Firstly I wish to thank Mikey Mikkelson of Creative Edge Publicity for inviting me to read and review this book THE FORGOTTEN ONES by Steena Holmes
The Forgotten Ones is a standalone thriller by best-selling NY Times and USA Today author, Steena Holmes.
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.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Elle had led a pretty sheltered childhood remembering her mother playing with her as a best friend would and telling her stories. She wasn’t surrounded by family, being told that they were either dead or had left. That is the thing about being told where you came from and about family that you never met, you may never know if what you hear is the truth. For Elle a whole new unbelievable world was about to unravel but which is real?
Oh wow this is a pretty amazing story that you just fall deeper into the further you read. Imagine working in a hospital to be told your grandfather is a dying patient and he would like to see you. Now imagine that your mother had told you that this grandfather had died years ago. Why would someone do that? There was only one way to find out and oh boy did this send shivers round my body and raise the little hairs that come with an adrenaline rush!
I really didn’t know what to make of David when I first heard him. One thing was for sure and that was he didn’t like himself very much. He was a determined man who wanted to hang onto life just that little bit longer to tell his granddaughter the truth about their familys past way back before she was born. If he didn’t then it would all die with him.
Talk about suspense! The thing is, was this all the ramblings of an old dying man because wow it some story! The chapters jumped from the past and present day being told by David and other characters too. Elle’s mum had been clearly affected by events in her own childhood. There are so many truly sad stories from the past where protecting the one person you loved the most just blinded common sense. How far would someone go?
There is a real build in intensity throughout the story as events spiral out of control and bad decisions lead to worse ones and I am thinking don’t let this be real. Let these ramblings be that of a sick man confused as he battles his guilt for walking out on his family. I was emotionally drained, as only that perfect connection with an author can do to a reader.
I really don’t want to disclose anything about the story David tells except to say that this is one that made my cry for so many reasons. A story that will stay with me for a very long time. Just stunning!
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Steena Holmes is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of titles including Saving Abby, Stillwater Rising and The Memory Child. Named in the Top 20 Women Author to read in 2015 by Good Housekeeping, she won the National Indie Excellence Award in 2012 for Finding Emma as well as the USA Book News Award for The Word Game in 2015. Having her Author Brand featured repeatedly on sites such as Goodreads, BookBub, RedBook, and Good housekeeping, Steena is an authority on creating an effective author brand and has been invited to speak on the subject at various author forums around the world.
READ ON TO TAKE A LITLE LOOK AT THE JOURNEY TO PUBLISH THIS BOOK
Calgary, Alberta: Steena Holmes is an incredible literary talent. She has had a great deal of success with early focus on romance and most recently, Women’s Fiction. The key to success for Steena has been to always stay grounded and true to roots in her writing. It’s how she has sold two million copies of her novels worldwide and was most definitely the formula when she released a series of popular mainstream titles including Finding Emma, Stillwater Rising and her acclaimed novel series Saving Abby in May 2016. Holmes’s ability to provoke reader emotion and create works that people can identify
with, has reinforced the Calgarian as one of the true mainstays of female Canadian fiction, with numerous accolades including being a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author.
Turn the clock forward almost two years and Holmes has followed up her success in Women’s fiction to a different genre — Psychological Thriller and Suspense. On April 1, 2018, the release of The Forgotten Ones will hit North America both in print and online status. The novel, published by Lake Union Publishing focuses on the character of Elle, a girl who has survived numerous tragedies from her childhood using the ammunition of fairy tales that her mom told her, to chase away bad dreams. Weekly visits to her mother still create elements of paralyzing fear, a that fear that is reinforced when she receives a deathbed warning from her Grandfather, a man that Elle was always told died years earlier.
The message given is frightening as Elle’s grandfather delivers a message that threatens to uncover dark secrets about their family. As the past is shown, so is truth and Elle has to determine whether or not she can believe her grandfather’s dark message. The Forgotten Ones will keep you guessing page after page, twist after turn. Steena Holmes has delivered a thought-provoking thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat as you wonder: what deep secret is Elle being subjected to and what is the real truth behind her families’ secrets. Initial reviews have been stellar for The Forgotten Ones, and there is every indication that the novel will follow the successful formula of all of Holmes predecessors. Of her last psychological thriller titled The Memory Child, Kirkus reviews writes “Reminiscent of The Twilight Zone, this novel has a feeling that will unsettle readers from the first page… An intense psychological drama….”
With the expected success that Steena will have with this novel, a full book tour has been planned for North America including stops in every major market.
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