****(4) out of 5 stars!
The entire time I was reading this book, I kept thinking that the title was – and should have been – “Find Me.” The presumed main plotline of the story was about Nadine, a girl who needed to be found and rescued in the present moment. The tale that was the impetus for the given title of “Forgive Me,” while interesting, nonetheless seemed secondary at best. Since it had occurred decades before, it just wasn’t as urgent as the matter at hand. The way in which Angie just would not let it go was quite distracting and annoying. In the end, all of her pushing didn’t serve much purpose, other than to prove her whole life a lie and get more people killed.
The primary narrative about Nadine being sucked into the dark world of human trafficking and sexual slavery was quite a disturbing topic. It was sad to watch how easily the perpetrators enticed and manipulated her and other young women into this horrible existence they found themselves trapped in. All the stories and details about that life, while not extremely graphic, were definitely rather vivid, depicted in a very real and believable manner. Although the whole aspect of Nadine being able to keep a journal not only updated, but also hidden the entire time, seemed rather corny and farfetched.
The switching of perspectives between Angie and Nadine was quite informative, but also rather irritating, especially when they occurred at different points in time. While I found the entire book very engrossing and entertaining, I did find the many connections between the various players to be a bit too coincidental. And, in general, there was just too much going on, too many subplots and conspiracies at once.
I did quite enjoy all of the main players, especially Angie’s various “& Associates.” I am intrigued to see if this remains a stand-alone book or if it becomes part of a series. I’d be interested to pursue other adventures with this private investor, and perhaps even learn, along with her, what became of the missing friend who inspired her career choice so many years ago.
I received a free review copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.