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The Unforgotten by Laura Powell

The UnforgottenTitle: The Unforgotten
Author: Laura Powell
Rating: ★★★★ 

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Betty Broadbent is a fifteen-year-old girl who lives and works with her mother at Hotel Eden located in a small town near Cornwall, England called St. Steele. The hotel has been the home to newspaper reporters recently due to the unexplained murders of young women. Having a drunk as a mother, Betty is forced to mature at a young age. 

One reporter, a John Gallagher, captures the heart of Betty. However, being more than double the age of Betty, Gallagher tries to fight the temptation of attraction that Betty presents. After one romantic afternoon between the two, Betty falls upon the supposed “Cornish Cleaver” and a future murder victim canoodling. Due to the secret shared between Betty and Gallagher, Betty can’t disclose the truth of who the killer is without putting her love in danger. When she does try to reveal the truth after her mother dies, she is considered not right in the head and sent to a hospital. 

Later on, she gets the “happy ending” most people dream of with a family. However, that doesn’t seem to be enough based on the unresolved ending of her relationship with Gallagher. 

This novel somewhat reminds me of The Notebook in the sense of transitioning back and forth between the present and the past. It ultimately ends with someone dying and the reader slowly realizing who the sick person is and the story to how they came to be. 

Overall, I really enjoyed this novel. It ended completely different than I thought it would and I felt fulfilled at the end. I wish they would’ve explained a little more of what the letter said, although the reader can guess based on the last conversation between Simon and Jerry. It wasn’t the typical “happy ending” and I really enjoyed that. 

Will the “Cornish Cleaver” be put to justice? Or will an innocent man be sentenced for murder in order to protect loved ones?

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