Forgotten, written by Nicole Trope, is about a range of people in a community who come together in a twisted story of a child taken from a car. Forgotten is a crime novel, written through the eyes of four women – an overworked and underloved mother who leaves her baby in a car and he is taken, a detective who is put on the case despite her own trauma around young babies, Edna a lady living in a boarding house who grieves her life lost and Jackie another resident at the boarding house who has just been released from prison.
Each of the women have men in their lives who are explored through the eyes of the women – Malia, whose child is missing has a gambling addicted husband who never wanted children and hasn’t taken to the role. Ali, the detective, and her husband who have bonded through tragedy and who is also surrounded by strong supportive men on the police force, Edna and her grief over the loss of her husband and Jackie – whose obsessive behaviour drives her husband away and makes her more anxious and obsessed than ever.
Nicole Trope manages to bring mental health issues, grief, parenting (the ups and the downs!), family and fear into one book and looks at them all in a multi dimensional manner. Forgotten isn’t the harrowing read it could be – its an easy style to get through quickly, with depth and horror all included. I enjoyed Forgotten and the reminder that we are all fragile people with hard days and good days, and that sometimes that can change our course forever.