A tragic suicide?
When Rose’s daughter, Vivien, is found dead in a suspected suicide, Rose has questions nobody can answer. Wasn’t Vivien living the perfect life? A caring husband, a sweet little girl of her own.
Or the perfect murder?
But as the police investigation develops, their findings raise new questions. Did Vivien kill herself, or was she attacked? If so, who has something to hide?
As Rose struggles to piece together the secrets of her daughter’s life, the cracks in the family begin to show. But once Rose knows the answers, there’s no going back...
Welcome to the BLOG TOUR for Forget Me Not by Luana Lewis; published in paperback by Corgi on 5 November 2015. Forget Me Not is the second novel from Luana Lewis. I reviewed her first book, Don't Stand So Close in February 2014.
Reading back through my review of Don't Stand So Close, I see that I commented on the reliability of the narrators in that story. It's clear after reading Forget Me Not that Luana Lewis excels in creating dark, disconcerting characters. Once again, the reader will struggle to know just who or what to believe. Populated by a troupe of players who confound and amaze in turn, this really is a powerful and taut tale that will have you turning the pages frantically, in the hope that the next chapter will reveal the truth.
Forget Me Not is Rose's recital of her daughter Vivian's death and the events surrounding it. It is also her explanation, sometimes her justification for why, before Vivian died, they were estranged. Everyone concluded that Vivian had taken her own life. She was found in her bathroom by her husband's driver Isaac, and although she did have head injuries, it was assumed that these happened as she fell, not long after taking an overdose.
As the police carry on with their inquiries, and Rose learns more and more about the daughter that she was so distant from, she is convinced that there is more to this than suicide. Did Vivian and her husband Ben argue angrily the night before she died? Why did Ben decide to spend that night in a hotel? How is Vivian's childhood friend Chloe involved? Why does Chloe live rent-free in a flat owned by Ben? More questions are raised when Vivian's fertility consultant betrays confidentiality and informs Rose of her concerns too.
Who to believe? None of the main characters are particularly likeable. Rose struggled to be a mother to Vivian, and in turn Vivian struggled with her relationship to her own young daughter Lexie. Why did Rose and Vivian become estranged? Did Ben and Vivian really adore each other, and what part does Isaac play in their lives? And, Lexie; eight-year-old Lexie; what has caused her night terrors and her sleepwalking?
Forget Me Not is a gripping, chilling thriller. The plot is complex and unexpected. The characters are flawed, human and totally believable. Luana Lewis is a clinical psychologist and her knowledge of the human psyche is woven into this tense and dramatic novel.
Don't try to guess the secrets, don't assume that the most innocent characters cannot also be the most guilty and don't plan to do anything else until you've turned the final page!
My thanks to Naomi at Transworld who continues to feed my appetite for amazing books and who invited me to take part in this Blog Tour.
Luana Lewis is a chartered clinical psychologist and writer. She was clinical supervisor at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation in South Africa, and since 2004 has worked in England, both in the NHS and in private practice. She currently teaches and practices Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy.
She has previously written two non-fiction books related to childhood trauma and and post-traumatic stress.
Don’t Stand So Close is her first novel and is published in the UK by Transworld, as well as in Germany (Goldmann), The Netherlands (Cargo/Bezige Bij) Italy (Longanesi), Brazil (Rocco), Turkey (Kahve Yayinlari) and Korea (Arumdri Media).
She is represented by Madeleine Milburn at the Madeleine Milburn Literary TV & Film Agency, London.
For more information, visit her website www.luanalewis.com
Follow her on Twitter @sharonluana