My thanks to Alison Davies at Atlantic books for a copy of If I Forget You by T C Greene in return for an honest review. If I Forget You is published by Corvus, an imprint of Atlantic, on 1st September 2016 and is available for purchase on Amazon, Waterstones and other good book sellers.
If I Forget You
When Margot and Henry meet, they fall deeply in love.
And then they lose each other.
But Henry can’t forget Margot and Margot is haunted by her memories of Henry. They live in each other’s minds.
Twenty-one years later, they meet, by chance, on a Manhattan street. And that’s where their story truly begins…
If I Forget You is a beautiful exploration of what it means to find the person you are destined to be with, but then spend a lifetime apart.
My Review of If I Forget You
In 2016 Henry spots the love of his life from 1991, Margot. She sees him but she runs away, leaving him wondering what might have been.
T.C. Greene is a consummate writer. Given that Henry is a poet, Greene’s writing matches the intensity and quality a reader might expect from Henry. Having read the first few pages of If I Forget You, I knew I was going to be captivated by the style. The continuous present tense suggests that, despite everything, the love between Henry and Margot has endured the intervening years.
I don’t usually enjoy plots that go back and forth in time, but this one worked so well, gradually peeling back the time and memories so that a full picture is given to the reader. I think those wanting a racy, thrilling plot will be disappointed. This is not what If I Forget You is about as it builds more quietly into a hugely satisfying read. However, I had several ‘Oh no!’ moments where I wanted events to turn out differently and this made me read on rapidly as I needed to know the outcomes.
What I thought was interesting about how much I enjoyed If I Forget You, was the fact that I didn’t much like Margot and yet I still wanted to know what happened to her and cared about how she was affected by events. I think it takes a highly skilled writer to be able to hold the reader’s attention this way.
I also loved the setting. The backdrop of New York took me back to living and working there and I thought T.C. Greene presented it perfectly. I rarely mention artwork but I thought the cover for the book portrayed New York wonderfully.
However, what moved me most about If I Forget You was the intensity of emotion. The rawness of grief, guilt, obsession and love mix with indifference and the euphoria of joy to create a wonderful picture of humanity.
Anyone who has loved and lost cannot fail to be moved by this If I Forget You.
About T.C Greene
Thomas Christopher Greene is the author of three novels, Mirror Lake, I’ll Never Be Long Gone, Envious Moon and most recently The Headmaster’s Wife. He is the founding president of Vermont College of Fine Arts and lives in Montpelier, Vermont with his wife and daughter.
You can find out more on T.C Greene’s website.