The world began to forget Hope Arden when she was sixteen years old. Her father forgot to drive her to school, her mother set the table for three instead of four. Her teacher forgets she’s a member of the class. Friends slowly but surely forget she exists and look straight through her.
Drifting away, leaving home and fending for herself she finds herself stealing to survive, fencing what she steals. Everybody forgets what she looks like which she uses to her advantage but makes her dangerous. She moves in circles and a world that then uses her talents to their advantage.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the complex character that is Hope Arden. I found myself imagining what it would be like to be totally forgotten even minutes after meeting someone. It’s a fascinating read, with a twist that I didn’t see coming.
Reviewed by Christine Frayling
The Sudden Appearance of Hope
by Claire North
Published by Orbit