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
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, this book was just god awful. The "I'm broken and only love can fix me." troupe is so irritating. This woman who clearly has years of trauma and abuse and hardly speaks, received no help or counseling of any sort, but instead - a marriage proposition four months after she was found in the woods? seriously? That's what's best for her? This entire novel seemed passive aggressive to me, and tried to be dramatic and deep at very inappropriate times.
"Live, damn it. Live." he demanded as he pushed on her chest again. "I don't have room on my back to carry your death too."
Who on earth would say that in the middle of attempting to save a drowning victim? Moments in the novel were so incredibly cringey, I literally ended up rolling my eyes and setting the book down, completely snapping out of any sort of indulgence. Overall, there was forced romance, under-developed characters and an unrealistic sense of depth. This book is the equivalent of someone getting an infinity sign tattoo and calling themselves deep and unique for it... yeah, no.
Upon reading the word ‘girl’ in the title (coupled with its uninspiring cover) I almost skipped over this one. I’m so glad I paid the book summary closer attention as it delivered an addictive read which I read in one sitting this afternoon.
Lots of subtle things keep the momentum ticking along nicely as threads are cast out to connect the mundane goings-on in community where an unidentified and dishevelled young woman appears out of the blue.
I couldn’t help but instantly wonder about her background. I mean, who is this curious creature lacking social graces and threatening to disrupt everything? Her behaviour raises all kinds of questions as to where she came from and why she’s so guarded. Especially since she sought out company yet doesn’t seem to know what should happen next or what is expected of her.
The way all parties are wary of each other places additional stress on otherwise uncomfortable situations that existed long before ‘the girl’ stumbled into their lives. One thing for sure is that her presence affects the characters in many different ways. For the most part she fills a gap some of them didn’t realise was empty.
Although I don’t feel this is one of those books I’ll find myself thinking about now that I’ve finished it (expect for Alice’s quote about ‘wishes’ which was a classic), it told a good story while it lasted. There were a few emotional ups and downs, and insightful moments too; the counsel of Jonah’s Aunt and Henry “Moonshine” Martell’s mother could give a wise old sage a run for their money any day. “Moonshine” Martell’s mother could give a wise old sage a run for their money any day.
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.