Forget Me Not

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 16 Jun 2019

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Forget Me Not by Claire Allan is a psychological thriller set in Derry, Ireland where Claire is from. Clare is found brutally murdered on the side of the road.. managing to whisper a warning to Elizabeth before passing away. Soon Julie, Elizabeth & Rachel are receiving similar flower arrangements with strange notes and Rachel insists she is being followed. So who is behind it all and what links these women together?

I really enjoyed this book. Although I guessed some of the twists - I definitely didn't see them all coming!

Great read!
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This is my first Claire Allan book but won't be my last! The narration goes back and forth between Elizabeth, an elderly woman who finds a girl brutally murdered down the street from her house, and that girl's best friend, Rachel. This is a difficult one to give a plot summary for because of all the twists and turns. The characters in this book are a little underdeveloped, and some are downright unlikable, but the story is so much fun it's easy to overlook that. I flew through this creepy little thriller.
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Elizabeth, a kindly grandmother, is out walking her dog early one summer morning when she makes a shocking and gruesome discovery - the body of a young woman, savagely mutilated and on the verge of death, dumped on the side of the road. Whispering just two words ‘warn them’ before expiring, the message haunts Elizabeth, leaving her unable to rest until she can work out just who she needs to warn, and about what.

The narration alternates in first person between Elizabeth and Rachel, whose closest friend Clare was the woman murdered on the road. Though at first glance this seems to be the only link between the two, it’s slowly revealed that there is a much deeper and darker connection, one which may lead to more deaths before Clare’s killer is brought to justice.

Elizabeth is easy to sympathize with, especially as the tragedies she’s suffered through are revealed. Rachel is harder to like, even though we first meet her as she’s thinking about the tragedy of her mother’s death, because she’s in the middle of imploding her own marriage by embarking on an affair. With two daughters to think of, she has moments of pure selfishness and even though she’s scaldingly self-honest too, I occasionally found myself irritated with her behaviour.

The author does a fantastic job with building the suspense here, sowing the seeds right from the beginning for the conclusion, but revealing information in carefully rationed tidbits, with a few red herrings for good measure, to keep the reader guessing right up until the end. This is a genuinely engrossing read and I’d definitely read more by this author. Five stars.
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There are two points of views in the story. The point of view of the one who saw the murdered victim and the other one was the possible victim.
I liked how this story started. They were betrayal, loss, love, friendship, and problem with marriage.
The connection between Elizabeth and Clare was amazing! Hands down to you Miss Claire Allan!
I had a hunched who was the real killer and I was happy that I was correct.
I love the plot and I can't wait to read more of your wonderful work, Miss Claire.
Thank you to Avon and Netgalley for the ARC!
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An average thriller plot line which was well constructed. Good dialogue. I struggled with the characters and the intricacies of their backgrounds, however, and ultimately struggled to keep going with the story, only doing so because I wanted to know the conclusion. 

The market is saturated by twisty thrillers at the moment, and unfortunately this one wasn’t for me.
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A psychological thriller with an adrenaline rush from beginning to end. One of those "I couldn't put down books", full of twists and turns and misdirection. Great read
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A run of the mill thriller with some passable twists but nothing I didn't see coming. The problem is that the main threats were against people I wasn't given a chance to like before they became threatened, so the outcome wasn't tense for me.
I also felt it could have been set anywhere so wasn't sure why it needed to be Derry? I'd have liked more of a sense of place than a passing reference to the Troubles at the start which was never referred to again.
The character of Elizabeth was nicely-drawn but I didn't like being bounced around between her and Rachel and he third friend (whose name I've forgotten though I only finished the novel yesterday!) seemed to have no purpose at all except to dilute the intensity.
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Many years ago I read "Five people you meet in heaven" by Mitch Albom.  One thing I kept from that book, was the principle that what you do to people you meet, even if only in a store, might have an influence on your life, and theirs, without you even realizing it at the time.
And this book is the perfect example of that. The past catches up with Rachel and her friends without them expecting it.   The book "jumped" between the present and the past, and gives you a bit of an idea of who the killer was, and just as soon as you think you've got it figured out, it changes again!  I did not expect the ending, but it was done well and I hope there is another book featuring my new favorite copper, DI Bradley!
Highly recommended.
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Forget Me Not by Claire Allan what a brilliant beginning to this book and I was hooked! It's a couldn’t put it down book........It's full of twists and turns that will have you guessing right up till the end of this excellent book.

It's going to be the hottest summer's day so far recorded and Elizabeth O'Loughlin is out in the early hours of the morning walking her beloved dog. Whilst walking her dog she comes across a body who is a victim of a horrific knife attack, she is still alive but only just. Within a few minutes she whispers her last few haunting words to Elizabeth. 

We later find out the victim is called Clare. 

What where Clare's last words? and what did she mean?

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. Will she survive?

What a Book! Highly recommend Forget me not! Just a Brilliant read. Great for your Holiday.

Big Thank you to Netgalley and Avon UK for my advanced copy of this book to read. 
All opinions are my own and are in no way biased I loved it.
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I loved the author's previous book 'Her Name was Rose' so was very excited to receive an ARC copy of Claire Allan's next title ' Forget Me Not' - and I wasn't disappointed. I was immediately drawn in from the opening pages where a character named Elizabeth is walking her dog one early morning and comes across a young woman who has been attacked and left for dead on the side of the road. Elizabeth tries to comfort the dying girl while waiting for help and just before she dies she whispers, 'Warn them!' to Elizabeth. But who should be warned? And what should they be warned about? Poor Elizabeth is in shock at what she has witnessed and finds herself thinking back to the death of her own daughter through suicide - a tragedy that Elizabeth seems to blame herself for.
The dead woman is eventually identified as a woman named Clare and her death leaves best friends Rachel and Julie devastated. Before long Rachel, Julie and Elizabeth are drawn together when they all receive forget-me-not flowers along with cryptic notes and fear that the killer may be after them too.
This was a very clever, tense and thrilling read told mainly from Elizabeth and Rachel's POV and I enjoyed it enormously. Claire Allan is fast becoming a firm favourite of mine!
4.5 stars and many thanks to Netgalley and Avon UK publishers for the advance review copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Thanks to NetGalley for an early copy in return for an honest review
A very good read and one I can highly recommend to others. 
I could not put this down.
Thoroughly enjoyable with an amazing cast of characters that you cannot help but engage with.
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This was a really good thriller ,with lots. of twists and turns.  Told from two viewpoiwnts, Elizabeth and Rachel, who seem to have no connection, however as the story unfolds all becomes clear. 
I don't want to add any spoilers but when something happens to one of their close friends, Rachel and her school friend Julie are thrown into turmoil, both from grief and read that they may be next. Elizabeth meanwhile is still dealing with her own grief and loneliness following the suicide of her daughter. 
I'm normally hopeless at guessing what comes next, but I did actually work out part of the story - ,however, I didn't see the twists that followed!
Thoroughly enjoyed this, gripping to the end.
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I enjoyed this book, it had a good plot line that left me guessing until the end. I look forward to reading more from the author in the future.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for this ARC
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Clare's murder affects many people including Elizabeth, who found her, and her best friend Rachel.  The twists develop as Rachel tries to work out who hated Clare enough to kill her.  Unfortunately this is yet another book with unlikable characters.  Elizabeth has issues going back a while and makes unwise, and unlikely, choices.  Rachel is unfaithful,but annoyed at the idea her husband may be cheating on her.  There is another friend but she doesn't do much.  No one really to engage with and so I had little interest in what happened.
Not one for me, I'm afraid.
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the ARC
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This is an exciting modern thriller. I enjoyed all the twists and turns. The storyline was very interesting.
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This one kicks off with high adrenaline and never lets off the gas. The tension builds from the turn of the first page. It's action packed and full of twists. This is a fast paced, well written and suspenseful read. This is a psychological thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat biting my nails, there were twists galore and a surprising ending. I practically devoured this book in one day. The tension builds throughout the book like a pressure cooker about to explode!!
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Wow.  this book was absolutely fantastic.  I read this book in one sitting. 
The author gripped me with the storyline straightaway.  I didn't really know where the story was going at first, but not in a bad way and then the suspenseful atmosphere was created, making the reader want to know what was coming next. 

I absolutely loved this book. 

I thought I had guessed the ending, but no, again i had another shock!!

What a fantastic book. 

I will be buying the other books by the author. 

Thank you
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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?

This is a very slow burn of a read but I have to say, is probably Allan's best book yet! We begin with a gruesome discovery, this is important, the book is very gruesome at times so be prepared and only read this if you think you can hack it. Then we enter the stage of investigation, of doubting everyone and discovering everybody's secrets. This is not thrilling the whole way through and whilst I would not describe the first half a struggle to read, it was not as enticing as I hoped it would be. Then about halfway through I realised I had become hooked, Allan had ramped up the intensity subtly, and in ways that you do not really notice until you realise I am completely gripped by this read and unable to put it down. Masterful.

The plot does have twists and turns in it and there are one or two massive shocks. Now these big twists are down to clever writing rather than Allan pulling out a massive twist at the last second in the plot, still works very well and is still a clever way of writing the book but it meant the surprise came from a very different source to what I was expecting.

The characters in this are interesting, they are likeable enough that I enjoyed following them but they have their flaws which work against them. I did enjoy how Allan has them interact and how they all fit in together, I thought it was very clever, worked extremely well for the plot and provided some nice scenes.

'Forget Me Not' is a slow burn thriller but stick with it and you will find yourself hooked. Allan throws in some clever surprises as well which I very much enjoyed. 

Thank you to NetGalley and Avon Books UK for an advance copy.
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This book was not for me at all. There was a lot of boring filler which made me want to zone out. The book could’ve been half the length. The story is told from the point of view of Elizabeth and Rachel, Clare’s best friend. Rachel is the absolute worst. She whines and complains about everything and makes out that she is treated so badly when she’s the one cheating. Then there’s Clare and Rachels other best friend Julie who doesn’t really add anything to the story. I also guessed the killer pretty early on so even the “twist” wasn’t that exciting. 

Thanks to NetGalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review
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This book will grab and hold your attention right from the start.  I was sure I’d sussed out the ending , but was pleasantly surprised at the outcome of the story.
I found the book flowed really well and was at times hard to put down.
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