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This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp
Published by Sourcebooks on January 2, 2018
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(Last Updated On: January 16, 2022)
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...
what i liked
- There are a lot of flashbacks. We will be reading from the present and then jump back to the past to when Kyra was alive, which definitely gave her character more depth.
- It seems like it wasn’t a suicide right off the bat. Why else would Corey be so confused as to why Kyra did it? This leads to a very interesting storyline as Corey tries to figure out what actually happened to her best friend.
- There are parts of the story that are just told through phone calls or letters. I loved those, especially because they were usually with Kyra.
what i disliked
- The whole town somehow liked Kyra as soon as Corey left. The flashbacks prove that Kyra was literally the talk of the town while Corey was there and she was constantly picked on. It didn’t make sense that suddenly everyone loved Kyra and saw her for who she was while Corey was away.
- There was a lot of confusion for me surrounding the ending. It didn’t make much sense, and I wish there was more explanation. However, I feel like it was supposed to be this way? I don’t know, but it made me like the book less.
- It was extremely slow until the last 10%. I wish it wasn’t, but I felt like nothing happened until the very end.