Valerie Geary's work is not new to me. I was lucky enough to read (and enjoy) Crooked River, her previous novel a few years ago.
Everything We Lost is told in two perspectives. Lucy is in her twenties, living with her father and working part-time. Her brother, Nolan, disappeared a decade previously and now she has decided to try and locate him.
Nolan was a teenager when he became obsessed with life on other planets and UFOs. His behavior became erratic and at first, and eventually he walks away into the desert never to be seen again.
Geary explores mental illness in this novel and how it affects a family. Lucy was certainly impacted by what happened with her brother as were both of her parents.
I loved how this novel's changing perspective allowed me to see both sides of the story and go back in time to witness what really happened to Nolan. Because Lucy was just a child when her brother disappeared and so much time has passed, her memories aren't necessarily accurate. Reconnecting with her mother again and exploring the events that led to Nolan's disappearance allow her to have some closure.
The ending of this novel is definitely worth waiting for - and also discussion worthy.
Thanks to TLC Book Tours for providing a copy of this book for my review. All opinions expressed are, as always, my own.
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It is interesting how an event we experience as a child can really impact us so heavily, and how our memories don't always accurately reflect those events. The different perspectives in this book seem to highlight that tension very well.
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