Book Review – Before I Let Go


Title: Before I Let Go

Author: Marieke Nijkamp

Genre: YA (Thriller)

Goodreads Rating: 3.29

My Rating: 3

Source: ARC


Best friends Corey and Kyra were inseparable in their snow-covered town of Lost Creek, Alaska. When Corey moves away, she makes Kyra promise to stay strong during the long, dark winter, and wait for her return.

Just days before Corey is to return home to visit, Kyra dies. Corey is devastated―and confused. The entire Lost community speaks in hushed tones about the town’s lost daughter, saying her death was meant to be. And they push Corey away like she’s a stranger.

Corey knows something is wrong. With every hour, her suspicion grows. Lost is keeping secrets―chilling secrets. But piecing together the truth about what happened to her best friend may prove as difficult as lighting the sky in an Alaskan winter…

My Review:

I had very mixed feeling about this book and looking at the reviews it seems that I am not the only one. There were lots of things I loved for example the beautiful description of the wintery Alaskan setting, the astronomy aspect and the paintings. Marieke seems to have a gift when it comes to descriptive writing.

The overall story wasn’t necessarily bad I just found it a little slow starting but once I got midway through I actually found that I wanted to keep reading and the pages seemed to turn quicker. The short chapters definitely helped with this. Flicking between the past and present kept th story fisher as well, it provided background to the characters and helped you understand Kyra and Corey’s story more.

What I wasn’t as keen on was the way it ended. It seemed rather predictable to me and I kept hoping/ waiting for that oh my god moment but it never came. There were also some unanswered questions like Aaron’s cabin. One day it was deserted and the next it wasn’t, it felt that there was more to the story but nothing materialised.

All in all this wasn’t a bad read and I did enjoy parts it just fell a little flat for me.

I have to say I am very impressed with myself, we are one week in and I’ve already finished two books! Lets hope this reading streak continues.



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