Lifestyle journalist Ella Skye remembers every celebrity she interviewed, every politician she charmed between the sheets, and every socialite who eyed her with envy. The chance meeting with her husband, Damien; their rapid free fall into love; and their low-key, intimate wedding are all locked in her memory. But what she can’t remember is the tragic car accident that ripped her unborn child from her. Ella can’t even recall being pregnant.
Hoping to find the memories of a lost pregnancy that’s left her husband devastated and their home empty, Ella begins delving into her past when she’s assigned an exclusive story about Nathan Donovan, a retired celebrity adventurer who seems to know more about her than she does him. To unravel the mystery of her selective memory loss, Ella follows Nathan from the snowcapped Sierra Nevada to the frozen slopes of southeast Alaska. There she discovers the people she trusts most aren’t the only ones keeping secrets from her—she’s hiding them from herself. Ella quickly learns that some truths are best left forgotten.
So. This book. My reaction was a bit unusual for me, I think. I was absolutely riveted to the story that was unfolding and read it pretty avidly and compulsively; however, I didn’t really like the main characters that much! They made a few decisions that I found questionable, but part of reading is getting out of our comfort zone, and this book certainly did that!
This book was pretty crazy, right from the get go. Ella wakes up in the hospital, not knowing why she is there, not remembering that she had lost her baby. Or even being pregnant at all! A baby that she and her husband Damien had been expecting, had even named. Of course, I had to find out what the heck happened, right?
The book takes us through Ella’s life in the times leading up to the accident, and also what is happening in real time. We learn that she and her husband have a pretty passionate love for each other, are driven professionally, and their lives are somewhat laced with deceit and lies. It is very compelling reading, as things become explained slowly slowly bit by bit. There is a point in the book where I am happy with the way things are proceeding – then wham! From out of left field the story changes again. It’s like the book version of white water rafting, and the reader is in for quite a ride!
This book ends on a bit of a mystery – and I can’t wait to find out what happens next!
Thank you to Little Bird Publicity for the advance copy in exchange for an honest review!
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You certainly had an interesting reaction to this book. I wonder if there are cases like this in real life?
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It was really a weird reaction. I was so pulled in by the whole idea of it, but it was a total mind freak too, because the main characters were sort of unlikeable in my opinion. It was still very good though!
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