Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp

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…

How did I get the book? BEA 2017 and of course I bought it

Genre: Mystery / Contemporary / LGBTQIA

Previously reviewed: This Is Where It Ends

Review: So firstly, I read this book a while ago but for reasons  which is why I couldn’t post the review until now. I’ve been sitting on my thoughts for Before I Let Go for ages and just like Marieke Nijkamp’s debut they are very much along the line of: “READ THIS!” & “You need this book.”

Before I Let Go has an ethereal eeriness in its storytelling. There is an otherness for readers as they follow Corey back to Lost Creek. I felt like the place clung to me like a thick fog, heavy and suffocating. Nothing about it felt right and try as I might I couldn’t find a connection to anyone but Kyra. Kyra who shines bright throughout the book. I am utterly in love with her.

Most of the story is narrated by Corey, yet it is Kyra who fills each page. She is the colour to the heavy dark mist that is Lost and Corey’s grief and the guilt that drives her. I am so impressed by how Kyra is the main character in this story when she should be noted for her absence. You constantly believe she is there because of the way the book is written.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading one of Marieke Nijkamp’s books then I would probably recommend This Is Where It Ends because of sheer abundance of amazing characters. Before I Let Go has a different feel and pace which takes a few more chapters to get into, the writing remains brilliant of course.

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