Review: Don't Ever Forget (Adler and Dwyer Book #1) by Matthew Farrell - .Red Wine & Books

Friday, September 11, 2020

Review: Don't Ever Forget (Adler and Dwyer Book #1) by Matthew Farrell

 


Print Length: 348 pages
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (September 1, 2020)

From Goodreads.com:  When police investigator Susan Adler is called to the roadside murder of a fellow state trooper, she’s tasked with finding the people responsible for the cold-blooded act caught on the trooper’s dashboard cam. She traces the car to a nurse who, along with her elderly patient, has been missing for days.  At the old man’s house, she finds disturbing evidence that instantly revives two cold cases involving long-missing children.

The investigation takes a chilling turn when people involved with both the nurse and old man begin to turn up dead, and Susan enlists the help of her friend and forensic investigator Liam Dwyer. Together they must untangle the threads of this ever-more-complicated case—and stay ahead of whoever’s trying to slash their progress. The old man’s failing memory adds urgency: wherever he is, he’s no doubt lost, confused, and in extreme danger.

What started as a traffic stop gone wrong quickly unfolds into one of the darkest cases of Susan’s career, and it all leads to a sick, desperate killer. Susan and Liam must work fast to save the old man’s life and keep future victims from the killer’s grasp.

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My Rating: 2 stars out of 5

There was so much going on within this story that it quickly became distracting. Too many characters, and overly convoluted plotlines that make absolutely no sense when revealed. Not to mention the author couldn't decide whether James had Dementia or Alzheimer's as his condition changed depending on who was speaking. 

I'm also a little confused as to why this is labeled book number one in the Adler and Dwyer series when there is very little in the way of them actually working together. Yes, the reader gets the understanding that they are friendly with each other. Yes, he helps her out with the case here and there, but I expected much more from their involvement with each other. I expected them to be partners, especially when she is being pressed to have one at the start of this story. 

And then there was this.

*** SPOILER ALERT***

Throughout this novel we get glimpses into the "tapes" and what was said. For me - they were my favorite part of the story. It added a whole deeper level of complexity to the story, so to find out at the end that they weren't true? As a reader, that felt like a slap in the face. 

*** END SPOILER***

Honestly, I may be tempted to give this author another chance later on down the road, but for now that's pretty doubtful. 

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                                                    Don't Ever Forget is available from Amazon.com

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