Forget Me Not (Crossroads Crisis Center series - Book 1) by Vicki Hinze
(For review from Waterbrook Multnomah)
When a young woman with amnesia shows up at Crossroads Crisis Center Benjamin Brandt, the owner is shocked at the resemblance to his late wife, Susan. It becomes obvious that their must be a connection between this woman and the murders of Benjamin's wife and child, because she carries the necklace Susan was wearing when she was killed. The situation gets worse when it becomes obvious that the car jacking that caused her to lose her memory was not random, someone is trying to kill her.
Benjamin's faith was shattered when he lost his family and seeing the young woman who calls herself, 'Susan' cling to her own faith is difficult. He pledges to protect her and to try to find out her identity. She's lost everything, just like him. They forge a bond from the loneliness they share. Can they trust each other with what's left of their hearts? How is this young woman's amnesia related to not only Ben's wife, but to the most powerful man in town?
Vicki Hinze does a wonderful job of creating a sense of suspense. The reader is captivated right from the beginning of the book. Who is this woman and who is trying to kill her? As we begin to find out more about the characters it is obvious that they have both lost a great deal in their lives. Benjamin, his wife and son and the young woman, her identity and who knows what else.
Ben is a very strong character that seems to have lost his way in his faith. He blames himself for not being able to protect his family and he can't seem to come to terms with that. It obvious that he loved his wife very much and her presence is still very much a part of the book though she has passed away before the story begins. The young woman calling herself 'Susan' seems to be made of strong stuff as well. She's lost everything, even her memory and yet she still has faith that God has never left her and never will.
Faith is a theme that runs throughout the book and will make the reader do a lot of thinking about their own faith. I loved the book and think that the author, Vicki Hinze did a wonderful job of weaving faith and suspense through this novel. The reader is on the edge of their seat wondering what is going to happen next. I look forward to the second book in the series with great anticipation.
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There will a giveaway announced later today for one copy of Forget Me Not!
I give this one 5 out of 5 apples from my book bag!