The Forgotten by Faye
A Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus Novel
HarperCollins Publishers - August 2001
ISBN: 0688156142 - Hardcopy
Suspense / Police Procedural
Reviewed by Robyn
One of the worst feelings
a person could have is to walk into your place of worship and find it
desecrated. As the official caretaker of the shul, Rina Lazarus is the
person the police call to let her know about the horrific vandalism. Rina
rushes down to the shul and immediately calls her husband, Peter Decker,
who is a police lieutenant. Peter Decker is furious that the police notified
Rina before him but realizes that that is not the issue. The important
thing is to find the animals that wrote anti semantic words all over the
Through a school search,
Decker finds evidence in the locker of a student and automatically arrests
him. Although the teen vehemently insists he acted alone, Decker knows
this is not truth but cannot get the boy to give up the name of his accomplices.
Justice is meted out and supposedly everything is all good. That is until
the teen and his psychiatrist are found murdered. Decker knows this must
connected to the incident at the shul and refuses to give up until he
finds the murderer.
The Forgotten is the thirteenth book in the Rina Lazarus and Peter Decker
series. Although I did like this book more than I liked its predecessor,
I was disappointed with several qualities of the book. The book was too
long with way too much unneeded information. Another sore point was the
lack of role that Rina played in this book. I miss Rina. She used to have
a significant role in each book but now we are lucky if she is in more
than a few scenes. Her quiet determination is what I miss the most and
feel it takes something away from the book for it not to be included.
What I did like about
this book was the realistic fathers relationship. Jacob and Peter realize
they have a ways to go before their relationship can be considered peaceful
but they work at it. They are not sickeningly sweet to each other, in
fact there is much snapping but that is what makes their scenes together
interesting. I wanted to know how and if they would ever accomplish a
solid relationship. So, while this was not Mrs. Kellerman's finest book,
it was not bad. I will definitely look for future books, in hopes Mrs.
Kellerman brings back Rina.