The End of Getting Lost by Robin Kirman

Published: February 15, 2022

Simon & Schuster

Pages: 285

Genre: Psychological Fiction

KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.

Robin Kirman studied philosophy at Yale before receiving her MFA in writing from Columbia, where she also taught for several years. Her curiosity about human psychology has led her to combine work in psychoanalysis with writing fiction.

The year is 1996—a time before cell phones, status updates, and location tags—when you could still travel to a remote corner of the world and disappear. This is where we meet Gina and Duncan, a young couple madly in love, traveling around Europe on a romantic adventure. It’s a time both thrilling and dizzying for Gina, whose memories are hazy following a head injury—and the growing sense that the man at her side is keeping secrets from her.

Just what is Duncan hiding and how far will he go to keep their pasts at bay? As the pair hop borders across Europe, their former lives threatening to catch up with them while the truth grows more elusive, we witness how love can lead us astray, and what it means to lose oneself in love

“The only point in living is to follow your passion.”

Gina is a dancer, up and coming, with promise and talent. She married Duncan after the loss of her mother, and their romance was tumultuous at best. When Gina suffers a terrible brain injury, Duncan is more convinced that they can be happy together.

This was an unconventional love story, filled with chaos and lies. The plot shifts so smoothly that it is twice as shocking and so unexpected.

The characters were both very well developed, with their identities very intertwined, almost uncomfortably.

Both Gina and Duncan had qualities that made them unlikable, though they were drawn together by such a force.

The scenery descriptions were beautiful, and the imagery used was very much a part of the story. I enjoyed the descriptions of Gina and Duncan’s travels, the things they saw, and the places they stayed. It was very well done.

The twist in this story will quite literally slap you in the face and leave you speechless. I did not see it coming, and I did not expect the way things shifted.

Marriage is forever, much like madness.

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