Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp

Before I Let Go

byMarieke Nijkamp

Kobo ebook | January 2, 2018

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From the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller This Is Where It Ends comes another unforgettable story of loss, hope, betrayal, and the quest for truth

Best friends Corey and Kyra were inseparable in their snow-covered town of Lost Creek, Alaska. When Corey moves away, she makes Kyra promise to stay strong during the long, dark winter, and wait for her return.

Just days before Corey is to return home to visit, Kyra dies. Corey is devastated—and confused. The entire Lost community speaks in hushed tones about the town's lost daughter, saying her death was meant to be. And they push Corey away like she's a stranger.

Corey knows something is wrong. With every hour, her suspicion grows. Lost is keeping secrets—chilling secrets. But piecing together the truth about what happened to her best friend may prove as difficult as lighting the sky in an Alaskan winter...

Title:Before I Let GoFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:January 2, 2018Publisher:SourcebooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1492642290

ISBN - 13:9781492642299

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from i loved it i bout this book and i loved! yes it was a tad dull at time. Regardless i loved it. It touched a lot on mental health. Such as Bipolar disorder and suicide. It was a thrilling book. I loved the style it was written. Loved it!
Date published: 2018-09-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Plain and Uneventful Warning - this book focuses a lot on mental health (bipolar disorder, suicide) and also has ace rep. I'm no expert on either but they didn't feel well done at all so make sure you know that going in if you decide to read this one. I'm not really sure what to think of this book. I don't know if I missed the point or if the point was just not there like I think. It just feels like this book had no purpose. The description makes it out to be a kind of mystery but it didn't feel like it. Kyra ends up dead at the beginning of the book and Corey, who had moved away for school, goes back to her hometown for the funeral and whatnot. Corey never seemed to believe her death was an accident for some reason. Apparently Kyra would never even think about suicide, which seemed a little naive on her part because mental health is so much more complicated that this story made it out to be. Also I''m not sure if the town was supposed to be a cult but it really felt like it. I can't even explain it all but they were obsessed with Kyra for some weird reason when for most of her life they shunned her because of her bipolar disorder? It was just SO confusing. And then the author kind of added an almost paranormal aspect to the book which didn't fit AT ALL. It was almost like the author tried to right a positive story about mental health and it didn't didn't go well at all. It's not that the mental health issues were portrayed badly exactly but that they didn't fit. In some parts mental health was almost magical and other times the characters were being shunned for it. There was no consistency at all. All the characters felt pretty boring also. There was no development and I found we really didn't get to know any of them at all. There was a lot of back and forth between present day and the past and some times I swear I didn't know where I was. It was just not a fun book to read at all and it really didn't give me much.
Date published: 2018-02-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I need more buildup I was so disappointed! the characters were so minimalistic and underdeveloped, I was expecting much more
Date published: 2018-02-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Definitely different!! *3.5 stars*. I had high hopes for this book but was sadly disappointed. The characters were underdeveloped which caused me to have no connection with any of them. The one thing I did like was chapters were short, which made it a quick and easy read.
Date published: 2018-01-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I'm Left Confused This was one of the strangest books I have read. Really, I should have put it down and never looked back. Fortunately, the chapters are short, a few pages each, mixed with phone calls and letters, so it gave the story a certain pull that kept me interested in the mystery, and for that I'll say it's a very quick read. I'm beyond confused by what the intent of this story even was, though. It follows two best friends, Kyra and Corey, who've made a promise to each other that they'll never forget each other, they'll always come back to one another. With Kyra remaining in their hometown of Lost Creek, Alaska, and Corey settling in at school in Dauphin, Manitoba, the two naturally drift apart. But Kyra ends up dead, drowned beneath the ice of White Wolf Lake, and Corey finds herself back in the community of 247 people, determined to get some answers. This town felt like a sadistic cult. Before her death, the community essentially shunned Kyra due to her Bipolar Diagnosis, treated her like she was a threat to society. As her mysterious death doesn't sit well with Corey, secrets begin to emerge, with Kyra being praised as some sort of oracle for good fortune among the town. As the explanation for her death kept getting weirder and weirder, I started questioning if there was a magical realism component to Lost Creek, and, honestly, I'm still not quite sure. Of course, with her best friend dead, Corey is consumed by grief. Reflecting back to Kyra living with Bipolar Disorder, there's a certain guilt Corey places on herself for leaving her behind. It was nearly impossible to focus on the message of mental health, however, as it was treated as some sort of mystical blessing to the community. The fact that her Bipolar Disorder was distorted into such a nonsensical purpose, I'm just not sure what the author meant to leave behind upon finishing. It certainly went far above my head.
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Haunting and Hard to Put Down Simply put, this book was haunting. Effed up comes to mind a little bit too. I'm not even sure WHAT I read, just that I couldn't put it down. This book follows the journey of Corey as she returns home to the literal middle-of-nowhere town of Lost following her best friend's mystery death. What follows after is equally disturbing and intriguing. It really makes you wonder how many towns like Lost have secrets overflowing in the streets. My heart raced and broke when it was needed, and I was satisfied with the pacing, the mystery and the ending. The voice Nijkamp gives to Corey is one I related to immensely. The bipolar angle was, from my point of view, well done. I have little experience with the disorder outside of psych classes, but it hit the buttons it needed to. It especially worked well in the story, with how Kyra coped and needed help and support. Overall, I really enjoyed this. 4/5
Date published: 2017-11-28