Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp: review

Nerve racking with an oppressive mood.

Synopsis

Best friends Corey and Kyra were inseparable in their snow-covered town of Lost Creek, Alaska. When Corey moves away, she makes Kyra promise to stay strong during the long, dark winter, and wait for her return.Just days before Corey is to return home to visit, Kyra dies. Corey is devastated―and confused. The entire Lost community speaks in hushed tones about the town’s lost daughter, saying her death was meant to be. And they push Corey away like she’s a stranger.

Corey knows something is wrong. With every hour, her suspicion grows. Lost is keeping secrets―chilling secrets. But piecing together the truth about what happened to her best friend may prove as difficult as lighting the sky in an Alaskan winter…

Review

An ARC has been offered by the publisher in exchange for an honest opinion

“Hers is a story that deserves to be told. Hers is a story that deserves to be heard. It’s the story of a girl who believed in heroes and wanted to be one herself. Who saw stories in the world around her, and who regaled an entire Alaskan town with them. And hers is a story of how they started to believe her. “

 

4,5 “eerie” stars

 

This book will be hard to review without spoiling your fun so I’ll probably keep it short.

 

I’ve seen readers stopping their reads as they were lost about what kind of book this story was.

When “it” happened I was puzzled and confused too. I wondered where the author was headed to with the choice she made for this book. It took a turn I totally did not expect based on the blurb. Yet I still loved it. Maybe because this story can’t be put into a box?

Marieke Nijkamp’s writing is excellent! The story is nerve racking with an oppressive mood. Everything happens in this very, very small town lost in Alaska with endless nights and snow everywhere. It is weighting on you. It has an oppressive and eerie feeling. Lost is a town that thrives on secrets.

The small clues left here and there built up the tension till the apex of the thriller.

All along I was uneasy, shivering, shoulders tense and I could not put it down.

Back to the story now!

When Corey comes back home to Lost after she’s learned that her best friend Kyra has been found dead she soon realizes that Lost is not home anymore.

So much has changed that it’s scary. Its inhabitants who could not stand Kyra seem to have claimed her. She is mourned fervently by everyone and that’s so not what Corey remembers!

Corey is grieving. She had a very tight friendship with Kyra. Kyra was “special” and I won’t say more about this as to not spoil the book. Let’s just say that the way Marieke Nijkamp described what Kyra went through was spot on. Take it from someone who also has this “kind of” special friends.

Corey is resenting the town so much! Where were they when Kyra suffered all these years? When they rejected her? Where were they when she needed love and acceptance the more?

Kyra suffered so long from their rejection because in this little town anything different feels like a threat.

“Why is everyone so afraid of me?” “Because you’re unpredictable.” Like spring storms and inaccessible mines. “In Lost, unpredictability has never been good.”

 

But Corey is also struggling with her guilt as she can’t avoid thinking that she left Kyra alone too. She has her death on her hands too.

 

In the span of six days Corey will try to understand what happened in the few months she left. What really happened to Kyra and to the town?

She also realizes that even if she is born and grew up for more than sixteen years in Lost she is now an outsider.

 

Marieke Nijkamp did a stellar job at writing suspense. The oppressive atmosphere. The eyes always watching every move Corey did. The petals appearing in her room. The fever overcoming the town. The small signs Corey gathers to show her that Kyra’s death may be not what it seems.

 

Know beforehand that things will be left unexplained even by the end of the book. Things beyond our logical grasp. If you can’t stand a book leaving questions unanswered then don’t read this. But if you love books and movies with a mysterious and scary feel, if you love spooky atmosphere then this could be your next fix.

 

It was my first Marieke Nijkamp and it won’t be my last as she thinks and writes “out of the box”.

Do you love mysteries?

Thanks for reading.

AMAZON

Sophie

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10 Replies to “Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp: review”

  1. Great review! It sounds like something that I need to check it out.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      I hope you’ll love it Raven! <3

  2. Great review Sophie!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you Mia!!! <3

  3. Awesome review Sophie! I can’t wait to read this one!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Oh I loved it! It’s unique Susan 🙂 Thank you!

  4. Fantastic Review Sophie! I’m glad you enjoyed this one! Yay!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you Dani! <3

  5. Wow…that does sound eerie! Awesome review, I don’t normally read mystery but this sounds like a good one!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Oh yes it was eerie Trisy! I don’t read mysteries usually but this year I began with One of Us Is Lying then Nerve Damage. Now this one and I’m busy with Pretty Dead Girls. I loved them!

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