In This Evocative Debut Novel, Katrin Schumann Weaves A Riveting Story Of Past And Present And How Love Can Lead Us AstrayAt Twenty Four, Katie Gregory Feels Like Life Is Looking Up She S Snagged A Great Job In New York City And Is Falling For A Captivating Artist And Memories Of Her Traumatic Past Are Finally Fading Katie S Life Fell Apart Almost A Decade Earlier, During An Idyllic Summer At Her Family S Cabin On Eagle Lake When Her Best Friend Accused Her Father Of Sexual Assault Throughout His Trial And Imprisonment, Katie Insisted On His Innocence, Dodging Reporters And Clinging To Memories Of The Man She AdoresNow He S Getting Out Yet When Katie Returns To The Shuttered Lakeside Cabin, Details Of That Fateful Night Resurface The Chill Of The Lake, The Heat Of First Love, The Terrible Sting Of Jealousy And As Old Memories Collide With New Realities, They Call Into Question Everything She Thinks She Knows About Family, Friends, And, Ultimately, Herself Now, Katie S Choices Will Be Put To The Test With Life Altering Consequences I d rather reread a good book than slog through a boring one Prime First Read books aren t what they once were Most in recent months have been DNF, one or two stars None of the December options interested me We were allowed to choose two books for January, but I could only find one.THE FORGOTTEN HOURS seemed like a decent possibility, but I couldn t get into the Katie s narration I was interested in Lulu s story, but she was barely a minor character I skimmed to the end. I just have a lot of mixed feelings about this book and need to sort them out. Please note that I got this via s Kindle First Reads I really loved the premise of the Forgotten Hours a teenage girl loses her best friend and father after a rape accusation and trial This type of plot feels very timely That said, I thought that the story being told in third person point of view actually pushed me away as a reader I think if it was told in the first person point of view I would have felt entwined with Katie and her choices Also, if it had been first person point of view, I would have given leeway on the secondary characters Zen, Lulu, her father, mother, brother, etc being written so shallowly However, writing in third person point of view, I think she could have tapped into everyone s emotions a lot and the backstory I needed to get into Lulu s and her father s head The Forgotten Hours goes back and forth following the events that broke up Katie Gregory s family than 6 years ago Katie s best friend from childhood accuses her father of rape, after two years of investigation trial, he is found guilty This ends up causing her family to fracture Now that he is getting out of jail, Katie is focused on getting her family back to the way it was There are complications however with her father wanting her to return to their family s cabin, and make it ready for him This leads Katie down a path to figure out what really happened, and was it her fault.Katie is really the center of this story I wish that Schumann had her come to some realizations a lot sooner She has had to draw herself in due to what happened to her family, and I get that However, her relationship with Zen had her being ambivalent about it for reasons dealing with her father It s pretty obvious that Katie sees herself as her father s daughter and him being sent to jail for something she doesn t believe he did has broken some part of herself I just wish that we had seen interactions between her and her brother David That character is written as being aware of things then Katie ever did I just wish that they had honest conversations The same with Katie and her mother Back to Katie, we get insight on what occurred 8 years ago when Katie and Lulu were 17 and how Katie worshiped Lulu until a boy comes between them The book flips back and forth between present day and the past.I think Lulu was written well, but I wanted there Her story made me sad and I think it got passed over a little too quickly The question that Katie has is why would Lulu lie about her father However, we are given hints here and there what was going on with Lulu and I wish that had been the story Katie s father, John Gregory, is charismatic There is a pull to him when we have the story in the before time period He is the guy that everyone is drawn to, wants to make happy Even Katie contrasts him with her mother and she finds her lacking due to her withdrawal from their family Katie is haunted by her teen crush and I just thought that whole thing with him was a waste the present time period The before time period, once again, Schumman types into something when she goes back to first loves, summer days and night, and the smell of the sun and the lake on your skin The writing was good, though sometimes a bit overworked I have to say that I loved all of the sections dealing with Katie and Lulu showing them growing up together and their summers together Schumann taps into being a young girl and how hard it is sometimes to be best friends with someone We also get Lulu s longing to be part of Katie s family and how Lulu s life is so different from Katie s.When we switch back to the present time frame, I just see Katie as a pale shadow still being jerked around by Lulu You would think that she would be separate from her at this point We know that the two had no contact after the rape accusation besides a nasty email that Katie sent But you have Katie wondering why Lulu never reached out to her I just rolled my eyes a bit at that.The setting of the book bounces between New York, upper state New York, and London I have to say that Schumman writes of New York, and summers on the lake very well The parts in London were very thin to me We Katie get info dumped about some things and I just wish it was done differently.The ending was bittersweet I wish it had ended differently because I honestly don t think that the Gregory family ever really comes to term with things Ostriches, the lot of them. THE FORGOTTEN HOURS is a stunning novel that moves seamlessly between the aftermath of a trauma that shattered one family and a summer evening that ruined many lives As current events clash with truths Katie Gregory has kept hidden from her lover and herself she s forced to return to memories she d rather forget Memories that tug loyalty in conflicting directions and question everything she knows about trust and love Was her father guilty of the crime for which he was convicted Who s lying, and how much does Katie remember of that tempestuous night when she was fourteen and fighting with her best friend over a boy Trying to unravel the answers before the heart pounding finish kept me up way past bedtime A must read for book clubs 2.5 STARSIt took too long for things to get moving The book is so focused on Katie, and she s such a frustrating character It would have been better for the story to be set further in the past, it just didn t seem believable that Katie was so sheltered and naive about everything that happened As it was, the chapters set at the lake house felt like they could have been from the 70 s.Katie s a woman in her mid 20 s, a college graduate, and yet she comes across as someone unable maybe just unwilling to think like an adult She never heard anything about the trial She never looked anything up online She never once thought to not blindly trust in her father She was exhausting So much focus on Katie meant that other interesting characters got shortchanged namely Lulu, Katie s mom and Katie s brother I would have liked some chapters from their POV I m a little disappointed in the ending, I thought what happened with Katie s dad was kind of taking the easy way out. Riveting If I had to sum up this debut book in one word, that would be it What would you do if your father went to jail for statutory rape of your best friend Who do you side with What if your choice might be wrong I admit that I feel a lot of overwhelm from the metoo news of the world today, and wasn t sure how I was going to feel about this novel, but Schumann pulls you into Katie s world and wraps you in all the emotions from each character in such a way that you literally can t put the book down There are often many sides to a story and relationships can be incredibly tough and complicated and Schumann deftly shows you all that nuance I m going to be thinking about this book for a long time to come Thanks, NetGalley and Lake Union for the early peek at this book This was a new release that was provided to me from Kindle First It had an alternating timeline between the past and the present which I liked, but it didn t really flow well between the two I thought the topic was spot on with the things going on in the world, but the story didn t move along well It was very slow to start, but got better in the middle The characters, Charlie, David, jack, seemed flat and didn t seem complete John, the father, was just creepy in every way Yuck, even when the reader doesn t know whether he is guilty or innocent I did finish the book, but didn t think the ending was that great It was an OK book, but I don t know that I will be recommending it to others. So much waiting, so little pay off I truly wanted to love this book The powerful MeToo movement our country has seen surface the past few years had me desperately wanting to root for Lulubut it was so hard Her character was fake, belligerent, and a tad narcissistic I know others will disagree, and that s okay I just had a hard time feeling anything about her at all As for Katieyuck She was aggravating In this day and age, when EVERYTHING is splashed all over the internet, we re really supposed to believe she didn t even know who testified at her father s rape trial Really Unless she s an ostrich with her head buried in the sand, it s simply not plausible I don t mind suspending belief a bit, but come on Charlie and David could have added so much texture and insight, but the author instead chose to make them meaningless, secondary characters who added nothing at all to the tapestry of the story The main problem for me The book was just horribly boring and anti climatic Nothing happened except page after page of Katie s internal dialogue long, rambling, tedious passages The story also jumps back and forth over multiple time periods, but the changes aren t identified in any way at the start of the chapters Makes for a bit of confusion Overall, I give this book 1.5 stars I had such high hopes, but what a disappointment. This book started off a little slow and I nearly gave up but at 25% it got a little better I m giving this 3 stars Just ok for me Didn t love it but didn t dislike it either.
- 362 pages
- The Forgotten Hours
- Katrin Schumann
- 14 February 2019 Katrin Schumann