Monday, September 28, 2015

Review: Everything She Forgot by Lisa Ballantyne

Everything She Forgot
by Lisa Ballantyne

Publisher: William Morrow
Pages: 448
Format: ARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  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.

Kritters Thoughts:  With two major storylines going on at the same time, this book was interesting, but I definitely liked one storyline over another.  In 1985, a young man has decided to win back his ex girlfriend and baby mama and their daughter and start a life 7 years after their daughter was born.  The current storyline is a woman who gets into a major accident driving home from work in a snowstorm and from this storm she is rescued from her car by a man who keeps her guessing.  

I didn't love the current storyline.  I think I wanted more from it, it was just kind of bland and I didn't feel like Margaret was really trying hard to find the clues from this unknown rescuer.  

On the other hand, I absolutely adored the 1985 storyline and loved that I knew it was connected to the current storyline, but not completely until near the end.  There were two major points of view within this storyline - a reporter and a father who abducted his daughter sort of by accident.  The reporter storyline entertained me, it didn't completely add a ton to the story but he was entertaining because of his devout religious views and his high standards yet he was abusing his own family - hypocrite with a capital H.  The story could have probably been fine without him, but I didn't mind it included.

This is my second Lisa Ballantyne book and not on my autobuy list, but will definitely still read new books as long as the synopsis sounds like it could be good.

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

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Partner in Crime Tours.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.


  1. Thanks for introducing us to this new book and sharing your thoughts on it with us. It does sound like an interesting read!

  2. Too bad it wasn't that great.

    I have never read anything by this author.

    Thanks for sharing.


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