‘Small Forgotten Moments’ by Annalisa Crawford is a story that is a blend of the paranormal and psychological thriller. I have read a previous book from this author and loved it so was hoping this one would be as good.
The main character is Jo and the story is told from her perspective, which gives us the chance to get to know her pretty well. She is an artist and suffering from long-term amnesia. Zenna is the fictional subject of her debut art collection, the only problem being that Zenna is affecting Jo. Zenna is haunting her waking hours and her sleep. Jo convinces herself this is all her imagination being in overdrive, at first. As it increasingly takes over her life, she decides the answer to this is at her childhood home in Cornwall, although she doesn’t know why she just knows she needs to go there. After she arrives a terrifying event occurs that begins the unravelling of the past which may prove to give Jo the answers to her obsession.
A book that is expertly crafted. As the story unfolds Jo’s frustration and fear begins to slowly creep upon her as events spiral out of control just poured out of the pages as well as her disorientation. I felt like I was having nightmares with her. It got me to the point that I had to keep reading to see what would happen next.
The Cornish coast just increases the atmosphere of the book. It could almost be a character on its own. I loved how the author has integrated the water to highlight Jo’s increasingly fragile mental state and the fact it could possibly set her free, or not.
An eerie and totally compelling read that seems to not just take over Jo’s life but the readers as well!
Thanks to ZooLoo’s Book Tours and Annalisa Crawford for the gifted copy of the book.