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From the bestselling author of If Only I Could Tell You comes the story of two women determined to uncover the truth. But how can you trust the present if you can't remember the past?
“Left me gasping. Brilliant.” —Alex Michaelides
“Has one of the best story twists I have ever read…superb writing.” —Ruth Jones
“Resonates long after you turn the final page.” —Rosamund Lupton
When Anna Bradshaw wakes up in a hospital bed in London, she remembers nothing, not even her loving husband, Stephen. The doctors say her amnesia is to be expected, but Anna feels cut adrift from her entire life.
In Bristol, Livvy Nicholson is newly married to Dominic and eager to get back to work after six months’ maternity leave. But when Dominic’s estranged mother appears, making a series of unnerving claims, Livvy is sucked into a version of herself she doesn’t recognise.
A hundred miles apart, both women feel trapped and disorientated, and their stories are about to collide. Can they uncover the secret that connects them and reconstruct their fractured lives?
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“An unputdownable page-turner that keeps you guessing until the final chapters.” —Daily Express
“Beckerman’s tight, tense prose is fast paced and compulsive. You’ll tear through the pages until you get to a final killer twist.” —Daily Mirror
“A compelling, claustrophobic story…I finished it in one huge gulp, excusing myself unilaterally from any family responsibilities I was so desperate to finish it.” —The Observer
“[A] terrifically tense thriller...so clever.” —Good Housekeeping
“Compelling” —Fabulous Magazine
“A brilliantly crafted, tense story.” —The Sun
“If you're after a classic page-turner, here it is….Menacing and unsettling, this is one compelling read.” —Woman & Home
“This is Beckerman's best yet! Tense, twisty and really clever.” —Adam Kay
“The Forgetting is mysterious, deeply moving, impossible to put down—and its killer twist left me gasping. Brilliant. Hannah Beckerman’s best book yet.” —Alex Michaelides
“I’m SO wowed! I literally gasped when I realized the twist. How clever, how very clever. It’s brilliant. So very effective. This is an excellent, important novel.” —Marian Keyes
“The Forgetting had me absolutely gripped from start to finish and has one of the best story twists I have ever read. I love Hannah’s writing—clever, insightful, eloquent, and empathetic. Utterly compelling, compulsive reading and superb writing. I could not put it down!” —Ruth Jones
“A tense, stylish thriller. Beautifully written and utterly compelling, with an important message at its heart. It’s fantastic.” —Louise O’Neill
“This book is amazing! It’s deliciously sinister, deeply twisty, and HUGELY addictive. I love the disquietness of it so much, and Hannah writes into the dark corners of the characters’ minds so beautifully.” —Joanna Cannon
“Absolutely compulsive, wonderfully plotted with a story that resonates long after you turn the final page. It’s gripping, surprising, interesting, relevant. I was hooked.” —Rosamund Lupton
“Emotional, smart and with one of the best endings I’ve read in quite some time.” —Gillian McAllister
“A tense, claustrophobic, sinister portrait of a marriage. The Forgetting plunges us into the darkness of amnesia and then tantalizes us with a drip-feed of memories. Skillfully clued and suspenseful—I loved it.” —Louise Candlish
From the Publisher
The novel alternates between the stories of two central characters: Anna, in London, who has awoken from a car accident with no memory of her life before the crash, and first-time mother Livvy, in Bristol, who is looking to juggle the balance of childcare and a return to work. As we delve into the domesticity of each of their lives, we discover that there are well-kept secrets that are struggling to be revealed.
I don’t want to give anything away, but in Hannah Beckerman’s compelling style, this highly topical, conversation-starting novel left me hanging on every word. I assure you, this is a story that packs an emotional punch that will leave you breathless.
—Sammia Hamer, Editorial Director
- ASIN : B09TKG1NLT
- Publisher : Lake Union Publishing (April 1, 2023)
- Publication date : April 1, 2023
- Language : English
- File size : 6285 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 329 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1542030382
- Best Sellers Rank: #165 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #4 in Women's Literary Fiction
- #6 in Domestic Thrillers (Books)
- #14 in Contemporary Women's Fiction
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I felt sorry for Livvy right from the start. She seemed so eager to please Dominic that more and more and more of her real self just kept disappearing. She loved her baby, Leo, but Dominic was the one who insisted they start a family right away and then used it as the reason to keep her always at home. The courtship itself was whirlwind and Livvy had barely started to settle into marriage before she became pregnant and had to take a leave of absence from her job. She is anxious to get back to that job and a potential promotion, something she has worked hard for for years, but Dominic finds one excuse after another to try and delay her return.
Anna wakes up in the hospital with amnesia. The doctors tell her this is to be expected and should fade, but her husband Stephen insists she take it very, very slowly until she feels almost a prisoner in her own home. A home she doesn’t remember, a life she doesn’t remember, a husband she doesn’t remember. Stephen is patient, gentle, kind but as Anna feels more and more restricted and more of her questions are brushed away or unanswered she is torn between fear that she’ll never regain her memories and guilt that she feels Stephen is hiding something from her.
The only thing Stephen and Dominic seem to have in common is wanting to keep their wives isolated. In Stephen’s cases it seems out of concern for Anna’s wellbeing. Dominic, however, is controlling and acts more and more like a bully, insisting his family mistreated him his entire life so he refuses to see them, insisting Livvy’s family is trying to drive a wedge between him and Livvy, insisting they need to move away to be on their own. He bounces between sudden bursts of anger at Livvy and laying on the guilt thick and heavy, making her feel she must choose between him and her own family.
I felt many times while reading The Forgetting that I knew what was going on, but I never knew what was going to happen next and that made the story so enjoyable, mesmerizing and ultimately satisfying. There are twists and turns and reveals you won’t see coming and you’ll be gasping and worrying until the very last word.
This was my Amazon First Read selection for March. I recommend this book without hesitation.
However, not all readers were completely satisfied with the book. Some felt that the characters gave their husbands too much control and that the ending was far-fetched. Others described it as a domestic drama that focuses on two women who seem trapped in their marriages and timid in their behaviour.
Despite these criticisms, The Forgetting by Hannah Beckerman is a well-received book that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. With its gripping storyline and complex characters, it is a must-read for fans of the genre.
4.1 Brkn Stars
I normally dislike fictional stories such as this for the unrealistic fleets of fancy to suit societies' need to be comforted - that everything ends well. I respect this book for its realism.
The author does a good job.
Very well written.
Great narration if you choose to listen. The narration for Anna was beautiful, I loved her voice.
Top reviews from other countries
From very early on in the novel. Beckerman makes it clear that things are not quite right with both Anna and Livvy. This is where my "spidey senses" started tingling and they never disappeared. Instead, I found myself metaphorically holding my breath as the narrative developed: I knew something wasn't right but I could not work out exactly what was going on. As disorientated as Anna herself, I thrived on that feeling of anxiety as I read this book because I knew I was enjoying it so much.
The novel rigidly swaps between Anna and Livvy's tales. Anna is suffering from amnesia after a terrible car accident. Stephen, her husband, is there by her bedside and helps her to recuperate. However, Anna's memories stubbornly refuse to return and Anna has no recollection of life before her accident. She relies on Stephen for her recovery and I thought that Beckerman's portrayal of Anna's confusion, fear and vulnerability was very immersive. I sympathised with her memory loss and wanted to see some chinks in the mental blackout in order for her to move on from the accident.
On the other hand, it would seem that Livvy is living a very happy life. Her husband is caring, loving and makes her feel like she is the only one in the room. With their gorgeous son, Leo, growing up, Livvy is contemplating returning to work after her maternity leave. However, Dominic's new job position means he is frequently travelling for business, leaving Livvy relying more on her supportive family. Yet, when someone from Dominic's past starts to make an appearance, everything that Livvy knows starts to become more complicated and life as she knows it begins to change..
What I really enjoyed about this novel was how I was wildly coming up with theories to support both Livvy and Anna's plots. Confident that I was correct quite early on, I was concerned this would ruin my enjoyment of the story. However, Beckerman's writing just intensifies both women's narratives and I was desperate for some answers to be revealed. At one point, I even found I was talking aloud to myself, trying to theorise what would be happening next - a sure sign of a great read!
This was such a clever story and I really enjoyed this suspenseful thriller. Beckerman had me hanging on by my finger tips as I raced through this novel. Nothing is as it seems in this story and I loved how involved I became in the narrative.
SUCH a pretty cover as well, till the publishers start messing around and put it out there with a differing one, I'm sure. If I was an author and they did that to me, I'd go berserk !
Both the husbands in this story are real prizes.....I know gaslighting is a relatively new phrase but yep, that's this pair or utter charmers. I chuckled about Dominic and his spreadsheets as well.....men love themselves a spreadsheet, don't they ?
I did highlight some awful English when Anna says, "Why aren't I wearing a wedding ring ?" Ouch....I now people do speak like that but it doesn't usually find its way to the written word. I made mention of when Livvy got married and didn't get around to updating her Facebook, too. I don't believe that would ever happen. I liked Zahira, she was a godsend when Anna needed a friend, though I was a little suspicious of her as well.
As for mistakes, there were hardly any. I noticed an a when it should've been an an then, "...organisation of rest of the house" lost an additional the but that was it so sterling work there. And a rarity to see these days, sadly.
An intriguing, grippy tale and, as I said, I will definitely read more by her.
"The Forgetting" is a domestic drama dealing with controlling and coercive behaviour. Although it is positioned as a domestic suspense, that is not a sensation that I found myself experiencing. It felt more than a bit protracted at times, but not especially suspenseful. The explanation around the story's "twist" is on the contrived side and a little hard to swallow, while the "twist" itself will become apparent to regular readers of the genre quite early in the piece. On the whole, this is okay, but doesn't really stand out from the crowd.