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February 18, 2022

The End of Getting Lost by Robin Kirman ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

The End of Getting Lost by Robin Kirman is a suspense novel set in the mid-1990s. The description of the story reminded me a little of Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson. I loved that edge-of-your-seat thriller and was hoping for another nailbiter.

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The End of Getting Lost
February 2022; Simon & Schuster; 978-1982159856
audio, ebook, print (288 pages); suspense

The story opens with Gina and Duncan in Switzerland where Gina has been recovering from a brain injury. Through flashbacks, we learn that she had an accident in Berlin and Duncan had used her memory loss as an opportunity to win her back. Gina doesn't remember the past year or her estrangement from Duncan. The story moves back and forth from present to past as we learn about them meeting in college and Gina growing suspicious as they travel to Vienna, Prague, and finally to Rome.

While suspenseful, I was not on the edge of my seat or furiously turning pages. The story lacked a true sinister vibe that would have elevated it to a heart-pounding thriller. I felt sorry for Duncan. I felt he was obsessed and possibly delusional, but I didn't feel he was evil.

The pace of the story was slower than I expected as well. While the back and forth timeline with its bread crumb trail is a common trope in psychological thrillers, I felt the story meandered more than is typical for a thriller. Even when the truth is closing in on them, there wasn't an overly urgent feeling to the story. I did want to know how things ended for them, which is what kept me reading. The ending isn't a tidy one and I'm left with questions.

I'm not sure how much I liked the characters. I think I mostly felt sorry for them. They both seemed to be trying to be people that maybe they truly weren't - all in the name of love.

If you are looking for a suspense-filled story where nothing is what it seems and the story unfolds slowly, then this is the book for you.

Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the founder of Girl Who Reads and the author of how-to marketing book Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour.

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