The Last Thing She Remembers by J.S. Monroe
Park Row Books: 5/28/19
eBook review copy; 416 pages
The Last Thing She Remembers by J.S. Monroe is a highly recommended novel of suspense.
A woman arrives at the cottage of Laura and Tony Masters
in a Wiltshire village. She has just flown in from Berlin,
realized her bag was stolen, and then couldn't remember her name or any
details about her life. All she had was her train ticket home. She is
sure that she used to live in Laura and Tony's home. The couple take
pity on her and allow her to stay in their guest room. Tony declares
that she looks like a "Jemma" while Laura calls a local doctor to set up
an appointment. Unknown to Laura, there was a Jemma Huish who used to
live in their current home. Twelve years ago that Jemma murdered her
friend. She was locked up but then released from the psychiatric
facility and no one knows where she is at. While locals in the village
try to figure out who the woman is, the underlying question is: Could
mysterious no-name-Jemma be the killer?
The Last Thing She Remembers is an entertaining psychological
novel of suspense with several plot twists. You do have to suspend
disbelief several times during the narrative. (Right at the start, when
"Jemma" shows up at their door, who in their right mind would then
invite this stranger to stay with them?) The good news is that there
are enough shifts and twists to keep you guessing if you just make a
conscious choice to set disbelief aside and go with the flow of the
narrative. While the amnesia plot point makes character development less
important than the plot and the action, the twists make up for the lack
of initial character development.
The focus of the writing and the narrative is the plot and the many
twists and secrets that will eventually come to light. This is a novel
that is written for entertainment and it does deliver on that point.
Monroe does add several different story lines within the main narrative
that add to the intrigue. The Last Thing She Remembers is a
perfect airplane book. It will hold your attention and entertain you,
but you won't cry if you lose it or misplace it. (3.5 rounded up)
My review copy was courtesy of Park Row Books.