Reviewed: “We Came Here to Forget” by Andrea Dunlop

This book had so much potential. I was hooked from the start, needing to know more and needing to know immediately. Even if the subject matter sometimes required that I put the book aside to digest it.

It is the story of an Olympic skier (my first novel about an alpine skier!) named Katie who up and leaves for Buenos Aires after tragedy, of some sort, befalls her family and brings her the sort of attention world-class athletes don’t really need. It takes a very long time to get to the heart of the tragedy… which would have been just fine, books need suspense, but…

(There is also the issue of a back-and-forth narrative between Katie the Skier and Liz the Ex-Pat (both of them being Katie, one in the past, one in the present) but that would also have been fine.)

…I saw the possibility of what probably amounts to a ‘twist’ in this would-be hard-hitting contemporary and I desperately hoped it would not come to be. But it did. And it felt… contrived to force a happy ending on an incredibly bleak and yet powerful story. It felt… unnecessary.

I do not regret reading this book, not at all. I doubt it’ll join my list of things to re-read, thanks to the ‘twist’. And I am absolutely sure this book will be loved by many.

Just not me, so much.

–trigger warnings for: severe mental illness, tragic death of a child–

(I received a copy of WE CAME HERE TO FORGET through NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest and original review. All thoughts are my own.)

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