The Unremembered Girlby Published 01 Nov 2017
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In the deep woods of East Texas, Henry supports his family by selling bootleg liquor. It’s all he can do to keep his compassionate but ailing mother and his stepfather—a fanatical grassroots minister with a bruising rhetoric—from ruin. But they have no idea they’ve become the obsession of the girl in the woods.
Abandoned and nearly feral, Eve has been watching them, seduced by the notion of family—something she’s known only in the most brutal sense. Soon she can’t resist the temptation to get close. Where Henry’s mother sees a poor girl in need, his father sees only wickedness. When Henry forges an unexpected bond with Eve, he believes he might be able to save her. He doesn’t know how wrong he is.
Eve is about to take charge of her own destiny—and that of Henry’s family. As both their worlds spin violently out of control, Henry must make an impossible choice: protect the broken young woman who’s claimed a piece of his soul, or put everyone he loves at risk in order to do the right thing.
"The Unremembered Girl" Reviews
Henry sells bootleg liquor to support his family in deep woods of East Texas. His compassionate mother is dying of cancer and his step father is detached from reality as he is a grassroots minister whose pulpit is the top of a trash can as he screams out sermons to all who pass by. A half feral girl in the woods watches the family and wishes for one for herself. The mother tempts her out with food and brings her into the house as a way to make up for the death of her daughter. She said she couldn't save her daughter so she'll save another girl. I honestly don't see how bringing a person such as this into your house would work out well. She barely talks or interacts at first and life skills, not so much. The girl needs counseling and to be slowly reintegrated into society. She becomes co-dependent upon Henry who talks to her and treats her nice. There is a mystery that surrounds her and what her back story is. Are any in Henry's family or these backwoods people involved in what happened to the girl with no name? She is a broken woman. Can she get the help she needs before she drags Henry down with her in the spiral of despair and negativity?
Pub Date 01 Nov 2017
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I'm pretty sure the author believes this is a tragic, yet hopeful love/coming of age story. Unfortunately it's actually the story of a selfish ass justifying all his bad decisions [spoilers removed]
Wow, what a twist! That is all I will say. If you enjoy psychological thrillers/suspense you'll want to pick this one up!
Yeah, no. Definitely not my favorite book. The plot jerked along for the whole novel and the characters were two dimensional. While it does smooth over a bit during the second half of the book, I was thoroughly Over It by then and only reading because I Ain't A Quitter. A few notes:
1.) When I say the plot jerked along, I meant it. The transitions between scenes were messy and confusing. Sometimes I had to re-read whole passages just to figure out where I was.
2.) Eve had no character. She felt more like a prop than anything else. She was just kind of there while Henry kept fixing her and her messes.
3.) Livingston's an even flimsier character than Eve. Literally, his only characteristic is that he's a religious nut.
4.) ALSO, the romance! The romance was terrible! There weren't any romantic moments, just the author trying to piece in the actual falling in love process with a quick one paragraph montage of Henry watching her with little hearts in his eyes.
No. Just no.
Maybe it's my own fault for not recognizing the "[x person] is ~BROKEN~! The valiant hero must ~fix~ them!" vibes from the summary, because I despise these stories. And this was one such story. This wasn't a love story or a hopeful story or a tragic story, it was aggravating and uninteresting, at least to me. I came very close to DNFing it, but I persevered, and sadly I can't say that my efforts were rewarded at all.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley.