Publication date: 5 November 2015
Length: 313 pages
Genre: Psychological thriller
Age group: Adult
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My rating: ★★★★★
A tragic suicide… or the perfect murder?
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…
I was introduced to Luana Lewis’s writing last February when her phenomenal debut, Don’t Stand So Close, came out, and I fell in love with her style literally within a couple of pages. It was one of my most recommended books in 2014, and rightly so – both of Lewis’s books kept me turning the pages until the early hours of the morning and guessing right until the end. I’ve been waiting for a new novel since then and I have to say, Forget Me Not was definitely worth the wait.
Not only did I love the idea behind the book, but Lewis is simply brilliant at creating unreliable characters and gradually building up the suspense, one sinister chapter at a time. I felt the same way when I was reading her previous book, and it wasn’t any different now. The further we get into the story, the more complex and dark it becomes, and it’s impossible not the be drawn into Rose’s tale.
Some of you have already mentioned that Rose and Vivien are not very likeable characters, and I agree to a certain extent. Rose might seem a bit cold at first but I actually did like her, and was hoping she would find out what happened to her daughter. Oddly enough, she was also the only character who I trusted right from the beginning – although I’m not entirely sure why.
But as we learn more about Vivien and how, despite her seemingly perfect life and family, she wasn’t really happy and how she treated the people around her, I was starting to dislike her. A lot. I would have slapped her if I could. But if you think about it, the fact that she became so unlikeable is actually perfect for the story.
Because just as you are about to piece the puzzle together, suddenly your whole perception changes, opening up other possibilities with it. What if Vivien didn’t commit suicide? What is she wasn’t killed by that particular person but… someone else? And why?
Just like with Don’t Stand So Close where it’s impossible to know who’s lying and who’s point of view you can trust, the author (again) does a fantastic job of messing with the reader’s mind and turning everything upside down just when you think you’ve figured it all out. There comes a point when every single character seems suspicious and unreliable, and you realise they would all have had enough motive to end Vivien’s life. And once again, you’re left in the dark, desperately trying to figure out who to trust and who not to.
Haunting and eerily addictive, Forget Me Not is another fantastic thriller from an author who’s fast becoming one of my favourite crime writers, and whose books are guaranteed to keep you up until way past your bedtime. If you enjoy suspense and are looking for a spine-chilling read, I promise you’ll love this one. I couldn’t put it down!