Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Blog Tour: Forget Her Name by Jane Holland

I'm delighted to be on the blog tour run by @rararesources for Jane Holland's new novel, Forget Her Name.

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The Blurb
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?

My Review

Forget Her Name? Not a chance... there’s no way I’m going to forget this book in a hurry! It’s dark, full of secrets, questions and I found it deeply unsettling, perhaps because I can relate to it in a way.

Catherine – Cat - can’t remember much about the death of her sister Rachel, after all, she was only 12 years old at the time. She does remember they were on a family holiday in Switzerland, and remember her father telling her that her sister was gone.

No one in Cat's family ever talks about Rachel, which made me curious. Cat had told her fiancĂ©, Dominic, that her sister died, but didn’t go into detail. Secretly Catherine feels guilty for feeling relieved that Rachel is no longer around – she made everyone’s life miserable.

Cat's relationship with her parents is strained; they are well-off and cannot understand why Cat would refuse their financial help and live in a grotty flat, volunteering at a good bank. But Cat is happy with her life; she has a gorgeous fiancé and cannot wait to marry him.

Then strange, truly disturbing things start happening and Cat needs answers. But with her family’s reluctance to even mention Rachel’s name, she sets out to find out the truth for herself.

Initially it’s hard to believe anyone could be as horrible and twisted as Cat remembers Rachel to be, but the writer soon draws the reader in. I did guess some of it early on, but I was still shocked in places.

The author plants suggestions in the reader's mind, and then leaves you reeling. Forget Her Name is a thoroughly engrossing and disconcerting psychological thriller.

About the Author

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.

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