We Came Here To Forget

Atria. Jul. 2019. 320p. ISBN 9781982103422. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781982103446. F
Katie Cleary and her boyfriend, Luke, are known as “skiing’s golden couple.” They bask in the glow of their Olympic success, but when a dark family secret makes headlines, Katie loses everything in a spectacular reversal of fortune. With nothing to hold on to, she relocates to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and changes her name to Liz Sullivan, hoping to reinvent herself. She quickly befriends a group of expats, who also have hidden pasts. But when she meets an alluring tango instructor, she’s seduced by not only the dance but also the mysterious Gianluca Fortunado. Dunlop (She Regrets Nothing) presents a dual first-person perspective: Katie describes the events of her past, while Liz, her alter ego, contemplates her life in the present. Eventually, the novelty of a life in Buenos Aires wears thin, as Liz realizes she is not the only one with a grim past. Feeling homesick, she reaches an unavoidable fork in the road, forced to make a choice about her future. Can she finally face down her demons?
VERDICT Equal parts psychological suspense and family drama, this engrossing page-turner should top summer reading lists.
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