Although this book has several sensitive and possibly triggering subjects for some readers, talented author Janine Rosche handles them carefully and gives ample warning in her author’s notes at the beginning. She is not afraid to tackle hard, messy, and realistic situations in her books, and I’ve come to expect feeling all types of emotions when I turn the pages. Rosche has created some intriguing and multi-layered characters for this book and placed them in some heart-wrenching situations.
There are actually two different storylines that are woven together in the tale. Lori and Michael Mendenhall are parents of twins, one of which—Austin--was killed in an automobile accident that left Lori with residual memory loss. The other twin, Avery, is a high school student that is trying to cope with the loss of her twin and also her mother’s trauma. Xander, a friend of the twins, plays an important part in the story and was my favorite character. I liked his maturity and concern for Avery and her family.
There are several twists and turns that kept me guessing and turning the pages. Be prepared for all sorts of emotions when you read this story. It’s both heart-breaking and heart-warming and lots of the in-between feelings.
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own. 4.5 stars!
Is the Life She Can't Remember One She'd Rather Forget?
One year after her family was in a tragic car accident that killed her teenage son, Lori Mendenhall returns home with a traumatic brain injury that has stolen the last eight years of memories from her. She is shocked to find that the life she was leading before the accident is unrecognizable. Her once-loving husband, Michael, is a distant workaholic she isn't sure she can trust and her once-bubbly daughter, Avery, has spent the last year hidden away in her room.
For Avery, life stopped when she lost her twin. Now, if she wants to graduate high school, she'll have to accept help from Xander Dixon, her brother's best friend and the boy who relentlessly teased her for years. And if Lori wants to reconnect with her husband, she'll have to grapple with information her brain is trying to keep secret. With every memory that returns, she can't help but wonder if the life she can't remember is one she'd rather forget.