Welcome to a weekly post, Throwback Thursday. This weekly book review post is a way to share some old favourites, books that were published over a year ago and most importantly those books that have been languishing on the to be read pile for far too long!
It is my turn to deliver this week’s Throwback Thursday Book Review. Where I Lost Her is the first novel I have read by author T. Greenwood, who has quite an impressive back list. Where I Lost Her was published in 2016. It has been sitting on my sagging bookshelves for some time but as I was in the mood for a thriller or mystery style novel to read and this one proved to be the perfect choice. I recommend this novel to fans of the psychological thriller genre.
In her page-turning new novel, T. Greenwood follows one woman’s journey through heartbreak and loss to courage and resolve, as she searches for the truth about a missing child.
Eight 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.
Blending her trademark lyrical prose with a superbly crafted and suspenseful narrative, Where I Lost Her is a gripping, haunting novel from a remarkable storyteller.
T. Greenwood is an established author of eleven novels to date, although I have not read any of her work until I came across her psychological thriller offering, Where I Lost Her. Although T. Greenwood is a new author for me, I plan to explore more of her books after my eyes were kept glued to the pages of Where I Lost Her.
New York Couple Tess and Jake are used to success coming their way, through their achievements in their lucrative careers. When they try for a family, their attempts are without success. With infertility and a failed adoption attempt plaguing the couple, any further stress to this delicate relationship is not needed. However, when visiting friends in Vermont, Tess witnesses a young girl run past her and quickly after disappear into the woods. Tess’ alarm bells immediately ring. After calling authorities and involving the local community in the search for the little girl, there appears to be no sign of her. Furthermore, no missing persons reports have been filed that could be linked to the girl. In addition, there are no other witnesses that have come forward to back up Tess’ claims. It does not take long before the police begin to doubt Tess’ sighting. Tess remains confident of her vision of the girl and continues to search for her on her own accord.
Where I Lost Her is a novel that slots easily into the popular psychological thriller genre. With plenty of suspense and mystery elements defining this novel, it is a book that immediately got my full attention.
Greenwood’s characters are a vital part of this narrative. Tess and Jake are a convincing couple. Although I didn’t take to Jake, I developed a swift liking for Tess. I also felt extremely sorry for her both in her current situation in not being believed and secondly for her inability to have a child. Greenwood is an author who is successfully able to convey the feelings of despair, confusion and helplessness in the face of the situations her characters placed in. The supporting characters in this novel largely come from the authorities sent in to investigate Tess’ claims. I found the attitudes of the police in particular unhelpful and frustrating!
The atmosphere Greenwood builds in Where I Lost Her is one of foreboding. The setting is quite dark in general, reflecting the turn of events in the novel. With the action taking place around an expansive dark woodland, the sense of menace and uncertainty is plain to see. The locale of the main events of the novel are set in Vermont, an area I am very unfamiliar with. However, Greenwood’s detailed descriptions of her setting come across very vividly to the reader. All in all, this adds further tension to a novel already covered in a significant shroud of mystery.
I liked the use of flashbacks that were included off and on in Where I Lost Her. It gave the reader an insight into Tess and Jake’s complicated background. The scenes based in Guatemala were particular powerful and played a pertinent role in understanding Tess. The flashbacks give the reader clues as to Tess’ state of mind at the time she claims she saw the little girl. Little by little, the reader begins to doubt Tess’ claims and she falls into the unreliable narrator category, which is a key characteristic of books from the psychological thriller genre.
Greenwood ramps up the suspense and intrigue throughout this novel. I raced through this novel very quickly and become quite desperate to know how it would all culminate. When I reached the end, I thought Greenwood did a fine job of concluding her novel. I definitely came away feeling like I had been given a satisfying read.
T. Greenwood has crafted a believable psychological thriller novel in Where I Lost Her. It is a novel that successfully that goes into the depths of the mind, through Greenwood’s exploration of the leading character of Tess. My pure enjoyment of this novel has convinced me to seek out more of T. Greenwood’s work. A recommended read.
Where I Lost Her by T. Greenwood was published in 2016 by Allen and Unwin. Details on how to purchase the book can be found here.
To learn more about the author of Where I Lost Her, T. Greenwood, visit here.