Publication Date: March 22nd from Picador
Source: Review Copy
When the black box flight recorder of a plane that went missing 30 years ago is found at the bottom of the sea, a young man named Dove begins to remember a past that isn’t his. The memories belong to a rare flower hunter in 1980s New York, whose search led him around the world and ended in tragedy.
Restless and lonely in present-day London, Dove is quickly consumed by the memories, which might just hold the key to the mystery of his own identity and what happened to the passengers on that doomed flight, The Long Forgotten.
I loved this book so much. It was one of those that immediately absorbed me and was so beautifully written and so hauntingly evocative of so many things that you just sink into it. It was also one of those that leaves you vaguely bereft when you have to leave it behind.
This is a real book journey with some very life affirming and emotional themes within the pages. I loved Dove, his random strange memories that make him wonder if he is going mad and the flashbacks we see to Peter, a cleaner of more than just dirt and his passion for rare flowers that starts with a love story…
The journeys encompassed within “The Long Forgotten” are made up of more than just miles. The relationships play out against a vivid and ever changing set of scenery, the people you meet are all fascinatingly intriguing. In the background the discovery of a black box recorder sends yet another character on a journey of sorts…and in the end it all comes together in a highly memorable, hauntingly beautiful and melancholy finale.
This is not only original it is utterly charming, sometimes very dark, always completely riveting and it has put David Whitehouse firmly on my list of must read authors. Beautiful. Just beautiful. One I shall return to again.
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