Sometimes I join a book tour having already read an author’s work, or sometimes it’s because I’ve heard of the author and want to read her books. Occasionally, it’s a completely new-to-me author and I’m just intrigued by the premise of the book. Other times, I haven’t the faintest idea why I decided to join the tour.
And this is one of those times.
When the package arrived, I was actually out of the country, so when I returned, I had to scramble and read this book with my jet-lagged brain (I was in Singapore, 15 hours ahead of California). So maybe I hadn’t been concentrating hard enough but suddenly I realized that this book wasn’t quite what I had imagined it to be.
There were UFOs. Or rather, the possibility of UFOs. And conspiracies.
This was rather unexpected.
And at first, I wasn’t sure whether I liked it or not.
Everything We Lost is best described as a coming-of-age although it’s touted as a “psychological thriller”.
In 1999, 16-year-old Nolan disappears.
It is ten years later, and his younger sister Lucy returns to Bishop, California, where their mother still lives, in search of answers.
She starts to have some memories of the lead up to his disappearance. And begins to uncover more about the truth of what really happened.
We learn that Nolan and his obsession with all things UFO has made him an outcast among his peers – and an embarrassment to Lucy. But what really happened to him and what was Lucy’s role?
As I wondered what I had gotten myself into with this book, I realized that I was actually kind of hooked. And I had to force myself to put the book down and go to sleep that night. That is, after all, the sign of a good read, isn’t it?
Geary does a fantastic job with the storyline, as we see it from both Lucy and Nolan’s points of view, throwing up more and more questions about a variety of things like extraterrestrials and mental illness.
Perhaps it is the books that defy categorization that are the ones that provide the best fodder for thought.
It definitely was in the case of Everything We Lost.
I received this book from its publisher and TLC Book Tours in exchange for a review.