Drama

The Forgetting Flower by Karen Hugg

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I am working my way through books I picked up and did not read till the end of last year. This is one such book. The first thing I should mention that the second attempt went much quicker than the first. I was more involved in the chaos unfolding within the pages.

We have our enigmatic lead who is hiding a semi-deadly plant at her workplace, and it is in demand by all the wrong people for all the wrong reasons. There are many secrets laid bare and many hurdles to be crossed both in the current timelines and the past that is filtered out in bits and pieces to us. It involves estranged twins, disappointed friends and unhelpful acquaintances, to name a few. 

It is here that I had a problem. I was not invested emotionally in the outcome solely because of how the information was provided. I expected more from the angle of the flower itself, which never felt like it panned out. If it had been the side-story of a larger plot, I would have liked reading about the ‘forgetting flower’, but as the main plot point that’s to hold all of it together, it was not big enough. Also, apart from the crazy owner (scenes of whom I enjoyed), the others felt unimportant. Finally, I must say that the narrative style initially gave me the feeling this was a translated piece of work and given the countries involved, I actually believed it to be the truth for a large chunk of the time. This was not a book for me, but as a drama with hints of the thriller genre, it might work for many other people. 

I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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