Today I’m passing the baton over to Mandie who has a review of Forgotten by Neven Carr. Thanks for Neven for providing the copy of the book for review. Let’s take a look at what the book is all about.
The Official Book Blurb
Every family holds a secret.
How far would yours go to keep it?
Twenty-eight year old schoolteacher, Claudia Cabriati, has no memory of her life before the age of eight. This is not something she thought unusual, until a strangely familiar woman possessing knowledge of that life, is shot and killed in the grounds of Claudia’s home.
Another brutal murder follows, along with the heartbreaking revelation of an unimaginable family conspiracy. Claudia crumbles into a world driven by fear and the irrational need to run and hide.
Why were people suddenly dying around her? Were any of her family, particularly her much-beloved Papa, involved in their deaths? More importantly, would her life be next?
With her trust challenged by those she loves, Claudia turns to the mysterious and enigmatic Saul Reardon. Together they embark on a dangerous journey in search of answers.
But is the past sometimes better left buried?
Set amongst the natural beauty of Australia’s eastern coastline and its richly forested hinterland, Forgotten is a fast-paced mystery thriller that explores the controversial nature of family love and protection, loyalty and self-preservation.
In Forgotten we meet Claudia Cabriati. She is still haunted by the death of her fiancé and now dead bodies keep turning up where she lives. The first one – Alice Polinksi has links to her past but for whatever reason she can’t remember anything of her life before the age of 8.
I will admit that when I started the book I struggled to get into it, however the more I read, the more I became intrigued by Claudia and her life. I think this was partly due to the fact that all the characters were new to me and the only back story you got for any of them was that of Claudia as her backstory was the story.
I initially got the impression that Claudia was a timid person who had spent most of her life being cosseted and shielded by her family and to a certain extent this was true. As the story progressed however you found that she also possessed a determination to find out why everything was happening to her and also unlock the memories of her past. When events show that she may not be able to trust her family she turns to Saul Reardon, a private detective recommended by her best friend Mel. Now I am not sure that despite it looking like my life may be under threat I would move in with someone who I didn’t know and had only just met based on the fact that they tell me that they can protect me, but that is exactly what Claudia does. There are times though that she does question what she is doing but I think that as Saul is the first person who does not think she is mad and seems to genuinely want to help her she pushes the doubts away.
Saul Reardon is a man who has secrets in his past. Although there are hints as to what they may be we don’t actually get to find out what they are (maybe this could be another book???), but whatever they are they are what drive him to put everything into protecting the people he is working for. I loved the relationship between him and his partner Ethan.
Ethan gives off the air of devil may care ladies man but that is more a persona he puts on. Over time you can see that he really cares about Saul and knows all about Saul’s past. He is the one that stops Saul from going over the top when his feelings for Claudia stop being just professional and threaten to affect his handling of the case.
Due to all the twists and turns in the story and the equal mix of clues and red herrings, I changed my mind several times as to who was behind the murders and who was after Claudia. What I will say is that the ending surprised me and the motive behind the chain of events was not one I expected.
I look forward to more from this author and hope that in future books we get to learn more about Saul and Ethan and what makes them tick.
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About the Author
Neven Carr lives in what she terms is an author’s haven; a quaint fishing village on the east coast of Queensland, Australia, called Toogoom. Her former years as a Primary School teacher provided her with many life experiences, some treasured, some not so treasured, but ones she continually draws upon when writing her novels. Neven Carr now devotes her time to her three passions, her family, reading and of course, writing.
Forgotten is her debut novel.