Nina is trying hard to remain balanced. She had a mental breakdown that nearly cost her her marriage. Nina is glad her husband Rodney decided to let her move back in, so she can be with her two girls again. Her daughters mean everything to her and for them she wants to get as healthy as possible. Even though Nina has doubts about her own mental wellbeing she's trying the best she can. She's lost a lot of friendships, but a new person, Deja, came into her life when she needed it the most.
Deja is a single mother and she's struggling to pay the bills. There is a man in her life, but he isn't the kind she can have a steady relationship with. Deja's past remains a problem and Deja is constantly afraid it will catch up with her. Deja never had a friend and even though she loves her, spending time with Nina becomes incredibly complicated. Deja's keeping many secrets from her friend, but this becomes increasingly difficult. Deja's problems are threatening to get out of hand and they could be a threat to Nina's mental wellbeing. What will happen if Deja can't keep things under control?
Everything She Lost is a beautiful gripping story. After her breakdown Nina has become fragile. Insecurities are making life difficult for her and even the most simple tasks can be daunting because she keeps questioning herself. My heart ached for her. She's a kindhearted, smart and talented woman and doesn't deserve the way she's being treated by her husband and other people in her life. I kept hoping Nina would find some more support from those who would give her the love she deserves and this kept me on the edge of my seat. Alessandra Harris writes about her problems in a fabulous emphatic way.
Nina's friendship with Deja is complicated. Deja is skilled at keeping secrets. She thinks she does what she has to do to survive, but she doesn't always make the right decisions, for herself and for the people she cares about. Alessandra Harris has written her story from both Nina and Deja's point of view and I loved that she alternates between them, because that made it possible to get to know the two women really well and feel close to the story. I was intrigued by the friendship and couldn't wait to find out what would happen to both Nina and Deja.
Alessandra Harris writes about dishonesty, betrayal, mind games and lies in a fantastic thrilling way. She knows how to build tension, while telling an impressive story about two women who don't have an easy life at the same time. I was captivated by Everything She Lost from beginning to end and read the book in one sitting. I loved the surprising twists and turns and really liked the ending of the story. Everything She Lost is an amazing versatile, enthralling and poignant book.
Stability seemed like a distant location she’d never reach, a vacation she longed for but couldn’t afford.
Sometimes, we have to choose between hard and harder. That doesn’t make you a bad person. It makes you human.
Everything She Lost was a tension-filled and angsty story full of intrigue and taut with suspense. I couldn’t decide if the main character was losing her mind or being gaslighted, or a bit of both. Then I couldn’t decide how far-reaching the nefarious scheme was and who was behind it and how many others were participating in the probable diabolical plan. The storyline was maddeningly paced and infuriating well-crafted. While the story held me captive, the characters were provocatively interesting and unpredictable and kept plucking at my curiosity while I concocted various theories. I greatly despised and slightly pitied the heinous and manipulative character of Deja who had made a lifetime of bad choices. Oh that Alessandra Harris is a wily and clever schemer and sucked me right in with her enthralling tale of deceit and betrayal that did not relent until the final pages. Sigh…more, please!