It’s a pleasure to host a stop on the blog tour for Forget Her Name by Jane Holland today. Many thanks to Rachel for the opportunity to join and the review copy.
Author : Jane Holland
Title : Forget Her Name
Pages : 346
Publisher : Thomas & Mercer
Publication date : January 25, 2018
Rachel’s dead and she’s never coming back. Or is she?
As she prepares for her wedding to Dominic, Catherine has never been happier or more excited about her future. But when she receives an anonymous package—a familiar snow globe with a very grisly addition—that happiness is abruptly threatened by secrets from her past.
Her older sister, Rachel, died on a skiing holiday as a child. But Rachel was no angel: she was vicious and highly disturbed, and she made Catherine’s life a misery. Catherine has spent years trying to forget her dead sister’s cruel tricks. Now someone has sent her Rachel’s snow globe—the first in a series of ominous messages…
While Catherine struggles to focus on her new life with Dominic, someone out there seems intent on tormenting her. But who? And why now? The only alternative is what she fears most.
Is Rachel still alive?
Catherine’s sister Rachel died on a skiing holiday as a child. Rachel wasn’t the best sister ever. She was cruel, vicious and a psychopath in the making who made Catherine’s life a living hell. Years later, Catherine is preparing to get married when she starts receiving taunting messages relating to Rachel. But from whom? And why? Catherine doesn’t remember much about the holiday in Switzerland or the day her sister died. Could her parents have lied to her all these years? Is Rachel still alive?
Well now, this one took me totally by surprise. If you follow my blog, then you know I read quite a lot of psychological thrillers and it’s getting harder for authors to surprise me. So quite early on, I was convinced I knew exactly what was going on and I was reading on, all smug-like, thinking this story was going to be incredibly predictable, when boom! Where the heck did that come from? And that’s all I’ll say about that. The less you know about the plot the better, so you can have your own boom moment. 😄
None of these characters were particularly likeable. I especially had issues with Catherine’s parents, although as the story goes on, the reasons for their odd behaviour are somewhat understandable. Yet all of them were brilliantly multi-layered and complex and I had no idea if any of them were trustworthy.
I must say, that ending though. I don’t normally mention those but this one has me insanely conflicted. It’s one of those “holy cow, I can’t believe you went there!” moments and I’m still trying to figure out whether I like it or not. Mind blown! I love it when that happens!
Despite me (wrongly) thinking I had this whole thing sussed, I was still utterly gripped and glued to the pages. Forget Her name is incredibly addictive and you’ll want to make sure you have the time to read this in one sitting. There’s a wonderfully dark and disturbing vibe, the suspense doesn’t let up at all and you’ll find yourself flipping the pages faster as you go. If you enjoy your psychological thrillers, I have no doubt you’ll like this thoroughly entertaining and twisty story!
Forget Her Name was published in January.
Jane Holland is a Gregory Award–winning poet and novelist who also writes commercial fiction under the pseudonyms Victoria Lamb, Elizabeth Moss, Beth Good and Hannah Coates. Her debut thriller, Girl Number One, hit #1 in the UK Kindle Store in December 2015. Jane lives with her husband and young family near the North Cornwall/Devon border. A homeschooler, her hobbies include photography and growing her own vegetables.