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“Forgive Me” Review

Hello Friends!

Today the review is of a book in a completely different genre from those I posted yesterday. This is a Horror Thriller and it was a bit outside of my comfort zone, which I like.

Forgive Me“, written by Kateri Stanley, is a Horror and Thriller novel, published on 20th April 2021, by Darkstroke Books.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Kateri Stanley for the eCopy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Synopsis

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A secret video tape. A painful truth. A quest for revenge.

Investigative journalist, Susan ‘Stripe’ McLachlan, is constantly hounded by eager documentarians for interview requests about the Night Scrawler murders. One of the victims of the mysterious serial killer was a member of her own family, her father.

At the peak of her career, her services are sought by Isaac Payne who commissions her to write an article for his website. Usually, her projects delve into more uncomfortable, questionable topics, but there’s a deep, almost hauntingly familiar pull about her new client that intrigues her.

As she learns more about Isaac, Stripe digs up fresh secrets about the murders, arousing her suspicions. After an awkward confrontation, she wakes up in Isaac’s bed — with a chain around her ankle.

Isaac shows her harrowing footage on an old VHS tape. The contents hits close to home…closer than Stripe ever imagined. Now, she has to wrestle with her own moral compass and unpick the truth from the web of lies that turn into a crescendo where memories created from misery and suffering cannot be silenced.

Will Isaac ever lay the past to rest? And how will Stripe cope with the revelations that challenge everything she has ever known?

Purchase Links: Amazon

Potential Trigger Warning: psychological/mental abuse


About the Author

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Kateri Stanley graduated from The Open University with a degree in Arts and Humanities and worked for the National Health Service for eight years. She started off writing fanfiction as a kid, moved to short stories, created some audio plays and eventually sat down to write her first novel. When she’s not writing, you can find her binge-watching films and TV shows, making tons of playlists and dabbling in the occasional video game. She currently resides in the West Midlands, United Kingdom with her partner, they are hoping to be cat parents.

Social Media Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads


My Review

Thrillers are stories that I found myself quite enjoying, but this book took it to a new level. It had a good amount of horror and psychological elements to it, and something more too. It left me at the edge of my seat and wanting to read more despite my heart jumping a couple of times.

This book follows investigative journalist, Susan ‘Stripe’ McLachlan, as she goes on a journey to uncover the truth about a particular story and the haunted past connected to her. Let me just say that as someone that as been loving the all true crime podcasts, I would definitely follow Stripe’s investigations if she was a real person with a podcast. I felt curious about her and she did grab my attention, it wasn’t just the plot.

Speaking of plot…. I loved the twists and turns. I don’t even know what to say without accidentally giving spoilers, so I will let you know that I was not expecting certain things that happened.

Overall, I loved the characters and how everything was connected. I also liked the changes of timelines when it came to the storytelling. All the elements in this book made it unique and refreshing, as much as it made it unexpected… Just like it’s story and its characters.


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Love,

Jess

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