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Everything We Lost

Everything We Lost, September 2017
by Valerie Geary

William Morrow
480 pages
ISBN: 0062566423
EAN: 9780062566423
Kindle: B01N43L3HJ
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"A sister's search to find the brother she lost long ago"

Fresh Fiction Review

Everything We Lost
Valerie Geary

Reviewed by Patti Loveday
Posted August 18, 2017

Mystery

Lucy Durant was only fourteen-years-old when she lost her older brother. First to his paranoid delusions as he became increasingly obsessed with UFOs and government conspiracies. Then, permanently, when he walked into the desert outside Bishop, California, and never returned.

Now on the tenth anniversary of Nolan's mysterious disappearance, Lucy is still struggling with guilt and confusion--her memories from that period are blurry and obscured by time, distance, and alcohol. Now an adult, she's stuck in a holding pattern, hiding out at her father's house, avoiding people, and doing whatever she can to keep herself from thinking about Nolan. But when a series of unsettling events leads Lucy back to Bishop, she is forced to reconcile with her estranged mother and come to terms with the tangled memories of her past to discover what really happened to her brother all those years ago.

Told in Lucy and Nolan's alternating voices, EVERYTHING WE LOST is a psychological mystery exploring family, beliefs, obsessions, the nature of memory, and fear of the unknown--a haunting, compelling story idea that will resonate with readers long after the last page is turned.

Geary sets this novel in California which has a lot of UFO mystery around that area. Everything from research to sightings of UFOs will have you convinced that there is life out there in outer space. While I love a good psychological thriller, I feel that this one just does not hold up to the hype. I found the book to be very slow throughout and never really picks up. This book seems to drag on being too repetitious and depressing.

The characters seem interesting but they lack depth and backstories. The way the book ends makes me question if a second book is in the works. Overall, I just was not a fan of this book.

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SUMMARY

From the critically acclaimed author of Crooked River comes this fascinating novel about a young woman searching for answers about events that transpired ten years before when her brother disappeared without a trace —an utterly mesmerizing psychological thriller.

Lucy Durant was only fourteen-years-old when she lost her older brother. First to his paranoid delusions as he became increasingly obsessed with UFOs and government conspiracies. Then, permanently, when he walked into the desert outside Bishop, California, and never returned.

Now on the tenth anniversary of Nolan’s mysterious disappearance, Lucy is still struggling with guilt and confusion—her memories from that period are blurry and obscured by time, distance, and alcohol. Now an adult, she’s stuck in a holding pattern, hiding out at her father’s house, avoiding people, and doing whatever she can to keep herself from thinking about Nolan. But when a series of unsettling events leads Lucy back to Bishop, she is forced to reconcile with her estranged mother and come to terms with the tangled memories of her past to discover what really happened to her brother all those years ago.

Told in Lucy and Nolan's alternating voices, Everything We Lost is a psychological mystery exploring family, beliefs, obsessions, the nature of memory, and fear of the unknown—a haunting, compelling story that will resonate with readers long after the last page is turned.


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