Hey, everyone. A couple of weeks ago, I decided to pair down my TBR list. I’ve had books on there for years, some that I’ll never read partially due to changing taste. Others sounded interesting until I read the first few pages.
I recently moved The Forgotten Ones to the top of the list.
A spellbinding novel about an unspeakable secret that could destroy a family, from the New York Times bestselling author of Finding Emma.
Elle is a survivor. She’s managed to piece together a solid life from a childhood of broken memories and fairy tales her mom told her to explain away bad dreams. But weekly visits to her mother still fill Elle with a paralyzing fear she can’t explain. It’s just another of so many unanswered questions she grew up with in a family estranged by silence and secrets.
Elle’s world turns upside down when she receives a deathbed request from her grandfather, a man she was told had died years ago. Racked by grief, regrets, and a haunted conscience, he has a tale of his own to tell Elle: about her mother, an imaginary friend, and two strangers who came to the house one night and never left.
As Elle’s past unfolds, so does the truth—if she can believe it. She must face the reasons for her inexplicable dread. As dark as they are, Elle must listen…before her grandfather’s death buries the family’s secrets forever.
Having read Steena Holmes’ Finding Emma a few years ago, I purchased The Forgotten Ones because of a BookBub recommendation. The storyline sounded intriguing and the opening chapters captured my attention.
Elle is a pediatric nurse who cares deeply for her patients and their families. She shares an apartment with her best friend Brennley, who is a nurse in the same hospital, working on the geriatric floor.
Brennley helps a dying patient, David Walker, pen a letter to his long-lost granddaughter and discovers it’s none other than her roommate. Elle, who had been told her grandfather was dead, decides to visit him. He tells her a story and she learns her mother had been keeping secrets for years.
Although at times the story was a little far-fetched, I wanted to keep reading. Holmes had me guessing as to the true identity of a couple of the characters.
Overall, it was a satisfying read. Until the end. I sort of felt like I did when I watched the movie Bridge on The River Kwai. It just ended—the author left too many loose ends. I don’t want to post any spoilers, but I found a few things unbelievable and unrealistic.
I give this one 3.5 stars (rounded up to four).