today is our stop of Luana Lewis’ blog tour for her second novel, ‘Forget Me Not’. We’re so excited to be part of it and want to thank the amazing people over at Transworld for the opportunity read this gripping chiller/thriller and discover a new fabulous author! We’re already looking forward to catching up with Ms Lewis’ debut, ‘Don’t Stand So Close’ and will definitely be on a watch out for her future books. AND as we loved Luana’s book, we’re offering you a chance to win a paperback of this addictive read! It’s open INTERNATIONALLY so do enter!
A tragic suicide?
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.
Or the perfect murder?
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…
* Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review *
One of the best things about being a book blogger is we’re been given an opportunity to check out so many books, so many books which otherwise wouldn’t have been caught on our radar. And that feeling when we discover a new author… simply amazing, and nothing can compare to it. There was something about this book that completely drew me in from the moment I saw it. The cover is gorgeous but at the same time so dark and for some reason makes me feel kind of uncomfortable. And then I read the blurb and saw the author is a clinical psychologist and that was it, I knew I had to read it. Certainly with a job like that, Ms Lewis has seen a lot of interesting cases in her career, which are enough of a material for a good psychological thriller. However, this is the first book by Ms Lewis I was about to read, so I didn’t really know what to expect. But my gut feeling was there, and once again proved me right. This book is simply a gem, and Ms Lewis is undoubtedly one of the most talented female psychological thriller authors I’ve ever read.
‘Forget Me Not’ is the second book by Ms Lewis and is centered around Rose who’s daughter is found dead. However, police is suspecting it might not be an accident, but a murder and very soon Rose becomes one of the prime suspects. But as a reader, you are never sure, not till the end what exactly happened. Rose is not a likable character and her relationship with her daughter is quite strange. At the beginning Rose seems absolutely detached, completely cold and kind of made me make all these assumptions about where the book is heading. However, Ms Lewis does like a good psychological game, and boy, it was one hell of a game. Rose works in the neonatal unit of a hospital, where we see she’s not the person who she appears to be at the beginning. How can a woman that’s so gentle to newborns, be so cold to her own child? Is she in a way connected to her daughter’s murder (or suicide)? And also, it turns out that her daughter, Vivian was not the perfect girl, and she had some rows with her husband just a day before her tragic end.
‘Forget Me Not’ is definitely a gripping read, one that pulls you in from the very first page. And then it slowly starts messing with your head. And they you start assuming, and then blaming, and then… you’re proven wrong! So, about half way of the book I just decided to drop my need to find out the reason for Vivian’s end and let things unfold by themselves. The suspense was still killing me, and despite not being someone who judges people, I really thought Rose should be punished. If not for her daughter’s case, then for neglecting her. But then I could see that deep remorse in Rose and the agony she’s going through for not being able to see her grand daughter whenever she wanted. It’s like she begs for a second chance to make things right his time, but no one is willing to give her one.
‘Forget Me Not’ is all about the characters and goes deep into exploring the relationship between Rose and Vivian, a rather strange mother-daughter relationship. It’s evident, Ms Lewis understand how the human psyche works, and all the dark places one could go. And she has no problems in delivering, constructing a very clever and complex story with an ending you won’t be able to predict.
After numerous leads and my assumptions, I was so shocked at the ending. But also very pleased, as it was the perfect ending and the execution was simply flawless.
You know how readers love to connect to their fictional characters? Well, that was really hard for me as both Rose and Vivian are slightly (said mildly) unlikable, however the complexity of their relationship is what made this book such a great experience for me. In a very intelligent way, Ms Lewis depicts a mother-daughter relationship in which everything goes wrong.
Overall, ‘Forget Me Not’ is an amazingly gripping and dark read, and one you will certainly devour in a sitting or two. Once you start reading, you simply can not stop, it’s that addictive. It’s such a clever and thought provoking read you won’t be able to put down. I’m fascinated with Ms Lewis’ writing style and her deep knowledge of the human psyche and I’m definitely reading her debut soon. I’m over the moon to discover such a brilliant author and I’ll definitely be on a watch out for her next releases.
My rating: 9/10
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
S.L. Lewis is a clinical psychologist and author of two non-fiction books (written under Sharon Lewis ): An Adult’s Guide to Childhood Trauma (1999, Cape Town: David Phillip Publishers) and Dealing with Rape (1994,Johannesburg: Maskew Miller Longman). As well as writing for several newspapers, magazines and journals, she has recently completed an MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. She has also attended workshops at Arvon and City Lit. ‘Forget Me Not’ is her second novel and is published by Transworld.
Up for grabs we got A PAPERBACK OF FORGET ME NOT. The giveaway is open internationally to 18+ readers (must be able to ship to a mailing address; no PO Boxes), and ends on 20th November. Winner will be contacted by e-mail or on twitter and will have 48 hours to claim their prize. If we don’t hear from them during this period, we’ll be drawing another winner from those who’ve entered. Best of luck, everyone!