An Amazon Charts bestseller.
In the deep woods of East Texas, Henry supports his family by selling bootleg liquor. It’s all he can do to keep his compassionate but ailing mother and his stepfather—a fanatical grassroots minister with a bruising rhetoric—from ruin. But they have no idea they’ve become the obsession of the girl in the woods.
Abandoned and nearly feral, Eve has been watching them, seduced by the notion of family—something she’s known only in the most brutal sense. Soon she can’t resist the temptation to get close. Where Henry’s mother sees a poor girl in need, his father sees only wickedness. When Henry forges an unexpected bond with Eve, he believes he might be able to save her. He doesn’t know how wrong he is.
Eve is about to take charge of her own destiny—and that of Henry’s family. As both their worlds spin violently out of control, Henry must make an impossible choice: protect the broken woman who’s claimed a piece of his soul, or put everyone he loves at risk in order to do the right thing.
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About the Author
Eliza Maxwell is the author of The Grave Tender and The Kinfolk. She writes fiction from her home in Texas, which she shares with her ever-patient husband, two impatient kids, a ridiculous English setter, and a bird named Sarah. An artist and writer, a dedicated introvert, and a British cop-drama addict, she enjoys nothing more than sitting on the front porch with a good cup of coffee.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
3.5 stars... The Unremembered Girl tells the story of a family who comes across a feral girl living i the woods near their house in a small town in Texas. The mother, with the help of her son, invite the girl into their home to take care of her. There's also the added element of a group of people whose mysterious comings and goings at a nearby shack. It becomes clear that the girl is somehow connected to the people in the shack. The story is full of family conflict, tragedy, loss and atonement. The characters were well rounded and the story maintained my interest right from the very beginning.. My only complaint is that about 2/3 of the way through the book, following a significant event, I felt the story began to take a bit of a melodramatic turn that I didn't care for. By this time, we knew the girl's story and the combination of these two factors seemed to lead to the story losing its way. Despite this, a very good story and a worthwhile read.
You would think that since I have a bookish job that immerses me in the bookish world, I would have LOADS of time to read. Ah, the irony. Though I am blessed that my job requires reading of fabulous books, it’s very hard to find time to fit in books of my own choice. My work around is to always have what I call a “toothbrush book.” This book stays by the bathroom sink and gets read when I’m brushing my teeth or doing my hair or putting on make-up. In the case of The Unremembered Girl by Eliza Maxwell, I ended up sitting on the bathroom counter for over an hour before breaking my rule and carrying it to the couch. I didn’t get off that couch until the book was done… OH MY GOSH, I had all the feels reading this story. ALL the feels. Revulsion. Sympathy. Empathy, anger, horror, hurt, indignation, shock, relief, worry… And I kept thinking, “WOW. Eliza wrote this.” Eliza (whom I’ve become quite fond of over the past few years) wrote this story straight out of her imagination, and it’s perfection. She nailed it. I told her all this and she was humble and sweet – because that’s how she is – but she also told me that she feels like her next book, The Widow’s Watcher, is better. Truly, if that is the case, I don’t think my little book-loving heart can take it. (But we’ll find out since it’s coming on Lone Star Book Blogs tour end of May!) Back to The Unremembered Girl. It’s dark and profoundly sad. It’s grim and even gruesome at times; it haunts me. Main character Henry doesn’t do the right thing; he doesn't act the right way. He's HUMAN. So many times, I thought, no, no -- don't do that, Henry. There's an easier way… this is gonna backfire. But Henry didn’t listen to me. He's often misguided in his sacrifices, but he always acts out of putting others' needs first. Always. His and Eve’s relationship is magnetic but not really explained. It just is, and we must accept that. This might bother some readers, but for me it worked. Sometimes life and feelings defy explanation. The Unremembered Girl unfolds in a time period that is sketchy to grasp -- but I think that was good for where they characters are living in swampy Texas, where time kind of stands still a bit. Things remain the same and are done a certain way because it always has been that way. The book is cleanly edited and very well written. I like that the very short chapters each encapsulate a specific event. You read, you reel, and then you return for more. The story is a bit addictive. Thank you to the author, my friend, for providing me a beautiful print copy as a gift with absolutely no strings attached. I devoured it and give my honest opinion in the hope that others will read it and read this book and be moved by it.
The Unremembered Girl is the story that will stay with you long after you finish reading it! As we are introduced to Henry, his sick mother who is dying from cancer, and a crazy grassroots minister for a step-father, you can't help but feel that something bad is gonna happen. It's only when a mysterious girl named Eve appears from the woods that everything starts going downhill even faster for this family. As the story heats up and secrets start to come out, that's when the story takes a pivotal turn that will have your heart racing with all that's going on. The real heart-stopper comes at the very end at what happens to Henry and Eve. Block off a couple of hours to read The Unremembered Girl straight through, without stopping, or you will not be able to function for wondering what will happen next. Eliza Maxwell reels you in to the story to the point that you think that you are right there experiencing everything as the characters do. It is truly remarkable that an author can do that to the reader! Reading this book has made me want to go back and read Eliza Maxwell's other novels (The Grave Tender, The Kinfolk) just to be totally caught with her work before the next masterpiece is released!! Thank You to Eliza Maxwell for writing a book that has made me become a fan of yours for life!! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from Lone Star Book Blog Tours!
"Now, there was only Eve. Broken, broken Eve. The girl with no name." I usually don't read a lot of books outside the romance/paranormal genre, however every now and then I do. What made me pick up The Unremembered Girl was the intriguing and mysterious vibe I got from the blurb. I love books focusing on small town families, and the not knowing which direction the author will take with the characters and story. This book focuses mainly on Henry, who kind of paused his life to take care of his sick mother, Caroline. The feral girl Eve had been watching them from the woods, and longs to be a part of their family. When she makes herself known, Caroline opens up her home to Eve. I had no idea how Eve would react to everything, she was very traumatized and didn't act normal at all. The others don't think it's a good idea to take this unknown girl in their home. However, it seems like day by day she bonds the strongest with Henry, but not in a healthy way. "That girl's broken, Henry. She's broken and she's dangerous. And if you think you can fix her, I'm afraid you're destined for heartache, my dear." This book was very unpredictable. I had no idea what would happen and how Eve would act in certain situations. I was so not ready for the things that happened. The author did an incredible job in shocking and creating mixed emotions in me. I just didn't know how to feel about Eve, she was just such a broken character and I can't imagine half of what she went through in her past. I absolutely loved the multiple POVs because it added additional layers, and different perspectives to the story. The last 10% of the book was just brutal and put me through a whirlwind of emotions. Everything happened so fast and I just couldn't contain my tears. The Unremembered Girl was such an unique and emotional story, and it had me hooked from beginning until the end. The story had a great flow and the writing was easy to read. I am definitely looking forward to reading Eliza's other books.