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An Amazon Charts bestseller.

In the deep woods of East Texas, Henry supports his family by selling bootleg liquor. It’s all he can do to keep his compassionate but ailing mother and his stepfather—a fanatical grassroots minister with a bruising rhetoric—from ruin. But they have no idea they’ve become the obsession of the girl in the woods.

Abandoned and nearly feral, Eve has
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Joshua Dancer
Oct 06, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm pretty sure the author believes this is a tragic, yet hopeful love/coming of age story. Unfortunately it's actually the story of a selfish ass justifying all his bad decisions (view spoiler) ...more
Katie
Nov 25, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, this book was just god awful. The "I'm broken and only love can fix me." troupe is so irritating. This woman who clearly has years of trauma and abuse and hardly speaks, received no help or counseling of any sort, but instead - a marriage proposition four months after she was found in the woods? seriously? That's what's best for her? This entire novel seemed passive aggressive to me, and tried to be dramatic and deep at very inappropriate times.

"Live, damn it. Live." he demanded as he pushe
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Betül
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"Now, there was only Eve. Broken, broken Eve. The girl with no name."

I usually don't read a lot of books outside the romance/paranormal genre, however every now and then I do. What made me pick up The Unremembered Girl was the intriguing and mysterious vibe I got from the blurb. I love books focusing on small town families, and the not knowing which direction the author will take with the characters and story. This book focuses mainly on Henry, wh
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Corina
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 04-out-of-10
Yeah, no. Definitely not my favorite book. The plot jerked along for the whole novel and the characters were two dimensional. While it does smooth over a bit during the second half of the book, I was thoroughly Over It by then and only reading because I Ain't A Quitter. A few notes:

1.) When I say the plot jerked along, I meant it. The transitions between scenes were messy and confusing. Sometimes I had to re-read whole passages just to figure out where I was.

2.) Eve had no character. She felt mo
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Kayla Krantz
Not sure what to say about this book rather than wow. It really gripped me with the raw emotions and the ending was so realistic, it had me in tears. Powerful piece.
Niki
Dec 04, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
No. Just no.

Maybe it's my own fault for not recognizing the "[x person] is ~BROKEN~! The valiant hero must ~fix~ them!" vibes from the summary, because I despise these stories. And this was one such story. This wasn't a love story or a hopeful story or a tragic story, it was aggravating and uninteresting, at least to me. I came very close to DNFing it, but I persevered, and sadly I can't say that my efforts were rewarded at all.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley.
Wendy
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Upon reading the word ‘girl’ in the title (coupled with its uninspiring cover) I almost skipped over this one. I’m so glad I paid the book summary closer attention as it delivered an addictive read which I read in one sitting this afternoon.

Lots of subtle things keep the momentum ticking along nicely as threads are cast out to connect the mundane goings-on in community where an unidentified and dishevelled young woman appears out of the blue.

I couldn’t help but instantly wonder about her backgro
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Lesli
Oct 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
Not for me. Unbelievable characters. The relationship between Eve and Henry is very confusing to me. The infatuation is unbelievable.
Amy Yingling
Wow, what a twist! That is all I will say. If you enjoy psychological thrillers/suspense you'll want to pick this one up!
April Harris
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's not very often that a book has me hooked from the first chapter. The connection between Eve and Henry is beautiful but also so bizarre. The storyline is an amazing and well balanced mixture of romance, suspense, & horror. If this book was ever made into a movie, I would be one of the first to buy a ticket. ...more
Tom Lewis
It had such a cool premise, but the story turned out to be really bleak and nihilistic. I’m still giving it 3 stars because it was really well written.
Charley Girl
Aug 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-read
I'm conflicted on this one. Henry is not a very bright man, but is a loyal one. He makes one bad decision after another. These are HUGE life altering decisions not I didn't show up for work kind of choices.

He had a great Mother with a kind heart and he just followed her way and took it WAY too far. By the end I was done with him. He should have been formally punished. Too many people's lives ended because of his lack of good judgement.

I got all riled up about Henry's actions a few times in the s
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Wit & Wonder Books

**ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**

This book and every character, story and life is sewn together with tears and love, heartache and joy.

The Unremembered Girl by Eliza Maxwell is a world of its own, a portal crammed between two covers. It’s her third published book and certainly deserves a lot of praise.

You sometimes read a blurb and find the information to be interesting and informative, it draws you in and you’re hooked. But once you’ve read this book the blurb is e
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Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
1.5 stars

The very beginning of this book hooked me but I quickly began to have reservations and eventually wished I hadn't picked this book up at all.

A girl with no name who has obviously suffered major trauma and has been living out in the woods is taken in by a dying woman.  
The woman's son, Henry, supports his mother and religious nut stepfather by selling bootleg liquor.  He hopes for a better life by joining the army but can't leave his mother and he has fallen in love with the girl they ha
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Cindy Woods
Different

This story is a mixture of trauma, sadness and a few bright spots, although I found it more depressing than anything else. The plot is uneven and the physical descriptions of characters and geography is lacking. I wanted to keep reading because I had a feeling I would find out what it was all about.....there's a young woman of unknown age and origin found living in the woods fending for herself and feral. This is the heart of the plot where we are fed bits and pieces of information as t
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Deanne Patterson
Henry sells bootleg liquor to support his family in deep woods of East Texas. His compassionate mother is dying of cancer and his step father is detached from reality as he is a grassroots minister whose pulpit is the top of a trash can as he screams out sermons to all who pass by. A half feral girl in the woods watches the family and wishes for one for herself. The mother tempts her out with food and brings her into the house as a way to make up for the death of her daughter. She said she could ...more
Krista
Dec 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
I can't figure out how this book was so highly rated on Amazon. Maybe just because it was a free Kindle First book recently. It's terrible. It's like chewing on old gum: it's stiff and it has no taste. The characters have no depth; the character who matters most is not given any serious treatment. The author tells us over and over again who she thinks these characters are, but then what she shows us about them doesn't quite fit. Henry is the worst. The disconnect is so gaping, it is laughable. I ...more
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
This book contains many scenes that will cause heart break but rays of sunshine peek through to bring some happiness at the end.

I don't even know where to start with my review of this book! The characters are complex and there are some to love and some to hate. The focus of the book is primarily on Henry and Eve. Henry and Eve has a connection and while they not admit it, everyone else can see they have a love connection. However, Eve has quite the troubled past and is found much like a feral an
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Rissa
Jun 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
The unremembered girl 3.5⭐️

Not what I expected. Im not sure what i thought of it yet but it was hauntingly interesting.

More review to come.
Christine Lowe
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good Story, Great Writing.

This book not only had me fighting tears but also left me feeling sick at times about man's inhumanity to man. The story portrays a family living in the South that has been there for generations. Henry has a kindness that is a reflection of his mother, Caroline. His father died when he was two. His stepfather, Livingston, is a preacher who no longer has a church due to his increasing zealotry. He must have been a good man at one time for Caroline to marry him but he ha
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Melissa Storm
Oct 07, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
This is a DNF for me. Nothing about it grabbed me and made me want to keep reading. It felt overwritten but under-explained. I absolutely love the concept. Maybe I'll try to get back into it one day, but I'm not too sure...
Jo
Oct 06, 2017 rated it liked it
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This book was my Kindle First choice for October. The life of a rather dysfunctional family living in the backwaters of Texas is turned upside down by the appearance of Eve, a young woman who has suffered terrible indignities and abuse from a very young age. Having escaped from traffickers, Eve has been secretly watching the family and studying their relationships, and it triggers a yearning inside her for something she has
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Denise
Oct 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book was interesting and it was well written; however, I gave it only 3 stars because I felt like it was not realistic and it was such an odd story. It started out very mysterious, but then it took a weird turn. Things happened in the story that I did not like, that weren’t right, and I wondered how the author was going to make it “right.” Well she did tie up the loose ends you could say, and I was satisfied. I do like the author’s writing style so even though this particular book wasn’t gre ...more
Hollie
The writing style on this one didn't pull me into the story until probably about the half way point. The storyline was original and the characters I liked. That being said, this was a fucked up read. It's not one Id easily recommend to friends, however, I'd still be willing to read some of this writers other work.
Karen
Jan 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Very good at the beginning. Had me in its grip and I could not put it down. It soon turned into burnout and it could not hold my interest. The ending was not bad, but it was not enough to redeem it and bring the score up. I would try another by this author since if she keeps going she might improve some factors. Some people also seemed to like another earlier book better. Maybe? I received this book on Kindle as from a "Goodreads" giveaway for a fair and honest review. Thank you for it.
April O'Brien
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Erin
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's probably a 2.5. I finished it and it kept me interested despite a rocky start, but damned if I didn't rush through the last few chapters. It's very dark and sometimes it was hard to feel the protagonist's motivations for holding on to something. As the world started crumbling around him I began to feel sick and spent. I just wanted to be finished with it. I can handle dark and twisty but some of it felt contrived and unnecessary and I don't like feeling like you're hurting characters for th ...more
floralbookay
Jul 31, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
DNF at 47%
This book is another hella basic "only true love can save the abuse victim" story, and the love isn't only unconvincing, but I would argue it isn't even THERE. Once I got to Eve's (view spoiler), it was obvious where the book was going to go and I was NOT HERE FOR IT.
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Lydia Stewart
Aug 10, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So so so many times I wanted to stop reading this altogether, but I really hate not finishing a book. In truth I ended up just skimming through most of this book. I had such a hard time caring about any of the characters, or the plot. I just kept finding myself literally not caring about what would happen with anyone. I'm sure there are others that enjoyed this read, to each their own, but this was not a book for me.
Miriam
60% DNF. I couldn't figure out the purpose of this story. It was just,,,,,lame, dry, boring, stupid,,,

The only reason why I lasted up to 60% was because the narrator. He was really good but not good enough to hold me to the end.
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