Awhile ago, I read ,The Forgotten Room: A Novel, written by Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig, and have been meaning to review it ever since.
Let’s start with the pros.
The book handled 3 different and accomplished writers in a smart and engaging way. Since these 3 writers have their own, distinctive writing style/voice, which the fans of these individual writers rather enjoy, the collaboration that is this novel consists of having the novel switch between the viewpoints of 3 different women, all different generations of the same family. And if you are thinking that you don’t like novels that switch viewpoints every chapter, that is probably because you have never read one that is done well. The Forgotten Room, on the other hand, IS done well. So you should probably read it.
Another pro, which is potentially a reiteration of what I have already written, but bears repeating, is that each writer in this collaboration (Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig) writes well. The words they use, the flow of this story, make it easy to become invested in the story, and makes the reading of this novel a generally pleasant pastime.
[insert pic of man reading, thinking hm this experience is rather pleasant]
Which brings us to the cons. One of the downsides of writing well and drawing the reader into your story is that the reader becomes invested in your story, and notices potentially squeamish material such as potential, though accidental, incest (which is addressed,but only after the reader has been questioning it for awhile), or the fact that your narrative was wrapped up too quickly for some of the characters.
One of my personal pet peeves, the love at first sight trope. So if you are a fan of it, keep in mind that you may well derive more enjoyment from this novel than I.
Having said that, I did, in fact, derive quite a bit of enjoyment from reading this novel, and do recommend it, despite some of its problems.
Have you read it? What did you think?