The Forgotten Hours by Katrin Schumann

The Forgotten Hours

In this evocative debut novel, Katrin Schumann weaves a riveting story of past and present—and how love can lead us astray.At twenty-four, Katie Gregory feels like life is looking up: she’s snagged a great job in New York City and is falling for a captivating artist—and memories of her traumatic past are finally fading. Katie’s life fell apart almost a decade earlier, during an idyllic summer at her family’s cabin on Eagle Lake when her...


Details The Forgotten Hours

TitleThe Forgotten Hours
ISBN9781503904170
Author
Release DateFeb 1st, 2019
PublisherLake Union Publishing
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction
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Reviews The Forgotten Hours

  • Melike
    1970-01-01
    I just have a lot of mixed feelings about this book and need to sort them out.
  • Obsidian
    1970-01-01
    Please note that I got this via Amazon's Kindle First Reads. I really loved the premise of the "Forgotten Hours" (a teenage girl loses her best friend and father after a rape accusation and trial). This type of plot feels very timely. That said, I thought that the story being told in third person point of view actually pushed me away as a reader. I think if it was told in the first person point of view I would have felt more entwined with Katie a...
  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
    1970-01-01
    I’d rather reread a good book than slog through a boring one.Amazon Prime First Read books aren’t what they once were. Most in recent months have been DNF, one or two stars. None of the December options interested me. We were allowed to choose two books for January, but I could only find one.THE FORGOTTEN HOURS seemed like a decent possibility, but I couldn’t get into the Katie’s narration. I was more interested in Lulu’s story, but she...
  • Crystal King
    1970-01-01
    Riveting. If I had to sum up this debut book in one word, that would be it. What would you do if your father went to jail for statutory rape of your best friend? Who do you side with? What if your choice might be wrong? I admit that I feel a lot of overwhelm from the #metoo news of the world today, and wasn't sure how I was going to feel about this novel, but Schumann pulls you into Katie's world and wraps you in all the emotions from each charac...
  • Shirley Wine
    1970-01-01
    An okay readI bought this book from the blurb. It was touted as a book of the year, and held the promise of so much, and in parts it did deliver, but overall it wasn't anywhere near as satisfying as I expected.I found Katie, the main character, tiresome and incredibly juvenile with her constant introspection and total self absorption. As a teen this seemed reasonable, if tedious, but for a woman in her twenties, too damn naive to be believable, t...
  • Barbara White
    1970-01-01
    THE FORGOTTEN HOURS is a stunning novel that moves seamlessly between the aftermath of a trauma that shattered one family and a summer evening that ruined many lives. As current events clash with truths Katie Gregory has kept hidden—from her lover and herself—she’s forced to return to memories she’d rather forget. Memories that tug loyalty in conflicting directions and question everything she knows about trust and love. Was her father gui...
  • RedRedtheycallmeRed
    1970-01-01
    2.5 STARSIt took too long for things to get moving. The book is so focused on Katie, and she's such a frustrating character! It would have been better for the story to be set further in the past, it just didn't seem believable that Katie was so sheltered and naive about everything that happened. As it was, the chapters set at the lake house felt like they could have been from the 70's.Katie's a woman in her mid-20's, a college graduate, and yet s...
  • Bridgett
    1970-01-01
    So much waiting, so little pay-off. I truly wanted to love this book. The powerful #MeToo movement our country has seen surface the past few years had me desperately wanting to root for Lulu...but it was so hard. Her character was fake, belligerent, and a tad narcissistic. I know others will disagree, and that's okay. I just had a hard time feeling anything about her at all. As for Katie...yuck. She was aggravating. In this day and age, when EVER...
  • eiva
    1970-01-01
    “Don’t all girls say no at first?” THE FORGOTTEN HOURS is a novel that shifts between the aftermath of a trauma that ultimately becomes the destruction of Katie Gregory and her family and the summer evening that triggered it all. Six years on and Katie Gregory has kept her father’s secret from everyone new in her life, even going as far as changing her last name (although she believes in her father’s innocence without question at the s...
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    This is an immersive tale where the protagonist finds her family loyalties and trust are put to the test. At first I was reluctant to read this book based on the subject matter revealed in the blurb, but I am so glad that I did.This novel draws you in from the beginning, with the Prologue establishing the setting for the fateful night where Katie’s life crumbles. Cleverly written in the present tense, this is a reflection of how Katie continues...
  • Gina
    1970-01-01
    Meh. So much hype, equally much disappointment. Schumann writes very well in some instances but struggles with character development in others. Charlie and David were very one-dimensional and could have added so much more depth to the dynamics of the story. Katie was absolutely annoying as an adult and seemed to be stuck in childhood, refusing to move forward and grow up. The Jack storyline and 'big reveal" fell flat for me and was just another i...
  • Katie
    1970-01-01
    This is one of the January First Reads. It had a lot of potential with a meaty story about a girl whose dad goes to jail for the rape of her best friend. Lulu, the best friend, was a wonderfully drawn character but the main character Katie was rather frustrating. She was rather immature and self-involved. The dad is is richly drawn and complex but the other family members are cardboard cutouts. It went downhill toward the end and stopped grabbing...
  • Lynda Kelly
    1970-01-01
    I can't really make my mind up about this one......it was one of my Kindle First choices this month. It brought to mind a true-life case I read about once which was fascinating. I found it dragged quite a bit for the first part and then seemed to get going and get more interesting as it progressed. I read till the end and things weren't as they seemed and there were surprises along the way but it was all a bit too deep for my liking. There seemed...
  • Goth Gone Grey
    1970-01-01
    The complexity and raw emotion make this a compelling read. Katie, at the start, is a young teen with her best friend, Lulu, at the summer lake house. She adores her father and Lulu, and Jack, a boy both girls are interested in. The summer is contains one of the pivotal moments of her life, the next chapter switching to years later and slowly unfolding from there between both times, in memories both clear and hazy. Katie's recollections, allegian...
  • Jessica
    1970-01-01
    Wow. First of all, Schumann is an excellent writer. Second, trigger warnings: Statutory rape (graphically described in court documents), neglect, and child abuse. This story features difficult family dynamics, lots of drinking (underage and adult), drugs, language, and sex. Schumann does an incredible job at exploring how blind loyalty can lead to an inability to see or recognize the truth. In the book, Katie is in her twenties, the only one in h...
  • Monique
    1970-01-01
    Thought-provokingWow. This book was a really good read. Reading from Katie’s POV really puts you in the middle of the story and makes you feel what she’s feeling. I liked reading how bit by bit her willful ignorance melts away and how she’s forced to confront the truth. It couldn’t have been easy thinking that either her father was a rapist or that her best friend lied about it. When she started to really see the truth you were hyperventi...
  • Susan
    1970-01-01
    The Forgotten Hours is brilliantly written by Katrin Schumann. Katrin has managed to combine a fascinating and page turning storyline with a beautiful writing style. Normally when I finish a novel, I move on to the next, this book stayed with me and made me think about it over and over. The devastating effects of one evening to a young girl is haunting and powerful given today's "Me Too" Climate.One of the best books I have read in a long time!
  • Ellie
    1970-01-01
    I really think the author tried to make her writing too flowery. Every time I was drawn into the characters in the book the author would start describing the scenery, etc. or go backwards in time. I found that very frustrating. The story was a good one and generally the writing was beautiful I just found myself scanning some of the descriptions that had nothing to do with the story line.
  • Nichole
    1970-01-01
    Not what I was expectingThe ending fell a little flat for me, but overall the way the story wraps up was not what I was expecting. It was an enjoyable read and quite a quick one too. I'd be interested to read other works by Katrin Schumann.
  • Elle Esse
    1970-01-01
    Review to come
  • Cari
    1970-01-01
    The Forgotten Hours was my second Kindle First selection for the month of January 2019.
  • Whitney Scharer
    1970-01-01
    I loved this powerful novel that delves into issues of consent, loyalty, childhood friendships, and family obligation. The narrator's father goes to jail for statutory rape of the narrator's best friend--a riveting topic that feels tailormade to be a part of today's #metoo conversation. Like all good fiction, this novel brings the issues to life through its beautiful characterization and evocative language. I read this in just a few days and had ...
  • Katherine Riley
    1970-01-01
    The Forgotten Hours captures the deep enchantment of intimate childhood relationships, and how this quality often disappears in adulthood and not even filial or sexual ties can maintain or fully recreate it. In Katie’s case, the fractures to her childhood bonds are even more painful and tragic, pulling off the flesh with which she has constructed her adult self. This is a novel of self-reckoning expertly crafted around a crime that is all too r...
  • Barbara
    1970-01-01
    Amazon have been generous to their Prime members this month with not one but two free books each for their 'first reads' customers. I'm not sure I'd have picked this if I'd been restricted to just one, but I recognised the author's name (I used to play ice hockey with her when we were students more than 30 years ago) and wanted to know if she was any good. Thankfully, I liked the book a lot - as it's always embarrassing if you need to patronise a...
  • Jessica
    1970-01-01
    This book. Man. I am not sure how I feel about it. I struggle to read any book that deals with or insinuates child molestation of any sort. It’s a real event that happens to real people, but I don’t know that it should ever be romanticized in books or movies for that matter. For those who are victims it can bring up traumatic feelings again (I also recognize that it could be therapeutic for some people), and for people who struggle with inapp...
  • Ceecee
    1970-01-01
    A solid 3. Amazon Kindle First for January 2019. First of all, this is a very promising debut novel. However, it’s not an easy book to review as reading it resembled the peaks and troughs of the isobars that have the knack of lurking around the UK. The start was a trough - it took so long to get going that I wondered whether I’d made a wise choice in picking this as my AKF. I also questioned why Katie took so long in trying to establish the t...
  • Shari Ring Wolf
    1970-01-01
    Meaningful story, so-so endingI loved the way the story showed empathy for the many perspectives across very thin lines of age, consent, sexual fulfillment, freedom. Heavy subject matter was written in an easy to follow way where most authors would have made it dense and too intense. I didn’t like the ending because I didn’t understand the type of “closure” it presented. I never understand some types of closure depicted in fiction. It onl...
  • Barbara Turkdal
    1970-01-01
    This book was not what I expected. It was deep, in that the trouble an accusation can cause disrupts/destroys a family unit. The main point of this story is more the loving close relationship of the girls and how the resulting breakup effects of their closeness, their bond, their dependency. Even more than even the evil deed that was alleged! Then add the adoring, albeit excessive (IMHO), relationship the daughter has for her father! ~ The main c...
  • Susan
    1970-01-01
    Absolutely riveting story centered around truth and loyalty, reality and perception. The smoldering structure of the novel was perfect for the story, alternating between the protagonist Katie's current life in New York as she prepares for her father to be released from prison after serving a six-year sentence for statutory rape and her time at the family's summer retreat ten years earlier, where she and her best friend--a local girl named Lulu--s...