Forget Me Not, by Vicki Hinze, involves a woman abducted by criminals and then released near a crisis center in Florida. She can’t remember who she is, but her faith in God makes her think she’s there for a purpose. Since she looks just like the murdered wife of the crisis center founder, Benjamin Brandt, he becomes involved in helping her figure out her past.
The whole story takes place within a few days. In that time, Ben and the woman fall in love while hunting down her identity and encountering bad guys. There are several subplots and lots of characters to keep track of, so it isn’t an easy story to follow.
There were two main things that kept me from enjoying this book:
First, the thugs who abducted her were portrayed as incompetent, low-level criminals but supposedly they knew the drug they used in the abduction, similar to ones used in surgeries, would cause her to forget who she was. They planted clues that would make her think she was Susan Brandt. I never figured out how they could know she’d forget her own name, or why they didn’t just tell her the connection she had with the murdered woman.
Second, Brandt hadn’t quit grieving for his murdered wife in 3 years, but in less than a week he was in love with a woman that looked just like her. To me, that’s not realistic—or at least I hope it’s not the way love works.
This is a book with faith as a central theme, and it is not at all subtle. At times it’s quite preachy, and some readers may not enjoy that.
If you go into it knowing there are some inconsistencies in behavior and extreme coincidences, the book won’t disappoint you as it’s full of action and plot twists. It has some good points to offset the things I didn’t like, such as a few memorable characters and a strong emphasis on faith, but I can’t personally recommend this one.
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