Forget Me Not by Vicki Hinze is a cross between a Christian fiction novel and a suspense novel. The two main characters are a woman with very strong Christian faith, and a man, Ben, who lost his faith after the murder of his wife and son three years earlier. The two are brought together after the woman is attacked and ends up in the crisis center that Ben owns.
She goes to the crisis center because when she wakes after her attack, she has amnesia and can't remember who she is. But she finds their business card along with a cross necklace in her pocket. She sees this as a sign that God wants her to go to this crisis center. The problem is that she looks just like Ben's dead wife, Susan. And to make matters worse, the cross she's wearing belonged to Susan and has been missing since she was murdered.
Ben eventually agrees to help this Susan look-alike stay safe from those who are trying to kill her, and find out who she is. He hopes she will also lead him to the truth about the murder of his wife and child. I won't say much more about the plot than this, since I don't want to give anything else away. But the mystery is very complex and intriguing, and the story is rather unique.
This was definitely a page-turner because of the mystery aspect of the story. This was my first Christian fiction novel, so I'm not sure what the norm is in this genre. But this story is very focused on the woman's faith and her desire to help Ben find his way back to God. I did feel that the way the relationship between the two main characters changed during the course of the novel was a bit unrealistic given the fact that the story only takes place over a few days. But it was an endearing story.
I think this novel will mostly appeal to fans of Christian fiction, because there is such a focus on this woman's faith and her trust in God to keep her safe and lead her in the right direction. Readers of general suspense novels should also enjoy it as long as they're okay with the strong Christian focus. This is the first in a new Crossroads Crisis Center series, so look for more books to come.
My Rating: 3.5/5
About the author
Vicki Hinze is an award-winning author of twenty-three novels, three nonfiction books, and hundreds of articles. Selected for Who’s Who in America in 2004 as a writer and educator, Hinze is active in Romance Writers of America and serves as a Vice President on the International Thriller Writers Board of Directors. Vicki lives in Florida with her artist husband, a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel. Visit http://www.vickihinze.com/ to learn more about Vicki’s books, blogs and writing programs.
This review was written based on a copy of Forget Me Not that I received from WaterBrook Multnomah for review and participation in their blog tour. To purchase a copy of Forget Me Not, visit WaterBrook Multnomah.