Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Forget Me by K.A. Harrington

Title: Forget Me
Author: K.A. Harrington
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Release Date: August 7, 2014
Source: ARC from Publisher
Buy the Book: Amazon / Book Depository / Indigo
An edge-of-your seat psychological thriller with a romantic twist

On the three-month anniversary of her boyfriend Flynn’s death, Morgan uploads her only photo of him to FriendShare to get some closure—but she’s shocked when the facial recognition software suggests she tag him as “Evan Murphy.” She’s never heard of Evan, but a quick search tells her that he lives in a nearby town and looks exactly like Flynn. Only this boy is very much alive.

Digging through layers of secrets and lies, Morgan is left questioning everything she thought she knew about her boyfriend, her town, and even her parents’ involvement in this massive web of lies.

As some of you may know, other than contemporary stories, mysteries and thrillers might just be my favourite types of stories. Because of that, I was excited about K.A. Harrington’s Forget Me, it sounded like it would be right up my alley. And though the story didn’t end up be quite what I thought it was going to be, I still highly enjoyed it. 

Three months after her boyfriend Flynn’s sudden death, Morgan is still trying to deal with her grief. In an attempt to help her, her best friend suggests she upload a picture of Flynn to FriendShare for closure. But when she does, the site suggest that Morgan someone in the picture, but it isn’t Flynn. It’s Evan Murphy, a boy who looks just like Flynn and lives a in a nearby town. Could it be possible that Flynn isn’t really dead, that he survived the accident that supposedly killed him? Morgan finds herself getting drawn in the mystery, but will she be able to do so without risking her own life in the process.

I love mysteries. At least half of what I watch on TV involves mysteries being solved in some way or another. So books with mysteries are totally up my alley. When I first heard about K.A. Harrington’s Forget Me it had me completely intrigued. The premise felt like something that could actually happen, considering how easy it is to find people online. And when I started reading, the way this all played out actually felt realistic. Granted I was somewhat surprised as to how quickly the story jumped into the mystery. I mean, by the third or fourth chapter, most of what is said in the synopsis had happened. I was a little worried about what that meant for the rest of the book, but I shouldn’t have been worried. The mystery aspect of the story kept me reading and I admit that I didn’t figure it out until it was pretty much all laid out in front of me. My one complaint about the story was that it wasn’t always clear how much time was passing and it sometimes resulted in me feeling like things were maybe happening faster than they actually were. But that was something that could easily be overlooked and didn’t stop me from enjoying the rest of the story.

I’m unsure how I feel about Morgan. I really enjoyed reading the story from her perspective since she was in the middle of it all. The mystery was not only tied to her directly but seemed to involve everyone in her life. I loved that I was discovering everything at the same time as she was and I honestly didn’t put it together until she did. Outside of Morgan, the other characters in this story intrigued me. I was never sure who I should trust and who was out to get Morgan. Reece and Evan in particular were two characters that I kept changing my mind about, never really knowing what they were up to or if they could be trusted. On the subject of Evan, there’s a lot that I could say. This could just be tied in to the fact that I wasn’t always sure how much time was passing, but it felt like Evan came into Morgan’s life was really fast, especially since he seemed to become a pretty integral part of her life pretty quickly. Don’t get me wrong, I really liked Evan and I liked that the story was built in part around him and how he fit into the mystery, but he just seemed to pop out of nowhere. Which I guess was the point of the story and maybe I’m just nitpicking at this point. 

Overall, I really enjoyed reading K.A. Harrington’s Forget Me. The mystery aspect of the story kept me turning the pages, trying to figure out exactly what was going on in this small town. If you are looking for a good thriller-type read, then this is the book for you.

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