Thursday, April 15, 2010

Book Review: Forget Me Not

Forget Me Not
by Vicki Hinze


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?

From the moment I started reading this book, I had a hard time putting it down.  There were so  many twists and turns, and every answered question seemed to bring up even more.  I just had to keep reading to find out what was going to happen.  Who were the bad guys, and why were they after our mystery woman?  And how does it all tie in with the murder of Ben's wife and son?

The plot may not have been completely believable, or maybe I just don't want to believe people can be as bad as some of the bad guys in this book, but it made for an enjoyable read, right up until the very end.  Elements of faith are woven throughout the book - faith in the absence of all else, and the loss of faith when it's most needed.  It's hard not to question your own faith when reading something like this and wonder how you would react.

This was book was provided for review by WaterBrook Multnomah.