Allison O’Malley’s plan is to go to grad school so she can get a good job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She has carefully closed herself off from everything else, including a relationship with Ethan, who she’s been in love with for as long as she can remember.
What is definitely not part of the plan is the return of her long-lost father, who claims he can bring Allison’s mother back from the dark place her mind has gone. Allison doesn’t trust her father, so why would she believe his stories about a long forgotten Irish people, the Tuatha de Danaan? But truths have a way of revealing themselves. Secrets will eventually surface. And Allison must learn to set aside her plan and work with her father if there is even a small chance it could restore her mother’s sanity.
Sometimes, you go into a book knowing everything and expect the plot twists and turns. Other times, you go in blind and can be pleasantly surprised or bitterly disappointed in the outcome.
While I didn’t know a lot about this book before I opened it up, I’m happy to say that, for me, The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard is definitely the former. This novel tells the story of Allison, a teenager raised by her grandparents due to her mothers emotionally vacant state.
When Allison starts hearing voices in her head, sees flashing in the woods and a mysterious Irishman comes to town, things in her world quickly go from the peace and quiet she worked so hard to control to all out chaos.
I really loved the world building in this book. Sometimes, locations feel forced; but I’m pleased to say all areas here I could picture with ease, the mark of a good writer.
The romance with cocky-yet-cute Ethan was very sweet; definitely a nice book boyfriend to have. The ‘bad guys’ in the book were also well-rounded and not the stereotypical pure evil without justification type.
Over all, I think The Forgotten Ones is an easy to read book that will put a smile on your face.