Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: Forget Me Not - 1st in the Crossroads Crisis Center series
Author: Vicki Hinze
Release Date: March 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Suspense
Year/Setting: Present day, Florida
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Vicki's Website/Blog: www.vickihinze.com
A woman without a past, running scared from a future she doesn’t understand. She shows up at Crossroads Crisis Center believing her name is Susan. Unfortunately, Susan is dead. When the owner of the Crisis Center finds out a woman is claiming to be his deceased wife—and looking remarkably like her, he becomes even angrier than in the past.
Susan (who decides to be called Karen) was beaten and it appears the beating wiped out her memory. For her safety, Ben takes her to live in the guesthouse at his compound. It becomes apparent very quickly that someone is after Karen. As Ben & Karen start finding more connections between Karen and Susan, the danger ratchets up. Violence is escalating, nobody knows whom they should or should not trust. It just becomes clear that Karen might end up dead—and if Ben gets caught in the crossfire, he’ll go down with her.
I could only come up with one word for this story—INTENSE! Often, I will shy away from suspense because of the gore that seems to go part and parcel with a suspense storyline. I was impressed at the intensity of the suspense without the gore. Yes, people get hurt and some die, but it’s not presented in an offensive or gory way. I was drawn to Susan/Karen from the beginning. She’s a strong girl who’s running from her past. At this point, it’s a past she doesn’t remember, but she has very strong impressions about the danger lurking around her.
Ben Brandt is the kind of guy I’m attracted to in real life. He’s intelligent, has a great sense of humor and believes strongly in doing the right thing. He reminds me of a fire fighter or police officer in the respect that as part of his job/doing his duty, he’ll rush into danger without a second thought and afterwards realize he should have gone in a little more cautiously. As Karen and Ben connect, there are hints of a romance that ebb and flow. Just when we think they might deepen their relationship, one pulls away. It adds to the drama of the entire book.
Overall, I was roped in by the second chapter and had trouble putting the book down. The level of suspense rivals the best books I’ve read and I believe Vicki Hinze has a bright career ahead of her. I am looking forward to reading more of her books.
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