What We Forgot to Bury
Truth and deceit blur as one woman’s desperation twists into another’s desire for revenge in this mind-bending psychological novel.Charlotte Coburn has a tragically dark past. But she’s safe now. She lives in a gated community, protected from danger. When teenager Elle knocks at her door looking for shelter during a particularly severe storm, the woman can’t help but think how lucky Elle’s been to have found someone as friendly as her. Except Elle chose her door on purpose…She knows all about Charlotte’s secrets because they ruined her family and her life. And it is time that everyone else knew. But Charlotte’s past has left a dark void in her life, so she is concocting her own vicious plan, convinced that Elle can help fill that void.As events unfold, the truth unravels and pulls both women into a dangerous game that will leave you wondering, Who’s the villain?

What We Forgot to Bury Details

TitleWhat We Forgot to Bury
Author
ReleaseMay 1st, 2020
PublisherBrilliance Audio
ISBN-139781799730668
Rating
GenreThriller, Fiction, Suspense

What We Forgot to Bury Review

  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    For my full review, visit me at https://mrsbrownsbooks.wordpress.com/...This was a thrilling read and one where I couldnt quite predict the narrative. All of the characters had an agenda and I could not fathom who would be the most guilty. Indeed, it felt like we are on a journey with both Elle and Charlotte as truths are eventually discovered.For my full review, visit me at https://mrsbrownsbooks.wordpress.com/... For my full review, visit me at https://mrsbrownsbooks.wordpress.com/...This was a thrilling read and one where I couldn’t quite predict the narrative. All of the characters had an agenda and I could not fathom who would be the most guilty. Indeed, it felt like we are on a journey with both Elle and Charlotte as truths are eventually discovered.For my full review, visit me at https://mrsbrownsbooks.wordpress.com/...
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  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
    January 1, 1970
    Holy twists and turns, Batman. Everybody is lying. Nobody is who she claims to be. Everyone wants something she cant have. Nobody knows the whole story. Everyone is gaslighting somebody. Is there such a thing as righteous gaslighting?Elle longs to free her abusive father from prison for a crime he says he didnt commit. Charlotte lives in a world of fear, so why does she let a strange teenager into her life. I rarely find an Amazon First Reads monthly freebie that I enjoy, and almost never as Holy twists and turns, Batman. Everybody is lying. Nobody is who she claims to be. Everyone wants something she can’t have. Nobody knows the whole story. Everyone is gaslighting somebody. Is there such a thing as righteous gaslighting?Elle longs to free her abusive father from prison for a crime he says he didn’t commit. Charlotte lives in a world of fear, so why does she let a strange teenager into her life. I rarely find an Amazon First Reads monthly freebie that I enjoy, and almost never as much as I loved WHAT WE FORGOT TO BURY. I will definitely check out Marin Montgomery’s other books.I could barely pull myself away from WHAT WE FORGOT TO BURY. Montgomery’s tension-filled writing kept me thoroughly engaged from the first page to the last. The pace never let up.Elle was a difficult character to fully embrace. Often unkind to people, her nebulous motives were questionable, yet her childhood primed her to be a survivor. Elle came by her distrust and bad attitude through a series of unfair circumstances. Even if her father was innocent of manslaughter, he was guilty of horrific domestic violence.Charlotte didn’t make a lot of sense nor did her marriage to Noah, one of the most absent, negligent husbands I’ve ever read. Was he that busy with work, or as Charlotte suspected, seeing his old girlfriend, her former roommate and best friend. For someone as untrusting as Charlotte, she had terrible instincts regarding Elle, who did a terrible job of trying in ingratiate herself to Charlotte. I’d have called social services and run in the opposite direction if I was as traumatized with PTSD as Charlotte.So many reveals made sense and I never considered them. WHAT WE FORGOT TO BURY ended with a big exclamation point, not a period. I highly recommend this book.
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  • Jenna Bachman
    January 1, 1970
    I wanted to like this one a lot more than I did. The premise is really interesting but it relies too much on luck and odd circumstances that something is holding me back. The narration verges on "telling" rather than "showing" a bit too much for my taste, and the dialogue between the high school characters feels rather trite and not like high school in reality. It also felt like it dragged a bit and could have been condensed in some places. I did appreciate that the reader floats between two I wanted to like this one a lot more than I did. The premise is really interesting but it relies too much on luck and odd circumstances that something is holding me back. The narration verges on "telling" rather than "showing" a bit too much for my taste, and the dialogue between the high school characters feels rather trite and not like high school in reality. It also felt like it dragged a bit and could have been condensed in some places. I did appreciate that the reader floats between two unreliable narrators and get two perspectives on the issue and aren't sure of who to trust. The characters' psyches--and the more complicated reasons revealed for them from the twist--are pretty well fleshed out and creates some interesting dynamics. The twist at the end is interesting but not as satisfying as I like from suspense novels--some loose ends were tied up, but I don't feel like everything adds up enough for the "I should have seen that coming" ending that is what make suspense novels great. (view spoiler)[I like that Noah is the guilty party, but I'm still not sure how the Noah at the end fits in with the Noah in the narration from earlier. I understand that Charlotte was delusional, but all of the talk about his business trips confuses me... was she imagining that or not? How obvious was it to Charlotte from the beginning that Elle was pregnant? When did she plan this? Questions like that, if they had been answered, might have bumped my rating up a bit. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Barbara Unger
    January 1, 1970
    This book had me guessing right to the end. The premise is that of a teenager who is in foster care because her father was found guilty of and is jailed for severely injuring his girlfriend and causing the death of their unborn child. The teenager (Elizabeth, who goes by the alias Elle) has promised her dad to infiltrate the life of the girlfriend in an attempt to get evidence that will free him from prison. The author has written several other psychological thrillers, and I intend to read every This book had me guessing right to the end. The premise is that of a teenager who is in foster care because her father was found guilty of and is jailed for severely injuring his girlfriend and causing the death of their unborn child. The teenager (Elizabeth, who goes by the alias Elle) has promised her dad to infiltrate the life of the girlfriend in an attempt to get evidence that will free him from prison. The author has written several other psychological thrillers, and I intend to read every one of them. Incidentally, they are all available to read for free via Amazon Kindle's Lending Library.
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  • malinda
    January 1, 1970
    I've read all of Ms. Montgomery's books starting with The Girl That Got Away and I knew after finishing that book that I would buy her future ones. I've never been disappointed with any of her work, but some of her books are "really good". And the others are AMAZING. This was definitely not just amazing but what I consider her best one yet... I was jumping up and down when I saw it was a first read for this month. I read so many books a week (mostly thriller, some horror). That is not often I I've read all of Ms. Montgomery's books starting with The Girl That Got Away and I knew after finishing that book that I would buy her future ones. I've never been disappointed with any of her work, but some of her books are "really good". And the others are AMAZING. This was definitely not just amazing but what I consider her best one yet... I was jumping up and down when I saw it was a first read for this month. I read so many books a week (mostly thriller, some horror). That is not often I get truly excited about a book.. But this was the first book in some time I enjoyed this much. The plot is thought out and well written... It's an original take on the thriller revenge theme. Though a seasoned reader will see some twists coming, this still managed to keep me on shaky ground enough that I was on the edge of my seat. The 2 narrators made it the most interesting in my opinion because since we're not sure who, if anyone can be trusted, they are both unreliable for most of the book and for some reason, unlike a lot of others, I tend to enjoy unreliable or even unlikable narrators in books I read. but at the same time, while reading this, I wanted them both to turn out to be redeemed. I highly recommend this whether you're a 1st time reader of this author or if you're just reading her for the first time. This will satisfy anyone who is looking for a great thriller, with an engaging story and characters
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  • Coty
    January 1, 1970
    the first ~200 pages were intriguing, vaguely tense, and i wondered if this would actually diverge from my expectations of what the mystery/thriller genre has become known for - but that expectation was wholly met as everything unraveled near the end, in a way that felt messy and disorganized, as if the author was scrambling for a twist that would 'surely' surprise you. and to a degree, i was surprised, because the setup didn't feel right for the ending, beyond the scope of both narrators being the first ~200 pages were intriguing, vaguely tense, and i wondered if this would actually diverge from my expectations of what the mystery/thriller genre has become known for - but that expectation was wholly met as everything unraveled near the end, in a way that felt messy and disorganized, as if the author was scrambling for a twist that would 'surely' surprise you. and to a degree, i was surprised, because the setup didn't feel right for the ending, beyond the scope of both narrators being unreliable; it just felt unrealistic, and to an extent, frustrating. this is another thriller that relies on a woman being "broken" and unhinged due to the loss of a child, seeming to infer - like so many in this genre - that women are incomplete without a child, that without them, they're shattered, and that's just so exhausting to read. i'm also incredibly disgusted at how jonathan seems to get a happy ending, living with his daughter and her child, free, as if the abuse he did inflict on the women in his life is somehow negated by the fact that he wasn't the one to push charlotte and kill the baby. it feels like he got off easy, like he was somehow forgiven, and i don't think he deserved that.good writing isn't enough for me to forgive these annoying tropes.
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  • Jamie Brydone-Jack
    January 1, 1970
    Domestic Thriller Revolving Around WomenI enjoy domestic and psychological thrillers. It doesnt happen often that I see one with women on both sides of the equation. I loved that! The book is told from the deep perspective of both main women, though I didnt think that their voices were unique enough. I also didnt particularly like that both viewpoints were written from the first person present (i.e., I walk). That always feels awkward to me and makes some description even more so. The book pulls Domestic Thriller Revolving Around WomenI enjoy domestic and psychological thrillers. It doesn’t happen often that I see one with women on both sides of the equation. I loved that! The book is told from the deep perspective of both main women, though I didn’t think that their voices were unique enough. I also didn’t particularly like that both viewpoints were written from the first person present (i.e., “I walk”). That always feels awkward to me and makes some description even more so. The book pulls you in with a look at a pivotal scene in the revenge seekers life, when her father was arrested. Despite some of my issues with this book, I enjoyed the book, particularly the surprises and rising tension. The descriptions are well written, even if slightly annoying because of point of view. Dialogue seemed realistic. Everyone had secrets, and no one was what he or she seemed. The action built well, and I couldn’t put it down. If you enjoy domestic thrillers like you, you may very well enjoy this book.My book blog: https://www.readingfanaticreviews.com.
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  • Sarah Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    Elle is a high school senior from the wrong side of the tracks and stuck in foster care. Her foster mother is more concerned about drinking, gambling, and getting government checks from her three fosters than she is about raising them. Meanwhile, Charlotte is a well to-do college professor in a gated community whose brush with violence in the past has left her anxious and distrustful. Yet, when a storm blows through, she ends up letting Elle into her house and into her life. As the story Elle is a high school senior from the wrong side of the tracks and stuck in foster care. Her foster mother is more concerned about drinking, gambling, and getting government checks from her three fosters than she is about raising them. Meanwhile, Charlotte is a well to-do college professor in a gated community whose brush with violence in the past has left her anxious and distrustful. Yet, when a storm blows through, she ends up letting Elle into her house and into her life. As the story progresses the lines of whose the villain and whose the victim become blurred. Both women are mysteriously tied to each others’ pasts, and it’s hard to decipher who is misleading who. This suspense was told more like a regular realistic fiction novel, but it felt like chunks were missing from the story. As the novel continued, the puzzle pieces were slowly filled in. The end is a shocker, but when it’s all said and done you realize all the pieces of the puzzle were there the whole time. Not the typical type of thriller I go for, but I 100% enjoyed it.
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  • Coral Anne Hill
    January 1, 1970
    This book was absolutely brilliant!!!! I got an early look at it being a kindle unlimited member and I can not recommend it enough. Just pre-ordered a copy for my friend when it comes out.The whole thing was gripping from start to finish. Its written from two perspectives which is a favourite style of mine. This book keeps you guessing from the get go; just when you start to think you have it figured out and you believe one side of the story, it turns and youre left questioning everything all This book was absolutely brilliant!!!! I got an early look at it being a kindle unlimited member and I can not recommend it enough. Just pre-ordered a copy for my friend when it comes out.The whole thing was gripping from start to finish. It’s written from two perspectives which is a favourite style of mine. This book keeps you guessing from the get go; just when you start to think you have it figured out and you believe one side of the story, it turns and you’re left questioning everything all over again. The twist is absolutely brilliant and left me frantically turning the pages towards the end. I found myself thinking back to earlier instances in the book and realising they were subtle clues as to what was going to happen. Really great storyline. The characters are so well thought out and portrayed that you genuinely feel invested in each of them.Fantastic piece of writing cannot recommend it enough, took me less than a full day to finish. Just genius.
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  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    The detailsI read this book as a Prime First Read. I don't understand how the editor could have recommended this, unless s/he is blind to their own deficiencies as an editor. There were just so many strange sentences and details on this book that kept throwing me off. Sentences that were overwritten, for example saying that she could sleep 25 hours in a 24 hour day, as though there are other lengths of days. Or a prison visit that only lasted five minutes? There were also things that were The detailsI read this book as a Prime First Read. I don't understand how the editor could have recommended this, unless s/he is blind to their own deficiencies as an editor. There were just so many strange sentences and details on this book that kept throwing me off. Sentences that were overwritten, for example saying that she could sleep 25 hours in a 24 hour day, as though there are other lengths of days. Or a prison visit that only lasted five minutes? There were also things that were unnecessarily complicated, but I won't describe so I don't spoil anything.All of this said, if you can read without examining everything too much, the storyline is actually interesting. I just wish it had been better written.
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  • Kassie Renae
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book for free as part of Amazons first reads program, where you can get a pre-lease book early if you have amazon prime. This book was pretty dry and not that exciting for most of its 439 pages until the last couple chapters when it all came together. Its about a young girl whose father is in jail after being charged with pushing his ex girlfriend down the stairs, which led to her unborn babys death. The father maintains his innocence and has his daughter befriend this lady in I received this book for free as part of Amazon’s first reads program, where you can get a pre-lease book early if you have amazon prime. This book was pretty dry and not that exciting for most of its 439 pages until the last couple chapters when it all came together. It’s about a young girl whose father is in jail after being charged with pushing his ex girlfriend down the stairs, which led to her unborn baby’s death. The father maintains his innocence and has his daughter befriend this lady in hopes of finding evidence. I won’t giveaway the ending, but if you can make it through most of the book to end, you will be surprised.
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  • Kelli
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you, Marin Montgomery, for this ARC of your new thriller! This was a wild ride! I felt all of the emotions- anger, sympathy, fear, the list could go on...- for both of the leading ladies of the story, which is a sign of good writing! I was left guessing up till the very end when that bomb of a twist was dropped and left my heart pounding and furiously turning the pages till I reached the conclusion. I thoroughly enjoyed this story from beginning to end!
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  • Nicky Wills
    January 1, 1970
    I was between 2 and 3 stars for this book. It was very readable and I was interested in how it would all play out. Unfortunately I mostly had no idea what was happening and not in a suspenseful, mysterious way, but more in a frustrating and confusing way. Parts of this story were so implausible and I found myself saying what?! out loud over and over. Not entirely unenjoyable but I dont know that Id necessarily recommend it. I was between 2 and 3 stars for this book. It was very readable and I was interested in how it would all play out. Unfortunately I mostly had no idea what was happening and not in a suspenseful, mysterious way, but more in a frustrating and confusing way. Parts of this story were so implausible and I found myself saying “what?!” out loud over and over. Not entirely unenjoyable but I don’t know that I’d necessarily recommend it.
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  • elizabeth mayo
    January 1, 1970
    Kept me guessing I chose this rating because the storyline had few flaws and kept me guessing until the end. The characters were well developed and and easy to love and/or despise.There were grammatical errors that were distracting and the heavy use of pronouns sometimes made tracking the dialogue between the two main characters a bit confusing, but a perfectly gripping read, especially during self isolation!
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  • Pat
    January 1, 1970
    What We Forgot to BuryThis thriller was quite suspenseful until the end and then the author brings it altogether. It involves a teen age girl who is pregnant and a woman who lost her child thru her own actions. She wants the teenagers baby and will do ANYTHING to get what she wants. What We Forgot to BuryThis thriller was quite suspenseful until the end and then the author brings it altogether. It involves a teen age girl who is pregnant and a woman who lost her child thru her own actions. She wants the teenager’s baby and will do ANYTHING to get what she wants.
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  • Sarah - All The Book Blog Names Are Taken
    January 1, 1970
    Eh. It as ok but hard to get into. None of the characters are likable and so it was hard to care about what happened to any of them. Some parts were really predictable but some were intriguing twists. Everyone is lying. Characters dont have to be likable for a book to be good, but literally none of these people were likable. Eh. It as ok but hard to get into. None of the characters are likable and so it was hard to care about what happened to any of them. Some parts were really predictable but some were intriguing twists. Everyone is lying. Characters don’t have to be likable for a book to be good, but literally none of these people were likable.
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  • Cindy
    January 1, 1970
    I was empathetic for Charlotte and all that she went through, leaving her a paranoid mess. She did some stupid things, but she seemed to have a kind heart, so I enjoyed this book from the start. Then you continue and it gets more interesting and revealing as the characters are introduced. The spins and twists keep you reading and then you get knocked off your chair at the end. Great story!
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  • Jennifer Barnett
    January 1, 1970
    I wanted to enjoy this book more than I did. Dont get me wrong, it was a fairly decent read. I appreciated the attention to character development, which authors sometimes skimp on. However, I thought parts of it were really implausible, so much so that I found it distracting from the story. I cant say it is something I would recommend. I wanted to enjoy this book more than I did. Don’t get me wrong, it was a fairly decent read. I appreciated the attention to character development, which authors sometimes skimp on. However, I thought parts of it were really implausible, so much so that I found it distracting from the story. I can’t say it is something I would recommend.
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  • Lynn Laryn
    January 1, 1970
    ExcellentA very different story! I really enjoyed reading this novel about a poor foster teenage girl, her imprisoned father, a young woman in love with a man who at one time was married to her former college roommate, and the twisted relationship of them all. This one will keep you guessing until the end. You won't be disappointed!
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  • Sondra
    January 1, 1970
    While reading the book, I did it to be a little far-fetched. Why did Charlotte let Elle in her house when she was afraid of her own shadowSure it all came together at the end. However since there were so many lies and stories, I almost did not make it to the end. The ending seemed to be more of a fairy tale.
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  • Barbara Williams
    January 1, 1970
    Middle of road read.Was not the best first read but at the same time it wasn't the best. What my perception of the story was that some people can be completely off balance in their life and when a tragedy hits they lose all sense of reasoning. Turning the mind into a dangerous twisted thing.
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  • Dave Kaverman
    January 1, 1970
    Quit an Ending!Two interesting main characters with a good supporting cast. I felt it took too long in the middle stretching things out. Lost interest for a while but glad I persevered. The author had great empathy for her"girl from the wrong side of the case. The realism the author captured added a lot to the story.
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  • Maggie
    January 1, 1970
    EngrossingThis book was engrossing, and I kept reading because I had to know what happened. However, they are several plot holes. Be prepared for things to not make sense. be prepared for characters to come and go, and for others to change personality suddenly. I'd recommend it if it is free for you.
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  • Laura Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    So many twists you'll get dizzy!I thoroughly enjoyed this book...not something I often say. The writer spins the story in a deliciously slow, easy to read format that keeps you guessing till the end--and you still won't have figured it out. I'll be looking for more twisted tales from this writer!
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  • Michael J
    January 1, 1970
    Beyond ridiculous. Everyone is either pregnant, lost a baby, wants a baby. The only reason why I kept going is to see who else turns up pregnant. Plot is absurd, characters are unbelievable and to call this a thriller stretches the imagination. What a waste of time.
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  • Laura Cook
    January 1, 1970
    Could not put this one down! In fact, I just didnt know who to believe! Certainly didnt see it coming until the end, but I wont spoil it for you. I will, however, warn you! If you pick this book up, make sure you have time on your hands because this one is not easy to put down!! Could not put this one down! In fact, I just didn’t know who to believe! Certainly didn’t see it coming until the end, but I won’t spoil it for you. I will, however, warn you! If you pick this book up, make sure you have time on your hands because this one is not easy to put down!!
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  • Kaye Cook
    January 1, 1970
    Great read Starts out slow, but if you stick with it certainly worth it. Many twist and turns.you never know where your. Going untill you get there. Once you do it's worth the read. Very well developed characters. Storyline is disjointed in a very good way.
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    ReviewWow! This book was non-stop twists and turns. I could barely keep up with all of the plot twists. It kept me guessing and I never figured out that it would end the way it did.
  • MR JOHN SHAFFORD
    January 1, 1970
    Very poorTotally implausible & so unnecessarily long & drawn out. I persevered in the hope it may get better. It didn't. If it were possible, I would rate it with zero stars. Sorry.
  • Christy Everett
    January 1, 1970
    Rarely do I stop 75% through a psychological thriller and decide that I really don't care about the characters, nor do I care how it ends, however this was one that I did. Characters are confusing. Their actions make absolutely no sense yet are boring at the same time. Not worth reading.
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