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
Release DateFeb 1st, 2019
PublisherLake Union Publishing

Reviews The Forgotten Hours

  • Katie B
    2.5 starsI appreciate the author's attempt to tell a story with complex characters and tough subject matter, but for me this one missed the mark. The bare bones of a good story were there but the transitions from the past and present timelines felt disjointed at times and lacked a cohesive flow. When I finished the book one thought that crossed my mind was it felt more like a good rough draft of a book but needs some work and polishing to turn it...
  • Bridgett
    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...
  • Melike
    I just have a lot of mixed feelings about this book and need to sort them out.
  • Obsidian
    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
    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...
  • RedRedtheycallmeRed
    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...
  • Vicki Willis
    This was a new release that was provided to me from Kindle First. It had an alternating timeline between the past and the present which I liked, but it didn't really flow well between the two. I thought the topic was spot on with the things going on in the world, but the story didn't move along well. It was very slow to start, but got better in the middle. The characters, Charlie, David, jack, seemed flat and didn't seem complete. John, the fathe...
  • Crystal King
    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...
  • Sherri Thacker
    This book started off a little slow and I nearly gave up but at 25% it got a little better. I’m giving this 3 stars. Just ok for me. Didn’t love it but didn’t dislike it either.
  • Barbara White
    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...
  • Shirley Wine
    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...
  • Linda Zagon
    Katrin Schumann, Author of “The Forgotten Hours” has written an emotional, intense, suspenseful, and captivating novel. The Genres for this Novel are Fiction and Women’s Fiction. The timeline for this story starts in 2007 and the present and goes back to the past when it pertains to the characters or events in the story. The author describes her characters are complex and complicated. This is a story of coming of age, of friendships, of los...
  • Ashley Farley
    I can't say enough good things about this novel. The writing is brilliant—excellent description and word choice. The characters are well-drawn and relatable and the plot completely unpredictable. A must-read.
  • Monique
    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...
  • Elle Esse
    The Forgotten Hours was y choice from Amazon FirstReads selections available in January (details here >> ). I chose it simply because it seemed like my kind f boks, although I admit that I didn't have a whole lot of hope for it as a whole. Fortunately, I was wrong. Schumann tells the story of Kate and Lulu, young girls growing up together in a cabin during the summers of their youth. The summer before everyone he...
  • Gina
    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...
  • Dorothy
    It was free. And read like that. If there was an editor, I'd be shocked. Bizarre book. Author swallowed a thesaurus and chose the wrong words. I was going to give up early on. And I should have. No character was fleshed out or sympathetic. The plot was scattered, and the big reveal was just soap opera bad. Just horrid. I wish I could give this zero stars and a warning label.
  • Pamela Scott
    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres...This is my first time reading the author. I thought The Forgotten Hours was great, pretty dark at times but a great read. I was hooked from start to finish. I really felt for Katie, struggling to hold her life together, so blindly believing her father’s innocence. The book moves back and forth between now with Katie preparing for her father’s release and the fateful night ten years ago when her world bl...
  • S. B. Letham
    I really loved the first two parts of this book and burned through them. The insightful portrayal of complex emotions and nostalgic memories, the kinds of realistic feelings and internal conflicts swirling around loyalty to our loved ones when they fail, the weight of what happened and the denial, the way all of the characters carried pieces of it with them, the symbolism of the tattoos... all of it was such a strong start. But the strength of it...
  • Jessica
    After reading several books recently that I did not want to put down, I was bound to start one that made me groan when I picked up my kindle and then remembered this was the story I was going back to.It wasn't just the depressing storyline, an adult daughter re-evaluating her view of her father when he is about to be released from prison, after being convicted of raping her teenage best friend, while she was in the room. But the writing was slow ...
  • Susan
    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!
  • Nichole
    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.
  • Sarah
    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...
  • Katie
    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...
  • Jessica
    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...
  • Danielle
    I think this could of been an amazing story. While the effort was definitely there, the story lacked the connection to the characters as well as the constant time jump without specifying was enough to give me cause to throw the book to my DNF pile and be done with it. However I stuck it out. I wish the author would’ve fleshed out the main characters more. At least Lulu, who essentially was the focus of the entire story. I do not feel I have any...
  • Sandybfl
    Definitely recommend this bookI really enjoyed this one, and definitely recommend it. The characters are written well enough to come alive for the reader, and the story is a good one, also written well. The ending was a bit of a surprise, and I think it would have been better to end it differently, but it works. (I don't want to give it away.)
  • Jennie
    This was a book that I read on the Kindle. It was about a family whose father was accused of rape and sentenced to 7 years in prison. Katie adored her dad and did not find out all the details until he was released from prison. Lulu was Katie's oldest friend and she had a hard time believing what Lulu said about her father.
  • Ellie
    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.
  • Mary Q.
    After a bit of a slow start, I thought this book was going to be a 4 star for me. But the last 40 minutes (which felt like 4 hours) just killed it. Didn't care anymore and just wanted to finish. Not the way I like to end a book. Sorry, not sorry☹ After a bit of a slow start, I thought this book was going to be a 4 star for me. But the last 40 minutes (which felt like 4 hours) just killed it. Didn't care anymore and just wanted to finish. Not ...