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The Unforgotten by Laura Powell

The Unforgotten

by Laura Powell

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A small English town is terrorized by a murderer of young girls. A girl falls in love with a much older man. An elderly woman decides not to tell her family that she has breast cancer. A reporter keeps a secret for 50 years. What do all these things have in common? You'll have to read this book to find out.

This book was a surprise to me. A thriller with chops. A surprise ending I didn't see coming. Believable characters moving tragically through love and loss. Really, really good and you should read it when it is available in the U.S. (now)! ( )
  ouroborosangel | May 22, 2018 |
In 1956, the small Cornish town of St Steele is rocked by a series of brutal murders of young women. As a result, the hotel that fifteen-year-old Betty helps her mother manage is taken over by journalists. Among them is John Gallagher. A friendship develops between Betty and the thirty-year-old Gallagher that quickly becomes something more. Their forbidden relationship will have far-reaching effects not only on the outcome of the investigation but on the rest of their lives. The novel switches between the murders in 1956 and fifty years later and the story of a woman named Mary who has been recently diagnosed with breast cancer. She seems to have her own knowledge of the long-ago murders and, after reading about an interview with the man convicted of the crime and who was recently released, begins her own search for answers.

The Unforgotten is the debut novel by Laura Powell and what a compelling debut it is. Full of twists and turns, it kept my interest completely throughout. I was able to suss out some of the many turns fairly quickly but not all and the major twist at the end…I did not see that coming. A completely compelling, entertaining, and satisfying read and one that gets a high recommendation from me. I will definitely be looking out for any future books by Powell.

Thanks to Netgalley and Simon & Schuster Canada for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review ( )
  lostinalibrary | Mar 22, 2018 |
THE UNFORGOTTEN by Laura Powell is a twisty crime story set in 1956 and fifty years later. The crimes are a series of murders of young women in the small coastal town of St. Steele, Cornwall, England. The lurid murders induce a swarm of reporters to descend on the town’s one small hotel that is run by Dolores Broadbent and her 15 year old daughter, Betty.
The prime suspect is the local butcher. His wife had died several years before and everyone knows he is still grieving for her. What the townspeople don’t know is that Dolores and he had been secretly “dating” for awhile, but it has already ended by the time the book starts.
The vast majority of the novel follows Betty and one of the reporters, a man twice her age but alone in the world. There is a romance of kinds as Betty, not quite knowing what she is doing, finds herself attracted to him. He in turn finds his resistance to her youth and naivety almost too much to withstand.
The killer is eventually captured, tried and sentenced to a lengthy jail term. The story picks up at the time of his release when he, in a newspaper interview, maintains his innocence. Now it seems Betty’s friend Mary, 50 years older than when we net her at the time of the killings, is having trouble with her own sanity, and reading the news report makes her want to confess to the terrible secrets she has been keeping for all this time.
She want’s to tell the police, to convince them, as to the murderer’s true identity.
To say more about the plot would give away too much. But the plot is pretty wonderful and you will be kept wondering just what is the great secrets within this novel. Atmospheric with insights into mental disturbances, blind love, forbidden love, jealousy and rage all combine in a heady stew that will have you puzzled, and entertained, all the way to the end. ( )
  TomDonaghey | Mar 18, 2018 |
Haunting storyline about various faces of love wrapped in a murder mystery. Enjoyable first novel although the mystery portion was somewhat predictable. I found it a bit difficult to follow as the subsidiary characters were not well developed, but I look forward to additional works by this author. ( )
  MM_Jones | Feb 26, 2018 |
Title...The Unforgotten

Author...Laura Powell

My " in a nutshell" summary...

Betty and her mother run a small hotel in a quaint English town. The town as well as the hotel are overrun with reporters because long haired blonde girls are being butchered. The police as well as everyone else in this town have determined that the murdered is a gentle man...the local butcher...now known as the “Cornish Cleaver”. This story gets even more complicated because Betty...only 15...has fallen in love with Mr. Gallagher...one of the reporters staying at the hotel. On one of their secret meetings...Betty believes she sees a friend with a man...kissing. The friend is dead the next morning. Betty believes she knows who the real killer is but how does she reveal this without getting her Mr. Gallagher in trouble? Hmmm...

My thoughts after reading this book...

This book surprised me. It was a definite page turner. Betty and her mother...had a complicated relationship. Actually Betty had a complicated relationship with almost everyone she knew.

What I loved about this book...

There were many surprises in this book...I loved the way the book dealt with the stories in the past as well as 50 years later.

What I did not love about this book...

I really didn’t have any issues with this book. The writing was excellent...the story incredibly interesting. The characters...complex, irritating, and unusual at times.

Final thoughts...
Would this be a good choice for you...potential reader?

Readers who love a really intense cozy yet not cozy mystery that is filled with intensity and surprises...should love this book.

I received an advance reader’s copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley and Edelweiss and Amazon. It was my choice to read it and review it. ( )
  PattyLouise | Feb 24, 2018 |
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The girl runs along the promenade and around the lighthousekeeper's derelict cottage, her ponytail whipping the air and new tears flying down her face.
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Across the room, through the fog of tobacco smoke, Betty notices him. His teacup is empty, his eyes are low and he doesn't speak. She wants him to notice her. She wants to impress. Fifteen-year-old Betty Broadbent helps her erratic and beautiful mother run the Hotel Eden, a boarding house now besieged by reporters, keen for juicy gossip and eye-catching headlines. They are there because the Cornish seaside town has recently witnessed a string of murders, young girls stabbed to death. Among the newspaper jackals, Mr Gallagher stands out. Quiet, serious Mr Gallagher - Betty is fascinated by his mysterious nature and desperate to be noticed by him and not be treated as a child. As he and Betty get to know each other, through snatched conversation and illicit meetings, their feelings for each other grow. But she soon starts to realise how little she knows about the older, enigmatic journalist. With a dangerous cloud looming over the town, Betty starts to take risks to see him and hide secrets from her mother, her friends and even herself. Secrets that will echo through the years and affect the lives of many ... Beautifully written with skilfully drawn characters and evocative language, this is an astonishing tour de force from debut author Laura Powell.… (more)

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