The Forgotten Girl
Harvey Anderson is a twenty-six-year-old street performer from New Jersey. He likes his peaceful life, but everything he knows is turned upside down when he is abducted and beaten by a group of nondescript thugs. Working for a sinister man known as "The Spider," these goons have spent the last nine years searching for Harvey’s girlfriend, Sally Starling. Now they think they know where she lives. And who she loves.There's only one problem: Sally is gone and Harvey has no memory of her. Which doesn't make any sense, until The Spider explains that Sally has the unique ability to selectively erase a person’s memories. An ability she has used to delete herself from Harvey’s mind.But as Harvey recovers from his beating, he discovers that Sally left him with one partial memory... a dancing girl in a blue dress.Life isn’t peaceful for Harvey anymore, and he soon finds himself in a war he can never win.Or can he?

The Forgotten Girl Details

TitleThe Forgotten Girl
Author
FormatHardcover
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 13th, 2017
PublisherThomas Dunne Books
ISBN1250072395
ISBN-139781250072399
Number of pages368 pages
Rating
GenreFiction, Science Fiction, Mystery

The Forgotten Girl Review

  • David Walters
    June 17, 2017
    "Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing."Harvey Anderson has a pretty simple life. He is a street performer in New Jersey, lives in a modest apartment with his girlfriend, and is a mostly upright citizen. One day, out of the blue, Harvey is kidnapped, beaten to a pulp by a group of goons, and has his mind practically assaulted by a man known simply as 'The Spider'. But it isn't Harvey they are truly after, it's his girlfriend: "Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing."Harvey Anderson has a pretty simple life. He is a street performer in New Jersey, lives in a modest apartment with his girlfriend, and is a mostly upright citizen. One day, out of the blue, Harvey is kidnapped, beaten to a pulp by a group of goons, and has his mind practically assaulted by a man known simply as 'The Spider'. But it isn't Harvey they are truly after, it's his girlfriend: Sally Starling. Turns out, she has the ability to erase one's mind, among other things, and the spider will stop at nothing to find her. The bad news for him: Harvey has no memory of Sally and finds out that she has completely erased herself from his mind, except one small snippet that may lead him back to her. What happens next is anyone's guess but you know that it will be a race against the clock to see who will get to Sally first. What is great about this book is that Youers focuses on each and every character as much as he focuses on the flow of the story. You understand each character's calling, their motives, and the secrets waiting to be revealed. The prose is fluid, the tone is dark and emotional, and the action will have you flipping each page with the desire to know what happens next. I felt that halfway through, this book was all wrapped up with a bow on top. But Youers turns everything up a notch and delivers an ending that you won't see coming. Youers has written a superb thriller here and one that you shouldn't miss. I mean, just look at those blurbs from some of the best around: Malerman, Hill, Pinborough, Golden, Wilson, Straub. Doesn't get much better than that.Note: I received an advanced reading copy from the publisher in exchange for a review. They had no influence on the rating or content.
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  • Ewan
    June 27, 2017
    I liked this, shades of early Stephen King (Firestarter, The Dead Zone), but a pretty original premise.
  • Philip Fracassi
    July 1, 2017
    An astounding book. As a reader who devours horror, supernatural thrillers, literary novels and hard-boiled detective and crime books, FORGOTTEN GIRL was like a perfect amalgam of all things awesome for my personal palate. This book moves and breathes, it's go so much heart that when it bleeds with violence and horror you feel the warm sticky smear from the page and into your brain, satisfyingly so. If you're a fan of books from Dennis Lehane or Stephen King or Chuck Wendig or even folks like Bl An astounding book. As a reader who devours horror, supernatural thrillers, literary novels and hard-boiled detective and crime books, FORGOTTEN GIRL was like a perfect amalgam of all things awesome for my personal palate. This book moves and breathes, it's go so much heart that when it bleeds with violence and horror you feel the warm sticky smear from the page and into your brain, satisfyingly so. If you're a fan of books from Dennis Lehane or Stephen King or Chuck Wendig or even folks like Blake Crouch, Joe Hill, Jim Butcher, Josh Malerman or Tim Lebbon -- this book is in your wheelhouse and I can't recommend it highly enough. A page-turner that you'll itch to get back to when it's not in your hands. At turns heartbreaking, heart-pulsing and bright red with perfect violence. Thrilling and emotionally-draining as only great stories can be. I don't know what else to tell you but this: Don't miss this book.
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