David Baldacci is one of the best thriller writers.The Forgotten is a mammoth novel. It is gripping and compelling. The plot is well developed. However, there is one area I feel the author needs to work on.
John Puller is involved in a new case. A letter has been received by John Puller Snr, the father and an ex-military. The contents of the letter becomes a concerning matter for John Puller Snr. Aunt Betsy (Puller's aunt) has reported of strange events occurring in Paradise, Florida, as stated in the letter. The letter prompts the special agent to make a visit to aunt's house. Upon arrival, the agent makes a shocking discovery. The aunt has been found dead. According to police investigations and medical examination, it has been concluded the aunt death is an accident caused by drowning. John questioned this and is not convinced. Could Aunt Betsy been murdered? What evidence suggests it is a murder? The agent looks vigorously into the case. There is another twist to the plot. A series of strange and terrifying events are affecting Paradise. Could these events be linked to the aunt's death? The plot is gripping, thrilling and compelling. I have to give credit to the author for devising a nail biting plot. He has grafted the skill to a high level.
My main criticism reserved about the novel is Puller's character. The dedication and commitment on a professional level is highly commendable. To me, the character lacks a personal touch. There is a lack of charisma and sparkle injected to the character. In subsequent novels, I hope the author can show the character in a different light and I can connect better to the character
The Forgotten shows the class of Baldaci as a world class thriller writer. I enjoyed the novel. On reflection, I would offer the novel four stars. I deducted one star as the central character lacks particular qualities. The author needs to work on John Puller's character.