Forget My Name, by J.S. Monroe
Publication: Head of Zeus; June 19, 2019
About the book:
You are outside your front door. There are strangers in your house. Then you realize… You can’t remember your name.
She arrived at the train station after a difficult week at work. Her bag had been stolen, and with it, her identity. Her whole life was in there – passport, wallet, house key. When she tried to report the theft, she couldn’t remember her own name. All she knew was her own address.
Now she’s outside Tony and Laura’s front door. She says she lives in their home. They say they have never met her before.
One of them is lying.
Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for J.S. Monroe’s, Forget My Name! What a wild, intellectual, and twisty ride this one was! I have done nothing but talk non-stop about this one since I started reading it and already have several people interested. So, the basic premise is a young woman shows up at a couple’s home in a small English village, claiming to not remember her name or anything else about her identity, yet she knows the layout of the home. They invite her in and are very caring and sympathetic at first, yet, the wife, Laura, soon fears that this woman is the same person that lived there years ago and murdered a friend. Police and psychiatrists get involved, but nothing is as it seems. So who is this woman that has shown up at their door, why do they help her, and what will happen?
As a book blogger, it’s challenging to review books like this because if you say too much, you can go beyond simple spoilers and ruin everything. So I will say that this is a very complex plot full of a million twists and turns. Some I sort of predicted and some, I never saw coming. The blurb gives you a basic premise of the book but I assure you that there is so much more.
My most honest appraisal of Forget My Name would come from a backyard conversation this evening with my husband. I told him that this is the most cerebral novel that I have read in a while and that it not only made me stop and think, but had me completely confused at times. But I mean this in the best possible way. Lately, it seems as if I read so many things that are light and breezy, enjoyable, etc. but leave no lasting impression. This is a novel that I will be mulling over for a while and most likely re-read to see if I can pick up on things earlier than I did during the first read.
Forget My Name is a long book and very taxing at times because of the twists, turns, and subject matter. However, I think that fans of psychological thrillers will absolutely love this one. J.S. Monroe has blown me away with his weaving of sub-plots. He left me wondering, confused, thinking I had figured it all out but shocked me again.
Am I glad I read this one? Oh, yes I am? Do I recommend this one? 100% recommended. This was my first time reading Monroe but I am now a devoted follower. Purchase this one and dive in asap, it’s good stuff.
*Thanks to Head of Zeus and J.S. Monroe for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest review!
About the Author
J.S. Monroe read English at Cambridge, worked as a foreign correspondent in Delhi, and was Weekend editor of the Daily Telegraph in London before becoming a full-time writer. Monroe is the author of six novels, including the international bestseller, Find Me.
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2 thoughts on “Blog Tour & Review: Forget My Name, by J.S. Monroe”
Ooh. I love reading twisty psychological thrillers, even though I write women’s fiction and romantic comedy! I’m adding this to my TBR pile. Thanks for the recommendation!
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I hope you enjoy it! I mostly read women’s fiction, romance, etc. but love a good thriller!