Mini Review – Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp

POSTED ON December 6, 2017 BY Austine IN Book Review

Mini Review – Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp
Before I Let Go
by Marieke Nijkamp
Published on January 2, 2018 by Sourcebooks Fire
Pages: 368
Genres: Mystery, Young Adult

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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 was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I’ll come right out and say that I didn’t request this book, didn’t even know it existed, until it showed up on my porch one day. It’s not one I’d even pick up by choice, to be honest, but I thought that I’d give it a go, expand my reading horizons and all that.

. . . and I wish I could get that time back.

First off, this is a thriller. . . I think. I’m not well-versed on the genre. So I expected there to be a sense of suspense and anticipation, right? That’s reasonable. Didn’t get it but hey, maybe that’s normal for the genre (I doubt it but trying to give it the benefit of the doubt for the moment). I wanted to feel the tension in the air, the urge to glance over my shoulder, that sort of thing. Instead everything just happened and I found myself not caring what came next.

The characters were bland. They felt so underdeveloped I couldn’t even remember their names until I checked the synopsis again. Not good. Corey likely had the most development of the cast but that’s a stretch. I felt details were being force-fed rather than coming up organically. I don’t know who Corey is but I do know that I don’t like her. As for Kyra, I barely know the relationship between Corey and Kyra beyond what’s told. I never felt the deeper connection. Therefore, I never cared.

Also, for those interested in the ace rep in this book, I’m not ace so I can’t judge it but from what it came off as was badly written. I may be wrong but please be careful going in if you planned to read this book for that reason.

This book was just a mess of a read for me and I wish I’d stuck with my gut and not bothered. The writing wasn’t great, the characters boring, and the thriller element wasn’t thrilling. I hope someone else has better luck because I couldn’t like this book at all.


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