April 28, 2021

#BookReview: Forget Me Not by Alexandra Oliva






Synopsis: She was born for all the wrong reasons. But her search for the truth reveals answers she wishes she could forget in this suspenseful and deeply moving novel from the author of The Last One.

What if your past wasn’t what you thought?

As a child, Linda Russell was left to raise herself in a 20-acre walled-off property in rural Washington. The woods were her home, and for twelve years she lived oblivious to a stark and terrible truth: Her mother had birthed her only to replace another daughter who died in a tragic accident years before.

And then one day Linda witnesses something she wasn’t meant to see. Terrified and alone, she climbs the wall and abandons her home, but her escape becomes a different kind of trap when she is thrust into the modern world—a world for which she is not only entirely unprepared, but which is unprepared to accept her.

And you couldn’t see a future for yourself?

Years later, Linda is living in Seattle and immersed in technology intended to connect, but she has never felt more alone. Social media continually brings her past back to haunt her, and she is hounded by the society she is now forced to inhabit. But when Linda meets a fascinating new neighbor who introduces her to the potential and escapism of virtual reality, she begins to allow herself to hope for more.

What would it take to reclaim your life?

Then an unexplained fire at her infamous childhood home prompts Linda to return to the property for the first time since she was a girl, unleashing a chain of events that will not only endanger her life but challenge her understanding of family, memory, and the world itself.
 



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My Review: This was an interesting story that bridged the gap of what it is to be human and technology.  I did enjoy the VR and the real world in this story. But something of it just didn't grip like I was hoping.  I do think that some readers will fall hard for this one though. But maybe check this one out at the library before committing. 



Review

“Alexandra Oliva pulls off a stunning feat in Forget Me Not, effortlessly toeing the line between humanity and technology, virtual reality and the physical world. Her novel overflows with heartbreak, loneliness, terror, and compassion but never once sacrifices the propulsion of story. She presents the reader with a difficult choice—linger over the finely crafted prose or tear straight through to the stunning conclusion. Either way, you can't go wrong.”—Ivy Pochoda, author of These Women

Forget Me Not is a beautifully written exploration of the gaps between realities. How real is your past if you can’t remember it? How real is your present if it’s mostly lived online? How real is your future if no one you know is trustworthy, including yourself?”—Laurie Frankel, New York Times bestselling author of This Is How It Always Is

“Part domestic drama, part page-turning mystery, Forget Me Not is a highly original, sharply insightful and thoroughly riveting exploration of what it means to be a family in a morally complex, technologically modern world.”—Kimberly McCreight, New York Times bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia and A Good Marriage

About the Author

Born and raised in upstate New York, Alexandra Oliva is the author of The Last One and Forget Me Not. She has a BA in history from Yale University and an MFA in creative writing from The New School. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, dog, and young son.









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