Forgotten (book review)
About the book:
After eight years together, Peter and Rhys have finally achieved success: good jobs that keep them comfortably fed and a happy married life. The icing on the cake is their move from a small city duplex to a large farmhouse in need of repair.
Peter instantly senses something going on in the house that he can’t put his finger on, something a bit sinister. Things start to happen: whispers in the night, crying only Peter can hear, faucets that turn on for no reason. When Peter starts to dream of a dark-haired young man who tells him how much he loves him, he feels like he’s losing his mind, especially since Rhys doesn’t see or hear anything.
Only after suffering accidents and injuries does Rhys agree the house is haunted, and they’ll have to figure out how to fight a lovesick ghost.
I used to read horror stories ALL the time (Stephen King was my true love in high school.) I loved the feeling of being scared. It's been a really long time since I've read a book that had me scared while reading. Forgotten had me holding my breath and reading hesitantly... nervous about what was going to happen next. I actually found myself physically tensing and gripping my kindle at times.
I think what really made this scary for me was that the story was one of romantic love between Peter and Rhys. How they met... how they supported one another while becoming successful, how Peter was won over to buying this huge old farmhouse because Rhys was so in love with it and he couldn't help but make him happy. Peter and Rhys are just so happily-ever-after in love. And, it's not just a romantic love... it's a hot sexy love. So you have sweet romance, and hot sex, and day to day home remodeling... and then you randomly throw in sudden, creepy, violent, scary, spirit haunting. Yeah... I was freaked out and now I worry over noises in my house when I'm alone. (I blame the cats.)
I have to say I loved how the dual story progressed; how Peter and Rhys slowly learned the story of Alexey and Demitri. There is just something really fascinating about the idea of a spirit haunting a place, or a person, because they need to not be forgotten. They need someone to know them and their story. I felt almost relief that Peter and Rhys decided to accept and delve into the story... and not run. The book easily could have been just Peter and Rhys' story.... "Love love love, haunt, horror, scream, protect, run away, happily-ever-after". It was so much better to encompass the story behind the haunting.
The ending? LOVED it. I won't give it away... but it was an ending I definitely wasn't expecting.
About the author:
Raised in a small town in the corner of Kansas, Rider's mother installed a love of books in her. Thanks to her mother she developed a love for all things paranormal at an early age. Her parents always encouraged her to use her imagination and write stories.
When she was 18 she left the small farming community without a stop light and headed for the bright lights of Las Vegas. She continued to write but life kept her from actually publishing anything. After ten years in the big city, Rider decided she wanted a much slower paced life and returned to Kansas.
It was here that she met a friend who loved her stories and encouraged her to submit them.
When not writing Rider loves to read anything she can get her hands on from the Dark taboo erotic books to the lighter Amish romance. She also has an interest in the lost art of pen paling. Putting pen to paper and sharing the good times and the bad through the written word with friends near and far. Rider also loves to travel and while she has been to the tourist attractions she much prefers the hidden gems off the beaten path that few know about. It is these adventures that often find their way into her books.