Forget Me Not

Forget Me Not

by Vicki Hinze


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ISBN-13: 9781601422057
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/16/2010
Series: Crossroads Crisis Center Series , #1
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 1,249,850
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Vicki Hinze is an award-winning author of multiple novels including Forget Me Not and Deadly Ties. Hinze’s willingness to take risks in writing and genre has earned her a reputation for trail-blazing skill. She holds a Master of Arts in Creative Writing and a Doctorate in Philosophy, Theocentric Business & Ethics and served as vice president on the International Thriller Writers Board of Directors. She lives in Florida with her husband.

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July 12
You know what I want.”
Hearing him behind her, she jerked and dropped her paintbrush. It slid across the canvas, streaking the emerald gulf water with a bold, jagged slash of white.
“Gregory,” she said, her voice half croak, half whisper, her eyes seeing far beyond the easel and canvas in front of her.
She had made this confrontation inevitable, but she hoped to finish one last painting before—
“Well? Are you going to give it to me?”
Shaking, she turned. He stood closer than she expected, towering above her and blocking both studio doors. The one to the deck overlooking the gulf was closer, but with his stride and reach—she didn’t stand a chance.
Putting down her palette, she squared her shoulders and stiffened, unable to see past the bloodlust in his eyes. Would her response push him over the edge?
Regardless, she had only one choice. Her mouth as dry as the sand between her and the surf, she hiked her chin and looked him right in the eye. “No.”
“Reconsider—and think carefully.” His hands curled into fists at his sides, his face darkened to red, and the blood vessels in his thick neck protruded. “Is that your final answer?”
How could anyone that angry sound that controlled? She darted her gaze from door to door, still seeking a way out. But there wasn’t one. No one would interrupt, would hear her scream. There would be no escape.
She glanced to a painting of a young girl hanging on the wall. What more could she have done? The man was rich, powerful, and more manipulative than anyone she’d ever known. She had gone all the way to the mayor looking for help. Well, to his wife, Darla, but even she had to admit how outrageous her claims had sounded. Gregory Chessman did seem incapable of anything that wasn’t wonderful.
Yet she knew better. She studied the painting, the innocence and promise in that beloved face. If he found her—and sooner or later, he would—then she, too, would die. That left but one option. One. And who knew if it would work?
“I know the truth about you.” She injected her tone with confidence and a warning of her own. “If anything happens to me, others will know it too.”
“You tried that and failed.” He grunted. “You’re a crazy woman. No one believes a crazy woman, not even an airhead.” He followed her gaze to the painting.
Something inside him snapped. His face contorted and he closed the gap between them in a flash, clamping his fingers around her throat. Fury pounded off him in waves, rivaling the six-foot surf. With a throaty growl, he jerked, lifting her off the ground.
She fought hard, kicking and swinging her frail arms, trying to break his hold, but she couldn’t make contact beyond his forearms. Her vision blurred, her starved lungs burned, craving air. Her limbs turned leaden. Then the brilliant light flooding the studio faded to black, and she knew no more.

Gregory watched the life leave her eyes, taking pleasure in the fact that his would be the last face she would see. How dare she refuse him? Threaten him? The crazy fool.
When the last spark of hope for revival passed and she hung limp and lifeless a foot off the floor, he dropped her.
Her body crumpled in a heap.
He didn’t look down, just walked over her, knocked the aged painting off the wall, and then crushed it with the heel of his shoe. Three years, and the subject in it still taunted him. Still made him vulnerable to Alik Demyan. Gregory shuddered.
Now she would suffer for both, for trespassing on his peace.
The portrait lay tattered and torn, its brittle frame cracked. He went at it again, and kept at it until the painting was utterly destroyed.
Though he despised dirtying his own hands, NINA would be pleased. No one had messed up this one…

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Forget Me Not 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"THEIR ELUSIVE ENEMIES TOOK EVERYTHING. NOW THEY WANT MORE. Crossroads Crisis Center owner Benjamin Brandt was a content man-in his faith, his work, and his family. Then in a flash, everything he loved was snatched away. His wife and son were murdered, and grief-stricken Ben lost faith. Determination to find their killers keeps him going, but after three years of dead ends and torment, his hope is dying too. Why had he survived? He'd failed to protect his family. Now, a mysterious woman appears at Crossroads seeking answers and help-a victim who eerily resembles Ben's deceased wife, Susan. A woman robbed of her identity, her life, of everything except her faith-and Susan's necklace. The connections between the two women mount, exceeding coincidence, and to keep the truth hidden, someone is willing to kill. Finding out who and why turns Ben and the mystery woman's situation from dangerous to deadly. Their only hope for survival is to work together, trust each other, and face whatever they discover head on, no matter how painful. But will that be enough to save their lives and heal their tattered hearts?" I can't deny the appeal of this book. Christian suspense is my "go-to" genre so I was immediately intrigued. However the book description was so attention-grabbing that I had to wait my turn, as my 12-year-old son snatched it up and read it the day it arrived! With his hearty approval I was eager to jump in the next day. Before I could finish I found myself having to take turns with my husband, who saw it lying around and couldn't help but get sucked in as well! I must admit that I had a bit of difficulty with parts of this book. It may just have got me at a tired week, but the 'who is double-crossing who and how does this all tie in' was very hard for me to follow. I know a lot of people read books like this, or watch movies like this, and can happily just sit back and enjoy the ride. I'm not one of them by nature. I was able to follow the big picture of what was happening but the details I often had to force myself to just read over and not worry that I didn't completely follow. Once I was able to allow myself to do this, I had no further complaints about the book. This book started fast and never stopped. There was no 'just get through the first couple chapters and it will suck you in' with this one! The pacing was fabulous and the major characters likeable while still fully human. I will admit that I am a bit jealous of the relationship the heroine has with God. She has learned to hear Him speaking to her on a level that I am still working towards. The Crossroads Crisis Center is a perfect setting for future adventures and I am eager to get to know these characters better as the series continues.
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Jenny_Rose More than 1 year ago
We begin with an unidentified (her name changes three times through the story) main character who loses her identity. She was carjacked, beaten, kidnapped and dumped. She's left with a spotty memory, gut feelings and her faith in God. She was dumped in a town with plenty of drama. She looks a lot like Ben Brandt's late wife. Three years and he's still not over it. Mayor John Green and local philanthropist Gregory Chessman aren't who they seem. And Vickie Hinze's main character is still being followed, shot at, and hit. She doesn't know who she is or why anyone would want to hurt her. She does believe God loves her and will take care of her through it all. Hinze does a great job of building suspense and creating mystery. She knows how to create cliff hangers that make the reader keep turning pages. However, the romantic and Christian dialogue seemed forced and a bit preachy. Sometimes the point of view jumped around so quickly I didn't know who was thinking, speaking, or where I was supposed to be in the scene. Overall, it wasn't bad. In fact it was good except for a few parts that dragged (the romantic and Christian dialogue, but I'm not much of a romantic).
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ilovemy5kids More than 1 year ago
This book is not lighthearted. It is filled with suspense and keeps your attention. The book is not for young eyes. It does have mature intense material all through out the book. At times, I even had to put the book down and try to remember who was who. There were a lot of characters who each had their own story. I liked how the author tied in all the events at the very end. It kept me in wonder how the story would fold out. I wouldn't mind a second book to further explanation of the characters and how the future folded. All in all, I would recommend this book for a reader who likes suspense and an action packed novel. Again, for mature eyes only. Blessings to you! You are loved! Note: I was sent complimentary copy for review purposes only. This review has not been monetarily compensated. The review was my honest opinion and views and not influenced by the sponsor in any way.
onedesertrose More than 1 year ago
My Review: The loss of one's faith through tragedy does not separate anyone from the love of God or His faithfulness--"when we are faithless, He is faithful." Benjamin Brandt, owner of Crossroads Crisis Center, had an ideal life--his faith, his wife and son, and his work. In an instant, he lost all but his job. His family had been murdered. Although grief-stricken, he continues to search for the murderer(s)--but it's been three years and leads are slipping away fast. One day, a woman, who looks remarkably like Benjamin's wife, Susan, is brought to the Crisis Center, seeking help and answers. She's been the victim of a beating so severe she doesn't know who she is. Why? By whom? She's lost everything, except her faith. Ben's mistrust of this 'Susan' woman, and the mystery 'Susan' woman's confusion about her identity and life, get magnified out of proportion, yet they must work together to figure out who and why someone is willing to kill them to keep the truth hidden from them. The situation goes from dangerous to deadly once 'those someones' are able to track her whereabouts. Will they find the killer(s) before they are killed? Forget Me Not, by Vicki Hinze, is an action-packed, intense, crime-laden novel that changes plots on a frequent basis, keeping you alert, absorbed and hooked to the end. You will need to keep the circumstances and characters straight in your mind, but the pacing isn't so fast that your lose your way. It's complex, but that's what makes it good! Vicki is definitely keen on character reactions and emotions. The intricacies of the many characters were handled very aptly. They were consistent throughout the book. Evil was punctuated with good, which were great antagonists throughout. In the life of crime, do you really know who your friends are? I was always on edge, wondering what would happen and when, with either the evil, vicious end of the book, as well as between Ben and the mystery 'Susan' woman, and those that they interacted with at the Crisis Center. For this, my first introduction to Vicki's writing, I know I'll definitely be reading more of her books! The spiritual truths presented are relevant to everyone. This book was provided by Susan at The Suspense Zone for my honest review.
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Wyn More than 1 year ago
Usually in amnesia books we know all about the victim and watch while they learn about themselves but in this case, we learn along with the victim. A twist that I really enjoyed. This is Vicki's first Christian themed book although she is a famous mystery writer. The mystery is indeed polished, entertaining, and suspenseful. The Christian background, although heavy in places, suited the personae of the victim. The romance was of course predictable but then aren't they all! It was definitely a page turner with lots of twists and turns and unexpected connections.
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Suzie2672 More than 1 year ago
Benjamin Brandt's life went spinning out of control the day his wife and son were murdered. Grief-stricken, revenge became his constant companion; he vowed to find and punish the one responsible for his misery. Three years past and Benjamin has yet to locate the one responsible for his family's murders. He questions why God would allow him to live when all that he loved had been destroyed. At Crossroads Crisis Center, an amnesia victim appears. The only clue she has to her identity is a card from Crossroads Crisis Center with the name Susan on it and a necklace. She hopes that someone at the Crisis Center will recognize her and be able to fill in the blanks of her missing past. When Benjamin meets the mysterious women he is stunned at how much this woman resembles his deceased wife, Susan. He is determined to help her find the answers to her lost memories. Will he be able to accept what he uncovers, or will be putting his own life in jeopardy? Vicki Hinze has written a high adrenaline rush in Forget Me Not. As the title suggests, you will have a hard time forgetting this high action packed novel. Those that crave roller coaster ride thrillers will definitely be pleased when they discover Forget Me Not. This is one book that will keep you on your edge of your seat.
bookwormjanet More than 1 year ago
She wakes up in the woods, beaten and left for dead. She remembers vaguely the men who were trying to get her car from her. She remembers little else. One thing she does remember is her strong faith in God. Who is she? Why is she here? She finds a card in her pocket with the name "Crossroads" on the front and the name "Susan" on the back. Also, a cross necklace is with the card. She is found and taken to the Crossroads Crisis Center where she see's a large photo of the founder, Susan Brandt, on the wall. Looking at the picture is like looking in the mirror, minus the bruises and swelling of course. So, she must be "Susan". The only problem is that Susan has been dead for 3 years. Benjamin Brandt has been trying for the last 3 years to find the killers of his wife and son. He has also been consumed with guilt that he didn't protect his family. Isn't that what a husband and father is supposed to do? When he's called to the shelter about this "mystery woman named Susan", it's the first time in 3 years he's been in the Center. At first he is certain that "Susan" is there to extort money from him. But after she tells her story and begins to remember tiny pieces of her past, he begins to believe her. He sees how hers and Susan's lives have many common connections. Ben believes that maybe this is the lead he's been hoping for after 3 long years. Can this mystery lady help him discover who killed his family? The book is full of suspense, intrigue, romance and Christian principles. Vicki doesn't "beat you over the head" with the Christian aspect of it. I really enjoyed "Forget Me Not" and would highly recommend it. I was provided an advanced reading copy of this book by the publisher.
TBCN More than 1 year ago
Buckle-up as you prepare to read Vicki Hinze's first Christian Fiction suspenseful adventure, Forget Me Not. I was so thankful to receive a review copy of this book. I was hooked from the very first chapter as a murder, then a carjacking takes place and the main character is left for dead. The main character is running for her life and wakes up in the woods, badly beaten. A Good Samaritan arrives and helps her to the Crossroads Crisis Center. One problem - this isn't a medical facility and the woman doesn't know who she is! Weirder still...she discovers at the center that she looks very similar to Susan Brandt, founder of the Crossroads Crisis Center. "The main character says to Ben Brandt, (the founders husband)-who hasn't treated her nice, "Someone wants me dead and I have no idea why!...I intend to find out who I am and I hope that includes insight into your wife and son's murder.If you want me to share what I learn, then you need to adjust your attitude toward me, because I've tolerated all the indignity and disrespect from you I'm going to." Vicki's characters grabbed my heart and attention from the start. I could feel the main character's pain, relate to their spiritual struggle and followed the plot twists closely as she revealed surprising details and turns that shed light into her situation. I had no idea how all the pieces would be put together; it definitely kept me reading! The author writes the story from the view of the young woman who has amnesia. The reader discovers, along with the girl, about her life has it unfolds. This story is full of intriguing plot twists that got more intriguing with every page I read. Vicki is a master at weaving a surprising plot, with rich characters you instantly care about-I enjoyed the main character's spiritual journey and how she listened to the Holy Spirit to guide her. Nora St. Laurent ACFW Book Club Coordinator
lilredhenJP More than 1 year ago
When she woke, after being carjacked and taken halfway across the country, she didn't know where she was, or even her name. A business card in her pocket gave the name of Crossroads Crisis Center, and had the name Susan written on it. Also in her pocket was a necklace with a cross. When Clyde, the man who found her, tried to take her to the hospital, she asked him to take her to the crisis center, instead, maybe they knew her there. Benjamin Brandt, owner of the crisis center has lost his wife and child in a horrible murder. He has been looking for the killers and the reason behind the murders for 3 years. When he is notified that a woman, similar in looks to his dead wife, Susan, has shown up, claming amnesia, and saying her name is Susan, he suspects that someone is playing games with him. Then he sees the necklace, identical to one his wife wore when she died. From that point on, things start to happen, people are trying to kill the woman, who has no idea why. They work together to help her regain her memory and try and figure out why someone is after her, and what is the reason. This is a book that I could not put down, it is a very well written and grab the edge of your seat type mystery. I couldn't figure it out until close to the end If you love a good mystery, you will enjoy this book. I received a free book to read, and review, the opinions expressed here are my own. Multnomah Books
DSaff More than 1 year ago
Kelly is carjacked, attacked, and left for dead. She has amnesia and the only clues to who she is are a cross necklace and a business card. Ben lost his wife and son to a murderous shooter three years ago, along with his faith in God. They meet through the Crossroads Crisis Center, and when they meet, there are fireworks. What is the tie between them? What is NINA? Can Kelly remember who she is before it is too late? Murder, amnesia, NINA, and more suspenseful moments await you as you open "Forget Me Not" by Vicki Hinze. I won this book through the "Summer Suspense Giveaway" at WaterBrook Multinomah Publishers. It is a murder mystery filled with suspenseful twists and turns that kept me reading. It is a great read and is for anyone who loves suspense! I will definitely look for more books by Ms. Hinze.
mazeman More than 1 year ago
If you need to stay up all night, this is the book to read. Kelly has been on the run from killers for three years, after overhearing a converstation at a party. Finally, she is car jacked, beaten and left for dead. When she awakes, she can't remember who she is, but there is a card in her pocket with the name of a crisis center, and a necklace. When she arrives at the center, she finds out she is a twin of the director's dead wife. He wants to know why his wife was murdured, and as they get to know each other, they find more than one killer out to get them both. The writing is suspensful, not too gorey, and a complex web of friends and mutual relatives all working with and against each other. My only complaint with the plot is that it is set in Destin Florida. Florida is just a big sand bar. The crooks are using a tunnel to smuggle goods. Had the setting been in New England, where the shore line is rocky and full of caves, the tunnel would have been more believeable. But, it's a Christian book, so we must forgive one another. I also recommend Stars Shine After Dark.
AnAvidReaderNJ More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this Christian thriller. It's a new genre for me and I think I will be reading more! The author does a fantastic job of building suspense, there are great twists in the plot and it really captivated me. I thought the ending was great. I have read so many books that were predictable in the last few months that this was a welcome change. Highly recommended for readers who love Christian fiction/thrillers. I would love to see this as a movie!
ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Forget Me Not by Vickie Hinze is the first book in the Crossroads Crisis Center series. Benjamin Brandt still hasn't recovered from the murders of his wife Susan and son Christopher three years ago. He's abandoned the crisis center they had built together as well as his faith in God in order to pursue every lead to find the murderer. He's stunned when a woman calling herself Susan and wearing his dead wife's necklace shows up at the crisis center claiming that she was carjacked, beaten, and now has amnesia. They're going to have to work together to save her life and just maybe solve the murder of Ben's wife. Hinze has taken a predictable plot and turned it on its ear. Throwing in bioterrorism and the crisis center elevates the story above your average romantic thriller. The plot is thickly layered with the bad guys double crossing each other which keeps the tension high. It's a quick read with likable characters and a compelling plot. I can't see what crisis pops up at the center next.
Renee90 More than 1 year ago
I tried to get through this book, really I did. The story was very confusing and I just didn't get it. To give this book a fair chance, I asked my husband to read it. (He absolutely loves edge of your seat suspense and thriller books.) What was his impression? HE LOVED IT! He said he the story was well written and really kept him on his toes. He recommends this book to any and all who enjoy reading suspense and thriller books! Many thanks to Waterbrook Multnomah for providing me with an opportunity to review this book.
Reads4Pleasure More than 1 year ago
When an injured woman shows up at Crossroads Crisis Center, the staff can't help but to notice that she bears an uncanny resemblance to their founder, Susan Brandt. The mystery woman has no recollection of how she ended up in Florida or why she looks so much like Susan. What she does know is that two strange men are out to do her harm, but she's not sure why. Benjamin Brandt lost his wife and son three years ago. In the years since, several women resembling his late wife have shown up claiming to be her. He hasn't returned to the center he founded with his wife, but when his staff contacts him regarding the latest mystery woman, he feels compelled to find out why she's there. Though Forget Me Not is promoted as a Christian mystery, Vicki Hinze is careful not to overwhelm the reader with the Christianity angle. Once I figured out all of the players in the game, the book was an enjoyable read. What did you like about the book? I was pleasantly surprised to find that the book was not bogged down with a lot of biblical references. What did you dislike about the book? There were way too many names thrown at the reader all at once. I spent at least 30 minutes just trying to figure out who all of the characters speaking and referenced were. At first I thought that I just wasn't focused enough while reading it, but in speaking to another reader, I found that she had the same problem. How can the author improve this book? Streamlining the characters would be a start.
quilldancer More than 1 year ago
Excellent read. This book has it all -- suspense, intrigue, interesting and complex bad guys. The primary characters are multifaceted and complex with real life hang up, uncertainties and problems. Forget Me Not, by Vicki Hinze caught and kept my attention from beginning to end. The plot is tangled in twists and turns - this is a "pay attention" kind of read. One of the characters warns us right off that things aren't always what they seem. Even keeping that in mind I got a few surprises. I did have one minor nit to pick with the story. The bad guys are very, very, bad - with a few redeeming features that make them understandable and I even kind of liked one of the villains - but I never really got a good handle on the why of the crime syndicate. I would have liked it to be a bit less terrifyingly mysterious, and have a motive other than "scary" to explain its actions.
FaithfulFoliosvLogReviews More than 1 year ago
Vertical Reach = 4 I love the way the main character Kelly is so honest and open about her relationship with God. I thoroughly enjoyed watching her lean on God through life at risk experience. Ministry Message = 4 God never leaves or forsakes you. Great message. Craft = 3 Hinze is an expert at what she does. While Kelly seemed a little stiff and bland at times I was able to believe her as a character, the way she is written is done well. Aesthetics = 3 It fits the genre and is pretty but nothing spectacular. Dollar$ & $ense = 3.5
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
When a young woman with amnesia shows up at Crossroads Crisis Center Benjamin Brandt, the owner is shocked at the resemblance to his late wife, Susan. It becomes obvious that their must be a connection between this woman and the murders of Benjamin's wife and child, because she carries the necklace Susan was wearing when she was killed. The situation gets worse when it becomes obvious that the car jacking that caused her to lose her memory was not random, someone is trying to kill her. Benjamin's faith was shattered when he lost his family and seeing the young woman who calls herself, 'Susan' cling to her own faith is difficult. He pledges to protect her and to try to find out her identity. She's lost everything, just like him. They forge a bond from the loneliness they share. Can they trust each other with what's left of their hearts? How is this young woman's amnesia related to not only Ben's wife, but to the most powerful man in town? My Thoughts: Vicki Hinze does a wonderful job of creating a sense of suspense. The reader is captivated right from the beginning of the book. Who is this woman and who is trying to kill her? As we begin to find out more about the characters it is obvious that they have both lost a great deal in their lives. Benjamin, his wife and son and the young woman, her identity and who knows what else. Ben is a very strong character that seems to have lost his way in his faith. He blames himself for not being able to protect his family and he can't seem to come to terms with that. It obvious that he loved his wife very much and her presence is still very much a part of the book though she has passed away before the story begins. The young woman calling herself 'Susan' seems to be made of strong stuff as well. She's lost everything, even her memory and yet she still has faith that God has never left her and never will. Faith is a theme that runs throughout the book and will make the reader do a lot of thinking about their own faith. I loved the book and think that the author, Vicki Hinze did a wonderful job of weaving faith and suspense through this novel. The reader is on the edge of their seat wondering what is going to happen next. I look forward to the second book in the series with great anticipation.
Richele More than 1 year ago
WOW! This book is fantastic! The book keeps you guessing at who the villains are what will happen next. This is a wonderful book for summer! It's easy to read, light, but suspenseful and takes your breath away! You will not be disappointed with this book. If you like thrillers and suspense this is the book for you!
Julie12 More than 1 year ago
I love a good mystery and this book definitely fits in that category. There is so much to like about this book - from the believable characters to the wonderful plot line. First of all, I absolutely love the way the author weaves the heroine's faith into her life in a way that I could relate to. It was real. It wasn't forced or sappy - just real. Next, the story line was just amazing - turning this way and that - weaving the different threads together in very surprising ways. Just when I thought I knew what was going on, I didn't. It made for a turn pager, that's for sure (in fact, I stayed up until 2 AM one night reading!) and I was pleased with the ending, too. The author didn't just wrap things up in a neat little package in 10 pages. She made the ending worth getting to (and maybe left something dangling for another book about these characters?) and when the last page was read, it was a bitter-sweet moment. If you love mysteries (or even if you don't), you'll love this book as much as I did. It's definitely a keeper!