BOOK REVIEW: Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp

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Goodreads Blurb:

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 Thoughts:

⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5

First of all, I love the cover of this book. It is so beautiful and fitting. Sourcebooks Fire sent me Before I Let Go as a bonus book with As You Wish and I was very intrigued by the plot. Unfortunately, this book just wasn’t as great as I was hoping it would be.

Before I Let Go felt to me to be about friendships, loss, and small town mentality. I like that it switched between past and present, and you learn the most about Kyra from the past chapters and the letters she writes to Corey. The different styles this book is written in was also a nice change. There are phone calls, notes/letters both sent and unsent, and parts that are written like a script.

However, I feel like we only scratch the surface of these characters, and I didn’t feel like there was much depth to them. Corey felt like the only fully developed character to me which was kind of odd.

Also, this book was just weird. I was confused for almost the entire book, and I still don’t feel like there was enough closure at the end. There were too many things infused into this book that didn’t get explained which drove me a little crazy. Eyes watching her? Voices she hears? The salmonberry blossoms left everywhere (including on her at one point?!). None of it gets explained. Also, the weird chanting and actions by the townspeople and the semi-crazy ending seemed so off and unexplained. I felt like I was in an alternate universe and you wake up and don’t remember what happened.

Before I Let Go was definitely a very fast read (it took me about a day total to read it), and I stayed up late(ish) to finish it because I just couldn’t fathom how this book was going to end. There isn’t really a mystery here that you can’t figure out, but I literally had no idea what was going to happen to Corey when shit started getting crazy.

Final Thought: I still want to give This Is Where It Ends a try even though I didn’t LOVE this one. I’m a little concerned that Marieke Nijkamp might just not be an author that I can connect to, but I still want to give it a shot. I don’t want to say I would never recommend this because it wasn’t that bad, and I was interested *confused* enough that I read all of it and didn’t skim. If you’re looking for a creepy/weird/fast read you might want to give this one a try and see what you think. I loved the underlying creepiness, there just wasn’t enough that I loved for me to give this one more than a 3.

*All the thanks to Sourcebooks Fire for sending me a free copy of this book to read and give an honest review for!*

*This title was published on 02 Jan 2018*

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