The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North

Book blurb…

All the world forgets me. First my face, then my voice, then the consequences of my deeds.So listen. Remember me.

My name is Hope Ardern, and you won’t know who I am. We’ve met before – a thousand times. But I am the girl the world forgets.

It started when I was sixteen years old. A slow declining, an isolation, one piece at a time.

A father forgetting to drive me to school. A mother setting the table for three, not four. A teacher who forgets to chase my missing homework. A friend who looks straight through me and sees a stranger.

No matter what I do, the words I say, the people I hurt, the crimes I commit – you will never remember who I am.

That makes my life tricky. But it also makes me dangerous . . .

This is the tale of the girl no one remembers. But this gripping story – of love and loss, of hope and despair, of living in the moment and dying to leave a mark – is novel that will stay with you.

My thoughts…

This story evoked many different feelings in me along the way.  I was on a perpetual swing with Hope, the pendulum moving from ‘love the plot’, to ‘get on with the story’.  The premise was intriguing and certainly kept me reading.

I did find the character’s constant counting of things through the story frustrating and the ‘interesting facts’ were also frustrating fillers (less is more). However I understand such traits can also provide insight into Hope’s life and her coping mechanisms.

Whilst I had to persevere with the story in the beginning, sticking with it proved worthy and I found myself totally hooked and compelled to continue.

The title is an excellent fit with the plot and I would recommend the story to those who like a provocative read that makes you think about society today and our unhealthy obsession with perfection.

This review can also be found on Goodreads Published by Hachette Australia 


About Jeannette

I'm living the dream, reading my way around this country and living in a 5th wheeler caravan.
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One Response to The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North

  1. Kris says:

    Thanks again Jeannette for your excellent review. I very much like a book that’s a bit different – and “The Sudden Appearance of Hope” sounds like it will fit the bill. I’ll take a look at getting a hold of a copy.


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