“Where am I? How did I end up here? Why is this happening?”Sandra SG Wong, In The Dark We Forget
Title: In The Dark We Forget
Author: Sandra SG Wong
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Contemporary Fiction
Pages: 352 (Paperback)
Published: June 21st, 2022
My Rating: ★★
Read: 5/19/2022 – 5/21/2022
As much as I wanted to love this book, it missed the mark for me. The premise is great, though as some others have already pointed out, it’s more of a mystery than a thriller since so much of the book takes place after the crime. There are sporadic flashbacks as Cleo regains her memory, but not enough to be a full-on thriller. What I struggled with was the writing. There was no connecting to Cleo for me. I found her too bitter and angry which, of course, is to be expected given her situation, but that bitterness laced everything including things aside from the plot. There was just an overall edge to the narration that rubbed me the wrong way and didn’t make for pleasant reading.
As far as the plot goes, I would have enjoyed it more had we been able to follow Cleo as her predicament was happening. I do love the amnesia angle, it just didn’t have the same urgency having everything said and done to start. My best takeaway was Cleo reconnecting with her brother. That part was very sweet.
Thanks to HarperCollins/Harper 360 for sending me a free copy of the book to read and review.
I don’t have much else to say on this one. I always feel bad when I don’t fully enjoy an ARC because normally I would mark it as a DNF instead of continuing on. I will say though that this ‘coming soon’ copy is super neat.