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Best Forgotten by [Vince, Paula]
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Length: 292 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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A young accident victim wakes up in hospital and can't remember who he is. Why does he have nothing in common with his family? Why does he despise the person he was supposed to be? Why has his best friend disappeared without a trace? Is somebody after him? His family can offer no solutions. His girlfriend is strangely aloof and he cannot shake off a feeling that the answers will prove more unpleasant than his amnesia. Somehow he must find out as it seems time is running out. Paula Vince has woven elements of secrecy and suspense with her trademark warmth and compassion. Best Forgotten is an inspirational masterpiece you won't forget.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 881 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Even Before Publishing (1 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B018VCHUF6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #420,107 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars South Australian intrigue 19 January 2012
By Jenny Blake - Published on
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This is an intersting book by Aussie author Paula Vince. A young man runs out into the dark and is hit by a car. When he comes to he has no idea who he is. As he is told who he is he wonders what his life was like and finds he doesn't like everything he sees. He finds out is mane is Courtne and his girlfriend seems to be evasive and he wonders if he is in trouble. He wonders if never remembering would be better than remembering his old life. I found it interesting watching the story unfold. At one point a comment is made to the effect of how having amnesia and forgetting the old life is like being given a clean slate to start over. There is a mystery in this story why was he running when he got hit. At some stages there is some humour in some otherwise serious situation. I actually was laughing at some of the things that happen. The book deals with forgiveness, acceptance, and also shows how the way we treat people can make or break them in ways we may not expect. Great book and I can see why this book is a finalist in the Caleb awards.
5.0 out of 5 stars Intrigue and Suspence 19 May 2012
By Sister Crystal Mary Lindsey (Author) - Published on
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A good mystery needs to keep one guessing and wondering, what will happen next and who the villains are? This story does all of that.
I enjoyed this book very much, and never once could I guess what would happen next. There were enough red herrings to keep the suspense escalating. You felt for the young Courtney for having such a formidable mother, having to live in an undesirable household and be tagged with a name, not usual for a male. I don't want to divulge what happens, otherwise the story will be ruined for the reader.So let me say this. Buy, read and enjoy this mystery for yourself.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally an Original Plot! 29 December 2011
By Lindsey - Published on
This is one of the most intriguing books I've read in a long time! Finally a truly original plotline that was not only well written but so captivating story that I had trouble putting it down! It was so refreshing to read something I didn't feel like I had read before or had a pretty good idea where it was going. There's nothing worse than a predictable book and this was nothing of the sort!

Courtney Lockwood wakes up in a hospital bed with no memory of how he got there and worse yet, no memory of who he is. It doesn't take long for the Detective to figure out that the young accident victim is the son of Margot Lockwood, a prominent business woman in the community well known for her magazine. Courtney has no choice but to go home with her and his sister Norah that also lives with them, even though they are effectively strangers to him.

It is decided by his Mother and her fiancé Roger that his step daughter Jasmine, who is Courtney's girlfriend, will stay with him during the day to try to help him regain his memory. Courtney quickly discovers that he was a trouble maker, not well liked and by no means successful. The more he learns about his former self, the happier he is to not remember that person and the more determined to change and leave the past behind him.

Unfortunately, the past has not forgotten him. A feeling of foreboding comes over him in the hospital and will not let him go. This coupled with the fact that his best friend went missing the same night as his accident, leaves him unsettled. As it usually does, the past eventually catches up with him. Was he involved with his best friend's disappearance? What does Jasmine know that she's not telling him?

This was a great, suspenseful read and so much different than it started out to be! I wasn't expecting a mystery along with the drama of a young man with amnesia. Vince expertly blends her plotlines and makes it all come together in one unforgettable ending!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and thought provoking... 2 December 2013
By Valerie - Published on
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Best Forgotten is a bit outside of the normal genre that I read, but I actually did enjoy it. The characters are well thought out, with a wide range of personalities and motives. Though the mystery element takes precedence in the story, there are also aspects of family dynamics, a blooming romance, and the search for faith coupled with the struggle to truly believe.

Courtney's amnesia leaves him as a grown man with no memories...a blank slate, if you will. I loved the innocent air this gave him in his interactions with others; he's very open and honest, even in tough and unfamiliar situations (which there are plenty of!). I really liked the idea that experiences and memories shape a person, and ultimately form their personality. Strip all the memories away, and you are suddenly a completely different person, able to view the aspects of your own life with an outsider's objective perspective. It's quite an interesting topic, and definitely something to ponder on...

I must admit that the author did an excellent job of keeping the cards close to her chest, so to speak. Little pieces of the mystery of Courtney's past were slowly revealed as the story progressed...enough to make me extremely curious as to what the urgent thing was that Courtney felt compelled to remember, but couldn't. Interestingly enough, even though small clues were often uncovered, I still didn't have the foggiest idea what the mystery would turn into. Ultimately, it stayed a secret (that I couldn't even begin to guess at) until the big reveal came, close to the end.

If you're looking for something unique and out of the ordinary, "Best Forgotten" is certainly worth looking into. The Australian setting gives it a unique feel, with slightly different phrases and wording than American novels offer. There are a couple instances of minor language (h*ll and d*mn) from the "bad" guys, but otherwise I can't think of anything objectionable. The story really made me stop and consider if I would like what I'd see were I able to look at my life with an objective opinion, not being swayed by emotions or memories. Honestly, it's an opportunity I hope to never personally have, however, in the case of this story, the trauma of amnesia actually turned out to be one of the biggest blessings in Courtney's life.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What if you couldn't remember? 17 May 2011
By Iola - Published on
A young man wakes up in hospital remembering nothing about who he is or how he came to be running through the middle of nowhere in the middle of the night, into the path of an oncoming car. The police soon identify him as Courtney Lockwood, return him home and reunite him with his family, but there Courtney finds that the person he feels he is inside doesn't have anything in common with the person he appears to have forgotten, and whose bedroom and life he is now inhabiting. As Courtney begins to explore his life with the help of his girlfriend, Jasmine, he uncovers old issues about his relationship with his father and raises more questions when the police find his best friend has disappeared. Where is Joel? Who is after Courtney, and why?

Best Forgotten explores the question of how much our backgrounds have made us who we are. If you could remember nothing about your past, if you could start afresh, would you be the same person? Vince shows us convincingly how our past is a vital component of the people we have become - but that we do have the ability to change if change is what we want. (And you don't have to have a near-death experience and a case of amnesia.)

I have always enjoyed amnesia stories - the idea is one that captures my imagination, and this is one of the most thought-provoking I have read. It also has an intriquing plot with elements of suspense and romance, strong characters and an underlying Christian theme (without being at all 'preachy'). This is a book I will enjoy reading again (as I have enjoyed all the Paula Vince books I have read), and will certainly recommend to my friends.