Small Forgotten Moments by Annalisa Crawford
Is Zenna a muse, a sleep-deprived apparition, or something much more sinister?
Suffering long-term amnesia, artist Jo Mckye is ready to start a fresh, new project after the success of her debut exhibition. But the fictional subject of the collection, Zenna, won’t let go so easily. Infiltrating Jo’s dreams—and increasingly, her waking hours—Zenna is fast becoming a dangerous obsession.
Jo is confident the answers lie at her childhood home, an idyllic Cornish village on the south-east coast; she just doesn’t know why. Only when she walks into the sea and almost drowns does the past start to unravel.
Haunting and melodic, fans of Daphne du Maurier and Daisy Johnson will adore this.
Annalisa Crawford lives in Cornwall, UK, with a good supply of moorland and beaches to keep her inspired. She lives with her husband, two sons, and canine writing partner, Artoo. She is the author of four short story collections, and two novels.
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What would you want to do if something so traumatic had happened and you wanted to forget it all? How far would you be willing to go? Obviously there will be no spoilers from me, but just a couple of questions to get you started. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel as it was something a little different and not what I was expecting at all, but brilliant it was! I genuinely had no idea what was going on some of the time, but once Jo went to visit her mum, everything started to fall into place. Then of course the penny drops.
I loved the characters, especially Nathan, the way he stands by Jo and helps her, that takes a special kind of man. Jo was full of suspense and in some respects, quite intense as the reader was only ever allowed a small glimpse into her previous world before her amnesia, through her paintings. Jo’s mum had to have found everything so hard, not only did she have her own grief to sort through, she also had to hide it away. That must have taken some strength and I think she is also the star of this book.
Would I recommend this book? Yes I would! I loved the suspense and the not knowing, only catching glimpses of before made this book more suspenseful and gritty and certainly kept me on the edge of my seat wanting more. The book was devoured and left me wanting more.