Title: Everything We Lost
Author: Valerie Geary
Genre/Audience: Mystery, adult
Publication: William Morrow, 2017
Source: For review, TLC Book Tours
Lucy Durant was only fourteen-years-old when she lost her older brother. First to his paranoid delusions as he became increasingly obsessed with UFOs and government conspiracies. Then, permanently, when he walked into the desert outside Bishop, California, and never returned.
Now on the tenth anniversary of Nolan’s mysterious disappearance, Lucy is still struggling with guilt and confusion–her memories from that period are blurry and obscured by time, distance, and alcohol. Now an adult, she’s stuck in a holding pattern, hiding out at her father’s house, avoiding people, and doing whatever she can to keep herself from thinking about Nolan. But when a series of unsettling events leads Lucy back to Bishop, she is forced to reconcile with her estranged mother and come to terms with the tangled memories of her past to discover what really happened to her brother all those years ago.
This book clocked in at 460+ pages, which was probably about 160 pages too long. Despite the length, the story was fascinating in that I wasn’t sure if Nolan had been abducted by aliens — as his mother and members of a UFO group he had been involved in believe — or if something more dire had happened to him. I was really drawn into the story and couldn’t wait to get to the end to find out what happened to him, but it took forever to get there. I think if some of the more scientific information had been condensed or left out altogether, it would have made for a much more enjoyable read, as it sometimes felt a bit too drawn out at times. The character of Lucy was very likeable and sympathetic, as was Nolan himself, and I was really hoping for a happy ending. Ultimately, the book was interesting and worth the read but could have done with some more condensing.
SPOILER ALERT: Unfortunately after finally getting to the end, there was really no resolution and I found myself quite frustrated.
Guest review by my mom, Kim.