What We Forgot to Bury by Marin Montgomery #bookreview

what we forgot to bury

Truth and deceit blur as one woman’s desperation twists into another’s desire for revenge in this mind-bending psychological novel.

Charlotte Coburn has a tragically dark past. But she’s safe now. She lives in a gated community, protected from danger. When teenager Elle knocks at her door looking for shelter during a particularly severe storm, the woman can’t help but think how lucky Elle’s been to have found someone as friendly as her. Except Elle chose her door on purpose…

She knows all about Charlotte’s secrets because they ruined her family and her life. And it is time that everyone else knew. But Charlotte’s past has left a dark void in her life, so she is concocting her own vicious plan, convinced that Elle can help fill that void.

As events unfold, the truth unravels and pulls both women into a dangerous game that will leave you wondering, Who’s the villain?

My thoughts on What We Forgot to Bury

Where to start with What We Forgot to Bury, a book I love the sound of but didn’t quite hit the right note with me.  Lets start with the good. The story is a good one. There are plenty of twists and turns and red herrings, including two female characters that you can’t quite a get a bead on.

This is especially true of Charlotte. I spent most of the book trying to work out if she was a good guy, bad guy or somewhere in-between. With Elle, it’s much more clear cut. She’s young and struggling to cope with her screwed up childhood and the fact that she can’t see a future for herself. Unfortunately, for the plot to be driven forward, she also has to accept a lot of things she’s being told at face value. I found that a little hard to believe. She might be young, she might be naive, but she isn’t stupid.

Still, given the type of book this is – a good old psychological thriller – all that can be forgiven. In fact, I did forgive it and was quite happily reading along. Then the last few chapters – the big reveal – came along. And the whole thing went a bit pear-shaped for me. There was a twist that went a bit too far and I just couldn’t get behind it.

I won’t say any more for spoilers. I will say that looking on Amazon, this doesn’t seem to have bothered most people the way it bothered me so my opinions shouldn’t necessarily put you off buying the book.  It just wasn’t for me. Sorry!

Emma x

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