An insightful suspense novel
I expected a sliding doors romance and got a perfect suspense!
I read the melancholic title of this book and the allusion to a sliding doors romance in the description, and I made up my mind about what this book journey would be—a little sad but full of romance and feel-good do-overs. But instead, The Things We Lost by Maggie Giles was full of twists, suspenseful, insightful, and a little dark.
The Things We Lost explores the ripple effect of loss
After doubting her commitment to her husband and a short but emotional affair with her college boyfriend, Maddie is trying to pick up the pieces of her life. She wants to fight for her marriage. However, after a few too many glasses of wine, she wakes up to find that life is no longer there. Instead, she’s back in her mid-twenties and the husband and daughters she resolved to fight for have disappeared.
As Maddie tries to understand this life, she uncovers how her decisions in this timeline led her to her current circumstances. Regrets that have haunted her for years have been undone but have had unforeseen ripple effects on the rest of her life. Maddie hates this new version of her life and who she has become. Can she find a way back to her old self and the ones she loves? Maddie’s turbulent journey through her “now” and the “then” that brought her here will have you gripping your book.
It was hard to put it down
Maggie Giles didn’t waste a single word writing this story. Every single thought and action leads to its beautiful unraveling. And, even though she uses an old trope, the story feels fresh and creative.
If you ever thought about life’s “what ifs,” I recommend reading The Things We Lost. This debut novel by Canadian author Maggie Giles will give you a perspective on how regrets shape the current version of your life and why you can’t pick and choose the consequences of going back and making different choices.