You are outside your front door. There are strangers in your house. Then you realise… You can’t remember your name.
She arrived at the train station after a difficult week at work. Her bag had been stolen, and with it, her identity. Her whole life was in there – passport, wallet, house key. When she tried to report the theft, she couldn’t remember her own name. All she knew was her own address.
Now she’s outside Tony and Laura’s front door. She says she lives in their home. They say they have never met her before.
One of them is lying.
I was captivated by this story from the very minute the blogger pack landed in my hands. It could be any of us in this situation and I think that’s what made it so enticing. Some might say the amnesia plot has been done to death but this is quite a fresh take on that.
My spine tingled on more than a couple of occasions, which is fully due to the foreboding atmosphere that is built by the author. I had a lot of “I’ll just finish this chapter” moments, which inevitably led to me finishing this book in record time. Once I’d finished it though, I found myself sitting, just holding the book in my hands and wondering how some bits snuck up on me like they did!
It is written through the eyes of several characters and, as I’ve said in previous posts, this can get quite confusing if not done properly. That wasn’t the case here and it just helped to build the suspense even more. The fierce climax was just the cherry on top!
Forget My Name is a very cleverly plotted book with compelling characters, quite unpredictable twists and a believable story. I was all-in for the whole time I was reading.
A bit about the author
J.S. Monroe read English at Cambridge, worked as a foreign correspondent in Delhi, and was Weekend editor of the Daily Telegraph in London before becoming a full-time writer. Monroe is the author of six novels, including the international bestseller, Find Me.
I received a copy of this book from Head of Zeus in return for an honest review, which is what I have given. I’d like to take this chance to thank Vicky Joss in Head of Zeus.
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