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The Forgotten Child

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I found this note to be an organized crime type book instead of a thriller. There’s were a lot of characters and I found my mind wandering. I think I would have enjoyed it more if the marketing was proper. I want a fan of this one unfortunately.
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Thank you to Netgalley for this advanced reader's copy in return for my honest review. The premise of this book drew me. Well written and engaging psychological thriller.
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You will love this if you love psychological thrillers. I was on the edge of my seat. Long buried secrets, car accidents and a mystery child. Captivating and explosive I couldn’t put it down. Lots of backstory and characters with depth. If you like reading Teresa Driscoll, then I would definitely recommend.
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I could not get into this book at all, despite trying twice.

Very difficult to follow the story and engage with the characters, sorry.
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The Forgotten Child

by D. E. White

HQ Digital


General Fiction (Adult) , 

Mystery & Thrillers

Pub Date 27 Sep 2019



I am reviewing a copy of The Forgotten Child through HQ Digital and Netgalley:



Eleven years prior Holly's brother and his Girlfriend were killed.




Holly has tried her hardest to forget the traumatic events of her past.  She turned her back on her crime boss Father and making a new life for herself and her son far away from the notorious Seaview Estate.

After a car accident, when she regains consciousness Hannah is confused by the strange child in the back seat of her car, she suddenly finds herself drawn to everything she had tried to escape from.



While already struggling to deal with a violent ex husband, and now she finds herself having to face long buried secrets as well.  She has spent the last eleven years trying to get away from the estate, but someone will stop at nothing to see her return.


With events that began eleven years ago coming to a head, Holly must protect both her life and her son's.



I give The Forgotten Child three out of five stars!



Happy Reading!
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This book was quite disappointing because the plot was interesting and had so much potential.
The twists were clever but that is all that I can say about this book. Interesting plot with lots of potentials. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I wish to write a longer review but this book was not for me.
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Holly finds a strange child in the backseat of her car after she regains consciousness following a car crash.. Who was this child and what were they doing there. Running alongside this we have Holly's past where her brother disappeared.
I was really looking forward to this book. I love a good psychological thriller, especially one in two time frames. However, this book turned out to be not at all what I expected. It isn't a psychological thriller but an action book. Admittedly there is plenty of action in the story but I found it all got a bit much. At times there was too much going on and at other times the story seemed to stall.
I didn't really get on with the characters. I didn't like Holly much - in fact I wasn't keen on anyone.
I think the problem was that this turned out not to be my sort of book. I couldn't get into it or empathise with the characters.
I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley.
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Thank you NetGalley for the copy in exchange for my honest review. I was disappointed based on the description and what the story actually ended up being. I was hoping that it would be more of a psychological thriller.
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I expected this to be a psychological thriller, but it was more about criminal activities and human trafficking. The characters were pretty much unlikable, and the way the writing went between past and present didn't work. My brain couldn't follow it easily. The book was very repetitive. I felt no suspense, no sense of being thrilled at any point during the read and, on reflection, I am unsure why I bothered to finish it.
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This book pulled me in from the description, and it didn’t disappoint. Well written and kept me engrossed through out. Looking forward to more from this author.
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I want to start off by thanking the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book. This was a very well written book by a new author for me. The book had a very good storyline with a twist at the end. I enjoyed reading this and didn’t wanna put it down. I highly recommend this book to anyone.
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So, through no fault of the book, I was kinda disappointed.  The blurb on the book made it sound like a psychological thriller where a woman gets into a car accident, and her car goes off the road.  Once regaining consciousness she looks into the backseat to make sure her son is okay.  Not only is her son okay, but there is also another boy in the seat next to him.

That totally got my attention.  Unfortunately, that’s not really what the book was about.  While the actual story line was action based and kept my attention, it was hard to get into it.

Thanks NetGalley for a free digital copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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This book was so good. I had no idea what was going to happen and it definitely kept me on the edge of my seat!  The way the author interwove  the different storylines kept it fresh and interesting, it was definitely hard to put down.
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I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.   Thank you NetGalley..

This was my first book by this author.     
This book was full of insane twists.    I honestly didn't know what was going to happen next.    Great read.
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#TheForgottenChild #NetGalley 
Not too engaging. 
Holly has tried her best to forget the traumatic events of her past, turning her back on her crime boss father and making a new life for herself and her son away from the notorious Seaview Estate. But when she’s involved in a car accident and regains consciousness to find a strange child on the backseat, she’s drawn back into everything she’s been trying to Holly has tried her best to forget the traumatic events of her past, turning her back on her crime boss father and making a new life for herself and her son away from the notorious Seaview Estate. But when she’s involved in a car accident and regains consciousness to find a strange child on the backseat, she’s drawn back into everything she’s been trying to escape from.
Who is the child and where did he come from? from.
Read this book to know more. 
Characters were ok but i didn't feel connected to them. 
Narration is simple and ok. 
Thanks to NetGalley and HQ Digital for giving me an advance copy of this book.
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Thank you so much @NetGalley and #hqdigital for giving me this Advance Reader Copy (ARC) in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. (Release Date | 27 September 2019)

SYNOPSIS | Holly Kendal is driving her son home late at night when in her rearview mirror she see's a car driving recklessly behind her which causes her to swerve and crash her vehicle down an embankment.  When she regains consciousness there is an extra child in her car and she has no idea who he is, or how he ended up sitting in the back of the car with her son.

MY THOUGHTS | The first chapter sucked me in as I was intrigued by the whole car crash extra child concept, but then sadly it went downhill for me.  I did not connect with the drug style mafia characters or family rivalry storylines.  I needed a frequent reminder as to who each character was, which family they belonged to and why I was supposed to care about them.  This story also contained one of my least favourite things in thrillers where the evil character does a long monologue explaining how they are evil and why they are seeking vengeance... this one just wasn't for me.
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I was disappointed with this book as I expected more but I found it not great been honest with you.... way to predictable for me ....
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I am sorry to say that at best I found this read mediocre and at worst a continuous circle of a much smaller story.
I loved the front cover but this is very deceptive. Instead of a family suffering the cruel act of a child disappearing or being snatched, whilst there is a mystery over  a child who appears out of nowhere in a car that has crashed, this book is all about gang warfare on a sink estate.
I found the plot rather repetitive and tedious and it just seemed to take me ages to finish the book, which as an avid reader is unusual as I usually storm through whatever I am reading.
The beginning is much better than the rest of the book because it is very strange to be run off the road and acquire a second child. That premise kept me reading. I did like Holly who had tried so hard to escape the drug dealing and girl trafficking life she grew up in with her father, brother and other families on the estate, but all the various comings and goings of the different gang leaders was confusing and frankly not very interesting.
I didn't dislike the book so much that I wouldn't try another book by the same author again, but this particular one disappointed and just didn't wow me or make me care enough.
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I went into this book expecting one thing but got another. I was not prepared for the amount of action there was in this book. I went in expecting thriller and got a crime novel. Which is fine, but it was a really slow burn and the grammatical errors didn't help my dwindling love for this book.
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This is not a genre I would normally choose and I have to say that this book didn't change my opinion. I couldn't get into it at all, I didn't like the whole gang storyline and thought it gave an unfair stereotypical view of life on a British council estate. I wouldn't recommend this book, sorry.
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