- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Legend Times Group (February 1, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1785079115
- ISBN-13: 978-1785079115
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,828,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dare to Remember: New Psychological Crime Drama. Paperback – February 1, 2017
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Dare to Remember is a tense journey into one woman's struggle with the aftermath of a vicious attack that killed her best friend. I found myself frantically turning the pages, desperate to uncover what happened on the night of the attack. Susanna Beard is a thought-provoking, skilled debut writer who will no doubt win a new army of thriller fans with this clever novel.--Tracy Buchanan
Beautifully taut and controlled writing - gripping all the way through.--Shelley Weiner
Dare to Remember is an intriguing and gripping debut novel. A perceptive exploration of the trauma of losing your best friend.--Rachel Abbott
A taut, compelling read. Full of atmosphere and humanity. Susanna brilliantly portrays through the central character the times in our lives that leave us guilty and emotionless and unable to move forward with purpose. A stunning and confident first novel.--Sharon Bloom
This is a great exploration into the psychological impact of a traumatic event. I warmed to Lisa immediately and felt every bit of her frustration as she struggled to remember the details of the night she and her best friend were attacked by someone they knew and trusted. It kept me reading into the night as I raced to find out how this twisty, shocking story would end.--Sam Carrington
Written with care and a deep level of understanding, while simultaneously building up the suspense until you are racing to find out what happened... a great read.--Sue Fortin, bestselling author of The Girl Who Lied
A deep and dark look at how we can overcome trauma.--Keeper of Pages
The narrative is both uplifting and disquieting as Lisa pushes against her past attack, and dares not just to remember, but to hope as well. An impressive debut for Susanna Beard.--Joy Kluver
Sometimes you pick up a book and after reading only a few pages, you know that this book is going to be a worthy read. This is what happened to me when I picked up Dare To Remember.--Day Dreamers Thoughts
Susannah Beard unspools the story at just the right pace to keep interest and intrigue.--Barbara Copperthwaite
About the Author
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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“A young woman died when she fell from the window of a first-floor flat yesterday evening; another woman was found seriously injured inside. A man in his thirties was apprehended by passers-by as he left the building and was later arrested.”
When Lisa woke up in hospital, with her mum by her side, she demanded to know what had happened. Her mum told her that her best friend, Ali was dead. Lisa had no recollection of the event. After being released from the hospital, Lisa never went back to her flat, but went to her mums to recuperate. Life would never be the same for her! She was now suffering from nightmares and flees to the countryside to set up home-based work to generate some income…while she attends therapy to restore parts of her memory.
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. Lisa establishes a friendship with her next- door neighbor, an elderly man, John, who surrendered his dog, Riley, to her, when he couldn’t look after the animal properly. Lisa soon grew attached to Riley and enjoyed their daily walks., where she met another dog walker, Jessica.
“Riley is her lifeline. She knows that. He provides comfort, companionship and a kind of rhythm."
If you're a dog lover like me, you'll enjoy the interaction and love between a person and their pet, how animals give unconditional love and play a major role in the healing process.
But Lisa had to know what happened that terrible night…and more important why were they attacked?
Lisa needs to be able to live a normal life without nightmares and flashbacks and fear of men and crowds and loud noises. She must search for the truth.
This is a wonderful debut novel by British author Susanna Beard, and offers strong writing, and believable well-developed characters that come alive on the page. Highly recommend.
I received an ARC via Netgalley.
The problem? Lisa Fulbrook is so injured that she misses the trial and sentencing - AND - she cannot remember what happened that night. Why did Ali die while she lived? Why them?
When she is finally released from hospital, Lisa moves to a quiet village to recuperate. She rents a small house and works from home. She goes out only to shop for the necessities and when she does, she bundles up with a scarf to hide the angry knife scar on her neck. She shuns social contact for the most part, but befriends John, an elderly man who lives next door. A widower, he lives alone except for the companionship of his small black spaniel, Riley. When John becomes unwell, Lisa takes over the walking and general care of Riley. Having this small fur person in her life gets her through some of her most harrowing and lonely times.
"Riley is her lifeline"
While walking Riley, Lisa meets a new friend and fellow dogwalker, Jessica. Though Lisa is withdrawn at first, Jessica's gregarious nature wins Lisa over and the two become friends. Even Jessica's friendship though cannot alleviate Lisa's increasing depression.
As the months pass, Lisa valiantly tries to remember the sequence of events that occurred the night of the attack. Grieving for her friend Ali, she suffers from survivor's guilt and disturbing flashbacks plague her days... and her dreams. Her regular trips into the city for psychotherapist appointments do not seem to be helping. The circumstances of the attack continue to elude her and Lisa feels disengaged with life, as though she is just marking time.
"She's had enough drama to last her a lifetime."
Events unfold that force Lisa to become involved with other people. All the time, the reader wonders if she will remember what happened to her. And... if she does, will she be glad that she remembered, or devastated?
The entire time I was reading this novel I kept wondering, "Is Lisa as genuine as she seems? or, is the author tricking me and Lisa is an unreliable narrator? As letting you know the answer to that question would be a spoiler (and I never divulge spoilers!), I guess you'll have to read the book yourself to find out.
Though it is touted as a psychological thriller, I think the novel is more of a slow-paced suspense novel. There is no real mystery here, and no huge twists or thrills. Just a well-written book that explores how people can be affected by trauma and how interpersonal interaction can help them adapt and strive through it. The novel also explores 'restorative justice' and examines how it can benefit the victims of crime.
The fact that "Dare to remember" is Susanna Beard's debut novel is belied by the skillful writing and thought provoking plot. All in all, an enjoyable read for those who don't need a fast pace or tension-filled pages, and who like endings that are neatly tied up.