Book Review: Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp (Spoilers)

Published by SouceFire Books in 2018

348 pages 

1 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis:

Best friends Corey and Kyra were inseparable in their snow-covered town of Lost Creek, Alaska. When Corey moves away, she makes Kyra promise to stay strong during the long, dark winter, and wait for her return.

Just days before Corey is to return home to visit, Kyra dies. Corey is devastated―and confused. The entire Lost community speaks in hushed tones about the town’s lost daughter, saying her death was meant to be. And they push Corey away like she’s a stranger.

Corey knows something is wrong. With every hour, her suspicion grows. Lost is keeping secrets―chilling secrets. But piecing together the truth about what happened to her best friend may prove as difficult as lighting the sky in an Alaskan winter.

Let’s talk about the plot:

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, this does not affect my thoughts on this book whatsoever.

I confess, I was intrigued by the plot, I was expecting to be haunted and chilled, and I felt this would be a good mystery, I mean don’t get me wrong, it had potential, but in its entirety, the plot felt like it was a never ending cycle of repetition.

It started with Cory finding out about her best friend’s death, and trying to get justice for her friend and have her remembered as she should be, not as the ridiculous town of Lost would remember her.

I say ridiculous, because it felt like Lost was a cult town, they all believed Kyra’s death had been something she prophesied through her art, and rather than help her, they accepted it. So we then have Cory being angry at the town, which is fair enough, but honestly…nothing came of it? And what did happen made no sense 🤔 like, when Kyra’s dad tried to kill Cory, because she took her best friend’s possessions that Kyra would’ve wanted her to have? 

Lets talk about the characters:

Kyra: I felt like she was misunderstood by the people of Lost, it was sad getting to read exceprts of unsent letters to Cory and their flashback scenes honestly had me feeling annoyed and pitiful, I wanted to knock some sense into the people of Lost for not seeing Kyra as she is, for glossing over her illness – I mean, her parents wouldn’t even let her take her medication! Both her mother and father angered me to the core, I mean they were so blind and clearly they didn’t care about Kyra, even if they claimed to love her. 

Cory was the main narrator of the story, I felt sad for her, having lost her dearest friend’s, but honestly her narration was so repetitive! The whole book felt like it was her fury at Lost, which I could understand, but honestly. 

Let’s talk about the writing:

I wasn’t a fan of the writing at all, it was so choppy, the sentences were short and there was no realism. It just felt like things were there and happening, and aside from Kyra’s bipolar, which I felt was hardly conveyed, and Cory describing herself as asexual, I felt like I couldn’t get attatched to the characters.

I’ll leave it there. Thanks again to Harriet McInerney for the review copy.

Happy reading 😀


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