Laura Powell

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The Unforgotten

book | Fiction | Mar 2016
US & Canada → Simon & Schuster (Ed. Jackie Cantor)

Betty has a secret. One she must keep forever.

Summer, 1956. Fifteen year old Betty Broadbent has never left the Cornish fishing village of St Steele or ventured far beyond the walls of the Hotel Eden, the boarding house run by her erratic mother. But when a string of brutal murders brings London's press flooding into the village, Betty’s world changes. She is instantly transfixed by one of the reporters, the mysterious and aloof Mr Gallagher.

An unlikely friendship blossoms between Betty and Mr Gallagher. But as their bond deepens, and they become entangled with the murders, each is forced to make a devastating choice – one that will change their lives forever. Fifty years later, the devastating consequences of Betty and Gallagher’s secrets finally unravel.

Split between 1956 and present day, The Unforgotten is a stunning debut novel. With her skilfully drawn characters and evocative language, Laura Powell is an exciting new voice.


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Gripping from the first page, this is a remarkable debut. I highly recommend it.

Katie Fforde

A quirky, vivid, original writer who catches the strangeness of time passing.

Maggie Gee

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

Haunting and complex . . . A satisfying mystery as well as a complex portrait of the effects of emotional
trauma and mental illness.

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