Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Audiobook review: Forgotten by Cat Patrick

Every morning, at 4:33 a.m., London Lane's memory is wiped clean and she must start each day anew. In order for her life to be somewhat normal, she uses a notebook to be her memory, storing the people, places, and events of her day inside, so when she wakes up in the morning she can "remember." But what is also extraordinary about London is that she not only can't remember her past, she can see the future.

Forgotten was a worthwhile audiobook to listen to. Julia Whelan was a great narrator for London and the story gets progressively more engrossing as you read/listen. It begins rather slowly, building up London's background and stretching out the exposition, which could be a recipe for abandoning a book if the characters and situations aren't compelling enough, but luckily I was so intrigued by London's story that the lengthy exposition didn't bother me.

As I continued to listen, I had a feeling the plot was going to turn into a mystery, which it did, and a fascinating one at that. I just wish Cat Patrick had spent more time on the actual mystery itself and less time building up to it because once the ending came, it was a bit of a letdown. For me it felt rushed and needed more closure.

Another intriguing part of the story involves London's boyfriend, Luke. When we first meet Luke, he seems too good to be true, so much so that I immediately and incorrectly suspected that his nice guy persona was just an act. Turns out he was just a nice guy with zero agenda. How refreshing! And definitely a highlight for me as I like when my predictions are incorrect - it means the author didn't go for the cliched approach.Which is also another reason I didn't mind too much that the mystery of the story came later. It seemed like Patrick was going for a plot movement that was a little bit against the grain and I kind of liked that.

So despite my wish for the mystery of the plot to be more in the forefront of the story (out of 6 CDs, the mystery didn't really begin to reveal itself until disc 5), I enjoyed this story a great deal and look forward to reading more books from Cat Patrick in the future, especially since my friend Jillian from Heise Reads and Recommends informed me that Patrick always writes nice guys into her books. Well that's reason enough for me to keep reading!

Forgotten by Cat Patrick
Audiobook Narrator: Julia Whelan
Published: June 7, 2011
Publisher: Listening Library
Audiobook Length: 6 hours, 22 minutes
Pages: 304
Genre: Realistic Fiction/Mystery (Magical realism too? This genre is kind of hard to pin down)
Audience: Young Adult
Disclosure: Library Copy

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