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Unfortunately I could not get into this book. The writing is great, I just can't seem to stay interested.

I appreciate the chance to have an ARC. Thank you!

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This story has everything - emotion, mystery, suspense, great characters. I enjoyed it so much and appreciated that it was unlike most books that I've read before. In some ways it reminded me of Fried Green Tomatoes (it's not exactly the same by any means, but there are some similar things that I really loved). I especially loved that it gave me a wide range of emotional reactions!

Thank you for the digital ARC in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are completely my own.

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Very enjoyable read. Will be easy to recommend to many different kinds of readers. I’d like to read more from this author.

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This dual novel is told from the perspective of Edie Green, a widow in her eighties who suffers from dementia. She's lived in the same English village for most of her life and now her son is selling her house so she can move in with him as she is getting to the point where she can no longer care for herself.

Edie starts having visions of her childhood friend, Lucy Theedle, a girl who disappeared when they were in school. Edie believes if she can figure out what happened to Lucy, she can prove to her son that sh'e's still perfectly capable of living on her own.

The current timeline shows Edie investigating as best she can with the help of her adult granddaughter, someone who understands computers and how to look things up on their phone. But the dementia makes it difficult, sometimes she forgets where she's going, who her granddaughter is, and even if her husband is still alive. She knows the key to Lucy's disappearance is locked inside her brain - if only she can find a way to recall it.

The second timeline takes us back to 1951 when she and Lucy becames friends at 17 and the events leading up to her disappearance. England is still suffering in the aftermath of WWII and Edie's mother moonlights as a fake psychic, urged on by Edie's stepfather, and much to Edie's embarrasment. She is hopeful that her friendship with Lucy, the child of a wealthy family, will lead her to a better life.

This book is not only a compelling mystery, but it's also a moving story about a dementia sufferer, and what it means for a strong, self-sufficient woman to come to the realization that her mind is failing and she is no longer the person she used to be.

The story will stay with you long after you've finished reading it.

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This is a wonderfully engrossing mystery. It’s from two timelines, 1950’s when Edie was a young girl & 2018. She’s not a senior with obvious memory issues. I found the mystery of Lucy’s disappearance to be very intriguing. The conclusion is heartbreaking, the author did a wonderful job conveying it. I think a lot of people could like this book. Feels like it would make a wonderful, lazy Sunday British movie.

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An interesting concept. An older woman suddenly thinks she sees her friend who has been missing for 70 years which starts her on an investigation. I didn’t get drawn to the characters too much, but it was fine.

I received an advanced copy from Netgalley, but all opinions are my own.

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This I absolutely loved this. The dual time line was done to perfection. It was so good. I am still thinking about it days later!
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This story uses a dual timeline (1951/2018) to tell the story of Edie. In 2018 she is in her eighties and she is getting flashes of memories making her believe that she knows something about the disappearance of her close friend that went missing when they were teens. She is adamant that she must find out what happened to Lucy before she forgets about her again. My heart broke for Edie and her family as they all cope with Edie’s worsening dementia.

Thank you NetGalley and Sourcebooks for this digital arc in exchange for my honest review which is not affiliated with any brand.

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I'm glad that I had the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book thanks to the publisher and Netgalley. It reminded me of the books Elizabeth is Missing and Still Alice. The author did a great job depicting what it must be like to be in the early stages of dementia from the point of view of the afflicted person. In this case, Edie wants to solve the mystery of what happened to her friend who went missing when they were teenagers, so she could show her family that she was competent to continue to live independently. The book alternated between her time when she was a teenager and now as an 80-something woman. She had a very unconventional upbringing, which made that part of the book interesting and unusual. I appreciated seeing what life was like during the Fifties in England. Despite her difficult childhood, she raised a wonderful family who stepped up to help Edie as her mental state declined. I particularly loved seeing her relationship with her granddaughter and the patience shown to her by various people in the community. I found this book a nice combination of a mystery and a sympathetic view of life with dementia. I recommend this book and think it would be a good choice for a book discussion.

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I was intrigued by the storyline’s premise. Unfortunately, For some reason, this book never drew me in. I found myself skimming in some parts as I found the story to be very slow and I was not drawn to the characters. I know I’m likely in the minority in my opinions and that other readers will surely love this book. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced reader’s copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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This is such an interesting mystery and I loved the idea of dual timelines whilst the main character, Edie, is struggling with dementia and her memory in the present. I thought this was a really unique way to see things unravel and for secrets to be revealed. This was truly a great book with an original idea.

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A great novel! I enjoyed the multiple timelines and the story was so well written. Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC. Five stars!

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Edie is out walking when she spies a school friend, Lucy, looking as young and beautiful as ever. But how is that possible, when Edie is in her 80’s, and Lucy disappeared in 1951? Set in the past and present, Edie, struggling with dementia keeps revisiting that early time wondering what really happened with Lucy. Well written, and original, this is a great read.

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