25 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 ood 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 like a Mischief 24/7 (Sunshine Girls, good rough draft of a book but needs some work and polishing to turn it into something meaningfulWhen Katie Gregory was a teenager her best friend accused Katie s father of sexual assault He was convicted of the crime and after serving time in prison he is set to be released Old memories pop back up to the surface and coupled with new information Kati I just have a lot of mixed feelings about this book and need to sort them out Please note that Iot this via s Kindle First Reads I really loved the premise of the Forgotten Hours a teenage The Subtle Beauty 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 entwined with Katie and her choices Also if it had been first person point of view I would haveiven leeway on the secondary characters Zen Lulu her father mother brother etc being written so shallowly However writing in third person point of view I think she could have tapped into everyone s emotions a lot and the backstory I needed to Having Tanner Bravos Baby (Bravo Family, get into Lulu s and her father s head The Forgotten Hoursoes back and forth following the events that broke up Katie Gregory s family than 6 years ago Katie s best friend from childhood accuses her father of rape after two years of investigationtrial he is found When Da Silva Breaks the Rules (Blood Brothers, guilty This ends up causing her family to fracture Now that he isetting out of jail Katie is focused on The Billionaires Runaway Bride getting her family back to the way it was There are complications however with her father wanting her to return to their family s cabin and make it ready for him This leads Katie down a path to figure out what really happened and was it her faultKatie is really the center of this story I wish that Schumann had her come to some realizations a lot sooner She has had to draw herself in due to what happened to her family and Iet that However her relationship with Zen had her being ambivalent about it for reasons dealing with her father It s pretty obvious that Katie sees herself as her father s daughter and him being sent to jail for something she doesn t believe he did has broken some part of herself I just wish that we had seen interactions between her and her brother David That character is written as being aware of things then Katie ever did I just wish that they had honest conversations The same with Katie and her mother Back to Katie we Fifty Ways To Be Your Lover get insight on what occurred 8 years ago when Katie and Lulu were 17 and how Katie worshiped Lulu until a boy comes between them The book flips back and forth between present day and the pastI think Lulu was written well but I wanted there Her story made me sad and I think itot passed over a little too uickly The uestion that Katie has is why would Lulu lie about her father However we are Caught on Camera with the CEO given hints here and there what wasoing on with Lulu and I wish that had been the story Katie s father John Gregory is charismatic There is a pull to him when we have the story in the before time period He is the Wyoming Strong (Wyoming Men, guy that everyone is drawn to wants to make happy Even Katie contrasts him with her mother and she finds her lacking due to her withdrawal from their family Katie is haunted by her teen crush and I just thought that whole thing with him was a waste the present time period The before time period once again Schumman types into something when sheoes back to first loves summer days and night and the smell of the sun and the lake on your skin The writing was Arabian Nights good though sometimes a bit overworked I have to say that I loved all of the sections dealing with Katie and Lulu showing themrowing up together and their summers together Schumann taps. In this evocative debut novel Katrin Schumann weaves a riveting story of past and present and how love can lead us astrayAt twenty four Katie Gregory feels like life is looking up she’s snagged a reat 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
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A boring one 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 oneTHE FORGOTTEN HOURS seemed like a decent possibility but I couldn t et into the Katie s narration I was interested in Lulu s story but she was barely a minor character I skimmed to the end One and a half starsHow well do you really know someone even those you love That is the theme of this book Katie and Lulu were friends from childhood best friends Until the summer at Eagle Lake when everything changed That was when her best friend accused Katie s father of sexual assault which resulted in a trial and his imprisonment since Lulu was only 14 Now just when the past has started to recede a little her father is being released from prison after ten year and Katie returns to the lake and the cabin where events reputedly took place What is the truth of events Does she really want to know The theme of this book sounded really interesting with Katie s conflicting loyalties and it was this really that kept me reading to find out who was telling the truth Did her father really do this or was Lulu telling lies If so for what reason But that really wasn t enough to compel my interest The characters never Wild Nights with Her Wicked Boss grabbed me and some of the minor characters seemed totally unnecessary I found the further I went along in this book the less interested I became and the I started to skim I should have just saved myself the time andone to the end and found out the answer Did he or didn t he Can t say I was drawn to any of the characters and it just felt as if it waffled on with too much internal monologue and lack of real conviction Others may appreciate this one but sadly it didn t work for me 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 uestion everything she knows about trust and love Was her father Midsummer Night (Lady Julia Grey, guilty of the crime for which he was convicted Who s lying and how much does Katie remember of that tempestuous night when she was fourteen and fighting with her best friend over a boy Trying to unravel the answers before the heart pounding finish kept me up way past bedtime A must read for book clubs 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 andoes 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 loss and betrayal It also is a story of family disappointment memories forgetting love and hopeKatie Gregory now twenty four years old with a successful job a considerate boyfriend who is an Artist often thinks back in time to an earlier time when she would be with her best friend Lulu at Eagle Lake having fun Life seemed to be less complicated and there were boys fun and parties Unfortunately Katie now waits for her father to be released from prison where he has been for six years accused by her best friend of an unspeakable crime Katie has to Always You go back to the lake and fix up the cabin for her Dad to live in She dreads the trip because of many memories and some things she has forgottenKatie needs to make sense of everything that has happened When she has asked for information from her parents she has been put off What exactly happened Katie musto back to the past if there is any hope for the future The omissions of information and Katie s ignorance encourage her to look again at the pieces of the puzzle What information will Katie find I would recommend this novel to readers who enjoy a suspenseful and emotional nove. Ide cabin details of that fateful night resurface the chill of the lake the heat of first love the terrible sting of jealousy And as old memories collide with new realities they call into uestion everything she thinks she knows about family friends and ultimately herself Now Katie’s choices will be put to the test with life altering conseuenc.
Into being a young Wild at Heart (Sons of Chance, girl and how hard it is sometimes to be best friends with someone We alsoet Lulu s longing to be part of Katie s family and how Lulu s life is so different from Katie sWhen we switch back to the present time frame I just see Katie as a pale shadow still being jerked around by Lulu You would think that she would be separate from her at this point We know that the two had no contact after the rape accusation besides a nasty email that Katie sent But you have Katie wondering why Lulu never reached out to her I just rolled my eyes a bit at thatThe setting of the book bounces between New York upper state New York and London I have to say that Schumman writes of New York and summers on the lake very well The parts in London were very thin to me WeKatie Lucy Carmichael get info dumped about some things and I just wish it was done differentlyThe ending was bittersweet I wish it had ended differently because I honestly don t think that the Gregory family ever really comes to term with things Ostriches the lot of them 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 wasoing to feel about this novel but Schumann pulls you into Katie s world and wraps you in all the emotions from each character in such a way that you literally can t put the book down There are often many sides to a story and relationships can be incredibly tough and complicated and Schumann deftly shows you all that nuance I m Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti going to be thinking about this book for a long time to come Thanks NetGalley and Lake Union for the early peek at this book 25 STARSIt took too long for things toet 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 sKatie s a woman in her mid 20 s a college One-Click Buy graduate and yet she comes across as someone unable maybe just unwilling to think like an adult She never heard anything about the trial She never looked anything up online She never once thought to not blindly trust in her father She was exhaustingSo much focus on Katie meant that other interesting charactersot shortchanged namely Lulu Katie s mom and Katie s brother I would have liked some chapters from their POV I m a little disappointed in the ending I thought what happened with Katie s dad was kind of taking the easy way out 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 Lulubut 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 Katieyuck She was aggravating In this day and age when EVERYTHING is splashed all over the internet we re really supposed to believe she didn t even know who testified at her father s rape trial Really Unless she s an ostrich with her head buried in the sand it s simply not plausible I don t mind suspending belief a bit but come on Charlie and David could have added so much texture and insight but the author instead chose to make them meaningless secondary characters who added nothing at all to the tapestry of the story The main problem for me The book was just horribly boring and anti climatic Nothing happened except page after page of Katie s internal dialogue long rambling tedious passages The story also jumps back and forth over multiple time periods but the changes aren t identified in any way at the start of the chapters Makes for a bit of confusion Overall I Redeeming Claire give this book 15 stars I had such high hopes but what a disappointment I d rather reread aood book than slog through. Lmost a decade earlier during an idyllic summer at her family’s cabin on Eagle Lake when her best friend accused her father of sexual assault Throughout his trial and imprisonment Katie insisted on his innocence dodging reporters and clinging to memories of the man she adoresNow he’s etting out Yet when Katie returns to the shuttered lakes.