The Unremembered Girl by Eliza Maxwell

The Unremembered Girl

In the deep woods of East Texas, Henry supports his family by selling bootleg liquor. It’s all he can do to keep his compassionate but ailing mother and his stepfather—a fanatical grassroots minister with a bruising rhetoric—from ruin. But they have no idea they’ve become the obsession of the girl in the woods.Abandoned and nearly feral, Eve has been watching them, seduced by the notion of family—something she’s known only in the most...


Details The Unremembered Girl

TitleThe Unremembered Girl
Author
Release DateNov 1st, 2017
PublisherLake Union Publishing
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
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Reviews The Unremembered Girl

  • Betul
    2017-09-17
    **ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**"Now, there was only Eve. Broken, broken Eve. The girl with no name."I usually don't read a lot of books outside the romance/paranormal genre, however every now and then I do. What made me pick up The Unremembered Girl was the intriguing and mysterious vibe I got from the blurb. I love books focusing on small town families, and the not knowing which direction the author will take with the character...
  • Joshua Dancer
    2017-10-06
    I'm pretty sure the author believes this is a tragic, yet hopeful love/coming of age story. Unfortunately it's actually the story of a selfish ass justifying all his bad decisions (view spoiler)[AND HE EVEN GETS A HAPPY ENDING, WTF. The complete lack of sympathy for Eve and all the trauma she'd suffered throughout her entire life was incredibly upsetting. How can you not only expect a woman pregnant from rape to be happy about having a baby, but ...
  • Katie
    2017-11-25
    Wow, this book was just god awful. The "I'm broken and only love can fix me." troupe is so irritating. This woman who clearly has years of trauma and abuse and hardly speaks, received no help or counseling of any sort, but instead - a marriage proposition four months after she was found in the woods? seriously? That's what's best for her? This entire novel seemed passive aggressive to me, and tried to be dramatic and deep at very inappropriate ti...
  • Corina
    2017-10-15
    Yeah, no. Definitely not my favorite book. The plot jerked along for the whole novel and the characters were two dimensional. While it does smooth over a bit during the second half of the book, I was thoroughly Over It by then and only reading because I Ain't A Quitter. A few notes:1.) When I say the plot jerked along, I meant it. The transitions between scenes were messy and confusing. Sometimes I had to re-read whole passages just to figure out...
  • Wendy
    2017-10-01
    Upon reading the word ‘girl’ in the title (coupled with its uninspiring cover) I almost skipped over this one. I’m so glad I paid the book summary closer attention as it delivered an addictive read which I read in one sitting this afternoon.Lots of subtle things keep the momentum ticking along nicely as threads are cast out to connect the mundane goings-on in community where an unidentified and dishevelled young woman appears out of the blu...
  • Niki
    2017-12-04
    No. Just no.Maybe it's my own fault for not recognizing the "[x person] is ~BROKEN~! The valiant hero must ~fix~ them!" vibes from the summary, because I despise these stories. And this was one such story. This wasn't a love story or a hopeful story or a tragic story, it was aggravating and uninteresting, at least to me. I came very close to DNFing it, but I persevered, and sadly I can't say that my efforts were rewarded at all.I received a free ...
  • Lesli
    2017-10-18
    Not for me. Unbelievable characters. The relationship between Eve and Henry is very confusing to me. The infatuation is unbelievable.
  • Simply. Sarah
    2017-12-15
    It took me a while to read this because I am reading another book and trying to get ready for Christmas. But, this is a must read. Oh my, Henry has to be one of the strongest characters and I hated Eve all the way through. I never felt their relationship was nothing more than codependency. I do recommend this book if you like mysteries.
  • Amy Yingling
    2017-11-28
    Wow, what a twist! That is all I will say. If you enjoy psychological thrillers/suspense you'll want to pick this one up!
  • Deanne Patterson
    2018-02-17
    Henry sells bootleg liquor to support his family in deep woods of East Texas. His compassionate mother is dying of cancer and his step father is detached from reality as he is a grassroots minister whose pulpit is the top of a trash can as he screams out sermons to all who pass by. A half feral girl in the woods watches the family and wishes for one for herself. The mother tempts her out with food and brings her into the house as a way to make up...
  • Cindy Woods
    2017-10-07
    DifferentThis story is a mixture of trauma, sadness and a few bright spots, although I found it more depressing than anything else. The plot is uneven and the physical descriptions of characters and geography is lacking. I wanted to keep reading because I had a feeling I would find out what it was all about.....there's a young woman of unknown age and origin found living in the woods fending for herself and feral. This is the heart of the plot wh...
  • April Harris
    2017-11-29
    It's not very often that a book has me hooked from the first chapter. The connection between Eve and Henry is beautiful but also so bizarre. The storyline is an amazing and well balanced mixture of romance, suspense, & horror. If this book was ever made into a movie, I would be one of the first to buy a ticket.
  • Jo Sexton
    2017-10-06
    You can also read my review at https://isitfridayyetweb.wordpress.co... This book was my Kindle First choice for October. The life of a rather dysfunctional family living in the backwaters of Texas is turned upside down by the appearance of Eve, a young woman who has suffered terrible indignities and abuse from a very young age. Having escaped from traffickers, Eve has been secretly watching the family and studying their relationships, and it tri...
  • Hollie
    2017-10-11
    The writing style on this one didn't pull me into the story until probably about the half way point. The storyline was original and the characters I liked. That being said, this was a fucked up read. It's not one Id easily recommend to friends, however, I'd still be willing to read some of this writers other work.
  • Tom Lewis
    2017-11-26
    It had such a cool premise, but the story turned out to be really bleak and nihilistic. I’m still giving it 3 stars because it was really well written.
  • Christine Lowe
    2017-10-03
    Good Story, Great Writing. This book not only had me fighting tears but also left me feeling sick at times about man's inhumanity to man. The story portrays a family living in the South that has been there for generations. Henry has a kindness that is a reflection of his mother, Caroline. His father died when he was two. His stepfather, Livingston, is a preacher who no longer has a church due to his increasing zealotry. He must have been a good m...
  • Melissa Storm
    2017-10-07
    This is a DNF for me. Nothing about it grabbed me and made me want to keep reading. It felt overwritten but under-explained. I absolutely love the concept. Maybe I'll try to get back into it one day, but I'm not too sure...
  • Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
    2017-10-09
    This book contains many scenes that will cause heart break but rays of sunshine peek through to bring some happiness at the end.I don't even know where to start with my review of this book! The characters are complex and there are some to love and some to hate. The focus of the book is primarily on Henry and Eve. Henry and Eve has a connection and while they not admit it, everyone else can see they have a love connection. However, Eve has quite t...
  • Krista
    2017-12-14
    I can't figure out how this book was so highly rated on Amazon. Maybe just because it was a free Kindle First book recently. It's terrible. It's like chewing on old gum: it's stiff and it has no taste. The characters have no depth; the character who matters most is not given any serious treatment. The author tells us over and over again who she thinks these characters are, but then what she shows us about them doesn't quite fit. Henry is the wors...
  • Erin
    2017-10-26
    It's probably a 2.5. I finished it and it kept me interested despite a rocky start, but damned if I didn't rush through the last few chapters. It's very dark and sometimes it was hard to feel the protagonist's motivations for holding on to something. As the world started crumbling around him I began to feel sick and spent. I just wanted to be finished with it. I can handle dark and twisty but some of it felt contrived and unnecessary and I don't ...
  • Wit & Wonder Books
    2017-11-29
    **ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**This book and every character, story and life is sewn together with tears and love, heartache and joy.The Unremembered Girl by Eliza Maxwell is a world of its own, a portal crammed between two covers. It’s her third published book and certainly deserves a lot of praise.You sometimes read a blurb and find the information to be interesting and informative, it draws you in and you’re...
  • Phil Gould
    2018-03-26
    I read this book as a diversion from my normal fare and would have given it 3 stars but for the fact that the author had one of her characters dis my home state of Iowa. We are not just cornfields and if the author had spent any time here she would have known that. At least she didn't make the common mistake of thinking we're known for growing potatoes (as in Idaho). I've heard that her state of Texas is nothing but steers and queers, but out of ...
  • Goth Gone Grey
    2017-10-01
    Very dark, twisted tale full of surprisesThe book starts with a teaser chapter, jumping feet first in with a shocker that made me reconsider reading the rest of the book. The second chapter begins a flashback series of events until we catch back up to reread the first chapter, and beyond as the dominoes of events falls neatly in place. I'm glad I didn't quit reading.It's an intricate, cleanly told story of increasingly troubling events triggered ...
  • Bookschatter
    2018-01-16
    2.5 stars.
  • Chantelle Atkins
    2017-11-06
    A haunting and beautiful book, The Unremembered Girl is a story filled with tragedy. Henry supports his dying mother and religious fanatic step-father, by selling bootleg liquor. Behind their house in the woods, someone is watching their lives. A strange and feral girl, who Henry's mother Caroline, eventually entices into their lives, in order to help her. They name her Eve. They have no idea where she came from or what happened to her, but they ...
  • Sandra Knapp
    2018-01-11
    Very good!A strange young woman, a damaged soul with no name and afraid of everything, walks out of the woods and is taken in by a loving caring woman, and her family. As time passes the son finds himself drawn to this mysterious and broken creature, and broken she is. Not only physically but emotionally and mentally as well. She had been used and abused since young childhood, and everyone's hopes were that now, in a loving environment, maybe she...
  • Britt
    2017-10-19
    (Slight SPOILER at the end, but nothing too revealing) "You’ll never appreciate the daylight till you’ve walked on the dark side of the night, without even the stars to show you the way." The Unremembered Girl is ironically about a woman you'll never be able to forget, and the horrors she's experienced that made her into the shattered shell of a person that she is. She is the darkness that feeds off of Henry's light, and teaches him the true ...
  • Linda
    2017-11-10
    This may have been one of the hardest reads I have ever done. It sure had lots of emotion. Lots of things going on. It had tragedy, love, loss, sadness, humor(a bit), cruelty, just to name a few. I cried reading this story so much that right now my eyes are burning. The last part was just so sad and I do think Henry cared. I think he loved Eve with all of his heart. He wanted to bad to fix her. He didn’t want her to be broken. He wanted them to...
  • Holly
    2017-10-06
    The Unremembered Girl is the story that will stay with you long after you finish reading it! As we are introduced to Henry, his sick mother who is dying from cancer, and a crazy grassroots minister for a step-father, you can't help but feel that something bad is gonna happen. It's only when a mysterious girl named Eve appears from the woods that everything starts going downhill even faster for this family.As the story heats up and secrets start t...
  • Jane
    2017-11-02
    This is a surprisingly good book by a very talented young writerWhen I started this book, I didn’t think the premise or the setting would appeal to me but the book was simply wonderful. I wouldn’t have changed anything. Some of the characters had such depth and showed some of the very best qualities we can all strive to find within ourselves. Other characters simply dealt with picking up the pieces left behind after tough choices forced upon ...