The Forgotten Ones by Steena Holmes

A spellbinding novel about an unspeakable secret that could destroy a family, from the New York Times bestselling author of Finding Emma.

Elle is a survivor. She’s managed to piece together a solid life from a childhood of broken memories and fairy tales her mom told her to explain away bad dreams. But weekly visits to her mother still fill Elle with a paralyzing fear she can’t explain. It’s just another of so many unanswered questions she grew up with in a family estranged by silence and secrets.

Elle’s world turns upside down when she receives a deathbed request from her grandfather, a man she was told had died years ago. Racked by grief, regrets, and a haunted conscience, he has a tale of his own to tell Elle: about her mother, an imaginary friend, and two strangers who came to the house one night and never left.

As Elle’s past unfolds, so does the truth—if she can believe it. She must face the reasons for her inexplicable dread. As dark as they are, Elle must listen…before her grandfather’s death buries the family’s secrets forever.

The Forgotten Ones

The Forgotten Ones by Steena Holmes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have gotten really Lucky with fiction reads so far this year, and this book is certainly no exception. This book shocked me, frightened me, made me think and doubt my own sanity a few times and I could hardly wait to recommend it to everyone.

If you think you have read so much that you know every possible fictional scenario and outcome, the good news is, you haven’t. This book stayed surprising all the way to the very end and I was still captivated by it even after finishing.

One of the things that was so intensely fascinating about this book was that I never knew who was telling the truth from the very beginning, but not just that–it was whether they were intentionally being deceptive or not. This is an emotional book with many different layers in it that deals with a lot of themes, from loss to abuse to mental issues and a variety of other things.

There are times during reading this when you will no doubt want to scream at a character to wake up and see what is right in front of them, but then stop and wonder what you would have done if you were in the same situation. I really do hope you will read this book, it is worthy of all the praise it has received.


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