The Forgotten Girl by Jessica Sorensen

forgotten girl

Rating: 3 stars

Maddie is a woman who has multiple personalities. She begins to black out, and afterwards, people are either missing or dead. She doesn’t know if her other personality, Lily, is responsible or not. Also, Maddie was in an accident 6 years earlier, and she has no memory of her life before that. On top of trying to figure out who is murdering people, she needs to discover who she is.

This book is meant to be a dark psychological thriller. The subject matter was dark, but it didn’t give off the deeply disturbed vibe that was probably intended. This story wasn’t suspenseful although it did move along at a steady pace. Nonetheless it was not a page turner.

There were some issues with the amnesia storyline. Maddie is 21, so she lived 6 years without some memories. She is constantly reminded by people that she is not the person she used to be. On some level, I get that, but plenty of people change a lot from the time they are 15 to 21. It’s natural. The expectation of her acting like she did then didn’t make sense.

In the end, a lot of things were not explained. There was a conclusion. But most of the characters were avid liars, so was what they said at the end the truth? I guess I’ll never know. A lot of the characters did bad things, but the motives for some people wasn’t clear. It didn’t make sense that some of them did what they did. Knowing why would have made this story way more satisfying.

Since there were murders, there were police. They were barely in the story at all. They weren’t very competent either. None of the characters with bad behavior were smooth about it. The cops could have done a bit more investigating and might have figured things out. The entire story would not have been possible if the police knew what they were doing and arrested people.

Logic was not strong in this story. There were some errors in it too. In one instance, one character’s name was replaced with another character’s name. The premise for this story was good, but it needed more work. At least the ending wasn’t easy to predict. I don’t regret reading it, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to recommend it to anyone either.

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