Book Review: Forget Me Not

Title: Forget Me Not

Author: Vicki Hinze

Publisher’s Synopsis: Crossroads Crisis Center owner Benjamin Brandt was a content man—in his faith, his work, and his family.  Then in a flash, everything he loved was snatched away.  His wife and son were murdered, and grief-stricken Ben lost faith.  Determination to find their killers keeps him going, but after three years of dead ends and torment, his hope is dying too.  Why had he survived?  He’d failed to protect his family.

Now, a mysterious woman appears at Crossroads seeking answers and help—a victim who eerily resembles Ben’s deceased wife, Susan.  A woman robbed of her identity, her life, of everything except her faith—and Susan’s necklace.

The connections between the two women mount, exceeding coincidence, and to keep the truth hidden, someone is willing to kill.  Finding out who and why turns Ben and the mystery woman’s situation from dangerous to deadly.  Their only hope for survival is to work together, trust each other, and face whatever they discover head on, no matter how painful. But will that be enough to save their lives and heal their tattered hearts?

WOW.  What a page turner!  I loved this book.  I’ve never read anything by Vicki Hinze before this, but I’ll be looking for more.  This book starts you off on the edge of your seat and won’t let you up until the end.  I couldn’t stop reading, even when I wanted to.  When forced to do it, I went to bed and dreamed up scenarios.

The main character’s faith is wonderful.  She has that kind of faith that all of us want, need, and respect.  She also, thankfully, is real.  She’s not perfect, she has her moments, but she’s CHARACTERIZED by a complete and abiding faith in the goodness of God.  Oh, and I didn’t mind having my theory that a person with memory loss would still have the Holy Spirit in them and they’d know that they knew the Lord.  My own character, Ella, was just validated by this book.

This isn’t an easy book to read.  There are several subplots going on at one time and she literally drops you into them all almost at once.  As you read, you peel back the layers of this story until, at the end, you see the whole picture.  I found myself rereading portions to be sure I understood what I read and to find out who someone was again.  There are a lot of characters.  There are a lot of plots.  She does a great job of juggling it and keeping the book moving forward, but this is not a lazy read for a hot summer afternoon.  Save it for a day when you’re ready to engage your thought process as well as your heart.

I loved how the relationships developed, but I’ll admit, it did feel awfully sudden.  It’s a personal pet peeve of mine to read about people falling for each other within hours/days of meeting… particularly when there are murder attempts, amnesia, and deep grief in play.  Just sayin’.  That part seemed a bit implausible to me, but I’m not a natural romantic, so what do I know?  Aside from that little quibble, and a few places where the writing was awkward (minor minor quibble but I tend to tell all), Ms. Hinze did a masterful job of telling this story in a way that kept you reading… long after you should have been sleeping.

Would I recommend it?  OH YES!  I definitely do.  Without caveat.  Buy. The. Book.  Period.  If you don’t like tension and suspense, well then maybe not, but otherwise, you’ll be entertained, your mind engaged, your sympathy alerted, and your soul nourished by the example of Susan/Kelly/Karen’s faith.

I want to thank Multnomah for providing this book for review.  They’re nice that way.

They also provided a copy for giveaway.  I’m here to give that book away.  So…  post a comment and tell us if you’ve ever known anyone who suffered from amnesia of any kind!!!  I’ll draw soon.

8 thoughts on “Book Review: Forget Me Not

  1. No personal experience with amnesia unless forgetting what I need at the store counts. Or forgetting to wash the clothes my husband needs; which reminds me I need to go wash a load of clothes.

    And,well, I love a good page turner.

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