The Forgotten Ones: A Novel

The Forgotten Ones: A Novel

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ISBN-13: 9781543662757
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 04/01/2018
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Steena Holmes is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of titles including Saving Abby, Stillwater Rising, and The Memory Child. Named to the “20 Best Books by Women in 2015” list by Good Housekeeping and Redbook, Steena won the National Indie Excellence Award in 2012 for Finding Emma as well as the USA Book News Award for The Word Game in 2015. Steena lives in Calgary, Alberta, and is a self-proclaimed “travelholic” who can’t resist a good cup of coffee. To find out more about her books and her love of traveling, you can visit her website at or follow her journeys on Instagram @authorsteenaholmes.

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The Forgotten Ones: A Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
GratefulGrandma 11 months ago
The Forgotten Ones is a heart-breaking novel that will break your heart many times over. It explores mental illness and how it affects families, love and loss. Elle is a nurse who works in pediatrics at the local hospital with her best friend Brennley. Bren works in the cancer ward and tells Elle about one of her patients. David is a cranky old man who has no one to spend time with him. He is estranged from his daughter and his granddaughter does not even know he exists. When Bren helps him write one last letter to his daughter, she realizes that her patient is actually her best friend Elle's grandfather. Elle has never met this grandfather and was always told by her mother Marie that her grandparents were both dead. Elle is curious and wants to meet her grandfather. She wants to find out about her mother's past and get to know this man. Elle starts meet with David on a regular basis and he starts telling her stories about her mother Marie's past as well as his and Gertie's relationship with her. Marie is not happy that Elle is seeing her grandfather. Grace, her mother's caregiver continually tells Elle that his stories are not true. Will Elle ever find out the truth about her mother's past? Is David telling the truth? Elle is a very strong young woman. She has cared for her mother for years, but is trying to have a life of her own. Family ties are strong and so is loyalty. David is a sad character. He has dealt with woman all his life that have mental illness in varying degrees, but his love for his wife, Gertie, leads him to make some bad decisions that not only affect his life, but his daughter's and granddaughter's as well. The emotions that this book evokes are strong and have left me thinking about what I would do in the same situation. What will you do for the person you love? If you enjoy an emotive read, pick this one up.
KrittersRamblings 12 months ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings This is a tale of unreliable narrators and a reader trying to figure out who to trust. There are two narrators. Elle is a daughter and that is all she has been her whole life that is the only family relationship she has known. David is counting his days in the hospital and as he hasn't had communication with the rest of his family he is pretty sure he will die alone. Very early in the book, the reader finds out the connection between David and Elle and I loved the premise that his days are numbered and Elle must quickly get the truth of the past out of him. I loved how that easily took us back in time through David's eyes to see the past.
blonde_betty More than 1 year ago
The Forgotten Ones by Steena Holmes is a twisted suspense tale with more than one unreliable narrator that will keep you guessing and long after you’ve finished reading. Elle has been told her entire life that she doesn’t have any family, only to discover her David, her grandfather, is alive, but dying. As he endures the last days before his death, Elle listens to him tell stories of her grandmother and her mother growing up. Her mother doesn’t want to remember those days and her stories vary widely from David’s. Elle doesn’t know what to believe, and neither will readers. If you enjoy dark twisty suspense in the vein of The Girl in the Window and Gone Girl, this is a must read.
Naty More than 1 year ago
Elle is sure mental illness run in the family and she will show as her mother had. When she finds out his grandfather, who she thought death a long time ago, is a dying patient in the same hospital she works as paediatric nurse she can’t help but visit with him and try to know about her past. But will she like what she learn? Will known about it destroy her and her mother? A story about family, love, lies and keeping secrets.
lsmoore_43 More than 1 year ago
I am never disappointed in a Steena Holmes novel. This one was no different except I think is my brand new favorite of hers. It was so good. I received a copy of this awesome book from Steena via NetGalley and Lake Union. To them I am forever grateful for the best books ever. I used to believe wishes were like fairy tales: all you had to do was make one, and your happily ever after would come true. I don’t believe that anymore. Home meant love and security and family. I guess in the end, you start thinking about the beginning. There is never enough time. Never. When you were born, I made you a promise. I swore to always protect you, to put you first, to make sure you grew up surrounded by laughter and love. Those are a few of the lines that kept me turning pages and wanting more. Elle is a nurse, daughter and best friend. She learns that her grandfather is in the hospital where she works and dying of cancer. She had thought he died already so was very curious to know him. Her mother told her to not believe a word he said. She had always said her parents were dead. To her they were. Grace has been taking care of Anna since she was a small child. There are secrets that need to be told and Elle has to decide who is telling the truth and who is not. This book pulled me in from the very beginning and was so hard to put down. It is so well written and the subject matter is one that will make you wonder what really happened. Should David really blame himself for everything that happened. I didn’t think so but I also felt for Gertie, Anna’s parents. There is so much love, laughter and mental illness in this story. Told from different points and goes back and forth from now to the past. I thought I had it figured out a few times but I never got it right. Just when you think you know who is who or what is what another twist. It’s one that holds your attention all the way. I wish there would be a sequel to this one just to find out about another character, her daughter and her family. Also to see how Elle handles her life. I just don’t have words enough to describe how much I truly loved this book. It was a bit of magic in parts and sad in parts. It will make you need a box of Kleenex for sure but so worth every tear. It was just an all around wonderful story, book, novel. Thank you Steena Holmes for the chance to read such a good book. My favorite as I said. I LOVED IT!!!
KerryACroucier More than 1 year ago
An Amazing Story! This story held me so tightly in its grip, I was reeling when it ended and released me. A story of family, love, secrets, and mental illness, it unfolds via strong, well-developed characters and a wonderfully written storyline. It makes you wonder if it is possible to love too much. Elle spent so m uch of her life looking for … something. I could feel her frustration, resignation, and hope. Both she and David are such complex characters, and their lives are so strongly influenced by the ones they love, despite the hardships of living with them. This was an amazing story, and it’s definitely one not to miss! #NetGalley #TheForgottenOnes
Suze-Lavender More than 1 year ago
Elle loves her mother very much, but she also worries about her. Marie isn't mentally stable and Elle knows her mother had a difficult childhood. She tries to be there for her mother as much as she can. When she finds out Marie lied to her about her parents and Elle's grandfather is still alive instead of dead, Elle is shocked. She decides to visit him before it's too late. Her grandfather isn't what she expected and his stories are terrible. Are they true or do they consist of more lies? Elle continuously asks her mother for the truth, but Marie doesn't share her secrets. How can Elle find out what happened in the past? Elle's grandfather has a dreadful confession to make. Is he unburdening himself before his death? Elle doesn't believe what he says, but she can't dismiss it either. She will have to do research to get to the bottom of the matter. However, where should she start and who has the answers? Marie isn't strong, is Elle making the right decision to find out more about a time her mother so desperately wants to forget? Elle has to act quickly before there's nobody left who can give her the information she seeks, will she manage to get to the bottom of the matter? The Forgotten Ones is a terrific gripping story. I love books about family secrets and Steena Holmes has written a great one. Elle is strong and capable, but she constantly questions her mental state because of her family history. She loves deeply and likes helping others, which made her a wonderful main character. Marie is a loving mother, she has her issues, but she adores her daughter and has created many good memories with Elle. They have a strong connection, but Elle discovers she doesn't know much about her mother and she wants to have answers. Even though Marie doesn't like it, she lets her daughter dig, which I found incredibly admirable. I was curious to find out if Elle's search would actually be harmful for her mother and loved all the surprising twists and turns in her story. It kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end and I read The Forgotten Ones in one sitting. Steena Holmes skillfully works with tension. Every chapter brings new information. Her story is fast-paced and filled with suspense. I sometimes forgot to breathe, which is exactly the effect a good thrilling story should have. Elle's mother and grandfather lost everything and their story is sad, creepy and distressing. It grabbed me from beginning to end. The Forgotten Ones is a fantastic book and I highly recommend this compelling poignant story.
TeresaKander More than 1 year ago
WOW! This book totally blew me away. So many family secrets, and so many surprises for the reader. It's the story of people who do what they think is best for their families, and the damage done in the process. The author writes the characters and their stories in ways that make you feel a part of the story, drawn into every action and conversation as if you are in the room. Her depiction of mental illness is realistic and heartbreaking. Definitely well worth reading!
sarah53121 More than 1 year ago
Thank you NetGalley for the copy of The Forgotten Ones by Steena Holmes that I read and reviewed. I could not put this book down. I read this book in one sitting. I thought I had it all figured out but by the end I really did not have a clue what was going and I loved every second of it. This was one of those books that Steena Holmes takes the reader on an emotional journey with her on and you fall in love with the people in the book and feel like they are part of your family and when the book is over you feel like you lost your friends. I loved the Elle and her mother and even her grandfather. Each person in this book played a special part that made this book excellent. If you are looking for a book that will keep you guessing from start to finish and will take your breath away The Forgotten Ones is the one you are looking for. I give The Forgotten Ones five out of five stars.
brf1948 More than 1 year ago
The Forgotten Ones is an interesting novel, a fast read, taking place in the mid-1950's and in 2005. The mystery is a bit convoluted but is fairly easy to follow and would be feasible in the time frames above. I had a difficult time finding some of the protagonists sympathetic, but there are days like that. Elle and Grace hold the story together very well and hold their own. I received a free electronic copy of this novel from Netgalley, Steena Holmes, and Lake Union Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
You know that big ball of yarn all rolled up from odds and ends but you don’t know its odds and ends until the ball starts to unwind? This story reminds me a bit of that big ball of yarn. Some bits are longer or shorter, softer or rougher, shimmery or dull, barely holding together needing support, colorful or flat, tangled or smooth…the list could go on awhile. An old man is dying and tries one more time to get through to his daughter and granddaughter by sending a letter. Little does he realize that the person he is dictating his words to actually knows his granddaughter. And, little does the granddaughter know that visiting with and listening to the stories her grandfather tells will shake not only her perceptions but perhaps those of her mother and the woman that is as close to or closer to her than her biological mother. This is a story of family, love, mental illness, choices, survival, life, death and truth… Truth is not necessarily the same for all who experience an event or a period of time but with the threads that unwind a greater truth is revealed that impacts many in the story. This was not an easy read just as it was not an easy life to be lived for more than one character in this book. I do not think I would have made the choices more than one character made BUT it did make a fascinating read for me today. When I finished the story I wondered how Elle, Grace and Marie would move forward with the new information they had…would their lives be better knowing what they learned or would it remain much the same… It is a book that made me think and feel and also made me glad I am me and not any of the characters in this story! Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4-5 Stars
Holly More than 1 year ago
WOW is all I can say about this book that will draw you in and won't let go until the very last word is read and even then, you can't help but to think about long after reading it. With the book starting out with a grumpy old man laying in a hospital bed just waiting to die, you know that he had a story to tell but I would have never imagined how it would all go. It's when Elle comes into the story that you start to piece some things together on who is related to who after discovering that Elle's Mother has lied to her all of her life for what had happened during her Mother's childhood. With Elle finally able to meet that man that her mother protected Elle from, he starts to tell this story that makes you wonder where is this story going. There will come this pivotal moment in the story that everything will start to make sense on why Elle's Mother is the way she is. I don't want to spoil anything but it will make your heart stop just a couple of times for what is going on within the story that makes you think, is this really happening to this person. This has to be the most thrilling thriller that I have read in a long time and to have it written none other by Steena Holmes, it makes it that much better!! To have this kind of a read that you think that you kinda know how it's all gonna end and then to have this bombshell to be dropped, one after another, it was pretty thrilling or for me it was!! Thank You to Steena Holmes for this awesome read that totally deserves to be made into a movie just to see everything play out on the big screen!! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley!
lauriesophee More than 1 year ago
“There is never enough time. Never." An intense family secret is the theme of this moving, heartwrenching novel. A young woman amazingly finds her grandfather in the very same hospital where she works as a nurse. She had been told he was dead from the time she was young and now on his deathbed, he has a story to tell to try to right the wrongs of years passed. I loved and savored this book of love, mental illness, and family. The details and writing of this story are amazing and I believe this is Steena Holmes’s best work yet!