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‘Forget Me Not’ by Claire Allan (Part One)

Forget Me Not: An unputdownable serial killer thriller with a breathtaking twist by [Allan, Claire]

My blog post for my stop on the blog tour  for ‘Forget Me Not’ is different to the majority of my blog tour posts in that it comes in two parts.  The first part (this part) contains my review and the second part contains an extract from the book to give you a taste of what to expect when you pick the book up for yourselves.  I hope you enjoy reading the book just as much as I did.

 

Synopsis

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 Review

I have been a fan of Claire’s writing for a little while now.  In fact my admiration for her work began when I was lucky enough to receive a copy of her first thriller ‘Her Name Was Rose’.  I absolutely loved that one and I also enjoyed ‘Apple Of My Eye’.  I couldn’t wait to grab hold of a copy of Claire’s latest book and oh boy was it worth the wait or what.  I absolutely, totally and utterly adored reading ‘Forget Me Not’ but more about that in a bit.

One of the central characters in this book is a young lady called Clare who is brutally attacked and left for dead.  Another central character is a woman called Elizabeth, who is the unlucky person who discovers Clare’s body and she phones it in.  I couldn’t help but feel for Elizabeth because she is just out for a walk with her dog and then she discovers this body.  Elizabeth is kind, considerate, compassionate, sensitive and well you get the picture.  Elizabeth is haunted by the fact that Clare could not be saved and by the state of Claire’s body.  Elizabeth remembers what Clare said shortly before she died.  It soon emerges that Elizabeth could also be at risk because the killer isn’t going to stop at one murder.  Is the killer apprehended?  Is Elizabeth at risk?  Should she be in fear of her life?  Well for the answers to those questions and more you are just going to have to read the book for yourselves as I am not going to tell you.

Oh. My. Word.  ‘Forget Me Not’ was one hell of a read that I found to be extremely gripping and for the majority of the time I was on the edge of my seat. I found the book to be exactly what it says on the tin.  ‘Forget Me Not’ is being billed as being unputdownable serial killer thriller with a breath taking twist. and it is all that and more- much more.  From the moment I picked the book up until the moment I finished reading, I just couldn’t put the book down.  It wasn’t exactly glued to my hand but it might as well have been because it came everywhere with me.  The book certainly had a hold over me, which lasted throughout the story.  I couldn’t stop reading and the pages seemed to be turning increasingly quickly as my desperation to find out what happened grew and grew.  At one point the pages turned that quickly that it was almost as if they were turning themselves and before I realised what was happening, I finished the book, which I was disappointed about.  I don’t mean that in a negative way- far from it.  I was enjoying the author’s writing style, the storylines and the characters so much that I wanted the book to continue on and on.

For me, ‘Forget Me Not’ is extremely well written but then I wouldn’t expect any different from Clare.  She has a writing style that is easy to get along with and easy to get used to.  She also has a way of making you feel as though you are part of the story yourself.  That’s how she makes me feel anyway.  The story is written from the different points of view of the different characters with the main focus being on Elizabeth’s part of the story and on that of Clare’s two best friends.  This way of telling the story works really well and the story flows seamlessly as a result.  The story hits the ground running and maintains the pace throughout.

Reading ‘Forget Me Not’ was very much like being on one of the scariest and unpredictable rollercoaster ride with more twists and turns than you would find on a ‘Snakes & Ladders’ board.  Some of the twists I guessed but the majority of the twists I didn’t see coming and when they happened, they left me momentarily speechless, stunned and as though I had had the stuffing knocked out of me.

In a nutshell, ‘Forget Me Not’ is one hell of a read that is destined to fly high in the bestselling books chart and that is nothing less than it deserves.  I can’t wait to read what Claire comes up with next.  Here’s hoping that we don’t have too long to wait.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.

 

 

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