Monday, January 1, 2018

Book Review: Everything She Lost by Alessandra Harris

Everything She Lost

by Alessandra Harris 

After suffering a mental breakdown that nearly destroyed her marriage, Nina Taylor works hard to maintain her tenuous hold on sanity and be a good mother to her two young daughters. Despite her best efforts, she questions the possibility of a full recovery.

Single mom Deja Johnson struggles to overcome her troubled past and raise her young son. But her friendship with Nina brings more complications. What Deja is hiding could not only destroy relationships but endanger lives.

One traumatic night threatens to shatter Nina’s mind. With Deja’s help, she strives to maintain her mental balance. But as events spiral out of control, the women must find out if Nina is losing her sanity or if someone is plotting against her.

My Rating:

Favorite Quotes:

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.

My Review:

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!

Empress DJ

About The Author


Alessandra Harris doesn't shy away from controversial topics and writes novels that reflect the diversity of her world. She loves stories that break your heart but leave you smiling at the end, so that’s exactly what she writes: made-up stories about almost-real people.

She lives in Silicon Valley with her husband and four children and is the organizer of San Jose Novel Writers, a group of eclectic writers offering fellowship, support, and tips on all forms of writing.

Alessandra's debut novel, Blaming the Wind, was published by Red Adept Publishing in 2016, followed by Everything She Lost in 2018.


  1. This cover is breathtaking, and it sounds like a great read!

  2. I guess I'll have to pick this one up. Thanks for sharing!

  3. This sounds like one I would like. Adding to my TBR.

  4. Another interesting sounding one. Great review as always thanks.
    Gemma @

  5. I've seen this one around and have been iffy on adding it to my TBR, but you've convinced me to give it a try!

  6. This seems like something I would love. Great review.

  7. Not heard of this book before. Synopsis sounds interesting. Your review is great. Glad that you liked it.

  8. I love the cover and this book certainly does sound tense. A great mystery.

    Megan @ Ginger Mom & the Kindle Quest

  9. Another beautiful cover on this author's book! This one sounds like a perfectly intense read.

  10. I've seen this book somewhere, ell the cover at least. I can't pinpoint where it was. But I remember ready the synopsis and thinking that it sounded intriguing.