Dare to Remember – 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. – Goodreads.com

I received this book free from the publisher via netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.

Like anyone, I love a good psychological crime thriller and that’s exactly what this was. This novel had me on the edge of my seat, empathising with the protagonist, wanting to reassure her and find out her secrets at the same time.

Imagine losing an entire portion of your life due to a traumatic event. It’s not that uncommon, and it is a horrible feeling. Struggling with PTSD and repressed memories myself, I found this a really intimate and truthful look at the disorder.

I loved the characters, Riley, especially, and the life that goes on around the crime itself. Life keeps moving even when you might not want it to.

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