Where I Lost Her (T. Greenwood)

25621400.jpgEight years ago, Tess and Jake were considered a power couple of the New York publishing world–happy, in love, planning a family. Failed fertility treatments and a heartbreaking attempt at adoption have fractured their marriage and left Tess edgy and adrift. A visit to friends in rural Vermont throws Tess’s world into further chaos when she sees a young, half-dressed child in the middle of the road, who then runs into the woods like a frightened deer. The entire town begins searching for the little girl. But there are no sightings, no other witnesses, no reports of missing children. As local police and Jake point out, Tess’s imagination has played her false before. And yet Tess is compelled to keep looking, not only to save the little girl she can’t forget but to salvage her broken heart as well.

I’ve just finished Where I Lost Her and I have to admit the last few pages were quite emotional and I was on the verge of tears. This is a sad and moving book, a mix of drama and mystery, a story about a woman whose only dream was to become a mother.

Tess grew up with Effie in rural Vermont and then moved to New York to become a successful editor. He met her husband Jake and years later, they decided they wanted to be parents. But it didn’t work, so they tried to adopt a baby in Guatemala. That didn’t work either. Now, at 45, Tess is still not happy and the relationship with her husband is not going well. When visiting Effie, she stumbles upon a lost kid who quickly disappears into the woods. But when she alerts the authorities, no one seems to believe her because they can’t find the girl and no one has reported her missing…

Where I Lost Her was beautifully written, always evocative and so quick to read. Still, I had some issues. I felt that there were, not one, but three stories to tell here and I would’ve preferred if they had been more explored, maybe even in different books. You know, like when you feel you’re reading more than one book at the same time.

Firstly, there was the adoption story, which was super tragic but, in my opinion, it deserved much more development. Then we had the central mystery, which was interesting and compelling, but ended up being bit generic in its resolution. And then we were witnesses of traces of Tess and Effie’s past, their childhood, their friends, their families, something I would’ve liked to explore a bit more. I think all the ideas had potential but I finished the book wishing it had been much longer. Also, I couldn’t help but think that Tess was too benevolent about the whole thing with her husband, but maybe that’s just me.

Was it a good read? Absolutely. I just think it could’ve been better. I enjoyed it a lot and I think it’s a great book for the fall (even though it’s set in the summer), but I don’t think it’ll stay with me as much as other recent reads.

However, maybe it’s only me and this ends up being the perfect book for you. Where I Lost Her is a touching tale of motherhood and relationships. And about letting go, even if it seems impossible.

Kensington Books, 2016

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I received a copy of this e-book in exchange for an honest review.

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Annie

In a past life, I was probably a tortured police detective with a dark and traumatic past. Right now, however, I'm just a twenty-something bookworm who loves to listen to old songs and watch 90s movies. I enjoy mystery and crime, southern coming of age stories and historical fiction set in the last century.

28 thoughts on “Where I Lost Her (T. Greenwood)

  1. Great review. Too bad it’s not part of a series or duology to explore each of the storylines a bit more. Sounds like it could’ve easily been 5 stars. Sounds like a solid read nonetheless.

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  2. Great review. I get what you mean. I guess I noticed that too with the story-lines. What bugged me though was how the authorities treated Tess. Its sort of a cliche with thrillers lately even the popular ones like The Girl on the Train. The cops didn’t believe Rachel. Otherwise, I agree with you. A solid read but could have been more.

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  3. This sounds like it could’ve been a good story and fell flat. That’s a shame you didn’t care for it. Too much happening in one novel usually distracts so much from the story the author is trying to tell, and then they end up leaving you so confused you wonder if you’re missing something. I really like the cover. I think that would’ve made me want to read this, too. Nice review!

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      1. You’re welcome! 🙂 That’s such a bummer when a story has so much promise and fails to deliver. I had a feeling I was sent to spam. I watched the comment disappear and had wondered if it was in spam or gone forever. 🙂 A few bloggers said my comments completely disappeared.

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  4. I think a lot of books at the moment seem to have too many strands going on at the same time. Sometimes it works, but on the whole I prefer a simpler story well-told. It can become too confusing especially if you don’t have the time to read in long chunks all at once. But the sighting of the child in the forest is certainly an intriguing premise…

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  5. The cover did pull me in…and so did the blurb. Unfortunately, when you have that much material, you either need a LOT of background and therefore additional pages, or you need another book. You can’t just squeeze bits in and call it good. You gotta flesh out all the info.
    I would agree with your score based on what you say about the book. I think it’s a great review, nice and honest!!

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  6. Oh my, your review was brilliant and even if you warned it was sad, I was thinking about adding it to my TBR (still thinking I will) and then I read “letting go” and the song from Frozen came back and now I can’t stop laughing.

    Anyway, off to the important point! I’m sorry you felt a sort of lack of development, the subject is heavy, so it is difficult sometimes to find the right balance. There’s something about the blurb that makes me want to read it.

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    1. Do read it! hahaha It’s impossible not to think about that song every time you read that sentence xDD With this book, I think I’d enjoyed it more if it was only about the adoption. The mystery was just ok and didn’t surprise me. But it’s a good book nevertheless!!

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  7. I tend to avoid stories in which a woman can only be fulfilled by motherhood. I feel like they’re trying to “say something” about the value of women, and on a planet overpopulated with 7+ billion people, is a story with which I can’t sympathize.

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    1. I understand that! I didn’t feel it was like that, though. She had always wanted one and it didn’t seem as if the book was telling us that this was the only option. But I get what you mean, however I’m more annoyed by love stories where the wedding is always the goal. UGH XD

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