Remember Me

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Thanks NetGalley for the chance to read this book pre-publication. 

D E White has delighted me with this gripping psychological thriller. I haven’t read any other books by this author and so I had no real expectations, but was not disappointed.
 
The book is mainly told from the point of view of the main character, Ava, who is now a LAPD detective but has a past full of, haunting, dark secrets. She returns to her home-town of Aberdyth at the request of her, dying, ex-husband. 

I quite liked Ava, she was not easy to relate to but when you know what happened to her in the past it explains a lot, and I could sympathise with her about the depression that turned her life upside-down and changed the direction of her life and that of her son. 

Set in Wales, the author has added some nice little touches which I really liked, such as the Welsh texts that the killer regularly sent to Ava, These were included at the end of each chapter, making me feel the need to keep on swiping the pages on my kindle so I could keep on reading!

The penny dropped for me early on as to who it was, but having said that I did wonder from time to time whether I was incorrect as there was so many twists and turn.Not only did it have a gripping and brilliantly thought-out plot-line, but I was equally confused as the lead character as to who could be trusted
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I am Farley sure I have already reviewed this book. Having gone back to her childhood to try and find out what happened on the night one of the 8 friends disappear, now being a DC in the police force. Blocked out memories just a quick glims, it as if someone is trying to tell her something. Struggling to grasp things. Yet clearly remembering others. It’s a teal twisty and tunrney book. That leads to so many different paths, with hearts in your mouth events, turning up in many different places. You mind is buzzing with wanting to know yourself what actually happened that night. I was really really drawn into this book so much I struggled to put it down. It’s s fast paced books. Although you are desperate to find out the truth. I on the one hank was amazed and disappointed at the same time. There are certain books you read they are that good you do become desperate to see, yet once you have all the answers. your disappointed because on the other hand you just also wanted the story to continue. This was one of those books for me. Brilliant ending, just so good I wanted more. Definitely would recommend this book to anyone looking for a great mystery book
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I don’t know what it was about this book, but I started it and put it aside four or five times before I finally got into it. It felt like a slog because I read the first few chapters over and over. It was a tough start but got better as it went on. Maybe the beginning wasn’t quite gripping enough or maybe every time I tried to read it I was in the wrong mood. Whatever it was, the book felt a little like a long hard uphill struggle to me.
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Enjoyed this book and trying to work out who the killer was. I did actually guess right a little while before it was made obvious but I still liked seeing how things would unfold for Ava. A good read and I'll look forward to more from the author in the future.
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I really did enjoy it. I think it is very well-written, the plots are good, the gripping-factor is on, everything is on the manual. But I think the main thing that made me not give it all the stars is that it is not very uncommon. It had a great deal of potential to be a memorable read, but wasn't as I would've expected. 
But I liked it very much nonetheless and I am actually looking forward to read other works from the author!
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This book took awhile to get into, but it was intriguing enough to keep me reading. There were a lot of characters to keep track of, which was a bit distracting. Overall, I enjoyed it.
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3.25* Unfortunately this debut thriller didn't work for me. It's the story of a missing girl who's best friend moves back to her Welsh village when she finds out her ex is dying. The friend also happens to be a police detective and eventually starts asking questions which unsettles many. there is a lot going on this story and this is where it started losing me.....too many characters and threads made it difficult to follow. I guessed a lot of it before the end.
Thanks to NetGalley, the author and publisher for the arc.
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Ava's good friend Ellen disappeared years ago, when they were teenagers.  Ava, Ellen and a number of their friends were partying in the woods one night when Ellen left the group.  A short while later one of the boys found her nearby, dead and likely molested.  The group was heavily under the influence of drugs and alcohol and were worried about the possible consequences of calling the police, so they decided to bury Ellen and tell anyone looking for her that she'd vanished and they had no idea where she'd gone.  

Fast forward fifteen years and everyone has continued to keep the secret of Ellen's death.  Everyone stayed in their small Welsh village except Ava, who moved to Los Angeles and became a detective with the LAPD.  Ava learns that her ex-husband, the father of her son, both of whom she left when she moved to California, is terminally ill and she decides to go home for awhile.  The vibe Ava feels from her circle of friends is anything but welcoming.  Everyone is suspicious of her motives for returning.  Without giving away anything else, the circumstances surrounding Ellen's death are eventually uncovered and it is a very original resolution of a very well written and suspenseful novel.   I strongly recommend this book.  

Thank you to Netgalley, the author D.E. White, and the publisher HQ Digital, a division of HarperCollins, for an ARC in return for my honest review.
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I am definitely a sucker for a good psychological thriller. And when I saw the title/cover/blurb I knew it was going to be a must read for me. However, it was a slow start for me. I put down the book several times in favor of something else that moved a bit more quickly. There were a lot of characters so I had to really pay attention to who was who which isn't always easy for me. There were definitely some quality twists and turns once you really get into it.!
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Remember Me 
by D.E. White 
Published:  February 6, 2019 by HQ Digital/Harper Collins 
Genre/Category: Mystery & Thrillers  
Read For:   NetGalley Review 
 
⭐️⭐️⭐️ 
3  stars 
 
  
Book synopsis from Amazon: Fifteen years ago, Ellen Smith vanished from the woods near her small Welsh village. Never to be seen again. 
Eight people were in the woods that night: eight splintered lives, eight people hiding a terrible secret. But who can remember the truth? 
Now, Ellen’s best friend, Detective Ava Cole is all grown up back in the village where it all began, and everyone is asking the same question. 
What really happened to Ellen? 
Filled with shocking discoveries and traumatic memories this fast-paced thriller is perfect for fans of Friend Request and Close to Home. 
 
Review:  I will always read a mystery/thriller, I am a sucker for them, but this one just didn’t blow me away.  Remember Me started out pretty slow, which is not really what you would expect with a thriller, and it just continued to be slow and drawn out for quite a while.  Fortunately, it picked up about half way through but it is a hard read if you don’t care for a lot of violence in your thrillers.  (Good thrillers can be written without excessive violence).   
Although the book had some twists, and a decent plot, I just don’t feel that it will be very memorable, because there was nothing unique about it.  There were a ton of characters to keep track of and as some points it actually becomes confusing.   I give the author credit for the attempt, and would be willing to give them another try if they should publish again.   This one just wasn’t for me.   
 
Thank you to NetGalley and HQ Digital for the copy of this book and the opportunity to review this book for an honest and unbiased opinion.
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I received this book from Netgalley in trade for an honest review. I will be honest...I chose it mainly for the cover art. It is gorgeous! 

TBC......

Trying to finish this...it is an okay story, good twist finally happened...but the author's overuse of the word 'whilst' is driving me out of my EVER LOVING MIND. I am reading it on my Kindle so I started to keep track of how many...but after 42 I stopped. And that was only halfway through it. 

I know this is a Netgalley arc so hopefully the published version will whittle it down to, oh I don't know...maybe 3 AT THE MOST. The page I just read had the word in it TWICE. Am I petty??
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There were 8 teenagers that night in the woods ... all were taking pills of some kind or another.   There was laughing and flirting and maybe a little more.  But something else happened that night ... Ellen Smith died.  The remaining 7 made a pact to bury her body and never tell anyone.

That was 15 years ago.  Today Detective Ava Cole is back in that Welsh village.  She was Ellen's best friend and she's been riddled with guilt ever since then.

Most of the original gang of friends are there, as well.  They all have one question ... Is Ava there to tell the police and Ellen's family what happened that night?

Actually, Ava can't do that because she was passed out at the time of Ellen's death.  So what really did happen to her?

Someone is playing with all their lives.  But who ... and why?   It looks like Ava is being targeted ..... to keep her quiet and to stop her from asking question?  Or is there more to the story?

There are twists and turns and surprising consequences for all involved in this tale.   The finely drawn suspects stay true to their characters from start to finish .... and what a finish it is!

Many thanks to the author / HQ Digital / Netgalley for the digital copy of this crime thriller.  Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
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I never thought I would like this book..... I found this novel a bit hard to get into at the beginning and sometimes I had to put the book down. there was a lot of characters in this book. I normally like thrillers but in my eyes a thriller/ horror novel has to pull you in almost on the first chapter and yet this book just did not pull me in as I wanted to. this is why it took me so long to just read the book. This book just did not connect with me in the way most novels normally do. I think i said this before but the story started up so slow for me, it did pick up in the middle or so but the ending could have been better. so in my eyes this book was just okay.
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Remember Me is a story about Welsh teenagers who are obsessed with outdoing each other on dangerous dares while stoned out of their minds on drugs.  To bring the story to present day one of the participants who is now a detective with LAPD returns to her childhood home where she immediately gets threatened by just about everyone in the small place. 
      I am not really a fan of books where there’s a person in the background who is responsible for all the carnage and the reader is left to guess the identity.  Of course everything is revealed in the last chapter but by then I really didn’t care.  
     Sorry to say but this book was just not for me.  It seemed very drawn out and took too long to get to the point.  
     Thanks to NetGalley for letting me read this book in exchange for my unbiased review.
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This one took me awhile to get into but it was a good procedural once it got going. 

I enjoyed the setting of the Welsh Village and the twists and turns were intriguing. 

I liked Ava but did find some of the other characters confusing to keep up with as it went on in the story.
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The death (accidental?) of a Welsh teenager and its subsequent cover-up by her friends sets the scene. Through flashbacks we see why they felt they needed to cover it up - drugs, alcohol, sex and dangerous games made it seemingly impossible for any of the remaining seven to come clean.
Over 15 years later Ava Cole has returned to her home town at the request of her dying ex-husband. Six of the original 8 teenagers are now back together, Jesse dying in an apparent motorcycle accident a few years back.
We soon realise that something darker is going on behind the scenes so to speak and that there is a "master player" rolling his/her dice and Ava is his/her final goal. 
As you read you feel as if you're walking along a labyrinth slowly winding its way to the ultimate conclusion. The story unfolds through Ava's eyes; the "master player"'s eyes and flashbacks to their teens. It prickles your attention - gets you wondering what really happened that night? Who is this "master player"? Why is Ava their ultimate target? And what really happened that fateful night?
The story was initially very slow to grab my attention in the beginning, but as the tale unwinds it grabs you and pulls you into this tangled web.
I really liked the fact that the identity of this "master player" was kept well-hidden with little hints that get dropped throughout making you suspect each of the five who stayed behind.
The ending and ultimate revelation really surprises a person - not what I suspected AT ALL!!
Not only where the characters well-defined and interesting, but the landscape of the Welsh mountainside became an additional, powerful character.
I really enjoyed this book.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for allowing me the opportunity of reading this book.
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Though Remember me was an engaging mystery, I am not sure it will be all that memorable, maybe because it was a little slower paced than I expected. That being said, I wasn't bored and the plotting was cleverly done.
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Thank you for another great pre-release ebook, this was pretty exciting!  It was a true mystery until near the end when the plot started to unravel.  Look for #rememberme to hit the shelves!
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Daisy White has delighted me with this clever and gripping contemporary psychological thriller. I haven’t read any other books by this author and so I had no real expectations other than the reviews I had seen and the very brief plot synopsis. I was not prepared for the exciting and intense roller-coaster read this book inflicted on me! 

“Remember Me” was cleverly written, and so full of drama and suspense that it had my heart racing. I was absorbed in the story from the start.

The book is mostly told from the point of view of Ava, who is now a fit LAPD detective but has a past full of dark secrets. She returns to her home-town of Aberdyth at the request of her ex-husband. 

I didn’t really like Ava. As the main character, she was not easy to relate and warm to, though I could empathise with her about the depression that turned her life upside-down and changed the direction of her life and that of her son. 

Set in Wales, the author has added some nice little touches which I really liked, such as the Welsh texts that the killer regularly sent to Ava, These were included at the end of each chapter, making me feel the need to keep on swiping the pages on my kindle so I could keep on reading!

Daisy White created a set of characters with such complexity and depth, and though all of them were, well, frankly evil and alarming, it helped to make this thriller quite something.

There were so many twists and turns that I found myself changing my mind from one suspect to another and back again. Not only did it have a gripping and brilliantly thought-out plot-line, but I was equally confused as the lead character as to who could be trusted. The penny only dropped for me when I had exhausted all suspects.

I loved where Daisy White took her chilling story, right through to its fulfilling conclusion. 

I know I have found another author to add to my ever-growing list of favourites and I was lucky enough to participate in a buddy read for this book.

I thoroughly recommend “Remember Me” as it is definitely worth a read, especially if you enjoy a good thriller with plenty of atmosphere and a noir feel.

I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel, at my own request, from HQ Digital via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.
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My thoughts:
This book started slow and didn’t pickup until about halfway through—then ended rather disappointingly. Unfortunately, I read several good books just before this one, which may be the reason for my low impression. It could also be that I just didn’t connect to this author’s writing style, since there are many good reviews. 

I didn’t feel like there was anything that really made this book unique. It was an average suspense/thriller with too many unlikable characters, that I struggled to relate to. Reading and discussing it with someone else helped me stay engaged. Otherwise I’m not sure I would have wanted to finish it. 

My Rating:   3 ⭐️’s
Published: February 6th 2019 by HQ Digital  Pages: 295

Thank you to NetGalley / HQ Digital / D.E. White for this digital ARC, in exchange for my honest review! #NetGalley #RememberMe 

Book Description
Fifteen years ago Ellen Smith vanished from the woods near her small Welsh village. Never to be seen again. Eight people were in the woods that night: eight splintered lives, eight people hiding a terrible secret. But who can remember the truth?

Now, Ellen’s best friend, Detective Ava Cole is all grown up back in the village where it all began, and everyone is asking the same question.

What really happened to Ellen?

Filled with shocking discoveries and traumatic memories this fast paced thriller is perfect for fans of Friend Request and Close to Home.
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