I’m on the blog tour for beautiful The Long Forgotten by David Whitehouse and am excited to share my review with you.
The Long Forgotten is available to buy ebook and hardback now. You can by a copy here.
When the black box flight recorder of a plane that went missing 30 years ago is found at the bottom of the sea, a young man named Dove begins to remember a past that isn’t his. The memories belong to a rare flower hunter in 1980s New York, whose search led him around the world and ended in tragedy.
Restless and lonely in present-day London, Dove is quickly consumed by the memories, which might just hold the key to the mystery of his own identity and what happened to the passengers on that doomed flight, The Long Forgotten.
The Long Forgotten is a thrilling mystery about memory and identity from David Whitehouse, the award-winning author of Bed and Mobile Library.
Firstly let me say something about the absolutely stunning cover for this book. The variety of colours of the flowers against a black background really draws the eye. I can see a lot of people picking up this book for the cover!
This is such a beautiful book for many different reasons. I loved the characters in the book and the journey, literally at times, that they go on. All of them are lonely characters, on the fridges of society. They are sleep walking through life, just trying to get by with little or no friends. Both Dove and Peter before him go on a journey of discovery as they try to unravel the mystery of what happened to the plane. I so enjoyed reading about this journey and it was heartwarming to see how much they had changed and learnt about themselves at the end.
The author has such a wonderful way of describing things that makes the reader feel that they are right there experiencing things alongside the characters. The vivid descriptions of the places they visit are stunning as is the descriptions of the unusual flowers they discover on the way. I hadn’t heard of a lot of these flowers and I enjoyed looking up all of them. I had heard of the usual looking Corpse flower however as it was featured in an episode of Go jetters!
The mystery is gradually unraveled and it was very interesting to see how it all comes together. It was a very addictive story which made the book hard to put down as I wanted to read more to discover what happened. I was also really invested in the characters and wanted to continue reading to see if they get a happy ending.
This is the first book by this author that I have read and I look forward to reading more from him in the future. If you like mysteries with heart and some beautiful descriptions you will love this book.
Huge thanks to Emma Finnigan and Picador Books for my copy of this book and Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting me on the blog tour.
About The Author:
I have written three novels. The first, BED, was published in 2011 by Canongate in the UK and Scribner in the US. It won The Betty Trask Prize 2012. The movie rights were optioned by Duck Soup and Film 4.
The second, MOBILE LIBRARY, was published in January 2015 by Picador in the UK and Scribner in the US. It won the Jerwood Fiction Prize 2015 and the TV rights were optioned by Duck Soup and Channel 4.
The third, THE LONG FORGOTTEN, will be published by Picador in March 2018.
I currently have a number of TV projects in development.
I have written for lots of newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, Esquire, The Times, The Observer Magazine, Sunday Times Style and many more. I’ve won awards for journalism from The Times, The Evening Standard, the PPA and the PTC. I am the Editor-at-Large of ShortList magazine.
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