Dare to Remember by Susanna Beard
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Dare to Remember by Susanna Beard is a well put together psychological, suspenseful story. The main character Lisa, and her flat-mate are brutally attacked one night, Lisa's flat-mate is killed and Lisa wakes up in the hospital with no recollection of the attack. Moving to the countryside, Lisa struggles to put her life back together and put the attack behind her. Much of the story is devoted to Lisa trying to recover memories from that night; she has flashes of remembrance, little nudges in her subconscious that may reveal what happened. Lisa establishes some friendships in her new environment, most notably with her next door elderly neighbor. This relationship appears to be a healing balm for Lisa, and is well developed and portrayed. Beard does an excellent job with character development in this story, and while not a thriller in the truest sense of the word, the writing was nuanced enough and careful enough to make this novel an outstanding debut. With enough of a subtle twist to the story that prompts an "oh, okay, that's what happened" response from the reader, I look forward to reading more from this author. Thanks to Netgalley.com for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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