A young boy is shot and one of the members of an elite gun clan takes his own life. The truth behind what happened lies only in those present, and in the forgotten memories of a seven year old child, Claudia Cabriati. Fear and the bitter stench of death have haunted Claudia for much of her life, even now as a grown woman, along with odd dreams, puzzling cards and the bone-chilling sensation of being watched. When a vaguely familiar woman possessing secret knowledge about Claudia’s family is murdered, it sets off a string of horrifying events including the brutal murder of a mysterious man and the shocking revelations of family skeletons better left buried.
When Claudia returns home, she immediately knows something is wrong. She can smell it. It’s the unmistakeable stench of death. She knows as she’s smelled it before. What follows is a complex plot of buried family secrets, murders, cover-ups and more questions than answers.
Enter Saul Reardon, some sort of underground private detective and all-round troubleshooter, and his sidekick Ethan. Together they will do what it takes to keep Claudia safe and figure out why people are dropping like flies around her.
Forgotten is the first instalment in the Araneya Mysteries, which I didn’t actually realise until I finished the book (because quite clearly I don’t pay enough attention to things), and was left to wonder about the ending.
There was a lot of information coming at me during the first part of the book and I had a hard time getting a handle on things. The pace was too slow for me, although it did pick up in the second half. I felt there was a bit too much talking, not enough action. Also, as will become increasingly obvious as you start to get to know me better, I don’t have a romantic bone in my body. So I found the whole developing romance thing between Claudia and Reardon incredibly distracting.
That aside though, Forgotten has the complex plot, the mystery aspect and the beautiful setting of Eastern Australia. Maybe the book and I weren’t a match made in heaven, but if you like your mysteries with a host of characters that have dark pasts, and a dash of romance, this one’s for you!
Many thanks to author Neven Carr for my copy, which I chose to review honestly.
Forgotten was published in December 2015.