Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Everything She Forgot by Lisa Ballantyne

She loves her father, has a good marriage and two children and has a good job.  But after she's in a deadly accident, she's not feeling comfortable any more.  It's like something has disrupted her life, but she doesn't know what.

William Morrow and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 6th.

Margaret is trapped in her car and unable to get out.  Then it catches on fire.  When she's about resigned herself to death, a stranger comes up and tries to open it, unsuccessfully.  Finally he uses his fist and breaks the side window and pulls her out.  She thanks him for saving her and he walks off.  He was very disfigured but she felt she owed him for her rescue.  When she asks about him, nobody knows where he went or who he was.  But she tracks him down at the hospital by being persistent.  He's in an induced coma due to a head injury.  She sits with him for a while anyway.

This is a tale filled with sadistic people.  From the nun who enjoys belting hands, to a father that kills without thought and a journalist that is determined to break this story and his family, there's a lot of negative.  However, there's a young man who couldn't even read when Margaret started teaching him and now he's looking at college.  There's also Margaret's family.  If only she could remember why that man seemed familiar?

This is also a story of PTSD.  Margaret first had it at age seven, then again after the accident.  When Margaret gets a box of records out of the attic that her deceased mother had stored there, the past begins to open up for her.

It's a sad story but the man who wanted to have someone love him finally found one.  And Margaret finally understands her feelings and gets some closure to past events.  It was an interesting story and one that will stick with me for a while.  Why don't you give it try?

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