everything she forgot book coverReviewed by Jenna Arthur

Margaret Holloway is just like any other 35-year-old deputy head teacher–she goes to work, has a husband, a car, a life. But one day, when driving home, Margaret is involved in one of the worst highway pile-ups that her town has ever seen. Pinned in her car, Margaret is sure that she is not going to make it. Then, suddenly, a disfigured stranger appears at her window, pulling her from the wreckage. The crash leaves her nervous, with random flashbacks filling her head more and more as the days go on. Who are these people in these flashbacks? Why did this disfigured man remind her so much of someone?

Angus is a man without a heart. He berates his children and wife like a drill sergeant, demanding things be done his way. He thirsts for order, and because of this pursuit he is quicker and more hungry in his career as a journalist. So when a small girl goes missing, Angus jumps on the chance to crack the riddle and gain national notoriety. He thinks he knows the answers and it will give him the name he’s always craved. But is he right?

George and Kathleen are connected–more connected than Kathleen even knows. As a young woman Kathleen fell for George and quickly became pregnant. But when Kathleen’s parents found out that “Big George” is of the McLaughlin clan, a clan of brutalizers and criminals, they forbade her any further contact. George tried to whisk her away but to no avail. All he knows of his lost love now is that she is married and that the child he thought she had aborted is alive. He has to see her. Margaret, he learns, is her name.

Everything She Forgot follows each of these characters and jumps chapter by chapter between present day and the 1980s. You follow each of these characters closely and try and piece their lives together to see how the puzzle fits. What happened in the 80s that so vastly affected Margaret? Can she remember her childhood and piece together her past? The book is intense and well written, with a complicated yet enticing plot. The characters are intriguing and the mystery instantly reels you in. A good read if you can keep up.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Jenna lives in the bustling city of Pittsburgh with her wife and furry children. She loves to cook, watch movies, and looks for inspiration in every book she reads.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by William Morrow Paperbacks. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.