 and 2013. I had a little trouble getting into the story in the beginning, but it got more interesting and engaging as I read on.  It was the story of a little girl, Molly, who was abducted in 1985, on her way to school.  the story tells of what the little girl and the man who abducted her do on their journey.  Angus, the other main character, was a reporter who was hell-bent on finding the girl in order to have the story of the year.

It was a good story...rather predictable, although it wasn't clear how it all would end, so that kept me reading.  It is not so much a mystery story as it is a family story. In that sense, the title Redemption Road makes much more sense.  In some ways, it was a rather sad story and the characters were interesting and, for the most part, likable.  I have to admit, I found the last paragraph of the book to be disappointing.  It was like all of a sudden the author was just done writing!

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