Mini-Review: 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…

This book. I loved the concept of it, the whole image it summons to mind. A grim setting: One lonely town buried in ice, isolated and cold in more than one meaning, it reflects the ice that lays hidden in its inhabitants’ hearts. Chilly thought.

The whole story is one tilted frame. It is a puzzle that only looks complete, but there is something wrong with the picture, things seem off, and that’s what kept me reading at the beginning.

I LOVE the characters, and am not likely to forget Kyra, who wasn’t a magical girl and was no hero but who gave this book its magic. And Corey, who was brave but afraid at the same time and who shares my love for physics and science. I can’t judge the bipolar representation because I am not qualified and have never known anyone who was like Kyra, but I can say that the part where Kyra deals with it is amazing. I love how she calls her highs ‘hero days’, and I think she is a really inspiring character ❤

Ah, the thrill of the book at the end, how it turned thriller-like ❤ It’s like Nina Lacour’s We Are Okay, plus suspense, plus time limits, plus inspiring characters, plus conspiracy.

The only downside to it was the ‘supernatural’ occurences in the beginning. I badly didn’t want it to turn supernatural, and I’m glad it didn’t. But the part where it almost did was very meh for me. I’d like to leave the supernatural for books of that genre, when I’ve been warned about it.

Overall, this was a great book, and I do recommend reading it ! If you do/did read it, let me know your thoughts in the comments !

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