Everything She Forgot by Lisa Ballantyne

4.5 Stars!

Driving home, Margaret Holloway is rear-ended and trapped in the wreckage of her car. Just as she begins to panic, a stranger pulls her free and disappears. Though she escapes with minor injuries, Margaret feels that something's wrong. Flashbacks to the crash are dredging up lost associations from her childhood. And somehow, Margaret knows 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?
Book Details:
Genre: Suspense
Published by: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: October 6, 2015
Number of Pages: 432
ISBN: 0062391488 (13: 978-0062391483)
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Lisa Ballantyne was born in Armadale, West Lothian, Scotland and studied English Literature at University of St Andrews. She lived and worked in China for many years and started writing seriously while she was there. Before being published, Lisa was short-listed for the Dundee International Book Prize. Her debut novel, The Guilty One was translated into over 25 languages, long-listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and short-listed for an Edgar Allan Poe Award. The Guilty One was also the Autumn 2012 Richard and Judy Book-club Winner. She lives in Glasgow.

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WHOA! Not the ending I expected! This book keeps you just on the edge all the way through. The whole time I kept teetering toward knowing what was going to happen but then falling back into Suspenseville. I really thought I had it all figured out - wrong. Very well done.

Not only was this was great mystery/suspense it was a great story period. There was a lot of feeling in this story. Many heartfelt moments, but very well done to keep it edgy.

Great character development. The author did a fantastic job allowing us to see inside these complex characters. Everyone was very likable but a few - with very mysterious pasts.

Like I said before, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat. By the middle I was dying to know what was going to happen, I had my own ideas of course only to have them ripped away as the real story unfolded. I love a story that can surprise me and this one did.
What I really liked was that not only was this a good mystery but is was so full of emotion almost like it was two stories folded into one, and very nicely!

And lastly - Wow, great ending! I actually read the ending twice! Just to make sure and because it was so well done. Kind of subtle - but perfect!
Books like these are what keep me reading mysteries!

Thank you Partners in Crime for sending me this book for my honest review!

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  1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this mystery with us. Sounds like a really exciting read!


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