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Unforgotten (utgåvan 2008)

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His client Tom Deacon is claiming damages for post-traumatic stress after a car accident in which he witnessed the death of his young daughter by fire. The case is going well, it seems certain Tom will win the compensation that will enable him to pick up the pieces of his shattered life. Then Hugh receives an anonymous letter that throws him into an impossible dilemma. To stay on the case is unethical, to withdraw will threaten its success, and Tom Deacon, revealing himself in an entirely new light, makes it clear that such treachery will not be forgiven. For Hugh the dilemma is intensified by the contrast between their lives: Tom tormented by flashbacks, jobless, with a broken marriage and two children he hardly sees; Hugh with what he regards as a blessed existence, a rewarding life as a jobbing solicitor and an intensely happy marriage to Lizzie, with whom he has two adopted children, Lou away on her gap year, and fragile, sensitive Charlie who seems to have overcome his personal demons. Then one night Hugh?s life changes for ever. His happiness is snatched away, and he, like Tom, must face a lifetime of troubling memories. ?Homeland is a thoughtful, deeply atmospheric novel? Daily Mail.… (mer)
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Titel:Unforgotten
Författare:Clare Francis (Författare)
Info:Macmillan (2008), Edition: First Edition, 368 pages
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Hugh Gwynne, in the middle of a court case, becomes obsessed with the idea that his wife, Lizzie, was killed by an arsonist. She had died in a fire at their home, a fire the police insisted was accidental, but nothing seemed to fit, there were too many things out of place.

In the meantime, his client, Tom Deacon, a war veteran claiming PTSD after a car crash in which he saw his daughter burned to death, is furious with Hugh because Hugh had revealed some negative information about Tom that threatens his case which had appeared headed for victory until an anonymous letter arrived with the information.

Hugh's son Charlie has a history with drugs and Hugh worries that perhaps one of his contacts had killed his wife. But she was also involved in finding a witness to a killing that she had stumbled on while working with her clients in the projects.

An interesting story that has less mystery and more a treatise on bereavement and obsession. Still, I would read more of her work. ( )
  ecw0647 | Aug 21, 2018 |
It was a while since I last read a Clare Francis novel, and I can't, in all honesty, say that I was glad to have gone back to her. The plot of Unforgotten starts with a dreary civil court case about a chap suing an insurance company for a massive payout due to his apparent PTSD; I found this part of the story particularly tedious and almost gave up at that point. About a third of the way through the book shifts focus to Hugh, the main protagonist and solicitor, and his fight to discover who killed his wife by setting fire to their house. I have to say, that none of it really grabbed me, and on the whole I felt pretty disinterested in the story; Francis needs to focus more on plot - if it's badged as a thriller, the story's got to keep moving, even if it isn't that exciting. She has a somewhat detached style, and there's no real passion and drive in her writing. I struggled to finish this one, by the end not caring very much at all about these lacklustre characters. Not one that I'll recommend and it's likely to be at least another ten years , if at all, before I pick up another one of her books.
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  Ant.Harrison | Apr 29, 2013 |
An elegantly written and well-mannered book, Unforgotten belies its title by being totally unmemorable: reading it is like a chance encounter with an acquaintance – pleasant, emotionally unengaging, and forgettable.

Claire Francis writes well, and it is refreshing to have a solicitor rather than a barrister as the hero: the courtroom genre is usually dominated by the lead counsel, while members of the sidebar are relegated to, well – to the side.

What starts as a civil case ends in murder, and lawyer Hugh Gwynne and his family come close to losing everything. The mildly entertaining read is no thriller, but will hold your interest long enough for you to finish it. ( )
  adpaton | Apr 7, 2008 |
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His client Tom Deacon is claiming damages for post-traumatic stress after a car accident in which he witnessed the death of his young daughter by fire. The case is going well, it seems certain Tom will win the compensation that will enable him to pick up the pieces of his shattered life. Then Hugh receives an anonymous letter that throws him into an impossible dilemma. To stay on the case is unethical, to withdraw will threaten its success, and Tom Deacon, revealing himself in an entirely new light, makes it clear that such treachery will not be forgiven. For Hugh the dilemma is intensified by the contrast between their lives: Tom tormented by flashbacks, jobless, with a broken marriage and two children he hardly sees; Hugh with what he regards as a blessed existence, a rewarding life as a jobbing solicitor and an intensely happy marriage to Lizzie, with whom he has two adopted children, Lou away on her gap year, and fragile, sensitive Charlie who seems to have overcome his personal demons. Then one night Hugh?s life changes for ever. His happiness is snatched away, and he, like Tom, must face a lifetime of troubling memories. ?Homeland is a thoughtful, deeply atmospheric novel? Daily Mail.

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