Book Review: The Forgetting by Nicole Maggi

The Forgetting by Nicole Maggi


Published: February 3rd 2015 by Sourcebooks Fire


Georgie’s new heart saved her life…but now she’s losing her mind.

Georgie Kendrick wakes up after a heart transplant, but the organ beating in her chest doesn’t seem to be in tune with the rest of her body. Why does she have a sudden urge for strawberries when she’s been allergic for years? Why can’t she remember last Christmas?

Driven to find her donor, Georgie discovers her heart belonged to a girl her own age who fell out of the foster care system and into a rough life on the streets. Everyone thinks she committed suicide, but Georgie is compelled to find the truth – before she loses herself completely.


The Forgetting has such a sinister cover, I admit, it was the cover that initially reeled me in. I originally thought this would be a fluffy paranormal mystery….Was I ever surprised with how wrong I was!

Nicole Maggi is an expert storyteller. She weaves powerful facts into a fictional world and makes it work. Readers question how we see our world…what happens behind closed doors, and worse–what happens in front of our very eyes that remain blind to?

A haunted heart…What a mesmerizing idea…Could an organ really carry echoes of a life within it? We’ve all heard of phantom pains, those whom have had transplants that suddenly have new cravings, addictions….

Could the same go for memories?

In stories involving medical conditions, I often find that fine details are skipped over and things don’t truly add up to seem fully ‘believable.’ It is clear Maggi did her research. The medical sequence of events is so unreal it is actually something that I question, could it really happen? We all know the bizarre is in fact the mundane in the world of medicine.

So, we’ve got a brilliant storyline paired with skilled storyline. Yesss!

You can’t help but fall in love with the eclectic group of characters. It’s nice to see a glimpse into the lives of those who are stereotyped so much. I can’t go into more detail without making my thoughts into an epic sequence of spoilers that ruins the book for potential readers…So, trust me when I say–it’s worth picking up!

The facts behind the story are truly disturbing, and eye opening. This book makes your mind wander long after the last page has turned. You find yourself questioning, what have I done for others? What direction do I need to take to improve my world?

What we do for others lives far longer than we ever will. We can give up what we love most to make the world better for others and still endure, finding a new face to happiness.

A thrilling and original read.

About Maison Moonchild

A Canadian gal that firmly believes words can change the world. An avid reader, writer and Halloween enthusiast. She has a special interest in communications and writes for pleasure and profession. She moonlights as a metaphysical maven with a knack for creating magical crystal jewelry and holiday accessories.
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