Unforgettable by Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received from publisher to review.
Book Description: Haley has always admired her strong-willed great-grandmother Grisa. The woman survived the disappearance of her husband and thrived after her immigration to America at the beginning of World War II. But when a shocking telephone call from a detective in Germany turns Haley's life upside down in an instant, she finds herself questioning everything she thought she knew about her heritage.
The body of Ulrich Krauss has been found, and the renowned toymaker and artist has a shocking connection to Haley: he is her great-grandfather—not missing but murdered. Now, at the request of her ailing great-grandmother, Haley travels to Germany to seek answers. What she finds instead are more questions and a growing sense of danger dogging her every step. Protection appears in the form of Joshua, an attractive man from Haley's past who is in Germany on business.
Together the pair embarks on an emotional quest for the truth, only to discover that a generations-old plot is very much alive, and there are those as determined as ever to keep the facts surrounding Ulrich's death hidden—even if it means silencing his great-granddaughter for good.
My thoughts: Secrets that carry through generations is a big part of this book. It begins as a young husband and father is murdered before WWII. A young boy is forced to take part. Then the book comes to the present day when the remains are uncovered.
Haley loves her great-grandmother, Isle. Her grandmother is on hospice when the word comes of her husband's death. In order to fulfill her dying grandmother's wish, she travels to Germany to take care of the remains of her great-grandfather. What should be a simple and straight forward task becomes dangerous when there are secrets buried with her great-grandfather.
This book has plots within plots. Unscrupulous men will do anything to hide their sins, even decades later. This book covered generations, the tragedy for the Krauss family from never knowing what happened to Ulrich, and the tragedy of bringing up children with a life of crime. Both actions impacted the lives of their descendants and influenced present day actions. It is a fascinating thought to me, the role that families play in each others lives.
This book alternates between Haley and the villain, Otto. Innocence vs. deception. I enjoyed reading the pieces falling together for Haley and the measures that Otto was willing to go to keep his families secrets hidden.
This book fascinated me. It does contain violence. Ulrich's death at the beginning was a little disturbing to me, mainly because it was told from his point of view.
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About the Author: (Taken from Amazon) Award-winning author, Ronda Hinrichsen (also writing as Kathleen Marks) and her family own a small farm located between the beautiful Rocky Mountains and the Great Salt Lake where she regularly sees eagles, hawks, owls, and ducks. Lots of ducks. She is the author of independently and traditionally published non-fiction, romantic suspense and speculative books as well as numerous magazine articles and stories for children and adults. She also enjoys teaching about writing in conference and classroom settings. To learn more about Ronda, visit her website at rondahinrichsen.com.
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