Book Review – Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp

before i let goBest 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…

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gold_star-svggold_star-svggold_star-svggold_star-svg  4/5 Stars

I received this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

I went into this expecting a thriller and it sort of is, but it’s also not. It’s creepy and atmospheric (goosebump inducing), and does that real life cross over with hints of supernatural, where you’re not quite sure where it’s going – I quite like that! I liked that you don’t really ever get that element explained, either.

The town of Lost is so creepy and very small town minded, Corey is already an outsider despite being born there and only being gone 7 months.

I’d have liked to have seen more of Corey and Kyra’s friendship and their acceptance of each other (especially away from Kyra’s diagnosis), but I did like what we got. Kyra’s illness was a hard subject to me – I liked her stance on it and hated everyone else’s, and even Corey was problematic about it.

I also love the LGBT+ rep, especially the asexual rep! It was a little bit lip service, but it did feel that Corey also managed to convey enough of it to feel real. And it’s not like it’s that relevant to the story.

The only other thing about it to mention is that a handful of segments are written as if it’s a play or film script and I totally didn’t understand that at all.

But overall I really enjoyed it, more than I thought I would. 🙂

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