Review: The Forgotten Girl by Jessica Sorensen - Vilma Iris | Lifestyle Blogger

This post contains affiliate links, meaning I’ll receive a small commission should you purchase using those links. All opinions expressed are my own. I receive no compensation for reviews.

Review: The Forgotten Girl by Jessica Sorensen

My Thoughts

A consuming mystery, a chilling puzzle, a riveting story line. 
Exciting and bold, this page turner had me
hooked from the very beginning!

5stars

Synopsis

The Forgotten GirlTwenty-one year-old Maddie Asherford is haunted by a past she can’t remember. When she was fifteen years old, there was a tragic accident and she was left with amnesia. 

In the aftermath, Maddie’s left struggling with who she is—the forgotten girl she was six years ago or the Maddie she is now. Sometimes it even feels like she might be two different people completely—the good Maddie and the bad one.

Good Maddie goes to therapy, spends time with her family, and works on healing herself. Bad Maddie rebels and has dark thoughts of hurting people and sometimes even killing them.

Maddie manages to keep her twisted thoughts hidden for the most part. That is until she starts having blackouts. Each time she wakes up from one, she’s near a murder scene with no recollection of what happened the night before and this helpless feeling like she’s losing control of her life. Maddie doesn’t want to believe she’s a killer, but she begins to question who she really was in her past. If she was bad Maddie all along and that maybe she was a killer.

My Review

This. Book. I was so consumed by it. Intrigued by it. There’s a reason I love mysteries and thrillers. I have an obsessive need to figure out puzzles.. and goodness, was this novel a puzzle! A mystery shrouded in secrets. In repressed memories. In flashes of violence and blood. I should mention it’s not a romance, it’s a dark psychological thriller about a girl who is haunted relentlessly by both a traumatic childhood and an ‘accident’ that left her bloodied and broken on the road without recollection of anything. Forgotten was her name. Forgotten was her past. Forgotten were the culprits behind her tormented life. Until something changes and her past and present collide more vehemently, forcing the two sides of herself to war over control. And when murders surround her, Maddie must figure out her past to see if she has blood on her hands. To see if she’s a killer.

“I don’t know how I got here, where here is, or who I am… I’m scared… alive… scared… dead. I can’t tell which one.”

At fifteen years old, Maddie Asherford is found barely alive, an event that leaves her with amnesia. She doesn’t remember a thing, but as the years go by, memories… visions… plague her thoughts. She feels as if there are two sides to her, one who works to get better and another who is bad. Darker. It’s almost as if one side is victimized, struggling to make sense of everything, while another is stronger and more calculated… willing to do anything. Willing, no… wanting to kill. Urges to hurt others surge inside and Maddie must work hard to control those anarchistic and violent impulses that threaten her already fragile existence.

“I wonder what I’m capable of. It feels like there’s so much more to me than just living my ordinary life day in and day out. There’s has to be more. I wonder all the time. What the more is. Fear it.”

In addition, she hears voices in her head. Screaming at her, taunting her that’s she’s bad. I couldn’t help but feel so heartbroken for her. It was a tortuous existence to live a life so divided, so blurred, so lost in everything that had been forgotten.

“I doubt anyone is feeling how I feel most days, except for maybe serial killers.”

One day Maddie has a blackout. She awakes alone with some blood on her arm. Two buttons in her pocket. Nearby, there’s a murder scene. One of her co-workers has been killed.  A co-worker, who lay dead and covered in blood, wearing a shirt with a missing button. Maddie is physically sickened by what’s transpired and she wonders if she could have done it. Did the other side of herself take over? Did she have it in her to kill? Could she forget something so significant? And if so, was she truly responsible if she couldn’t remember a thing?

“You don’t know anything because you chose to forget. Everything you do, you chose to do.”

Maddie’s life spins out of control. There are so many secrets to uncover. Someone had hurt her in the past. Was someone after her still? Framing her? Her thoughts are so broken, fragments holding memories that don’t quite fit together. She’s not sure what’s real and what’s not. Her mom knows something, but is determined to protect her. From whom? Herself? There’s a chilling sense to everything that unravels and as the reader, I found myself as confused as Maddie. I was trying so hard to put together all the puzzle pieces, but nothing was quite right without all the information. I kept getting that hair-raising, heart-pounding feeling, but the story was so ingeniously layered that I couldn’t figure it all out. The story felt dangerous and I couldn’t put it down. The truth was hiding. I wondered if in plain sight. Jessica Sorensen had my mind in such a state that every character seemed like a possible culprit. I even wondered who was real and who was not.

“She became lost. Hiding in the darkness of her own fears. Letting the real girl be forgotten. The one that changed her. The one that trapped her. The one that created her.”

I loved everything about this story. How it made me feel. How it got me all tangled up. How the truth was elusive until the shocking end. Even then, I don’t know if it’s all clear in my muddied and over-worked brain. This is a really daring piece of work from the talented Jessica Sorensen. It’s heart-wrenching, disturbing, sad, suspenseful, chilling. There’s so much more to the story, but I dare not spoil any piece of it. I have to say I particularly loved the ending. It was blindsiding and shocking and perfect to the feel of the book. If you are a fan of tangled webs and hidden truths, of thrilling mysteries and complex characters, you won’t want to miss this page-turner of a novel. It’s a standalone, but admit, I could easily and enthusiastically devour another book on this girl.

“I’m hiding behind a mask. I’m hiding behind my amnesia. I’m hiding.”

addtogoodreads

Connect with Jessica

Website | Facebook | Twitter 

★ Don’t miss a post, review or giveaway! Subscribe to Vilma’s Book Blog by email! ★

 

 

Subscribe for Updates:

Share This Post

Related Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

On Facebook

SuperWebTricks Loading...

On Twitter

Out today!!! Gahhh! Who’s reading 𝑲𝑰𝑵𝑮𝑫𝑶𝑴 𝑶𝑭 𝑨𝑺𝑯 by @SJMaas? I started early this morning. This is the epic, highly anticipated finale of the Throne of Glass series and well, things left… https://t.co/XkicibnU2v

𝑻𝑯𝑬 𝑾𝑬𝑬𝑲𝑳𝒀 𝑬𝑫𝑰𝑻 is live on the blog! HUGE RELEASE DAY!!!! Seriously, today's book releases are insane! I have several on my list!!! Check it out via the link below!

https://t.co/OO07aPDQk9

Out tomorrow! Yee ha!

Want pre-order? Here are the links:

Print: https://t.co/ZGSvOhT02i
Kindle: https://t.co/QnB5DrvINT
Kobo: https://t.co/rJf8Q6WzkS
iBooks: https://t.co/r3C4EdH58r
Nook: https://t.co/tLnMfH4WUG

AND HIT THE GIVEAWAY: https://t.co/BSs3CF1zrR

Rock On!

Love in Suspense excerpt: Vilma Iris Gonzalez aka @vilmairisblog offers a sneak peek at paranormal romantic suspense Unhinged (Blood Bond parts 4-6) by @helenhardt, releasing on Oct. 30. https://t.co/3uaxECGFDS

𝑵𝑬𝑾 𝑩𝑶𝑶𝑲 𝑹𝑬𝑽𝑰𝑬𝑾—
Perfect for readers looking for a fun, fast-paced rom com, 𝑴𝑹. 𝑵𝑰𝑪𝑬 𝑮𝑼𝒀 has the feel of a scandalous tell all. In this story by husband-and-wife team Jennifer Miller and… https://t.co/mPcvSZ2AML

Love in Suspense excerpt: Vilma Iris Gonzalez aka @vilmairisblog offers a sneak peek at paranormal romantic suspense Unhinged (Blood Bond parts 4-6) by @helenhardt, arriving Oct. 30. https://t.co/3uaxECGFDS

Review: Mr. Nice Guy by Jennifer Miller & Jason Feifer - https://t.co/7wch4pkDo2 @stmartinspress

Review + Excerpt + Giveaway: Loose Ends by @kristenashley68! https://t.co/zVTZkNQGXC

Have you guys tried the @patmcrathlabs 𝑳𝑰𝑷 𝑭𝑬𝑻𝑰𝑺𝑯 𝑳𝑰𝑷 𝑩𝑨𝑳𝑴𝑺? I have been LOVING these!!!! Possibly my favorite balms to date. Recently launched, these new tinted balms feel and look good on your lips and really... https://t.co/9wcQ4I17HT

Always a joy to see and listen to @debharkness. I adore her and her books so much!
.
.
.
@bookpeople #bookblogger #adiscoveryofwitches #timesconvert @ BookPeople — at BookPeople https://t.co/E9KAfR3Thf

Read an excerpt from How The Dukes Stole Christmas! https://t.co/11fyrWBbXN

Read an excerpt from Crossing Hope by @kimberlykincaid! https://t.co/oIzAR1wNtj

ICYMI, I posted a mini tour of how I organize my vanity in my Beauty highlights since I get asked to show that a lot. I love that everything has its place, everything is easy to find. It’s my small little corner... https://t.co/Xjj7pfif6q

Cover + Prologue Reveal: PRETTY REVENGE by @EmilyLiebert! @gallerybooks https://t.co/4paQHjt10Y

Back in the world of Matthew and Diana, Marcus, Phoebe and Ysabeau in 𝑻𝑰𝑴𝑬’𝑺 𝑪𝑶𝑵𝑽𝑬𝑹𝑻 by @debharkness. The 𝑨𝑳𝑳 𝑺𝑶𝑼𝑳𝑺 𝑻𝑹𝑰𝑳𝑶𝑮𝒀 is one of my all-time super faves and it feels so good to visit… https://t.co/iDxhgKknCE

#BookIBoughtBecauseOfABlogger

UNDERNEATH EVERYTHING c/o @MissDahlELama
A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES c/o @vilmairisblog
I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN c/o @Urs_Uriarte
FINAL GIRLS c/o @crimebythebook
THE MAP THAT LEADS TO YOU c/o @HopelessBookLvr

💕💕💕

Have you ever attended the @texasbookfest? I'm so excited to partner with them (one of Austin's beloved non-profits) by giving away a #TXBookFest Festival Friends Pass. This pass will get… https://t.co/0eLyhL6fy7

It’s the little things 🕷 Love drinking my morning pumpkin latte in this coffee cozy my mom made. Check her out at vilmaknits ❥ #halloween #october #knitting @ Austin, Texas https://t.co/2829xfzP2q

Load More...