Addison Sullivan has been in an accident. In its aftermath, she has memory lapses and starts talking to a boy that no one else can see. It gets so bad that she’s worried she’s going crazy. Addie takes drastic measures to fill in the blanks and visits a shadowy medical facility that promises to “help with your memory.” But at the clinic, Addie unwittingly discovers it is not her first visit. And when she presses, she finds out that she had certain memories erased. She had a boy erased. But why? Who was that boy, and what happened that was too devastating to live with? And even if she gets the answers she’s looking for, will she ever be able to feel like a whole person again?
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It started a little slow but it’s definitely interesting and I love the character’s voice. The pacing is the only issue I have and it’s a little sad I can’t say much because I might spoil it for you, but this book is heartbreaking but I love it. The emotions were raw and its portrayal is definitely amazing.
I love how characters, even they weren’t all given complexities, were shown with depth and are multidimensional. It’s so refreshing to be able to read this book because of the little distress I had with the last one I’ve read. I also love the way how the story was narrated in two timelines, before and after Addie’s accident.
The lines blur from reality when Overton Clinic got involved since they had this way of erasing memory, and it’s really interesting to have this concept be involved in a contemporary. It’s really thought-provoking as well, because reading this will get you thinking what to do if you’re in Addie’s shoes.
I really enjoyed the ending of the story. It’s very realistic and again, heartbreaking, but it’s really satisfying. I wouldn’t end it other way.
This is a debut novel from Sarah Everett, and honestly with the way she writes, I’m gonna have to be on the lookout for her upcoming books. You should too!
(Review originally posted on The Bibliophile Confessions)