Reality gets a dose of the strange in Cat Patrick’s debut novel, Forgotten — in which a teen girl goes to sleep every night, and wakes up every day with no memory of the past. Instead, she has “future memories” — that is, she knows what’s going to happen, just not what has already happened. Trying to maintain a semi-normal high school life is hard enough — and London Lane has it even harder trying to keep track of everything she forgets each night. Notes and reminders only go so far — especially when she starts dating the handsome new guy in town. But the more time London spends with Luke, the more she starts to experience bizarre memories — ones she can’t figure out are memories of the future or the past. And why isn’t Luke in any of her future memories, when things seem to be going so well?
I adore the characters in this book, and the relationship between London and Luke sizzles. It’s really the book’s strongest point, with the rest of the action orbiting around their sparkling romance and the challenges London’s “gift” poses. (Like dosing off during your date, only to wake up and have no idea how you got to be in a parked van with a boy you don’t know!)
There’s even an element of mystery to London and Luke’s relationship — one of several mysteries that unfold throughout the book as London uncovers more clues about her past, her present and her future. The ending definitely holds some twists and surprises, though it unfolds slowly and quietly. There were a lot of false starts to the climax, which never peaked quite as big as I expected. But Patrick does a good job of wrapping up the story without making everything too tidy. She gives you just enough to imagine for yourself what the future holds for these characters. (Forgotten is a standalone book; no additional books are planned — which in my opinion is a refreshing deviation from all the multi-book series out there.)
But where Patrick really gets points are for executing such a clever and potentially confusing concept. Writing a first person POV from a character who forgets every night what happens the day before is a risky move — but Patrick does so quite handily.
Forgotten is in stores now.