Published by Avon
Ebook & Paperback (30 May 2019)
Source: Copy received from publisher for review
ABOUT THE BOOK
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?
My thanks to Sabah for the invitation to take part in the tour and for providing the copy for review. Unfortunately, life has got in the way again and my review for the tour has been delayed.
Claire Allan is going from strength to strength with her thrillers. I’ve now read all 3 (Her Name Was Rose) (Apple of My Eye) and each one has been better than the last. With the latest, Forget Me Not, you are thrown straight into the story by the tense prologue voiced by the murder victim, Clare Taylor.
Clare’s mutilated body is discovered by elderly Elizabeth, whilst walking her dog, just in time to hold her hand as she draws her last breath and whispers two last words.
Narrated by two characters, Rachel and Elizabeth, in the first person, the story takes place over a period of about 10 days, whilst the police try to piece together Clare’s last movements and find her killer. Her two best friends, Rachel and Julie are devastated and heartbroken, they had been friends since school and had gone through all of life’s major events together, marriage, divorce, and motherhood.
As well as dealing with her grief over Clare, Rachel’s personal life is complicated – I have to admit there were times when I lost patience with her over some of the decisions she made but I guess when your best friend has just been murdered, logic goes out of the window.
I did have my suspicions about the ‘who’ quite early on which was based on nothing more than just a gut feeling, but I had absolutely no idea as to the why and this is where the plot teased me, trying to lead me in one direction with some misdirection scattered throughout the story before hitting me with the final dramatic reveal.
I read over half the book in one sitting, I was so totally engrossed. One of the themes of the story was that actions have consequences, and as the story moved forward, the tension increased as it appeared the killer was not going to stop. The characters are superbly drawn, with emotional depth that pull at your heart. There are some parts that I found incredibly sad and poignant.
Forget Me Not is certainly a chilling and suspenseful read, with twists and surprises right up until the final page. A very enjoyable read and a recommended one.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Claire Allan is an Irish author who has previously written women’s fiction. Forget Me Not is her third thriller. Apple of My Eye was her second psychological thriller following 2018’s Her Name Was Rose.