Thursday, 27 June 2019

Forget Me Not by Claire Allan
Release Date: 30th May 2019
Publisher: Avon
Genres: Psychological Thriller

I disappeared on a Tuesday afternoon. I was there one minute and the next I was gone. They’ve never found my body…

It’s six in the morning during the hottest summer on record when Elizabeth O’Loughlin, out walking her dog, comes across Clare, a victim of a horrific knife attack, clinging onto life at the side of the road.

Clare dies minutes later, but not before whispering her haunting last words to Elizabeth.

When it becomes clear that Clare’s killer has more than one murder on his mind, Elizabeth has to take drastic action or face losing everything.

But what if she can’t stop a killer determined never to be forgotten?

“Forget Me Not” – unforgettable!
Claire Allan is fast becoming one of my favourite authors – having devoured and enjoyed “Her Name Was Rose” last year, I was really looking forward to this her latest offering.

“Forget Me Not” begins with a short prologue, which turns out to be the dying thoughts of a murdered woman, Clare. We’re not immediately told how or why Clare died, so the story swiftly moves on, being told from two points of view – Rachel, Clare’s close friend, and Elizabeth the middle-aged lady who, while out walking her dog, found Clare dying. The book is written in the first person, with the narrator of subsequent chapters alternating between Elizabeth and Rachel. This is a clever technique which only adds to the suspense and keeps the reader guessing and re-guessing as to what has actually happened, and what might happen next.

One thing I hate in book reviews is a plot spoiler, so I’ll only say that the author has the gift of writing her story with a great flow and intensity, which develops as Clare’s history and that of the other characters are gradually exposed – it makes for a gripping read, with some surprising twists and turns, and an ending that turned my theories on what had happened on their head!  The story unravels its secrets in a fascinating way and both the characterisation and plot are superbly detailed making “Forget Me Not” a highly entertaining, easy read which had me hooked from start to finish. 

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