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3.73  ·  Rating details ·  14,472 ratings  ·  995 reviews
In this evocative debut novel, Katrin Schumann weaves a riveting story of past and present—and how love can lead us astray.

At twenty-four, Katie Gregory feels like life is looking up: she’s snagged a great job in New York City and is falling for a captivating artist—and memories of her traumatic past are finally fading. Katie’s life fell apart almost a decade earlier,
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Paperback, 362 pages
Published February 1st 2019 by Lake Union Publishing
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Katie B
2.5 stars

I appreciate the author's attempt to tell a story with complex characters and tough subject matter, but for me this one missed the mark. The bare bones of a good story were there but the transitions from the past and present timelines felt disjointed at times and lacked a cohesive flow. When I finished the book one thought that crossed my mind was it felt more like a good rough draft of a book but needs some work and polishing to turn it into something more meaningful.

When Katie Gregory
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Bridgett
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
So much waiting, so little pay-off.

I truly wanted to love this book. The powerful #MeToo movement our country has seen surface the past few years had me desperately wanting to root for Lulu...but it was so hard. Her character was fake, belligerent, and a tad narcissistic. I know others will disagree, and that's okay. I just had a hard time feeling anything about her at all.

As for Katie...yuck. She was aggravating. In this day and age, when EVERYTHING is splashed all over the internet, we're
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Melike
Jan 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I just have a lot of mixed feelings about this book and need to sort them out.
Obsidian
Please note that I got this via Amazon's Kindle First Reads.

I really loved the premise of the "Forgotten Hours" (a teenage girl loses her best friend and father after a rape accusation and trial). This type of plot feels very timely. That said, I thought that the story being told in third person point of view actually pushed me away as a reader. I think if it was told in the first person point of view I would have felt more entwined with Katie and her choices. Also, if it had been first person
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PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
I’d rather reread a good book than slog through a boring one.

Amazon Prime First Read books aren’t what they once were. Most in recent months have been DNF, one or two stars. None of the December options interested me. We were allowed to choose two books for January, but I could only find one.

THE FORGOTTEN HOURS seemed like a decent possibility, but I couldn’t get into the Katie’s narration. I was more interested in Lulu’s story, but she was barely a minor character. I skimmed to the end.
RedRedtheycallmeRed
2.5 STARS

It took too long for things to get moving. The book is so focused on Katie, and she's such a frustrating character! It would have been better for the story to be set further in the past, it just didn't seem believable that Katie was so sheltered and naive about everything that happened. As it was, the chapters set at the lake house felt like they could have been from the 70's.

Katie's a woman in her mid-20's, a college graduate, and yet she comes across as someone unable (maybe just
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Barbara White
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
THE FORGOTTEN HOURS is a stunning novel that moves seamlessly between the aftermath of a trauma that shattered one family and a summer evening that ruined many lives. As current events clash with truths Katie Gregory has kept hidden—from her lover and herself—she’s forced to return to memories she’d rather forget. Memories that tug loyalty in conflicting directions and question everything she knows about trust and love. Was her father guilty of the crime for which he was convicted? Who’s lying, ...more
Crystal King
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Riveting. If I had to sum up this debut book in one word, that would be it. What would you do if your father went to jail for statutory rape of your best friend? Who do you side with? What if your choice might be wrong? I admit that I feel a lot of overwhelm from the #metoo news of the world today, and wasn't sure how I was going to feel about this novel, but Schumann pulls you into Katie's world and wraps you in all the emotions from each character in such a way that you literally can't put the ...more
Vicki Willis
Jan 27, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a new release that was provided to me from Kindle First. It had an alternating timeline between the past and the present which I liked, but it didn't really flow well between the two. I thought the topic was spot on with the things going on in the world, but the story didn't move along well. It was very slow to start, but got better in the middle. The characters, Charlie, David, jack, seemed flat and didn't seem complete. John, the father, was just creepy in every way - Yuck, even when ...more
Sherri Thacker
Jan 23, 2019 rated it liked it
This book started off a little slow and I nearly gave up but at 25% it got a little better. I’m giving this 3 stars. Just ok for me. Didn’t love it but didn’t dislike it either.
Linda ~ chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny ~
Hm... I seem to have liked this more than most reviewers, but I have reservations about this one too.

Katy's an empathetic character, and I felt for her as she's trying to piece together what happened one fateful summer several years earlier when her father was accused - and later convicted - of raping her best friend. She's always believed her father was innocent and taken his side, and now that he's getting out of prison, she finds herself more in the dark than she previously realized.

It's
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Shirley Wine
An okay read

I bought this book from the blurb.

It was touted as a book of the year, and held the promise of so much, and in parts it did deliver, but overall it wasn't anywhere near as satisfying as I expected.

I found Katie, the main character, tiresome and incredibly juvenile with her constant introspection and total self absorption.

As a teen this seemed reasonable, if tedious, but for a woman in her twenties, too damn naive to be believable, the deliberate way she hides her head in sand is
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Linda Zagon
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Katrin Schumann, Author of “The Forgotten Hours” has written an emotional, intense, suspenseful, and captivating novel. The Genres for this Novel are Fiction and Women’s Fiction. The timeline for this story starts in 2007 and the present and goes back to the past when it pertains to the characters or events in the story. The author describes her characters are complex and complicated. This is a story of coming of age, of friendships, of loss, and betrayal. It also is a story of family, ...more
Robert Sheard
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an impressive debut. It's about knowing and not knowing, and how those differences can define us. It's about betrayal and striving for forgiveness. And it's about family and how the stories we tell about ourselves are informed by incomplete and sometimes incorrect memories.
Jessica
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
After reading several books recently that I did not want to put down, I was bound to start one that made me groan when I picked up my kindle and then remembered this was the story I was going back to.
It wasn't just the depressing storyline, an adult daughter re-evaluating her view of her father when he is about to be released from prison, after being convicted of raping her teenage best friend, while she was in the room. But the writing was slow and sluggish, and Katie was hard to like. In a
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Monique
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thought-provoking

Wow. This book was a really good read. Reading from Katie’s POV really puts you in the middle of the story and makes you feel what she’s feeling. I liked reading how bit by bit her willful ignorance melts away and how she’s forced to confront the truth. It couldn’t have been easy thinking that either her father was a rapist or that her best friend lied about it. When she started to really see the truth you were hyperventilating with her. Not wanting to see the truth that her
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Dorothy
Jan 18, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It was free. And read like that. If there was an editor, I'd be shocked. Bizarre book. Author swallowed a thesaurus and chose the wrong words. I was going to give up early on. And I should have. No character was fleshed out or sympathetic. The plot was scattered, and the big reveal was just soap opera bad. Just horrid. I wish I could give this zero stars and a warning label.
Ashley Farley
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can't say enough good things about this novel. The writing is brilliant—excellent description and word choice. The characters are well-drawn and relatable and the plot completely unpredictable. A must-read.
S. B. Letham
I really loved the first two parts of this book and burned through them. The insightful portrayal of complex emotions and nostalgic memories, the kinds of realistic feelings and internal conflicts swirling around loyalty to our loved ones when they fail, the weight of what happened and the denial, the way all of the characters carried pieces of it with them, the symbolism of the tattoos... all of it was such a strong start. But the strength of it came from the promise of a strong payoff, and it ...more
Elle Esse
Jan 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
The Forgotten Hours was y choice from Amazon FirstReads selections available in January (details here >> https://www.amazon.com/firstreads ). I chose it simply because it seemed like my kind f boks, although I admit that I didn't have a whole lot of hope for it as a whole.

Fortunately, I was wrong.

Schumann tells the story of Kate and Lulu, young girls growing up together in a cabin during the summers of their youth. The summer before everyone heads off to college proves to be quite a
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Pamela Scott
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This is my first time reading the author. I thought The Forgotten Hours was great, pretty dark at times but a great read. I was hooked from start to finish. I really felt for Katie, struggling to hold her life together, so blindly believing her father’s innocence. The book moves back and forth between now with Katie preparing for her father’s release and the fateful night ten years ago when her world blew apart. Katie discovers there are things about the
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Gina
Jan 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meh. So much hype, equally much disappointment. Schumann writes very well in some instances but struggles with character development in others. Charlie and David were very one-dimensional and could have added so much more depth to the dynamics of the story. Katie was absolutely annoying as an adult and seemed to be stuck in childhood, refusing to move forward and grow up. The Jack storyline and 'big reveal" fell flat for me and was just another indicator of Katie's immaturity and stunted ...more
Blagica
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Forgotten Hours
In the Forgotten Hours we follow a journey of two best friends. Summertime days on the lake and freedom to hangout without the parental oversight. Katie who comes from the traditional family, mom and dad and a brother and a home, is paired with Lulu who is living with a single mom who is less then caring and nurturing. The summer that throws their worlds into a tailspin there is Jack, whom both girls are drawn to. Lulu being pretty and outgoing tries to gain his attention.
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Susan
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Forgotten Hours is brilliantly written by Katrin Schumann. Katrin has managed to combine a fascinating and page turning storyline with a beautiful writing style. Normally when I finish a novel, I move on to the next, this book stayed with me and made me think about it over and over. The devastating effects of one evening to a young girl is haunting and powerful given today's "Me Too" Climate.
One of the best books I have read in a long time!


Lisa Nocita
Feb 03, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So much longer than it needed to be! And such an uninteresting, angst filled protagonist! Her incessant whining, nausea, and lack of intelligent curiosity derailed the entire plot, which was spartan to begin with. Don’t waste your time with this one. No great psychological drama here folks.
Kathy Averbeck
Although the premise of this story sounded interesting, I found myself bored with the reading of this story. I never connected with the main character, Katie. At about 70% into the book it did get a bit more interesting but it feels like it could have been so much better.
Nichole
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not what I was expecting

The ending fell a little flat for me, but overall the way the story wraps up was not what I was expecting. It was an enjoyable read and quite a quick one too. I'd be interested to read other works by Katrin Schumann.
Sarah
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is an immersive tale where the protagonist finds her family loyalties and trust are put to the test. At first I was reluctant to read this book based on the subject matter revealed in the blurb, but I am so glad that I did.

This novel draws you in from the beginning, with the Prologue establishing the setting for the fateful night where Katie’s life crumbles. Cleverly written in the present tense, this is a reflection of how Katie continues to relive these memories and cannot let go. This is
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Katie
Jan 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kindle Unlimited subscribers
This is one of the January First Reads. It had a lot of potential with a meaty story about a girl whose dad goes to jail for the rape of her best friend. Lulu, the best friend, was a wonderfully drawn character but the main character Katie was rather frustrating. She was rather immature and self-involved. The dad is is richly drawn and complex but the other family members are cardboard cutouts. It went downhill toward the end and stopped grabbing my interest. It still had it's thought-provoking ...more
Danielle
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think this could of been an amazing story. While the effort was definitely there, the story lacked the connection to the characters as well as the constant time jump without specifying was enough to give me cause to throw the book to my DNF pile and be done with it. However I stuck it out.

I wish the author would’ve fleshed out the main characters more. At least Lulu, who essentially was the focus of the entire story. I do not feel I have any closure after finishing the story. I loved the
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Katrin studied languages at Oxford and journalism at Stanford, and is the author of several nonfiction books. She has been awarded fiction residencies from the Norman Mailer Writer’s Colony, The Vermont Studio Center, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She teaches writing at GrubStreet in Boston and was an instructor in PEN's Prison Writing program. She lives in Boston and Key West. ...more
“It turns out that no one believes her anyway, and that lack of belief in her festers, infects her through and through—because, in her heart, she wants to be an honest person, and she thought she was. But she is not fully honest with anyone, not even with herself. It turns out she cannot give voice to uncertainty; this is not allowed. She does not need to be told this to know it is true. So she becomes quiet; she continues her journey inward, a journey she will be on for years, alone, unable to share with anyone, not her family, not her friends, not her lover.” 2 likes
“But she had not been tempted to look him up back then. She’d become accustomed to the sense of herself as separate from all others, and there was something comforting about that. It was best to keep the past just out of reach, hovering a little more than arm’s length away. While she knew it was there, could sense it, she carefully kept those memories out of her grasp, and she sometimes seemed to forget the past entirely. But that was an illusion. Her memories of Jack, of Lulu—of life before—were not actually gone and forgotten; they lived on inside her, shadows of a bleached-out stain.” 2 likes
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