Published: 5th November 2015
Started reading: December 27
Finished reading: December 31
When Rose’s daughter, Vivien, is found dead in a suspected suicide, Rose has questions nobody can answer. Wasn’t Vivien living the perfect life? A caring husband, a sweet little girl of her own.
But as the police investigation develops, their findings raise new questions. Did Vivien kill herself, or was she attacked? If so, who has something to hide?
As Rose struggles to piece together the secrets of her daughter’s life, the cracks in the family begin to show. But once Rose knows the answers, there’s no going back…
With just a few days remaining in 2018, I wanted to read one more book before the year was out, and I chose this one on the basis that at 298 pages, it was one of the shortest on my TBR.
This was a book that offered up an intriguing premise, with a prologue that raises important questions for the rest of the story as well as providing a hint that some of the characters are not telling the whole truth until everything is revealed towards the end.
I definitely came to appreciate the book much more once I reached the end, as before then I found parts of it slightly underwhelming. The promised tension hardly materialised until late on, and the plot was generally slow moving and at times repetitive.
As well as lacking tension, this book can hardly be classed as a thriller. It is too prosaic and does not contain enough of the characteristics that you would associate with the genre. But the storytelling is good, and the hint of suspicion endures until it reaches its conclusion.
And the ending really does act as the book’s saving grace, adding an extra star to my rating in the process. It suddenly becomes reasonably compelling and manages to tie up most of the loose ends, providing a good degree of closure to the story.
The book explores some interesting themes. I thought the topic of anorexia was handled well and with a degree of subtlety which certainly develops into something powerful in the later chapters, but the theme of stalking felt a little glossed over, and ended up being less relevant to the overall plot.
I have mixed feelings over the characters, who were not hugely likeable. Rose is the narrator and although she had good intentions, she was occasionally grating and it was hard to feel genuinely connected with her. I found Cleo the most interesting character, though not totally believable. The only character I truly sympathised with was Alexandra.
The writing style was engaging and made for a fast read, even allowing for the slow-moving plot. The main problem I had with the writing was the dialogue. It gets better towards the end, but it often felt clunky and forced.
Overall, the best things about this book were its enticing beginning and a powerful ending. While I liked the storytelling and the easy-to-read style, some aspects could have been better and the tension was too often missing. A decent book, but not especially memorable.
A clinical psychologist, Luana Lewis began her career as an author as a writer of non-fiction in the 1990s, also contributing to newspapers, magazines, and journals.
Forget Me Not is her second novel, having published her first thriller, Don’t Stand So Close, in 2013.
An intriguing book with some very good aspects, but some other areas such as the dialogue and the atmosphere did not really do it for me. A slightly generous rating 🙂
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐