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The Unforgotten by Laura Powell

Format: paperback, B format, 198 x 129mm, 272pp

ISBN Code: 978-1-910449-59-2
Laura Powell

Laura Powell grew up in South Wales and studied at Warwick University.

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The Unforgotten

by Laura Powell


A Sainsbury’s Summer Book Club pick

It’s 1956 and fifteen-year-old Betty Broadbent has never left the Cornish fishing village of St Steele or ventured far beyond the walls of the boarding house run by her erratic mother. But when the London press pack descends to report on a series of gruesome murders of young women, Betty’s world changes. In particular she is transfixed by mysterious and aloof reporter, Mr Gallagher. As the death toll rises, an unlikely friendship blossoms between Betty and Gallagher. But as their bond deepens, they find themselves entangled with the murders and each is forced to make a devastating choice, one that will shape their own lives – and the life of an innocent man – forever.

Praise for The Unforgotten

‘The Ultimate Summer Reading List: The narrative lits between the ’50s and present day in this unsettilng, compelling crime period drama.’ Glamour

‘A forbidden love. A serial killer on the loose. A huge moral dilemma… Put them together and you might as well bid your to-do list goodbye, because you’re basically not going to be able to put down new thriller The Unforgotten.’ Stella Magazine, Sunday Telegraph

‘Powell is particularly good at getting inside Betty’s teenage head and charting her emotional journey. The plot rattles along with plenty of red herrings and a dash of melodrama until the killer twist.’ Fanny Blake, Daily Mail

‘The Unforgotten has all the classic page-turner ingredients.’ Emerald Street

‘There is an intrigue, suspense and a unique story. The author is annoyingly talented and I devoured this book in a day.’ ***** The Sun

‘A spine-tingling story of the secrets we choose to keep and the people we choose to protect.’ Event Magazine, Mail on Sunday

‘Gripping from the first page, this is a remarkabke debut. I highly recommend it.’ Katie Fforde, author of Going Dutch

‘A quirky, vivid, original writer who catches the strangeness of time passing.’ Maggie Gee, author of The White Family

‘An eerie and sorrowful tale, beautifully-told: a hugely impressive debut.’ Joanna Kavenna

‘An unforgettable tale of love and loss.’ Richard Skinner, author of The Mirror

The Unforgotten takes the classic murder mystery novel and gives it a contemporary makeover. Laura powell, with her unique style and intricately-developed characters, is certainly an exciting new voice on the contemporary literature scene.’ Jade the Obscure blog

‘A beautifully complex story about coming of age and learning what really matters.’ For the Love of Books

‘The Unforgotten is a clever first book by a remarkably new voice… Laura Powell has all the makings of becoming one of modern literature’s greats, and is certainly one to watch.’ Sogo Magazine

‘A story with deep running themes offering its characters difficult choices.’ Whatmeread

‘There’s a slight Broadchurch feel to this double narrative set in a small Cornish town… Powell’s debut is both assured and intriguing.’ Sunday Herald

‘The skillful capturing of place and era (1950s) lends tremendous atmosphere to a murder mystery that exudes menace and suspence. Fifteen year old Betty is an engaging and endearing protagonist and the story has both moral complexity and emotional depth. This book is worth the wait – I think readers will love it.’ Isobel’s Literary Sofa

‘A gripping debut’ Goldlink

‘This is not a typical murder mystery, but a moving narrative with vivid, memorable characters. Betty will stay with me, I am sure, for a long time to come. The past and present are expertly woven together, and the book is packed full of suspence. Beneath all this, there lies a tragic story of loss, love, and remorse.’ Created to Read