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Published: 1 February 2017

3.5 out of 5 stars

Copy provided by Legend Press as part of blog tour

 

Description:

Reeling from a brutal attack that leaves her best friend dead and her badly injured, Lisa Fulbrook flees to the countryside to recuperate. With only vague memories of the event, she isolates herself from her friends and family, content to spend her days wandering the hills with her dog, Riley.

However, Lisa is soon plagued, not only by vivid flashbacks, but questions, too: how did their assailant know them? Why were they attacked? And what really happened that night?

As she desperately tries to piece together the memories, Lisa realises that there’s another truth still hidden to her, a truth she can’t escape from. A truth that may have been right in front of her all along.

My Thoughts & Review:

Having seen “Dare to Remember” being described as thrilling, a page turner and shocking I was keen to read this book, and being a fan of psychological thrillers I was interested to see just how shocking and thrilling this would be.

Following a brutal attack that kills her best friend and leaves Lisa mentally and physically scarred she escapes to the countryside to recover and try to move on with her life.  Her memories of the night in question are vague and make little sense to Lisa, but with the help of a therapist she tries to remember what actually happened and find closure.  Not realising that delving into her memories will unleash questions and answers she cannot escape.

Lisa is an interesting character and one that I felt great sympathy towards, she struggles with survivor guilt and incredible grief following the horrendous events one night.  The way in which her PTSD is detailed is thoughtful and sensitively done.
Whilst the pace of the book is more sedate, this is still a page turner (sounds like an oxymoron….), the reader feels driven to find out how Lisa will heal, how she will rebuild herself but also to find out just what led up to ‘that night’ and what happened.

The writing is an insightful and this is well written debut novel from a promising author, the only slight downside for me was it felt less like a psychological thriller and more like drama – perhaps I’ve just read too many thrillers of late and expected the twists to be a little more sinister.  But overall a good and enjoyable read.

You can buy a copy of “Dare to Remember” here.


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