The Forgotten Ones by Steena Holmes

The Forgotten Ones

In this novel from a New York Times bestselling author, the search for truth is defined by secrets and lies. Elle is a survivor. She’s managed to piece together a solid life from a childhood of broken memories and fairy tales her mom told her to explain away bad dreams. But weekly visits to her mother still fill Elle with a paralyzing fear she can’t explain. It’s just another of so many unanswered questions she grew up with in a family estr...


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TitleThe Forgotten Ones
Author
Release DateApr 1st, 2018
PublisherLake Union Publishing
GenreContemporary, Fiction
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Reviews The Forgotten Ones

  • Kendall
    1970-01-01
    "There is never enough time. Never"The Forgotten Ones is a compelling and heart-breaking novel that will suck your heart up into a million little pieces.Oh my goodness Steena Holmes thanks to you I was glued to this on my couch all day on Sunday in my pajamas. Warning everyone... once you pick this up... forget all the plans you have for the day!!Steena Holmes explores a novel about love, loss, and the heart-ache that mental illness can endure on...
  • Carrie
    1970-01-01
    The Forgotten Ones by Steena Holmes is a compelling contemporary story with a touch of mystery to it. The book is mainly told from the point of view of two of the characters Elle and David. There are also flashes back into the past that are done by the stories that David tells of those days.The only family that Elle had ever known was her mother who is struggling with her mental health. With the help of a caregiver Elle has been able to go to sch...
  • Reading.Between.Wines
    1970-01-01
    ⭐⭐⭐💫 / 5 rounded up. First of all, can I just mention how beautiful the cover of this book is?! And let me tell you, it is even prettier in person!The Forgotten Ones by Steena Holmes is mainly told from 2 perspectives, Elle and a man named David. Elle is working as a nurse when she finds out her grandfather is on his deathbed and wishes to meet her. A grandfather she thought was dead. Cue the crazy! Her grandfather has a big secret to te...
  • ReadAlong With Sue
    1970-01-01
    I really thought I had some books that were my best of this author........until this one.I have sat on this review for a couple of days, I needed to come clear with my thoughts.This hit home to me, this brought out emotions in me that I didn't expect. I had someone say "don't you think some of what happened with David a bit far fetched?"NO.Have you ever loved someone so much that you would keep they're secrets? I have heard and read in newspapers...
  • Tammy
    1970-01-01
    I am completely blown away by The Forgotten Ones. I don't want to say too much about the story so I don't spoil it for others who MUST read this book! I read the story in one sitting, my mind racing through all different scenarios. Steena Holmes totally drew me in, spun me around and left me with a serious book hangover!
  • Susan Peterson
    1970-01-01
    The Forgotten Ones is an utterly compelling book, as startling family secrets are unraveled piece by piece. Elle is a nurse, and her family has always consisted of just her and her mother...until the day she discovers that her grandfather, a man she thought was dead, is a patient at her hospital. He starts telling her stories, stories her mother says are lies...but Elle doesn’t know who to believe. This story is haunting, full of unexpected rev...
  • Amy
    1970-01-01
    Are secrets in books ever not interesting?! If a blurb even alludes to secrets from the past I’m adding it to Mount TBR and from the very first chapter I had a feeling that I would like The Forgotten Ones. Spoiler alert, I was right! This was a super addictive, engaging read from an author who really knows how to draw the reader in, pulling you in closer and closer until you aren’t putting the book down until the truth is revealed.This is tol...
  • Sue
    1970-01-01
    Steena Holmes has once again given her readers an unforgettable story that will keep them turning pages until the end. Warning - don't make any plans for the day that you start reading this book because you won't put it down until the last page is read.Elle is a nurse and grew up in a dysfunctional family. Her mother has mental illness and Elle has worried about taking care of her mom for her whole life. Elle has been told that she has no other f...
  • Deborah Blanchard
    1970-01-01
    "I guess in the end, you start thinking about the beginning." " Love isn't always pretty or clear cut. It can't be wrapped in a nice little box and presented with a bow. Sometimes it's ugly and hurtful and does more damage than good." "Family is everything." These are a few of my favorite quotes in this book. This book is heart wrenching and I had to wait for the tears to stop so that I could write this review. This is a book about family drama, ...
  • Laurie
    1970-01-01
    “There is never enough time. Never."An intense family secret is the theme of this moving, heartwrenching novel.A young woman amazingly finds her grandfather in the very same hospital where she works as a nurse. She had been told he was dead from the time she was young and now on his deathbed, he has a story to tell to try to right the wrongs of years passed.I loved and savored this book of love, mental illness, and family. The details and writi...
  • Sharlene
    1970-01-01
    Be prepared for this book to keep you up late reading, for once you begin it is very hard to put down. A meeting with her grandfather who she believed to be dead for year, leads to Elle trying to decipher family secrets that have filled her with a sense of dread for many years. Character development is excellent and you will be rushing through the book to discover where does the truth really lie. Another successful novel from author Steena Holmes...
  • Cathey LaHaye
    1970-01-01
    I am never disappointed when reading a creation by Steena Holmes. The Forgotten Ones is a wonderful story complicated by family secrets that stays with you long after the end. Be sure to add this one to your must read list.
  • Louetta Waters
    1970-01-01
    WOW! Steena Holmes has hit it out of the ballpark yet again!! Jaw dropping through the whole thing.....better be prepared for an allnighter! Such a great plot and very very interesting characters! If you love a great mystery grab this one up!
  • Kate Rock
    1970-01-01
    Talk about a great book hangover. This read was un-put-down-able! An amazing novel that is one of the authors’ best works and I’m already a big fan. Elle is an amazing young woman. She’s a Nurse and finds out that her grandfather, who she was told was long dead, is in the hospital where she works. This begins the twisting secrets and lies that have plagued this family for decades. Mental Illness plays a role in this complicated family and y...
  • Amy Coats
    1970-01-01
    NO SPOILERS HERE: Steena gifted me a copy to read. The decision to review was all mine. This was a gripping story about a young woman wanting to learn about her family beyond her mom. What she learns may destroy them both or bring them closer together. Elle wants to know more about her mom and the mental health issues in her family, but learns so much more. But what should she believe? Her mom and her mental instability? Others who share stories?...
  • Martha
    1970-01-01
    Wow, this book had me on the edge of my seat with many questions going through my mind, trying to figure out the answers before they were revealed, but it just kept me guessing until the end! It was truly a page turner about a family with many secrets. I enjoyed how the book would go back and forth between the present and the past to learn more about the family involved. I enjoyed it immensely and would highly recommend it. Congratulations on ano...
  • Rebecca Hill
    1970-01-01
    Danger, wonder, secrets, family, and forgiveness. This book is a MUST HAVE.Elle has done a good job of managing life. Her mother is certifiable, and the mood swings can take a toll on her. However, life has a way of taking a detour, and Elle is fixing to stumble on a huge secret - one that her mother has kept buried for years. When Anna Marie was growing up, she had a rather dysfunctional childhood. Her father was a long haul trucker and her moth...
  • Linda
    1970-01-01
    I am never disappointed in a Steena Holmes novel. This one was no different except I think is my brand new favorite of hers. It was so good. I received a copy of this awesome book from Steena via NetGalley and Lake Union. To them I am forever grateful for the best books ever.I used to believe wishes were like fairy tales: all you had to do was make one, and your happily ever after would come true. I don’t believe that anymore.Home meant love an...
  • Diane
    1970-01-01
    The Forgotten Ones by author Steena Holmes is another book of complex truths about family, illness, and love so fully felt, until it can become unhealthy. I am not going to post specifics of this story because I want the reader to feel the shattering suspense of each secret. That is one of the compelling features of this book… the reader needs to wonder, and worry, and try to figure out the truth as the book is being read. It is an experience! ...
  • Ms. Just One More Book (Kris Miller)
    1970-01-01
    Elle is a pediatric nurse who has grown up in a family consisting of just her mother and herself. Living with her mother’s mental illness has left Elle with an inexplicable dread, never quite knowing who her mother will be that day. Her world is tuned upside down when she finds out the grandfather she thought was dead is a patient at the hospital she works at. David Walker, an eighty-year-old-man riddled with cancer, is at death’s door, but s...
  • Kate Rock
    1970-01-01
    First of all BRAVO to the author for an awesome novel. Talk about a great book hangover. This amazing novel is one of the authors’ best works in my opinion and I’m already a big fan: Elle is an amazing young woman. She’s a Nurse and finds out that her grandfather, who she was told was long dead, is in the hospital where she works. This begins the twisting secrets and lies that have plagued this family for decades as he makes a deathbed requ...
  • Ninaminacat
    1970-01-01
    A well written, very family-orientated story that makes you question whether you can love too much This was my first experience of Steena Holmes and I am sure it won't be my last. The writing drew me in from the start: the reason for David's feelings that, in dying alone he was getting his just deserts, was a mystery - and I really wanted to find out more. I was also pleased at how easy it would have been to recognise the view point as either Dav...
  • Sharon May
    1970-01-01
    Thanks so much to NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing, and Steena Holmes for the opportunity to read her latest work - loved it!This is a slowly drawn out tale of loyalty, family secrets, mental illness, and survival. Ella grew up with her mentally-unstable mother believing that her grandparents were dead. Until the day that she learns that her grandfather is a dying patient in the hospital where she works. He starts unburdening himself and telling ...
  • Christie Sitterly
    1970-01-01
    Mind. Blown. A line from the book, and how I feel after reading it. Steena Holmes weaves a tantalizing tale that keeps the reader on their toes until the end. The story involves a young woman, Elle, who is searching for answers to her past that her mentally unstable mother is unable or unwilling to provide. Elle discovers that her grandfather is dying at the very hospital she works at. The two become acquainted over a series of stories he tells. ...
  • Holly
    1970-01-01
    WOW is all I can say about this book that will draw you in and won't let go until the very last word is read and even then, you can't help but to think about long after reading it. With the book starting out with a grumpy old man laying in a hospital bed just waiting to die, you know that he had a story to tell but I would have never imagined how it would all go. It's when Elle comes into the story that you start to piece some things together on ...
  • Laurie
    1970-01-01
    “There is never enough time. Never."An intense family secret is the theme of this moving, heartwrenching novel.A young woman amazingly finds her grandfather in the very same hospital where she works as a nurse. She had been told he was dead from the time she was young and now on his deathbed, he has a story to tell to try to right the wrongs of years passed.I loved and savored this book of love, mental illness, and family. The details and writi...
  • Tina
    1970-01-01
    "What is so horrible about the past that no one can talk about it?" Rooted deep in all the secrets in this book are three love stories...a husband's love for his wife, a father"s love for his daughter and a mother's love for her daughter. An important aspect of this story is how mental illness affects a family and how far a husband and father will go to protect his wife and daughter. The four main characters (David, Elle, Marie and Grace) are all...
  • David Highton
    1970-01-01
    A complex mystery of a fractured family, mainly caused by undiagnosed mental health disorders in the 1950s - the truth emerges gradually over the closing days of an old man’s life.
  • Kerrie Kelly
    1970-01-01
    Wow! I’ve just finished this book and am overwhelmed.Yet again another well written book that draws you in and leaves you wanting more.Steena thank you for allowing me the opportunity to read and review this book.I loved reading the stories of David, Ella, Marie and Grace and finding out how their lives connect.
  • Wend
    1970-01-01
    4.5