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What We Remember

3.91  ·  Rating Details  ·  224 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
Award-winning author Ford returns with his most ambitious novel to date, in which a father's disappearance has a profound effect on his three children and causes secrets and lies to be exposed.
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Kensington (first published October 1st 2008)
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Adam Dunn I wouldn't say it became interesting, just a little less annoying around page 250 of 350. I wouldn't recommend it.
Steve Walker did the cover for all…more
I wouldn't say it became interesting, just a little less annoying around page 250 of 350. I wouldn't recommend it.
Steve Walker did the cover for all his books, but the reprints, not the first editions. This woman holding her kids hands is obviously not a painting by Walker.(less)
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Nick Pageant
Jan 17, 2015 Nick Pageant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Michael Thomas Ford is a great writer and this is a great book. I was hooked from the beginning and it just got better and better.

The story is a murder mystery at its core, but also explores family dynamics in a way that most mysteries do not.

The plot structure was unusual; it's laid out with varying points of view and time-jumps; these are two things that usually annoy me to no end, but here the techniques were used to enhance and propel the story forward. Each POV character had a little piece


It pains me a lot to rate this book under 4 stars - yes, because in spite of my personal issues with the story, I can't complain about the writing style - but for me What We Remember is probably the weakest novel I read until now by Michael Thomas Ford, BTW, one of my favourite authors.

I find also difficult to explain WHY this one is less satisfying for me. For the first time, while reading MTF, I have been torn between my objective and subjective liking/disliking and accompanying contrad
Ije the Devourer of Books

Michael Thomas Ford is an excellent writer and one of my favourite authors. So it isn't surprising that I liked this. Each MTF book is so different: from gentle family stories, to longer emotional sagas, to good old romances and now to this murder mystery overflowing with suspense.

I was gripped by the story from the first page and thank goodness I had a day off so I could let myself be taken off into the story and soak up the tension and the intense nature of some of the characters. I
Stephen Osborne
Mar 19, 2013 Stephen Osborne rated it liked it
A departure from Ford's usual fare, which isn't a bad thing. We have great writing, a tight plot, and believable characters as usual in a Ford novel. The chapters switch back and forth, past and present, which may put some people off. There are also quite a few characters, and we get to see parts of the story from ALL of their points of view, which also may put people off (a lot of head hopping). Neither of these devices bothered me. My only gripe (not enough to make me not like the book) is tha ...more
Scottsdale Public Library
Who killed Sheriff Daniel McCloud? That's the premise behind this intriguing novel that explores the complex relationships between husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, and mothers and children. More than a murder mystery, this character study asks the age old question: can you ever truly know another person?

--Candy V.--
Mar 13, 2010 Dolphe rated it liked it
I've read and enjoyed Michael Thomas Ford's previous novels which largely focused on gay life immersed in a variety of dramatic and comedic situations. With "What We Remember", he scores points for moving out of his comfort zone with what could best be described as a murder mystery wrapped in a backwoods family drama. For me, it possibly could have earned a five star if not for a couple of glaring problems. Without providing spoilers, let's just say those problems involved the main suspect and l ...more
Apr 22, 2016 Aaron rated it it was amazing
Family dynamics and secrets take center stage in this book that is set in a quiet little town in Maine. The story is told in alternating chapters, with some happening today (1991) and others set eight years before. Ford's fifth novel is actually a bit of a mystery centering around the death of Sheriff Dan McCloud 8 years earlier. It was assumed at the time that he had committed suicide after learning he had a form of terminal cancer. This was because his wife received a letter telling her so. Pe ...more
Adam Dunn
Jul 28, 2015 Adam Dunn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: glbt
This book really annoyed me; I don’t really know why I finished it. I guess I had never read the author before and I love Steve Walker, the artist who does his covers, though I will agree that neither of the covers had anything whatsoever to do with the book. The book had so many problems I found myself constantly gritting my teeth, and though it did become ever so slightly more readable at the end, it never got good or even okay.

Several problems:
1. No likeable characters.
2. No rational decision
Damian Serbu
Jan 07, 2010 Damian Serbu rated it liked it
Good read. As with all of Ford's novels, the characters are real, like people you meet every day. The murder mystery adds a twist that drives the novel and keeps the reader on her toes! Not as believable as some of his novels, but still a really good one that I recommend highly!
Apr 05, 2010 Grey853 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery, fiction
I've read several of Ford's books before and enjoyed them, but this one left me cold. One of the main devices, moving back and forth in time to tell the story, was very jarring. Plus, I really didn't like most of the characters.
Matt Rhoades
Jul 21, 2013 Matt Rhoades rated it it was ok
This murder mystery that is also a portrait of a family in small-town New York is marred by constant flitting between times. Normally, this isn't a problem but the chapters are so short, any narrative impetus is lost.
Jorrie Spencer
Feb 27, 2010 Jorrie Spencer rated it liked it
Very readable and some nice moments. It's not quite my genre (family drama/mystery), but I'd like to try another Ford.
Anne Barwell
Aug 10, 2010 Anne Barwell rated it it was amazing
It took me a while to get into the story, more because I wasn't settling to read than the story itself though I suspect, but once I actually sat and started reading in concentrated blocks, this was a book I didn't want to put down, especially towards the end. It's definitely up to the author's usual standard, although the genre is a little different than what I was expecting. I did guess the identity of the murderer although not all of the details, and pleased with the way it worked out in the f ...more
Keyshia Dorsey
Nov 28, 2014 Keyshia Dorsey rated it it was amazing
i never guessed right. I changed my guess at least 3 times and was still wrong, but thats whats great about it. Nate's a weirdo i mean...he's clearly not all the way there. @ anyrate, it was a a good read
Apr 13, 2014 Cindy rated it it was ok
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Sep 22, 2011 Todd rated it really liked it
I enjoy his books and they usually take place near where I grew up. There is always a quirk with some dialogue or timeline that will leave feeling as though the editor missed something. I find myself looking for these in the authors writings. It adds to the fun.
Steven Kruger
Sep 12, 2010 Steven Kruger rated it liked it
Interesting in a middle-brow "Rashomon" kind of way. However, for everyone thinking this book will be one of Mr. Ford's "gay" novels, don't be fooled. Though there IS a gay character, that fact get very little "airplay" and isn't really core to the story.
Jan 28, 2010 Mary rated it really liked it
Great story that alternated each chapter between past and present. It kept you guessing on who killed the father and with each chapter, you saw it could be someone else. Very good read!
Douglas Elliott
Jul 07, 2010 Douglas Elliott is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Recently I went to the Lambda Literary awards in NYC. This book won an award and it sounded interesting. So far, I love it!
Chuck Rankin
Well, the book was great but the cover photo was misleading.
Feb 19, 2013 Monique rated it really liked it
Well written. A bit predictable about two thirds of the way through, however I enjoyed it.
Oct 02, 2010 Jack rated it liked it
Not one of Ford's best, but still better than most gay themed fiction out there.
Mark Hiser
Jun 14, 2011 Mark Hiser rated it it was ok

A soap opera worth reading only if bored and wanting something mindless.
Oct 03, 2012 Joanna rated it liked it
Interesting whodoneit; fast read.
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Michael Thomas Ford is the author of more than fifty books, for both young readers and adults, in genres ranging from humor to horror, literary fiction to nonfiction. As a writer for young adults he is the author of the popular "Circle of Three" series (writing as Isobel Bird); nonfiction books about spirituality (Paths of Faith), the AIDS crisis (Voices of AIDS), and the gay community (The World ...more
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