While this one is most definitely a sci-fi, folks, it was a real humdinger of a horror thriller romantic suspense, too. Oh my, lands! It had atmosphere and was so macabre that I admit that I was glad I was reading it in the stark daylight. Chills and thrills, oh yes!
Taking it’s time developing, Don’t Let Me Forget You was set slightly in the future and began with the story of a banged up, heartsore, lonely man, Luke Hunter. Luke has a sensory perception disorder that has kept him isolated and a freak much of his early life. The brotherhood of his army unit was the closest thing he felt to belonging and he thought he found it again with the SWAT team until one flair up from his disorder ruined it all leaving him adjusting to no job, tattered reputation, a drug dependency, and a prosthetic leg.
Time away on an isolated island sounds just the thing. That is until the really crazy stuff starts to happen. Are the pain meds make him delusional? Is someone playing a cruel hoax? He wishes that were the case because in this place the night terrors are real and, Livy, the only person who can touch him without causing physical pain, is in the middle of it.
Olivia Pembrook wakes up each day with no memory of the last one, but, with the arrival of Pembrook Manor’s latest guest, she is forgetting less and remembering the horrors that happen after dark. She must get Luke off the island, but he insists on finding the answers to the secrets that haunt the place. Luke is no match for what they are up against, but she starts to have a flicker of hope each time he withstands what hides in the dark.
Alrighty, I’m going to put this out there right up front. This one is for those who want a dab of horror with their sci-fi. Cara Crescent is tipping her hat to HP Lovecraft and she does a stellar job. I felt this story from the beginning. A creepy old Scooby Doo mansion Luke calls it as he is brought to an isolated island manor house where he will live along for a week. Cue squeaky stairs, chilling music, dark moving shadows, and I was totally waiting for something to jump out and go ‘blah!’.
The author carefully unwraps this tale of horror and mystery so that things are pretty twisted at first and make little sense. Each day is a reset of sorts for the house and Livy, but Luke and the off-island caretaker do not reset each day. Luke has to figure out what is going on through the clues and what he can get out of Livy each day before she forgets. While he is wary at first and doesn’t even realize his life is at stake, this mysterious situation and even more disconcerting Livy work to bring him out of his depression. He comes alive as the situation grows stark and deadlier. He becomes Livy’s hero and having her believe in him and accept him even when she knows what ended his career restores him.
It was interesting to see the romance element develop because Livy forgot what happened each time she began a new day. The author found a way. A new element in their relationship comes out with each new day and Luke finds a way each day to win her over. Their attraction helps and there is no lack for creative sexy encounters.
Much of the story is told in isolation with just Luke and Livy, but the addition of a creepy caretaker who is more than he lets on and Luke’s old army buddy, Rex, who is the liaison to the outside world pop in at good moments. I don’t want to spoil the surprise of a few other creative and fun additions to the cast. The evil in this one is scarier for being a big bad unknown scary and also a known scary working together. I actually figured out several bits as far as what was really happening, but there was still the tension of having no idea how it would all go down.
The ending kept me riveted and breathless just as the build up of this story was promising. The denouement was a nice touch and oh my stars, the hint of a story for Rex left me well satisfied with this gem of a thriller sci-fi romance. Those who love a scary sci-fi with a mystery to it really need to give this one a go.
My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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