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The Forgotten Hours

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  6,022 ratings  ·  465 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, duri
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
Jan 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I just have a lot of mixed feelings about this book and need to sort them out.
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 r
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
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.
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
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
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.
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

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 unwi
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 no
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, disappoin ...more
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
“Don’t all girls say no at first?”

THE FORGOTTEN HOURS is a novel that shifts between the aftermath of a trauma that ultimately becomes the destruction of Katie Gregory and her family and the summer evening that triggered it all. Six years on and Katie Gregory has kept her father’s secret from everyone new in her life, even going as far as changing her last name (although she believes in her father’s innocence without question at the start of the book?) only to then be forced to return to memo
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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 fat
Pamela Scott

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 p
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 >> ). 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 clus
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!

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
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
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 develop ...more
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow. First of all, Schumann is an excellent writer.

Second, trigger warnings: Statutory rape (graphically described in court documents), neglect, and child abuse. This story features difficult family dynamics, lots of drinking (underage and adult), drugs, language, and sex.

Schumann does an incredible job at exploring how blind loyalty can lead to an inability to see or recognize the truth.

In the book, Katie is in her twenties, the only one in her family who is regularly visiting and speaking w
Jan 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definitely recommend this book

I really enjoyed this one, and definitely recommend it. The characters are written well enough to come alive for the reader, and the story is a good one, also written well. The ending was a bit of a surprise, and I think it would have been better to end it differently, but it works. (I don't want to give it away.)
Jan 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really think the author tried to make her writing too flowery. Every time I was drawn into the characters in the book the author would start describing the scenery, etc. or go backwards in time. I found that very frustrating.

The story was a good one and generally the writing was beautiful I just found myself scanning some of the descriptions that had nothing to do with the story line.
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.
Mary Q.
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
After a bit of a slow start, I thought this book was going to be a 4 star for me. But the last 40 minutes (which felt like 4 hours) just killed it. Didn't care anymore and just wanted to finish. Not the way I like to end a book. Sorry, not sorry☹ ...more
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 way
Lynda Kelly
I can't really make my mind up about this was one of my Kindle First choices this month. It brought to mind a true-life case I read about once which was fascinating. I found it dragged quite a bit for the first part and then seemed to get going and get more interesting as it progressed. I read till the end and things weren't as they seemed and there were surprises along the way but it was all a bit too deep for my liking. There seemed to be a LOT of writing and not much happening, if ...more
Goth Gone Grey
The complexity and raw emotion make this a compelling read.

Katie, at the start, is a young teen with her best friend, Lulu, at the summer lake house. She adores her father and Lulu, and Jack, a boy both girls are interested in.

The summer is contains one of the pivotal moments of her life, the next chapter switching to years later and slowly unfolding from there between both times, in memories both clear and hazy. Katie's recollections, allegiances, and world are shaken and torn asunder as she
Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I'm ambivalent about this book.

I feel like the attempt to tackle such a difficult topic should encourage me to give it a higher rating.

It comes down to, would I recommend this book to others to read? If yes, then it should be at least a 4 or a 5. I don't recommend this book, so I'm giving it a 3. It tried. It made a good effort. I didn't hate the book, but I don't recommend it.

The story is told sometimes in the past and sometimes in the present. It's a difficult tale. A family tragedy
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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. Fo ...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.” 1 likes
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