Forget My Name
By J.S. Monroe
Head of Zeus
How do you know who to trust…
…when you don’t even know who you are?
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.
The premise of this book got me really excited, an unknown woman turns up at a random house, she doesn’t know why this house, she doesn’t know who she is, and most chilling of all she doesn’t even know her own name. The owners of the house Tony and Laura feel sorry for her, comfort her, let her stay and try to find out what she is all about. Tony decides that she needs to have a name and calls her Jemma.
The next day they take “Jemma” to a doctor where she is diagnosed with a form of amnesia, not only that someone from the villiage feels like they recognise her and so does the doctor. This is where is all goes downhill for “Jemma” and people come to their own conclusion of who this woman really is…
As the story unfolds I was still gripped, wanting to know if this “Jemma” is who everyone says she is, of course she can’t remember who she is so how can she defend herself. Each chapter is a different persons view point you read “Jemma’s” point of view, Tony & Laura, Luke a local reporter who feels he recognises “Jemma” and the police. I was desperate to find out who this woman was and why she came to this particular village and particular house, where did she come from and does she have another agenda?
As the story went on there seemed to be a lot of plot twists and unexpected turns, lots of secrets and lies with most of the characters. I did feel like a lot of side plots where unnecessary when the overall story ended up to be quite complex for a thriller, At times I felt myself glazing over and skipping bits I didn’t feel necessary to the story. Half way through there is a big reveal and at this point I did loose quite a bit of interest. I thought that could of been the end of the story but I was still only half way through, so I had no idea where the story would go from here, it took a while for it to pick up again, although the ending has the most action I felt slightly disappointed with it.
I really wanted to love this book and I felt like if there was a different outcome at the end I may of enjoyed it more. I felt it got overly complex so lost the “thrill” that it started with. Unfortunatly this story wasn’t for me, not my favourite thriller I have read this year.
Thanks to Head of Zeus and NetGalley for my advanced copy of this book to read.