In The Dark We Forget

“An unusual blend of mystery, domestic suspense, and thriller with a powerful dose of social commentary. …Wong’s writing is meticulous, with every word choice deeply considered and intentional, much like [William Faulkner] that legend of regional literature. …an author to watch, well on her way to a storied career in crime fiction.”

Some things are better left forgotten...

When a woman wakes up with amnesia beside a mountain highway, confused and alone, she fights to regain her identity, only to learn that her parents have disappeared—not long after her mother bought a winning $47 million lottery ticket.

As her memories painfully resurface and the police uncover details of her parents’ mysterious disappearance, Cleo Li finds herself under increasing suspicion. Even with the unwavering support of her brother, she can’t quite reconcile her fears with reality or keep the harrowing nightmares at bay.

As Cleo delves deeper for the truth, she cannot escape the nagging sense that maybe the person she should be afraid of... is herself.

With jolting revelations and taut ambiguity, In the Dark We Forget vividly examines the complexities of family—and the lies we tell ourselves in order to survive.

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“…crisply drawn characters, immersive dialogue…intriguing and suspenseful. A solid thriller.”
“[T]errific. …Wong is excellent at building character and using race and racialism to give depth.”
-The Globe and Mail

Additional Reviews

"In the Dark We Forget is a hair-raising high-wire act. Wong gives us a hero whose search for her identity, and the truth of what happened to upend her life, reveals more than she wants to know, and leaves the reader gasping as much in admiration as in fear.”
"A chilling, nerve-jangling journey into lost memories and unforgettable terrors. Sandra SG Wong knows what scares us all—and what we can never forget."
"From page one, Sandra SG Wong thrusts readers mind-first into a rolling boil of terror, uncertainty and heartbreak in In The Dark We Forget — a fiercely original and stunningly written thriller that cuts deeper than most. Trust no one, take nothing for granted, and buckle up because sometimes the only thing more dangerous than seeking the truth is finding it."
"With In the Dark We Forget, the wonderfully talented Sandra SG Wong gives us everything a book lover could want–brutally honest social commentary, rich cultural details, deft psychological suspense, and often heartbreaking family dynamics. The result is a story that will stay with you long after you get to the last word. I couldn’t stop reading.”
"Quite simply, In The Dark We Forget is the crime novel I have been waiting for my entire life. It is a breathlessly paced thriller that is built on the dynamics of Canadian diversity, mining the relationships between families, colleagues, and friends with a beautifully deft cultural hand. You won’t regret tearing through this book."
"In the Dark We Forget is a terrifying journey through one woman’s nightmare as she struggles to remember who she is while unlocking her family’s dark secrets. Wong’s brilliant prose will keep you riveted until the very last, shocking page. An outstanding psychological suspense."
In The Dark We Forget is a pulse-pounding and memorable thriller that explores the intricacies of family, memory, and identity. Wong has put together a captivating story that will resonate with readers for a long, long time.”
"Wong works wonders with In the Dark We Forget, a gripping psychological thriller that hooks you from page one and never relents. The characters and setting ring true in this powerful, haunting story about family, memory, and loss."
In The Dark We Forget is a smart, subtle and utterly compelling exploration of amnesia, identity, family, and guilt. The plot twists and twists again as Cleo Li and we the readers find out together who she is and what might have happened in the blank where her memories should be. Thoroughly satisfying!”
"With In the Dark We Forget, Sandra SG Wong sends her enigmatic protagonist on a journey from terror to truth and, in an inclusive novel that shows off Western Canada’s wild landscape and diverse population, delivers a pulse-quickening story about the complexities of family, memory, identity, and luck."
“With In the Dark We Forget, Sandra SG Wong gives us a stunning novel—both a powerful, fast-paced psychological thriller, and a heartbreaking family story about memory and loss. I couldn't put it down.”
"With In the Dark We Forget, Sandra S.G. Wong delivers a heart-pounding must-read amnesia mystery. Chilling, timely, and deeply atmospheric, you'll question everything and everyone throughout as you race to the end. Masterful!"