FORGET MY NAME
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RELEASED OUT NOW AUTHOR J. S. MONROE PUBLISHER HEAD OF ZEUS AVAILABLE IN HARDBACK
Monroe has proven himself the master of the coverline hook; amid row after row of other novels, the premise of his stories have a habit of making his books stand out.
Having perfected this ability with the breakneck Find Me, he repeats the trick with Forget My Name, which sees a woman turn up in an English village, unable to remember anything about herself – including her name. She has a suspicion that the house she hones in on is where she either lives or once lived, but beyond that remembers nothing.
Inevitably, there’s way more than initially meets the eye, with Monroe using this setting as a launchpad for a whole array of plot twists and intrigues, where past and present collide and old feelings resurface in unexpected and sometimes destructive ways. The writing style feels informed by some of the greats of crime fiction – the likes of Agatha Christie and Raymond Chandler are ever- present in Monroe’s writing.
Gratifyingly, none of the revelations or twists feel in any way like cop outs. Everything works seamlessly, and while you certainly don’t get all the answers you were perhaps looking for, enough is resolved to leave you with a sense of a journey travelled.
So all in all, Forget My Name represents a refreshing instance of a book delivering on the intrigue and expectation of its coverline blurb. We hate to use the phrase ‘ page- turner’, but there you go…
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