Forget Me Not
Forget Me Not
by Alexandra Oliva
Published March 2, 2021
by Ballantine Books
Rating: 4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers | Sci Fi & Fantasy
Linda is a 24-year-old woman living alone in an apartment in Seattle, Washington. She keeps her head down, doesn’t talk to strangers, and only goes out on “excursions” at the insistence of her father, the tech mogul Arthur Niequist. All she wants is to be left alone from the world that maligns her very being. You see, Linda was never supposed to be born – her mother gave Linda life in a desperate move to alleviate her grief after losing her only daughter in a tragic accident.
Linda lives day to day hiding in her apartment and avoiding people. She can’t seem to overcome her rough upbringing as “wild” girl who ran around her home property with no education and no shoes, for the most part ignored and neglected by her grief-stricken mother. That is, until two things happen: Linda unexpectedly befriends her new neighbor, the purple-haired and outgoing Anvi; and her childhood home suffers a devastating fire. Linda wants to visit her former home, which brings all the old memories back to the surface, as well as puts her life in danger.
I really liked this story! The near-future setting in a world post-election and post-COVID is fascinating – not too “out there” as it’s not too far in the future, but definitely different than the world we’re living in today. I very much enjoyed exploring that reality for a few days while I savored Forget Me Not.
Not to be outdone by the setting is our heroine Linda, and her new friend Anvi – characters who really draw you in. Part Sci Fi, part Suspense Mystery, part Women’s Friendship Fiction, Forget Me Not really is a satisfying read. You can’t wait to find out the secrets in Linda’s past that she holds so close to her chest as to be almost completely hidden. Moved as you by her childhood trauma, you can’t help but root for Linda. As Linda herself reflects, “She can let go of the past. Maybe then she can find out who she really is.”
In addition to the likable characters and the interesting near-future setting, Forget Me Not also contained an interesting balance of social commentary that teetered back and forth a bit, but overall balanced in the middle of the political spectrum.
Give Forget Me Not a read – I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. And come back and leave me a Comment about what you thought of it!
A big thank you to Alexandra Oliva, Ballantine Books of Random House Publishing Group, and NetGalley for providing a complimentary Advance Reader Copy in exchange for this honest review.