Forget Me Not by Vicki Hinze

This was book was provided for review by WaterBrook Multnomah.

About this book:

Their elusive enemies took everything. Now they want more.

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?

About the author:
Vicki Hinze is an award-winning author of twenty-three novels, three nonfiction books, and hundreds of articles. Selected for Who’s Who in America in 2004 as a writer and educator, Hinze is active in Romance Writers of America and serves as a Vice President on the International Thriller Writers Board of Directors. Vicki lives in Florida with her artist husband, a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel. Visit to learn more about Vicki’s books, blogs, and writing programs.

My take:

I'm beginning to feel more like a critic (you know, the bad connotation) than a reader/reviewer. I can't decide for sure if I liked Forget Me Not or not. Most of the reviews for this book have been positive, and it has a number of good endorsements.

I like the suspense genre, so that wasn't the problem. To me though, the book wasn't suspenseful in the way it should/could have been. Let me explain. You know who the bad guy is from the very get go (we're talking page 3), though granted, you don't know why. There's a disconnect though with why the group of terrorist is terrorizing anyone. I never got what their "beef" was and who their problem was with. I guess that wasn't really all that important. It did get confusing at times as the group of bad guys starting turning on each other and it really made zero difference to the story itself.

Then, I think it would have been more suspenseful if the mystery woman (who goes through 3 different names by the time all is said and done) gradually got her memory back instead of one day waking up knowing what was going on. Of course, the entire book takes place over 5 days time, so I guess there wasn't time for gradual.

Speaking of not so gradual, this book had one of my pet peeves, and this is probably what made everyone else love the book. Ben and Mystery Woman start to fall in love immediately. Seriously? Give me a break. I get attraction at first site, of course, but you know me, the love cynic. I think the tension dissipates to quickly. But, that's just me.

I am interested in the second book in the series - which looks at two other characters in the book. If I thought the book was bad, I wouldn't be interested in the next book in the series, so that's a good sign. Check out the first chapter excerpt on the publisher's website where you can also purchase the book. The link is below.