I’m absolutely thrilled to be sharing my review of Forget Me Not today. Huge thanks as always to the lovely Sabah at Avon for my invite.
About this book…
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 read all of Claire Allan’s books now (they are always included in my holiday reading lists!) but I must start by saying that Forget Me Not is possibly my favourite so far. It’s has a grippingly twisted storyline that is helped by relatively short chapters so that it’s impossible to put it down without reading “just another quick chapter” so be warned!
Forget Me Not is told in two points of view by Elizabeth, who finds Clare’s broken body and listens to her final words before she dies, and by Rachel who alongside Jenny is Clare’s best friend. Both women are deeply affected by the loss of Clare and are unable to get over the feeling that there is something they are missing. And it turns out that Elizabeth and Rachel have far more in common than they realise!
This is a chilling and slightly creepy read that grabbed me from the first page. Elizabeth and Rachel were very different characters who evoked very different emotions in me. I felt a great deal of empathy for Elizabeth due to her suffering the terrible loss of her child. Rachel, I wasn’t sure about as she was slightly less likeable and made some rather questionable decisions. But both women were determined to find out who was responsible for sending the Forget Me Nots that seemed to link to both of the deaths that had affected them. I thought that I had worked out exactly who was responsible and why but I didn’t quite solve the full picture as some missing pieces of the puzzle came as a bit of a shock to me!
Claire Allan writes such beautifully crafted novels that reading them is an absolute pleasure. Forget Me Not kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end and I can highly recommended it!
Meet the author…
Claire Allan is an International Bestselling Author from Derry in Northern Ireland.
She wrote her first novel in 2006, and Rainy Days and Tuesdays was subsequently published in 2007 and reached number 2 in the Irish Bestsellers chart. She published seven further women’s fiction books with Poolbeg Press before switching genres to crime/ domestic noir.
Her debut psychological thriller, Her Name Was Rose, was published by Avon Books, an imprint of Harper Collins, in June 2018. It has hit the bestseller charts in the UK, Australia, Canada and is a USA Today bestseller.
A former journalist with the Derry Journal, Claire made the switch to writing full time in 2016.
She is married, a mum to two kids (one of each kind) and they share their home with two cats and a dog. She considers Michael Buble to be her one true love – although she rarely talks about the time she met him, and he kissed her and she kissed him back.