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Dare to Remember

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What really happened the night that Ali was killed and Lisa was brutally attacked?  She's trying to remember and to comes to term with her survivor's guilt.  Her dog Riley helps with the latter but the former- well, there were some twisty things than happened.  It's a slow burn but a good read.
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I somehow had two of the same book on my feedback list, and I already reviewed this book earlier today.
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While I liked the book, it was far too slow to feel like a thriller. It's labeled a psychological thriller so I tried to put aside the redundancy of the daily life and think of it as a method for building an overall sense of dread. The author is very talented, so I'm impressed by the debut but I felt the conclusion was a little unsatisfying.

Thank you to Netgalley, for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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I received an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review. 

This is the third book in a row that I have either read or listened to that dealt with memory loss. Our mind is so interesting that when dealing with stress, some memories can become subconsciously erased. 

This book started out fairly slow for me, but I am glad I stuck with it, because I enjoyed it in the end!
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Thank you to Netgalley, the Publisher and the Author for the opportunity to read this book in return for my honest opinion.

Upon reading the blurb for this book, I thought it was going to be a very suspenseful book.  I read the whole book, trying to guess the twist, the twist was, there was no twist. Hmmm. not what I expected, but I must say, I liked this book. 

Lisa woke up from an incident and discovered her flat mate and best friend, Ali, was dead and she had almost died; she had little to no memory of the events.  This is the story of her struggle for a new life and to remember the night in question and to come to terms with it and maybe try to forgive herself for surviving when her friend did not. Lisa is a very real feeling character and I really felt for her.  I loved John and Riley right from the get go, but was distrustful of Jessica and Mike.

Very enjoyable book, I was a little disappointed in the "twist" but maybe I have been reading too many thrillers lately. Will definitely be checking out more of this author's books.
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This book was a little slow for my taste. It is definitely more of psychological drama than a psychological thriller.

Lisa Fulbrook survived a brutal attack in her own home, which left her best friend, Ali Mayfield dead. In this book, you follow Lisa’s journey through this traumatic event and her fight for the “truth”.
Lisa only has vague memories of the event. She isolates herself from her friends and family.
She forges a friendship with John, her elderly next- door neighbor.  John has health issues & could no longer care for his dog, so Lisa starts walking  & caring for the dog.
Lisa grew very attached to Riley and enjoyed their daily walks. She met another dog walker, Jessica, who befriended her.  Jessica was dealing with her own life problems.  You follow their journey of trying to heal & recover from the traumas they have faced.

Thank you NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion!
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What really happened?  This is the question Lisa is facing when she awakens in a hospital bed,  recovering from a brutal attack that has left her seriously injured and her best friend dead.  As time passes and pieces fall into place in her memory she realizes she knew the attacker.  What caused the attack?

This psychological thriller kept me turning pages.  I desperately wanted to tease apart the mystery and resolve the question of "why?"  The secondary characters were developed in such a  way as to be interesting in their own right.    If there is such a thing as a gentle thriller, this book fits the bill.  There were not shocking reveals or alarming confrontations.  The psychological development was astute and well-written.  With characters experiencing trauma and grief from various vantage points and stages.
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I received a copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.   I hate to give a bad review, but I am struggling to come up with any redeeming qualities in this book.  It is frequent that I have a hard time getting involved with a book, but I felt that way from start to finish with this book.

They defiantly could cut a lot of repetitive information out of this book and made it shorter.  The characters were not well developed.  I did not feel attached to any of them and I did agree with their decisions.  It was not a very believable story line and there was no foundation for anything that happened.

Many questions are left unanswered.  This was not a page-turner for me.  If I hadn’t received this book from neutrally in exchange for my honest review, I would have stopped reading midpoint.  But, I felt a responsibility to read the entire book before writing my review.

I would not recommend this book.
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Thanks to NetGalley for giving me an ARC digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Read more of my reviews at

Dare to Remember is a story about a young lady who suffered a terrible tragedy that left her best friend dead, and herself an amnesiac. Her life comes back to her a little at a time, usually in nightmares.

I did not enjoy this book like I thought I would. The premise of the book is promising, but the story was not carried out very well. The 3rd person point of view is a little odd in this book. I feel like I really never got to know the main character very well.

The timeline is a little hard to follow as well. The story kept jumping back and forth between what was presently going on and flashbacks. 

After about 20% into the book, nothing had really happened. I just couldn't justify spending any more time reading it.
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I am still a bit conflicted about how I feel about this book.  It wasn't quite the "mystery & thriller" I had thought it was going to be, based on the synopsis given.  There was a lot of meandering (literally and otherwise) in explanations of mundane happenings in the characters life, as well as repetition of ideas and how she felt, and sometimes the dialogue felt a bit off..not quite natural. That being said, I didn't hugely dislike it.  There were some lovely insights into what it is like for people who have depression, the author very adequately described the feelings that one has, as well as into PTSD, some aspects of which I had never given much thought too.  Even though the story itself wasn't what I had expected, there was definitely something about the way the author wrote that kept me reading, kept me hooked. Thanks to Netgalley for this ARC-especially for a chance to read something I may not normally gravitate to.
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This book was a total journey for the main character.  It deftly describes how a person would feel after a traumatic experience and illustrates the steps needed to eventually get on with your life after a trauma.  It was a very slow continuous process with one step forward and two steps back for the victim.  I probably wouldn't have purchased this book on my own but I enjoyed it.  It was a little melancholy but in the end the main character had made great strides in her recovery.  Overall it was a story that advocates Restorative Justice.
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I would have a much higher opinion of this novel if it had not been described as this: "A clever, sophisticated, psychological thriller, perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, S.J. Watson, B A Paris and Sophie Hanna."

Because a "clever" book, I guess. But psychological thriller? Not a chance. 

And that was disappointing. To read the entire novel waiting for something beyond the sad story of a now-sad girl after a super-sad tragedy. 

But if I was reading this as a sort of recovery from trauma novel, well, that would be different. Susanna Beard's writing is excellent. The story she weaves is quite intricate and her characters are quite interesting. In fact, I would even enjoy reading a sequel in to what becomes of Lisa and her now-next door neighbor. I was genuinely sad when the older fellow's health was declining. And even a little shocked at the behavior of Mike. But "that, a thriller, does not make"!
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After an attack leaves Lisa Fulbrook gravely injured and her roommate dead, Lisa retreats to the country to heal. She has little memory f the attack and rather than working on remembering what happened, she prefers to forget, spending her time alone with only her dog Riley for company. Still, in the back of her mind, Lisa can’t help but wonder why they were attacked. Did they know the person who left them for dead? As her memories come back, Lisa will have to face the truth about that night…and who was responsible. I loved Lisa, but Riley stole the show!
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