‘Dare to Remember’ is Susanna Beard’s debut novel. It was published by Legend Press on the 1st February in both paperback and as an eBook. I was very kindly sent a copy to review and I am delighted to be taking part in this blog tour.
After an attack which leaves Lisa Fulbrook badly injured and her best friend and flatmate dead, Lisa moves to a small village where she can recover peacefully and eventually get back to some sort of normality. With only vague memories of the event she cuts herself off from friends and family, happy to spend her days going for long walks with Riley, her neighbour’s dog.
Lisa finds it almost impossible to sleep due to the nightmares she keeps having. She also has a number of disturbing flashbacks relating to the attack. As Lisa desperately tries to piece together the memories she asks herself a number of questions and she realises that there’s another truth still hidden to her, something she can’t escape from. A truth that may have been right in front of her all along.
I thought ‘Dare to Remember’ to be a really good read. I liked the writing style and I was soon drawn into the story. I found myself turning the pages as quickly as possible wanting to know what actually happened on the night of the attack.
I enjoyed following Lisa on her journey to recovery and seeing her make positive steps. I know she felt she wasn’t getting anywhere much at times, but she was. Lisa moved to the village where she hoped to be able to cut herself off and live a quiet life, but that obviously wasn’t to be. I think the opportunity to take Riley the dog for his daily walks came at the right time. He was such good therapy for her and gave her hours of love. She also got to meet Jessica who became a good friend. The sessions Lisa had with the psychotherapist were interesting and I actually felt I learnt something.
I personally thought that the chapters were a bit too long and would have preferred them to be shorter. Perhaps the book could have been split into parts too. I would also have loved to have known the name of the village where Lisa moved to.
If you like good psychological suspense then you must read ‘Dare to Remember’. You’ll find it hard to put down.
I give this book 4 out of 5.
About Susanna Beard
Susanna is a psychological crime writer who lives in Marlow, Buckinghamshire. Her day job in PR both demands and celebrates writing and she’s helped promote everything from websites to wine. She writes every day, all the time: news, articles, speeches, websites, blogs – and now novels.
She likes dark, contemplative stories with a twist; she’s fascinated by the psychology of relationships and the impact of insignificant events on people’s lives.
Susanna started writing fiction after attending a course at the Faber Academy. Other passions include her dogs, who keep her grounded, and tennis, which clears her brain of pretty much everything.
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