Friday, September 1, 2017

Book Review: 'The Forgotten' by David Baldacci

"Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy." -- 1 Timothy 6:17 (NKJV)

In recent years, I've noticed that more people than ever are writing thrillers ... but also that most of such efforts miss the mark by a wide enough margin to leave me feeling at least somewhat dissatisfied. One book may lack a coherent plot, another may have weak action, still another one may be too slow paced, or yet another one may have errors that spoil the story. I could go on, but I won't.

Then, every once is awhile I have the great pleasure of reading a thriller that gets it right. Even if the book is far from perfect, I feel an enormous joy as I read through the book, savoring the action, speeding my way to the end. For me, The Forgotten was such a book. Could it be improved? Sure. But what couldn't be? But it sure is a rewarding thriller to read. Thank you, Mr. Baldacci!

If you missed the first book in this new series, Zero Day, fear not. You can start right in with this story and be all right. In fact, I liked The Forgotten quite a bit better than Zero Day.

Mr. Baldacci makes especially good use of parallel story lines that only occasionally intersect at first, but eventually combine in ways that make a strong thread of suspense and excitement.

I would especially like to commend Mr. Baldacci for helping increase awareness of the reality of human trafficking within the United States, something that many people don't appreciate is a major and growing problem.

Bravo, Mr. Baldacci!

Editor's note: This review has been published with the permission of Donald Mitchell. Like what you read? Subscribe to the SFRB's free daily email notice so you can be up-to-date on our latest articles. Scroll up this page to the sign-up field on your right.

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