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Monday, 6 February 2017

Blog Tour - Dare to Remember by Susanna Beard

Reeling from a brutal attack that leaves her best friend dead and her badly injured, Lisa Fulbrook flees to the countryside to recuperate. With only vague memories of the event, she isolates herself from her friends and family, content to spend her days wandering the hills with her dog, Riley.
However, Lisa is soon plagued, not only by vivid flashbacks, but questions, too: how did their assailant know them? Why were they attacked? And what really happened that night?
As she desperately tries to piece together the memories, Lisa realises that there's another truth still hidden to her, a truth she can't escape from. A truth that may have been right in front of her all along.

Title: Dare to Remember
Author:  Susanna Beard
Published By: Legend Press
Publication Date: 1st February 2017
Links: UK: Amazon   US: Amazon

Today we are delighted to host the Blog Tour for Dare to Remember by Susanna Beard, this book certainly grabbed my attention.

My Review

I found this to be a fascinating read which managed to hold my attention from beginning to end.
I didn't find it particularly shocking but the subtlety of the changes to Lisa from the beginning to the end of the book I found enthralling.

 Lisa has been through a horrendous attack in which her best friend was killed but due to the trauma her mind has blocked out much of what happened.

It's cleverly written as it holds the attention of the reader even whilst Lisa is going through her everyday routines like walking the dog etc. I think those sorts of tasks provide the person with a lot of thinking time. The story is moved along by the thought processes which are revealed gradually throughout the book through a series of flashbacks and visits to her psychotherapist.

Lisa is a very likeable person but is very much an empty shell at the beginning.

She moves to a small village so she can hide away from everyone and everything. Her attempts to keep herself to herself don't really work as she is involuntarily drawn into other people's lives; her neighbour John and dog walking companion Jessica. Meeting these people helps her because they needed her in different ways and this took the focus off her problems.

It was an interesting delve into the human psyche as sometimes our minds may not want to remember certain things and Lisa was frightened as to what her memory would reveal.

****** Slight spoiler alert***************
One of the questions was left unanswered which I found slightly disappointing as a reader but can see that it is an honest reflection of what sometimes happens in real life.

This was a very interesting and well written account of a young lady making her way through post traumatic stress.
Thanks to Legend Press for the ARC which I've reviewed voluntarily.

Book Angel x

About the Author

Originally a linguist, I've always loved words and writing. My career to date both demands and celebrates writing. 
"I discovered that the slope of writing to order is a slippery one, and that the descent is in fact pleasurable." Elena Ferrante. 

Writing fiction is new and joyous for me. It offers a freedom from constraint which is refreshing and full of wonder.

I like dark, contemplative stories with a twist. I'm fascinated by the psychology of relationships and the impact of insignificant events on people's lives.
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