The Unforgotten by Laura Powell

The Unforgotten

For fans of Louise Penny and Tana French, this haunting debut novel “with a slight Broadchurch feel” (Sunday Herald) explores the devastating repercussions of a long-ago crime as it delves into forbidden relationships, the emotional bond between mothers and daughters, and the dark consequences of harboring secrets.It is the summer of 1956, and fifteen-year-old Betty Broadbent has never left the Cornish fishing village of St. Steele or venture...


Details The Unforgotten

TitleThe Unforgotten
ISBN9781501181221
Author
Release DateFeb 6th, 2018
PublisherGallery Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreMystery, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Crime
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Reviews The Unforgotten

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    1970-01-01
    The year is 1956 and fifteen-year-old Betty Broadbent's life is about to change forever. There is a murderer loose in St Steele, the little Cornish fishing village where she lives with her unpredictable mother who runs a boarding house. A bunch of journalists is flocking the boarding house and one of them, John Gallagher catches her eyes. Despite him being older than her are they drawn to each other, but the decisions they make will have deep con...
  • *TUDOR^QUEEN*
    1970-01-01
    I award this a solid 4.5 stars.Betty Broadbent is a 15 year old girl who helps her mother Dolores manage the Hotel Eden in St. Steele, a village on the south coast of Cornwall, England. It's 1956, and the hotel is fully booked with news reporters. There has been a slew of murders recently, all blond young girls on the cusp of womanhood. Betty's Dad died in the war, so it's just her and Mom Dolores running the hotel which the Eden family owns. Bet...
  • Tammy
    1970-01-01
    Unfortunately this one is a miss for me. Using the tired device of an alternating dual timeline, a series of murders happen during 1956 in Cornwall. Fifty years later the story unravels. It’s simplistically written, contains irritating characters with unbelievable motives. The best thing I can say about The Unforgotten is that it reads fast and I didn’t waste a lot of time with it. But it is, well, forgettable.
  • Susan
    1970-01-01
    This novel begins in the small, seaside town of St Steele, where Betty Broadbent spends her time helping her mother manage the Hotel Eden. Usually, there are a mere handful of guests, but the murder of two young women lead to a press invasion of the town and the journalists head to the local hotel. It is 1956 and Betty is a young girl whose life, even before the murders, is fairly precarious. Her mother suffers depression, drinks heavily and bera...
  • Leslie
    1970-01-01
    3.5 Stars. Rounding up to four as I felt it veered more that way.It's 1956 and 15 year old Betty has her hands full taking care of her unbalanced mother and helping to run the hotel her mother manages. She has her hands full and yet, personally, she is unfulfilled and bored if that makes sense. Then the town is plagued by a series of murders, the hotel is filled with journalists and Betty's life is suddenly far more interesting and a bit too comp...
  • Ellie
    1970-01-01
    I usually stay away from books that are compared to other books by authors I love but a comparison of Laura Powell's debut mystery to Tana French's works was too tempting to pass by.And I'm so glad I read it. Atmospheric (it takes place in Cornwall) with vividly drawn characters, the story is well written and absorbing. I loved Betty Broadbent, the 15 year old protagonist who falls in love with an older man. The story itself is an old one but her...
  • Marialyce
    1970-01-01
    2.5 disappointing starsSometimes a secret can control your life, make you do what you never thought you would, lose someone you love.In this book, we have a stoy of a young girl, Betty Broadbent, who is sheltered, naive, and about to become involved with an older man, Mr Gallagher. Gallagher is one of a gaggle of reporters drawn to this Cornish village where Betty and her mother run a hotel. They have come because of crimes committed against youn...
  • Imi
    1970-01-01
    3.5 stars. A murder mystery set in Cornwall, 1956. I really enjoyed all of this, but was particularly taken in by a very promising start and the hunt for a violent village killer. Unfortunately, somewhere around the middle, the plot took a few directions I wasn't quite as thrilled by, (view spoiler)[specifically, Betty's developing relationship with a much older man. She was completely taken advantage of, but I'm not sure if this was presented we...
  • Book Haunt
    1970-01-01
    In 1956, Betty Broadbent lives in the small seaside village in St. Steele helping her alcoholic mother, Delores run a boarding house. Reporters have converged on the town and filled the boarding house. They are in town to cover the brutal murders of several young women. Betty finds herself mysteriously drawn to a reporter named Gallagher and they've soon forged a strained friendship. As Betty's relationship with Gallagher unfolds, they find thems...
  • Heather
    1970-01-01
    I feel I should note I edited this after my initial review, because the more I thought about it... 1956. Fifteen-year-old Betty Broadbent has never left the Cornish fishing village of St Steele or ventured far beyond the walls of the boarding house run by her erratic mother. But when the London press descends to report on a series of gruesome murders, Betty's world changes. She's transfixed by aloof reporter, Mr Gallagher. As the death toll rises...
  • Annika
    1970-01-01
    Original review up on Hiding in BooksThe Unforgotten is a novel about murders in the 50's, and the effects the case has on the lives of people immediately in the aftermath, and 50 years in the future. When I started this, I thought it was strictly historical, but when I read the first '50 years later' chapter I was immediately invested in the story. I was really excited to try and put the clues together based on the scraps of knowledge imparted o...
  • MeggieBree
    1970-01-01
    The Unforgotten is a nice little mystery that takes place in the sleepy town of St. Steele where a string of gruesome murders has brought in an abundance of reporters. They are all staying at the town's only inn, the Hotel Eden, where 15 year old Betty Broadbent lives and works with her beautiful, mentally ill mother. Betty meets John Gallagher, one of the reporters, and quickly becomes interested in him. He doesn't seem to be like the other repo...
  • Pia
    1970-01-01
    If I could give this book 6 stars, I would do it, or even 7, that's how good it is.It starts with a serial killer in the little and calm town of St Steele, in Cornwall. When reporters from all around the UK descend massively to cover the story, they all room at Hotel Eden, where 15 year old Betty Broadbent and her crazy, alcoholic mother manage and live.Betty becomes friends with John Gallagher, one of the reporters. This friendship will shape th...
  • Wit & Wonder Books
    1970-01-01
    **ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**It’s hard to review a book like this. A book that crawls its way around your heart and shakes it around in your chest.Laura Powell’s debut novel The Unforgotten is entangled with a shot of crazy, a dash of fear, a love so pure and innocent, and characters so gripping, you scratch your head wondering if it was real or if it was all just a story after all.Betty Broadbent and her mot...
  • Patricia Doyle
    1970-01-01
    Well done, Ms. Powell. I loved your book. I mean, I LOVED your book. I especially enjoyed your method of increasing my curiosity regarding what would be happening. Your flipping from 1956 to fifty years later was very effective in letting us, the readers, know the chain of events.Your character development was superb. Naïve Betty, her difficult mom, mysterious Mr. Gallagher, and Mary – Mary could be a whole nother novel – were believable and...
  • Katherine Sunderland
    1970-01-01
    This story is partly set in a Cornwall village in 1956 where fifteen year old Betty lives with her troubled mother whose bouts of alcoholism and depression often leave Betty in charge of running the small guest house in which they lodge. Following the discovery of several murdered young girls, the sleepy village is suddenly overrun with journalists and police as the hunt for the “Cornish Cleaver” begins. Betty becomes infatuated with the recl...
  • Elaine Tomasso
    1970-01-01
    I would like to thank Netgalley and Freight Books for an advance copy of The Unforgotten, a debut novel by Laura Powell.The Unforgotten tells of how 15 year old Betty Broadbent and 30 year old John Gallagher met and fell in love in 1956 in the small Cornish village of St Steele against the background of the hunt for a serial killer, The Cornish Cleaver. The fallout from these events spans many years and much heartache. It is told from two points ...
  • Jessica (bitsy 55)
    1970-01-01
    A string of brutal murders have occurred in Betty's home town bringing the press and the obscure Mr. Gallagher to stay at the Hotel Eden run by Betty's mother. Betty's life and relationship with her mother is not an easy one, and she is drawn to John Gallagher. Even though twice her age the two form a bond that is complicated and at times awkward. The choices made and the secrets kept will forever change not only their lives but the lives of othe...
  • Damaskcat
    1970-01-01
    Betty is a fifteen year old girl who has led a very sheltered life in her home village of St Steele in Cornwall. It is 1956. A series of brutal murders of girls and young women shatters the peace of village and the place is invaded by the press pack in search of a story and local colour. Betty strikes up a friendship with an enigmatic reporter - John Gallagher. They both make decisions which will affect their future and that of others around them...
  • Jennifer
    1970-01-01
    I'm always impressed with any book with a mystery at its center that manages to surprise me in resolving it. I read so many of these types of books that I can usually see the twists and turns coming a mile away. Well, in this book I continually found myself thinking things like, "well obviously this person is so-and-so, 50 years from now" or "clearly so-and-so is the murderer" and being totally wrong. I loved that. This book is full of little gem...
  • Crittermom
    1970-01-01
    What will you do for love? What would you sacrifice?Mary Sugden chose to say nothing long ago - a choice that led an innocent man to be imprisoned.  A choice that has haunted her life, and has now reared its head once more.  The novel alternates between the present and the past, her memories and her actions as she chooses to face what happened long ago.The Unforgotten is a powerful novel, bittersweet in its portrayal of a mother daughter bond t...
  • Zina
    1970-01-01
    first of all. what the heck?second of all. i hated (almost?) every fucking character in this book. i mean, even those parents whose toddler slipped and hurt her knee i couldn't stand? how fucked up is that? i couldn't connect with any of these characters or their justifications for their actions. all these women were fucking cruel and heartless and most of all /brainless/. had the author written the characters more likeable, this book would've be...
  • Hazel
    1970-01-01
    This book was about a young influential girl who gave her heart to the first person who paid her any attention. After the death of her alcoholic mother her life fell apart, she waited forever for a man she thought loved her and of course she thought she loved. It took her a life time to figure out who she was, it was full of secrets, lies, betrayal and self destruction. This is the first time I read anything by this author, I struggled getting in...
  • Tripfiction
    1970-01-01
    Novel set in CORNWALL ("..this books is unforgettable..")In 1956, fifteen-year-old Betty Broadbent is living in fictional St. Steele, a small Cornish fishing village where she helps her decidedly flaky mother run a boarding house, pretentiously named Hotel Eden. A series of brutal murders draws a pack of London reporters to the village and they take up residence in the boarding house, waiting for the murderer to strike again. Amongst this unsavou...
  • Janet
    1970-01-01
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - It is the summer of 1956, and fifteen-year-old Betty Broadbent has never left the Cornish fishing village of St. Steele or ventured far beyond the walls of the Hotel Eden, the slightly ramshackle boarding house run by her moody, unpredictable mother. But Betty’s world is upended when a string of brutal murders brings Lond...
  • Bruce Gargoyle
    1970-01-01
    I received a digital copy of this title from the publisher via Netgalley.Ten Second Synopsis:In 1956, a violent killer known as the Cornish Cleaver is sweeping the countryside where Betty Broadbent runs a hotel with her mother. When Betty forms a relationship with a surly, insular newsman covering the story, events will spin out of control and force Betty to choose between sacrificing her love or letting an innocent man go to prison.My enjoyment ...
  • Stephanie
    1970-01-01
    You can read this review and other posts at www.layeredpages.comI thoroughly enjoyed this book and loved working out the pieces to the story and making connections. There was a twist to this story I didn’t see coming and as the story came to an ending, I found myself wanting to read more. I did not want this story to end. The story represents fifty years in the future and fifty years in the past and people who lived in a town where murders were...
  • Boorrito
    1970-01-01
    I struggled to remember what the title of this book was a couple of hours after finishing it, which isn't exactly promising for being able to remember anything about it in a year's time. I'd make a snarky comment about the irony considering it's called The Unforgotten, but it's not that bad a book to deserve it. It's just not that good either.This book starts out promisingly with setting up its mystery in 1950s Cornwall where there's a murderer o...
  • Susan
    1970-01-01
    Betty grew up in a town home to a serial killer. Mary is dealing with the guilt of having failed to come forward and instead letting an innocent man go to prison. 50 years separate them and the book bounces back and forth. While I felt the chapters focused on the older events were richer and more engaging, the entire story was laid out very well with plenty of secrets and twists. You become involved in the decisions the characters make to protect...
  • Silke
    1970-01-01
    I was kindly given a copy through Netgalley.Oh this book was really well written.It held a few plot twists but to me most of them didn't come as a shock. The small hints in the story were enough to make you see them coming and yet it was so well written that I was still stuck on the edge of my seat.This story is filled with tension on many different levels and it's what kept it interesting.The change between past and present was perfectly balance...