Forget My Name by J S Monroe

Forget My Name: A gripping thriller with a shocking twist from the bestselling author of Find Me is a clever psychological thriller that tells the story of Jemma, a mysterious woman with amnesia who turns up on the doorstep of a house that belongs to Laura and Tony, convinced that she has lived there before. She seems very familiar with the layout of the house which unnerves Laura. When it is discovered that a previous owner of the house also called Jemma, suffered from amnesia and severe mental health problems and murdered her best friend, the village is put on red alert. Just how dangerous is this woman and why is she back?

Monroe is great at painting realistic, complex characters. You discover more and more about the protagonist as you read on, like peeling back layers of an onion. The setting of the small village and hub of the community pub is something that many of us will be familiar with and serves as a counterpoint to the starker locations in Berlin.

Luke, Jemma’s friend from the village is an interesting character who has an unexpected past link with her and helps her investigation. Tony, the owner of the house is a photographer and gallery / cafe owner of Seahorse Photography and too, is fascinating to follow as the book develops. It is also interesting to note the different reactions that various characters have towards Jemma. Some of them are keen to help and others are wary of her. A comic element is provided by Luke’s best friend who is convinced that she is a Russian spy, especially after the recent Novichok incident in Salisbury.

Like many thrillers, it is difficult to say too much else you will spoil the story for other readers but I will say that Forget My Name, is definitely a book worth reading, especially if you are a fan of psychological thrillers and intelligent crime stories.

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Jo Cameron-Symes

I believe cultural criticism and analysis should be both accessible and help to further enrich peoples' lives. I have an MA from the University of York in the Sociology of Contemporary Culture and was previously the Chair of a regional charity for people with long term illness. During my time as Chair I noticed that the people I met who embraced culture and used it to enrich and explore their lives found that it enhanced their quality of life. Through accessing and exploring exhibitions, media and gardens that helped people including myself to cope with their current life situation.

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