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Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite
With Missing Thread, June V. Bourgo brings her trilogy about Georgia Charles Dixon to a neat close and expertly snips any loose threads left hanging in the first two novels. While Missing Thread is classified as suspense, this time the real tension is centered on whether Georgia will ever regain her memory after a car accident sent her hurtling into a river. Imagine for a moment what it would be like to wake up in a hospital, not only having no idea how you got there but more importantly, having no idea who you are, whether you have family, what you do for a living and more. Worse yet, when you are discharged, you go home with a man who is your husband but he’s a stranger to you. So are your parents and your two daughters. Imagine not just your own anguish, but that of those who love you. How can you enjoy intimacy with someone who’s a stranger to you when you don’t even remember how to make love? How would this affect your spouse? And what of your children who have to try to understand why Mommy doesn’t even remember their births or any of the wonderful moments you’ve shared together over the past decade? A difficult time for everyone, not just Georgia.
It’s quite beautiful how Bourgo explores this sad situation to show how love saves this family and ultimately ties up all the missing threads. Bourgo adds some mysticism to help Georgia very slowly regain her memories. And then, there’s this twist: what if you had, at some point, written a memoir or two and now possibly the best way to regain your memories is to read your own words about your life as if you were reading your story for the first time? What an experience! As a memoir writer, that aspect really tickled my fancy. It reminds me how important journaling can be i.e. what if your journal is the only clue to who you really are? Read Missing Thread, the final book in this Georgia series, and start thinking about journaling. Building new memories with your family is great if you’ve lost the old memories, but those old memories could be life-saving.