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The Unforgotten by Laura Powell: Review by Lindsay

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Lindsay’s review

Mysterious, dark and haunting stars!

This story revolves around fifteen-year-old Betty Broadhurst. It is 1956 and she and her highly unstable mother manage Hotel Eden which is filled with reporters who have traveled to the small seaside Cornish town to investigate a recent string of murders. Most days Betty handles the hotel responsibilities to cover for her erratic and undependable mother, all the while coddling and excusing her mothers’ lack of responsibility. Betty’s love and adoration of her mother are palpable – her unrelenting forgiveness and care for her mother is heart-wrenching. John Gallagher is one of the reporters staying at the hotel. He takes an interest in young Betty as she is able to provide him insight into the locals. They develop a relationship that neither of them understands or can explain.

The characters are hauntingly real. The author, Laura Powell, does a fantastic job creating unforgettable and deeply affecting characters. I’m amazed that this is a debut novel – I was completely drawn into these characters lives.

This book was very different than what I had expected – it had a very chilling tone and was deeply disturbing at times. Regardless, I found myself glued to the pages especially in the second half, hanging on every word. The pace flowed perfectly, seamlessly shifting from each timeline, the pieces of the puzzle fitting together along the way leaving me in shock and surprise. The mystery was highly intriguing and solving it unfolded in a flawless manner.

A big thank you to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster Canada and Laura Powell for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review!!

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Traveling Sister In a Coulee: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch #BookReview #travelingsistersread

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Dark Matter
by Blake Crouch

Reviewed by Kristin and read in The Traveling Friends Group

Boxes and multiverses and quantum physics, oh my!

This is one thought-provoking, page-turning, blood-pressure-elevating, fast-paced son of a book, and I enjoyed every little action-packed minute of it!

 

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.”—Einstein


I don’t read much science-fiction, and for that reason, I’m gonna go ahead and say you don’t have to be a sci-fi veteran in order to get sucked into the brilliance of this one. You don’t even have to be that big a fan of the genre, in my opinion.

It’s best I tiptoe around spoilers here, because *details* can be dangerous little revealers, so I’ll focus on writing…

 

“No one tells you it’s all about to change, to be taken away. There’s no proximity alert, no indication that you’re standing on the precipice.”


You know that feeling when you’re reading a book whose ideas are so unique and intelligent and intricately-constructed that you have to reread certain concepts once or five times just to prove to yourself that you got this, and that, no, you are not an actual idiot?

Well, yeah, some of that, but I sorted it out.

The way this author has formed a reality-based off these concepts is astounding, and all of it—every single minute detail—has a sturdy foundation to stand upon and will hold up well under scrutiny. Go back and check for yourself if you want, Blake’s got it all covered.

 

“Every moment, every breath, contains a choice. But life is imperfect. We make the wrong choices. So we end up living in a state of perpetual regret, and is there anything worse?”

(LOVE this quote!)

The prose here is beautiful—eloquent wording materializing into imagery so vivid you’ll feel as though you’re inside of it, leaving your own footprints in the snow alongside these characters. We are made to dissect our choices in life. To be concerned over where they’ll lead us and accept the fact that we’ll never truly know unless we live them.

 

“Until everything topples, we have no idea what we actually have, how precariously and perfectly it all hangs together.”


DARK MATTER is a thrilling ride that’ll keep you on edge, tense with anticipation until that final page is swiped. It proposes the theory that we hold the power to create our own reality–our own destiny–an idea not so far off-base for many, myself included, and makes you wonder just how far you’d go to live out your best life possible.

This story is not only about science, but about sacrifice and strength and LOVENamely love, in fact—because, truly, what in all the worlds is more important?

Norma and I read this one a while back before we started the groups and read them on our own.

Norma’s Review

Brenda’s review

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