Saturday, April 25, 2015

Review: The Forgetting by Nicole Maggi

Book Blurb:

Georgie's new heart saved her life...but now she's losing her mind. "An eerie mystery wrapped in a heart-wrenching romance—will leave you breathless!" — Gretchen McNeil, author of TEN and the Don't Get Mad series

When Georgie Kendrick wakes up after a heart transplant she feels...different. The organ beating in her chest isn't in tune with the rest of her body. Like it still belongs to someone else. Someone with terrible memories...memories that are slowly replacing her own. A dark room, a man in the shadows, the sharp taste of adrenaline – these are her donor's final memories. Pieces of a deadly puzzle. And if Georgie doesn't want them to be the last thing she remembers, she has to find out the truth behind her donor's death...before she loses herself completely.

My Review:

Genre: Supernatural, Mystery--

3 Out Of 5 Stars

Georgie just woke up and found herself in the hospital. She is informed she got really sick and had to have a heart transplant. Georgie is happy to be alive, but feels a catch in her chest, like her heart is out of sync with the rest of her body. When Georgie starts to have strange cravings and memories that don’t belong to her, she begins to question who’s heart she has.

This book was pretty different from what I was expecting. I thought this would be a trippy supernatural/psychological thriller kind of like the movie The Eye with Jessica Alba, and it started like that, but then it took a dive into gritty real life. I don’t want to give too much away about the plot or Georgie’s discoveries, but it seemed like once she had an identity as to who owned the heart, the book turned in a strange place (strange mainly due to my expectations for what would happen). The story at times read like a public service announcement for helping to stop certain crimes that I will not mention lest I give something away. It was a unique idea for the author to use, but I am not sure it was what I was looking for in my story. On the positive side, the book was really fast paced and when I intended to read a chapter or two, I ended up reading half the book in one sitting. The story flowed well and was an easy read despite the dark and realistic subject matter.

I was intrigued by the changes in Georgie. The story starts after the heart transplant, so the reader has no clue as to who Georgie is, what she likes or dislikes. Instead we get to see her battle over what she feels to be true and what she knows to be true, and sometimes the two don’t match. For being a serious surgery survivor, she is really bullheaded and refuses to take things easy. Instead she heads into the slums to try and find out the identity of her heart. On one hand I rooted her stubbornness on but the other half of me wanted her to rest because of the unforeseeable medical complications lurking around the corner. I was surprised to see the few glimpses of pre-heart transplant Georgie and her attitude and indulgences. It may have been a good experience character building-wise for her to have the culture/personality shock to become a more well rounded person.

This book does have a romance thrown in, kind of like a love triangle almost. I don't really approve of Georgie's love interest for so many reasons, predominantly since it is really confusing and in the back of my mind I felt it was not real. She was instantly captivated, which makes me suspicious. I understand what the author was doing, I just personally wish there were no ties between said person and Georgie's confused emotional/memory state.

Overall the book was an ok quick read, but I found the ending to be very bittersweet and maybe a little bit of a downer on a personal level for Georgie. Yes, yes, I understand the greater good and such, but it was just unexpected for me. It was not my favorite book but I am sure others will really like it. The writing flowed nicely and I liked the style, which compels me to want to read more by the author in the future. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a gritty real life mystery with a few supernatural twists along the way.

I received this title from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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