The Forgotten Hours by Katrin Schumann

The Forgotten Hours by Katrin Schumann
Publisher: Lake Union
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense
Length: Full Length (330 pgs)
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea

In this evocative debut novel, Katrin Schumann weaves a riveting story of past and present—and how love can lead us astray.

At twenty-four, Katie Gregory feels like life is looking up: she’s snagged a great job in New York City and is falling for a captivating artist—and memories of her traumatic past are finally fading. Katie’s life fell apart almost a decade earlier, during an idyllic summer at her family’s cabin on Eagle Lake when her best friend accused her father of sexual assault. Throughout his trial and imprisonment, Katie insisted on his innocence, dodging reporters and clinging to memories of the man she adores.

Now he’s getting out. Yet when Katie returns to the shuttered lakeside cabin, details of that fateful night resurface: the chill of the lake, the heat of first love, the terrible sting of jealousy. And as old memories collide with new realities, they call into question everything she thinks she knows about family, friends, and, ultimately, herself. Now, Katie’s choices will be put to the test with life-altering consequences.

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I’ve been on a kick of reading heavy books. This one seemed to fit the bill, especially considering the times we’re in.

The writing is striking and kept me fixed to my seat. I needed to know what would happen next. It’s a…I don’t know how else to describe it…a heavy plot. Katie’s father is accused of sexual assault and she says it didn’t happen. I can’t imagine being in her place. The author did an admirable job in making me sympathize with her.

That said, Katie wasn’t the character I thought she might be. For a woman who seems to have it all, she can be a bit…immature. She’s gone through a lot–growing up, having a boyfriend, a degree–but she still seemed flat. I get that the author wanted to show some people just won’t see what’s in front of them and the author did that well. I wanted to give Katie the what-for more than once. So kudos to the author for getting me emotionally involved.

The pacing was a tad slow and I did put this book down more than a few times. I needed to know what would happen next, but I recognized there were spots that just didn’t hold my attention. Also note, this book involves sexual assault, so it might not be for everyone.

Still, there were plot twists that did improve the story for me. I saw the growth in Katie and the hardships that Lulu went through. I wanted closure and got a satisfying one with the ending.

If you’re interested in a book that’s got a tough subject but interesting outcome, then this might be the book for you.


  1. This is such an interesting premise, even with the slow bits. I don’t think I’ve seen a book tackle this subject like this. Really wonderful review, covering the good and not-so-good bits.

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