Friday, November 9, 2012

Forgotten by Catherine McKenzie

Publisher: William Morrow  
Pages: 367 
Format: book 
Buy the Book: Amazon 

Goodreads:  When everyone thinks you’re dead, how do you start your life over again?

Emma Tupper, a young lawyer with a bright future, sets out on a journey after her mother’s death: to Africa, a place her mother always wanted to visit. But her mother’s dying gift has unexpected consequences. Emma falls ill during the trip and is just recovering when a massive earthquake hits, turning her one-month vacation into a six-month ordeal. 

When Emma returns home, she’s shocked to find that her friends and colleagues believed she was dead, that her apartment has been rented to a stranger and that her life has gone on without her. Can Emma pick up where she left off? Should she? As Emma struggles to recreate her old life, everyone around her thinks she should change – her job, her relationships, and even herself. But does she really want to sacrifice everything she’s working so hard to gain?


Kritters Thoughts:  What would happen if you were gone for 6 months with no communication to those who you are close with?  That was the big question that I came up with when thinking about this book.  Emma endures the passing of her mom and ends up on an African trip that went from 1 month to 6 months due to illness, earthquake and adventure.  When she gets back into the States, she has to deal with a world that moved on without her.  

Although the idea and central point of this book is a little out there - I enjoyed asking myself the question - who would notice if I was gone for 6 months and how would that affect them?  It was interesting to see her pick up the pieces and figure out what direction she wanted this second chance to go in.  It made me think about all of the natural disasters that displace people and even with all of the technology that we are currently have, people can still get lost and have a hard time reconnecting with their families.

It was a good book, but not one of my favorites.  I would recommend it to readers who like a book that has a plot that is a little off and unbelievable. 


Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row


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