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Everything She Forgot

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  3,471 ratings  ·  453 reviews
Published in the UK as: Redemption Road

Lisa Ballantyne, international bestselling author of The Guilty One, delivers a compelling domestic thriller with impeccably observed characters and masterful edge-of-your-seat storytelling in a novel that leaps between past and present with page-turning finesse

They’re calling it the worst pile-up in London history. Driving home,
Paperback, 448 pages
Published October 6th 2015 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published January 8th 2015)
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Will Byrnes
Oct 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Margaret Holloway is 35, a deputy head teacher at a nearby academy, a wife, a mother, and a mentor to a young student who is struggling to pull himself up from his family’s low beginnings. She has a full life but her memory has a large gap. She can’t seem to remember much from the age of 7 and earlier. That begins to change after she is in a major highway pileup, and is pulled from her about-to-go-boom wreck by a mysterious scarred man. There is something about him that is disturbing. The lost t ...more
“Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people.”

----Spencer Johnson

Lisa Ballantyne, an international best selling author, pens her new thriller, Everything She Forgot that unfolds the story of three characters in three different locations, each unraveling a mystery of their own, finally leading them to meet each other on the crossroads of self-realization. The story revolves in so many time frame and from London to Glasgow o Wick in Scottish Highland
Jan 04, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is classed as a thriller but for me it is more of a family drama, and there wasn’t that much that I liked about it in all honesty. 36 year old Margaret has always known about the large gaps in her memory that stem from when she was a child but she has never dwelled on them until now. It takes being rescued from a motorway pile up by her own guardian angel to give her the impetus to find out what happened in her past to cause that memory lapse.

It is a story that is quite predictable. It
Patricia Williams
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have a lot to say about this book because for the first half I did not like it that much and by the time I got to the ending I liked it a lot. It's a story about a woman who is in a car collision and trapped in her car and a man comes along, breaks the window and pulls her out of the car, after which the car explodes on fire. Then the woman becomes obsessed with finding out who this man is and realizes that he is someone from her youth. She has memories in her mind of being kidnapped as a chil ...more
Jan 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Redemption Road is by it's very design a story that unfolds slowly, but it's strands relentlessly come together. Margaret Holloway is a teacher with workaholic tendencies, whose life is turned upside down when she is rescued by a stranger after a freak motorcar accident that came close to ending her life. Margaret tracks the man down to the local hospital where he is in an induced coma. Margaret wants nothing more than to thank him and also something that due to PTSD she struggles to articulate. ...more
Alissa Patrick
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Incredibly disappointing. This story was just so linear- no big shocks, no twists, no suspense. It was a decent story but it didn't peak my interest whatsoever.
4.5 stars rounded up

"Margaret Holloway, deputy head teacher, mother, wife, did not know what had happened to her when she was a little girl, and she was terrified to find out".

2013 - Margaret Holloway works in a 'Learning Support Unit' of a school and is very devoted to her work and her students. She leaves the school late one afternoon to return to her husband Ben, and her two children when she is involved in a terrible multi-vehicle accident. She is trapped in her car, but a courageous strange
Nev Murray
I received an advance copy of Redemption Road by Lisa Ballantyne from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This is said review. This book is published by Piatkus.

Having never read anything by Lisa Ballantyne before, I was drawn to this book on NetGalley by the blurb and the fact Lisa’s first book, The Guilty One received such rave reviews. I expected good things. I got good things but not the “wow” things I was looking for.

In 2013 Margaret Holloway is involved in a motorway pile up. She i
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, mystery
This review was done by KissinBlueKaren

This book focuses on an event that someone forgot all about. Sometimes we see things and we think we know what the are right away. Much like what I expected from this book, the perception was not the reality. I thought this was going to be a thriller, but actually Everything She Forgot was a bittersweet story of a Father’s love for his only daughter.

I found Margaret, aka Molly, to be more of a blank slate than a relate-able character. This was actually
Cleopatra  Pullen
Redemption Road psychological novel told at a steady pace, one where the past meets the present in a book that provides much food for thought as well as a cracking good story.

Margaret Holloway holds a managerial position in a secondary school, driven and committed when she leaves the school one December evening she is caught up in a horrific multi-vehicle pile-up on the motorway near her home in Loughton. Margaret is rescued by a mystery man but she soon becomes obsessed not with the accident bu
I wasn’t sure what I expected of this one, and if I’m completely honest I procrastinated when it came to starting the book for that very reason.

For me, the book was pretty much what I expected it to be. It wasn’t something to blow the mind, yet at the same time it wasn’t the kind of book to leave me throwing my Kindle across the room in annoyance. It’s one of those books that just is: it is there and I can say I have read it, but beyond that… well, there isn’t much beyond that for me.

The book i
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
Lisa Ballantyne seems to like writing in two timelines, but this makes her books more of a challenge for readers. In her new book, the current day follows Margaret Holloway, a teacher and mother of two, who nearly dies in a horrible pile-up on a British motorway when her gas tank is ruptured, only to be saved by a disfigured mystery man. Eventually, she finds him in a medically-induced coma at a local hospital and feels compelled to thank him for his kindness as she herself begins to come unglue ...more
Paula Sealey
After Margaret is involved in a crash and a mysterious stranger saves her from her burning car, she begins to experience the feeling that there are gaps in her childhood memories. On finding a box of old newspaper clippings and a diary in her parents attic, she starts to piece together a traumatic event from her past.

An extremely readable book, 'Redemption Road' takes you on an emotional journey with engaging characters and a good use of the dual timeline style, which helped add depth to the sto
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy Lisa Ballantyne books.
3.5 stars

I loved the premise of this story and had high hopes for it. I've heard of Ballantyne before but hadn't read her. The story didn't grab me right away, I put it down several times and almost gave up, but it slowly lured me in until I couldn't put it down.

"Everything She Forgot" is told primarily from four POVs in two different time periods: Margaret Holloway in 2013, Kathleen Henderson in 1985, Big George in 1985, and Angus Campbell in 1985. There are also a few chapters from two seconda
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Margaret Holloway seemed to have a normal life – worrying about normal things while driving back home. But getting rear-ended and being part of a pile and then miraculously saved from it, changed her life forever. While she did walk out of the pile up with the help of a stranger, something changes within her and she starts remembering things from her past. Taking the story back to 1985, we are taken for a ride within the plot…

It is really difficult to write this review without divulging any spo
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
Original review can be found at
3.5 stars

I wouldn't quite say that this book is as suspenseful as some people have made it out to be. I had it figured out fairly early on. That isn't to say that I wasn't drawn to it and ripping through the pages. It was more of a case of wanting to know if I was right.

Admittedly I found the book to be a little slow and dull in the beginning. It took a few sessions of picking it up and putting it down before I became inves
Lorie Kleiner Eckert
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book alternates between two stories. The modern day story set in 2013 is about Margaret Holloway. The other story set in 1985 is about Big George McLaughlin. The book opens with a car wreck that almost kills Margaret. Just before her vehicle explodes she is saved by a mysterious disfigured man. The accident stirs old memories that she cannot quite remember. Meanwhile we learn about Big George, a lovable guy who is part of crime family. All live in fear of his father and brothers, Big George ...more
Nov 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Redemption Road (though my version was called 'Everything She Forgot') was not exactly what I had expected - a psychological thriller - but rather a slow burn type of mystery. It took me a while to finish this book, because it wasn't really a fast-paced page turner for me. Still, I found the characters very intriguing, particularly that of George, whose story I found to be truly memorable. Ballantyne has a nice way with language and the plot, though jumping around between times and POVs, never f ...more
May 23, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked this book, but I won’t go around begging everyone to read it. The setting (Scotland) was a nice change of pace for me, the characters were well developed and likable and the story was well written and wrapped up nicely. I was able suss out the mystery pretty early on so there was not any big shocking twist reveal moment for me. Not that you need that every time. If you like a well written story with multiple narrative voices and with a clean and clear ending, this would be good for you.
Goodreads Description- Lisa Ballantyne, international bestselling author of The Guilty One, delivers a compelling domestic thriller with impeccably observed characters and masterful edge-of-your-seat storytelling in a novel that leaps between past and present with page-turning finesse

They’re calling it the worst pile-up in London history. Driving home, Margaret Holloway has her mind elsewhere—on a troubled student, her daughter’s acting class, the next day’s meeting—when she’s rear-ended and tra
Oct 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Summary from Goodreads:

"They’re calling it the worst pile-up in London history. Driving home, Margaret Holloway has her mind elsewhere—on a troubled student, her daughter’s acting class, the next day’s meeting—when she’s rear-ended and trapped in the wreckage. Just as she begins to panic, a disfigured stranger pulls her from the car just seconds before it’s engulfed in flames. Then he simply disappears.

Though she escapes with minor injuries, Margaret feels that something’s wrong. She’s having tr
Rea Cobb
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best things about being a book blogger is that every so often I am sent a book to review which wouldn't be a book I would typically pick up in the local bookshop. When I was sent Redemption Road it didn't shout out to me not because it has an awful cover or anything it just didn't appeal to me and yet when I opened the book just to have a little read of the first chapter before I knew it I was over half way through this book before I looked up!

Margaret Holloway finds herself trapped i
Lynda Dickson
Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Ages 16+
Margaret Holloway nearly dies in a car accident but is rescued by Maxwell Brown, a mysterious man with burn scars, who puts his own life at risk to save her. As a result of the accident, Margaret suffers from PTSD and starts remembering a traumatic event from her childhood. Flashback to 1985, where Big George is seeking to escape the criminal lifestyle imposed on him by his gangland family. He wants to get back with his first love, Kathleen, and their daughter, Moll, but in a bizarre twist of ev ...more
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In 2013 Margaret is involved in a serious car accident. She thinks her time is up, as she realises her car is about to explode, until a stranger smashes her window and drags her out to safety before disappearing. She needs to know who saved her life and finds him in hospital in a coma. His name is Maxwell. She doesn't know him, but is strangely drawn to him and can't understand why. He has no other visitors, no family, no friends. Why did he risk his life to save her?
In 1985, 7 year old Moll is
Joanne Robertson
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This was described as a thriller which initially drew me to this book but having just finished it I would say it is more of a family drama exploring relationships and the way the past challenges our memories and the people we become.
It starts with Margaret Holloway having a car accident on a snowy day. Although many cars are involved, she is rescued by a scarred stranger who saves her from being burnt to death and then disappears. The accident seems to set off something within Margaret, the smel
Sep 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really don't agree with the "edge-of-your-seat writing" comment on the blurb because the suspense is really more of an in the past, viewed through flashback type. That Margaret's life changes after her car accident isn't surprising, it's the memories she recovers that are. The other two plotlines follow George, a rather gormless Scot from a family that ruled its town via thuggery and threats, and Angus, a reporter looking to find George and the girl he's abducted. There's no real surprise when ...more
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
2.5 Everything She Forgot has been presented as a thriller and a mystery. But, honestly, I didn't think it was either. The book opens with Margaret, a social worker, who ends up in a multiple car accident. She finds herself trapped in a burning car and is saved by a mysterious stranger at the last minute. The accident affects her and begins to bring back memories of a forgotten time when she was little.

I think had this book been presented in a different way, I would have enjoyed it more. I was
This is the second book I have read by Lisa Ballantyne and I have enjoyed both of her books but this latest book for me, was much more enjoyable than the first.

Redemption Road is a riveting, emotional page-turner. The characters are well written and the story drew me in, I was gripped and read this book quickly.
A very good read for fans of psychological dramas.
Oct 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Cheri by: Will Byrnes
One of several books I received as gifts, I started reading this in the morning and did not (could not) put it down until I was finished reading it. Riveting. Haunting.
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Lisa Ballantyne was born in Armadale, West Lothian, Scotland and studied English literature at University of St Andrews. She lived and worked in China for many years and started writing seriously while she was there. She now lives in Glasgow.

The Guilty One published to critical and commercial acclaim in 2012. Redemption Road is Lisa's second novel.

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