Publication - January 2018
After suffering a mental breakdown that nearly destroyed her marriage, Nina Taylor works hard to maintain her tenuous hold on sanity and be a good mother to her two young daughters. Despite her best efforts, she questions the possibility of a full recovery. Single mom Deja Johnson struggles to overcome her troubled past and raise her young son. But her friendship with Nina brings more complications. What Deja is hiding could not only destroy relationships, but endanger lives. One traumatic night threatens to shatter Nina’s mind. With Deja’s help, she strives to maintain her mental balance. But as events spiral out of control, the women must find out if Nina is losing her sanity or if someone is plotting against her.
My Review - 3 stars
Most of the time Amazon book recommendations for me are great. I have been in the mood to read about moms so this caught my attention. I downloaded and read the first chapter then noticed the author had emailed me for a review. I was sure this was a sign but unfortunately I thought this book wasn't believable and had one of the worst characters I have read, Deja.
Nina is home with her two daughters and husband recovering from a mental breakdown. I found the point of the breakdown a continuous 'carrot dangling' moment without the details. Why did it happen, why does the school treat her differently, was she correct with her thoughts, etc. We are to believe Nina is an unreliable character but I never fell for it so the story and ending was predictable for me. Overall, Nina was a lovely character, the grieving part of the story was done well but the journey was painful to read, she was a glimmer in a very sad story.
Deja is the 'best friend' who also only came into their lives while Deja was in the hospital, how naive are we as readers, then she starts an affair with Nina's husband. I was angry as a woman to be reading about weak, manipulative, deceptive, cheating, lying women, it was a disgrace. I have realized when I don't relate to a character and have such displeasure about a character, I am unable to enjoy the book.
There were many things missing in the story to help bring it all together and your reading, waiting but it doesn't happen. Additional editing and better execution of the story was needed. I give this a 3 because I was able to finish the book without skipping but I did consider not finishing.
Then the wrap up was to fast and ridiculous. I thought Everything She Lost read like a debut with possible potential. The cover is gorgeous but I can't recommend this one.