Sunday, January 21, 2018

Review: Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp

35289328Summary from Goodreads:

From the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller This Is Where It Ends comes another unforgettable story of loss, hope, betrayal, and the quest for truth.

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...

My Review:

What I Liked:

Corey and Kyra. The friendship between the two girls was at the center of the novel and the author did a great job of showing it. My heart broke for the two as the mystery unraveled. I felt that the author did a great job of representing bipolar disorder with the character of Kyra.

Writing Style. One of my favorite aspects of the novel was the writing, the author writes in a beautiful and lyrical way that I loved. 

Sexuality. This was one of my first times reading about a main character who is aromantic, or who I read as asexual/aromantic. That included element made the story interesting and I was able to relate to Corey, which made me more invested in the story.

Atmosphere. Nijkamp did an amazing job with the setting/atmosphere of the novel. I felt a sense of unease right from the beginning of the novel, the town and the people really brought a great suspense/thrilling element to the story. 

What I Disliked:

Plot/Twists. I liked the main story, the suspense was strong but I felt that the ending fell flat for me. I wanted more from it and it felt opened ended to me. 

Characters. I felt that the side characters, and even Corey herself, were underdeveloped. I would have loved to learn more about them. The most fleshed out character for me was Kyra, which is why she ended up being one of my favorites.

I recommend checking out this atmospheric and interesting mystery. 

My Rating:

4 Stars Out of 5 Stars


  1. Despite the dislikes, it sounds like this was a winner for you! Unfortunately this isn't my type of fiction - I don't usually enjoy YA tough-issue contemporary - but I've heard great things about this author's books. Great review, Rachel!

    Have a wonderful week. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. Thanks! I picked this up based the cover and it was a good read

  2. You enjoyed this more than I did, Rachel. I found it really hard to connect with the characters, plus the mix of kind of maybe something 'magical' and the realism didn't fully work for me.
    Great review!
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews