Forget Me Not - Claire Allan
Reading Challenge Category: Free ARC from NetGalley
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?
I’ve only read one other Claire Allan book, which I thoroughly enjoyed. So, when this one became available on NetGalley, I jumped at the chance to receive an advanced copy. I’m so glad that the first book I read wasn’t a fluke as I think this one was even better. I was hooked from the prologue and couldn’t put it down until I knew who the killer was and why. I liked the seriousness of the book, and that the police were involved and were doing everything they could. So often with psychological thrillers, the protagonists don’t involve the police, and this winds me up. However, in ‘Forget Me Not’ this wasn’t a problem. Rachel had a network of people she could talk to, and Elizabeth had her dog! Even though Elizabeth was alone, it didn’t feel like she was isolated and had no one, which again is another overused trait of a PT. This book was well thought out, it was brilliantly written, and the premise was perfectly executed. It had me on the edge of my seat throughout. I even wanted to cry in sympathy of the teenage Laura; you could feel her desolate demeanour jumping off the page. I sort of guessed the killer as I was reading it but I didn’t expect the actual outcome of why he was doing what he was doing nor did I guess the connection or the pure depravity of their character. I said after reading ‘Apple of My Eye’ that I must read her first book ‘Her Name was Rose’, I haven’t gotten around to this yet but now knowing her writing is consistent I will make this a priority!