Remember Me by D. E. White
eBook review copy; 384 pages
Remember Me by D. E. White is a recommended mystery/thriller.
Ava Cole is currently an LAPD detective but she has returned to the small Welsh village where she grew up, after moving there from the USA as a child. Her ex-husband, Paul, is dying, and she needs to reconnect with her son, Stephen. Ava returned to the states when Stephan
was just a toddler, leaving Paul to raise him. Paul married one of
their childhood friends, Penny, and the two raised Stephen as their own.
One of the reasons Ava left had to do with the death fifteen years ago of her best friend, Ellen
Smith. Ava is not sure exactly what happened, but none of them ever
said a word about Ellen's death and as far as Ellen's parents and
officials know, Ellen ran away from home and disappeared.
Secrets sometimes have a way of being told. The remaining group of
friends knows what happened and the cover-up in which they were all
complicit. Now Ava has been receiving text messages from an unknown
number taunting her, saying in Welsh, phrases like: "Remember me, Ava
"How will you remember me, Ava Cole." There is a private detective in
town too, looking into Ellen's disappearance all those years ago.
This is a mystery where all of the characters seem suspect, and you have to figure out whodunit. The cast of characters are introduced as Ava
reconnects with her previous group of friends. Then, as they are
introduced, the reader needs to start evaluating them as suspects based
on the information provided in the narrative.
alternate between Ava's actions and thoughts told in the third person
and the first person thoughts of her stalker. This does set up a nice
contrast to increase the tension. The
well-developed, even though there are many of them between friends and
children and acquaintances from the village. It becomes clear that the
person is taunting Ava and is going to actively start targeting the
group of old friends, but the question of motive remains.
There are two main issues I had to overcome with Remember Me:
the rather slow pace of the action and a sense of incredulity that Ava
is a detective. First, if I'm yawning while reading any mystery/thriller
then it is a sure sign that the pace is a bit too slow. My interest in
what happened compelled me to keep reading, but at times it seemed a
slog. Secondly, there were several instances early on when I said aloud,
"She's a detective?" It is not a good sign if I'm skeptical and
questioning the competence of the detective skills of the main
My review copy was courtesy of HarperCollins.