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  • 06/2019
  • 9780578484075 0578484072
  • 296 pages
  • $12.99
Karen Hugg
Author
The Forgetting Flower
Karen Hugg, author

Adult; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Market)

Secrets and half-truths. These litter Renia Baranczka’s past, but the city of Paris has offered an escape and the refuge of a dream job. The specialty plant shop buzzes with activity and has brought her to a new friend, Alain. His presence buffers the guilt that keeps her up at night, dwelling on the endless replays of what happened to her sister. All too suddenly, the City of Light seems more sinister when Alain turns up dead. His demise threatens every secret Renia holds dear, including the rare plant hidden in the shop’s tiny nook. It emits a special fragrance that can erase a person’s memory—and perhaps much more than that. As Renia races to figure out the extent of the plant’s powers, she’s confronted by figures from her past who offer a proposal she can’t outright refuse. Bit by bit, she descends into a menacing underworld of blackmarket mobsters, navigating threats and fending off abuse to protect the safe peaceful life she’s worked so hard for. Desperate to outwit her enemies, Renia maneuvers carefully, knowing one wrong move will destroy not only the plant, but the lives of her sister and herself.
Plot/Idea: 7 out of 10
Originality: 8 out of 10
Prose: 7 out of 10
Character/Execution: 6 out of 10
Overall: 7.00 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: Excellent pacing backed by precise execution, plot point by plot point, infuses this riveting tale with a sense of immediacy and inherent dread, a commendable novel that shows promise in a lucrative genre spearheaded by Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. While delving into the mundane aspects of maintaining a plant shop and floral delivery service in Paris, the protagonist escorts the unassuming into a treacherous world of blossoming toxins.

Prose/Style: Planted in this ominous prose garden is the ability to draw a jaded maven of suspense fiction into a world where flora takes on destructive capability. Candid introspection enhances the story, while at times the narrative lingers too long on descriptive trivialities insignificant to the plot.

Originality: This innovative author has established a unique niche in a field that flaunts familiar scenarios and predictable outcomes. By narrowing her creative line of vision to catalyst plants, such as the hybrid Violet Smoke, a blooming weapon with an intoxicating aroma, she has built her foundation for endless stories.

Character Development: This plot-heavy mystery focuses on sinister events through the eyes of the protagonist Renia at the expense of in-depth portrayal, while minor characters are maneuvered according to the storyline. Intriguing details emerge at opportune moments, capturing attention as bits of information reveal more than personality.

Date Submitted: August 22, 2019

Reviews
Kirkus Reviews

"Superb characters and alluring prose make for a truly exceptional read."

                 --Kirkus Reviews

 

Formats
Paperback Book Details
  • 06/2019
  • 9780578484075 0578484072
  • 296 pages
  • $12.99

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