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Dare to Remember Paperback – June 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
The acuity of the narrative at times leaves the reader squirming in the therapist's chair--Rich Reviews
Dare to Remember is without a doubt a novel that will have the reader gripped and desperate to reach the end for answers--By the Letter Book Reviews
If you love to read psychological dramas, that give great insight into human psychology and have thought provoking themes running throughout them, then Dare to Remember is the book for you. It's also a cracking good story.--Brew and Books Review
If you like a novel when you get completely inside the head of the main character and cannot help but become involved in their pain and anguish, then you will enjoy this.--BibliomaniacUK
Dare to Remember is intelligently written and intriguing with a perfectly crafted cast of characters who drive the storyline forward... a wonderful, touching debut and I can't wait to read more by Susanna Beard.--My Chestnut Reading Tree
If you like good physiological suspense then you must read Dare to Remember. You'll find it hard to put down.--A Lover of Books
At times unsettling, but utterly compelling. Dare To Remember is an intriguing and imaginative novel.--Anne Cater, Random Things Through My Letterbox Cater
I could hardly pull myself away from this fabulous read that kept my interest from page one to the end... I hung on every word, every sentence.--Sue and her books
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Dare to Remember is billed as a psychological thriller, but it came off less thrilling and more dramatic. Lisa is traumatized by the death of her friend and from being attacked to the point where it, understandably, affects her entire life. She must now work from home because she is too afraid to go in public if not necessary. She gets panic attacks when she has a confrontation. She is terrified of strange men. She sees a therapist regularly. Her life is no longer the same and she is struggling with how to cope, so she moves to a quiet location, far from her old town and home of her mother, hoping the solitude will help her heal.
Initially, I was under the impression that Beard's ultimate goal for the story was to create tension and make the reader wonder exactly what Lisa forgot and why she forgot it. But as I read, and read, and read, it was seeming less like a thriller and more like a drama of one victim's self-exploration and process of recovery. The events of Lisa's daily life appear mundane at first, but the more I became attached to her, the more I empathized with her situation. I realized that what is mundane to most of us can be debilitating and terrifying to victims of tragic events. What appears normal at first is really what creates the suspense of the novel because I started to wonder less about what it was she forgot and more about how she'll handle surviving her new reality.
Dare to Remember can be slow at times because even when I was entertained and kept reading, I was wondering, "where is this going?". Eventually, the truth of that night is revealed and I got my answer as to the story's direction, but it wasn't as satisfying as I had hoped it would be.
Dare to Remember isn't exactly what I expected, but it was more emotionally taxing and moving than I had anticipated. The suspense isn't high, the thrills are few, but the characters are incredibly well-developed and real, contributing to a rich and meaningful story of a victim's reality after a tragic ordeal. I'm happy I read Dare to Remember, and I look forward to more by Susanna Beard.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Lisa has been through an horrific event. She has lost her best friend Ali and is struggling to get on with her life. She moves to a remote little village in the hope of escaping the horrible events that have left her physically and mentally scarred.
Unfortunately for Lisa she can’t escape the events and sees a therapist to help her come to terms with her friends death. I think what is more frustrating for Lisa is that she can’t actually remember what happened. She feels that by remembering it will help her heal and move on and also make her feel less guilty with Ali’s family that she survived and Ali didn’t.
The story is full of suspense and I was dying to know what the actual turn of events were that led to Ali’s death. There is such a build up in the book that I was rushing to get to the end for all to be revealed to me. I have to admit that this was the only thing that let the story down slightly, was the ending. It just didn’t quite live up to the expectations that I had in my mind from the tag line with the title. Don’t get me wrong it is definitely a psychological thriller as well as being a page turner. For me though it is one very much of suspense than actual shocking. It is still a great read though, I think for me because I read so many in this genre that when a book declares its going to be shocking, having read more than a few that have blown me away, it really needs to literally blow me away.
Dare To Remember is without a doubt a novel that will have the reader gripped and desperate to reach the end for answers. The author does well to keep the reader guessing throughout and it certainly had me on the edge of my seat in anticipation. A good debut novel by an author who is certainly one to watch out for.
My thanks to Lucy at Legend Press for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Lisa and Ali were just two young women. Enjoying life. Kicking back and having fun until......
Something very bad happened and Ali was killed.
Lisa is undergoing therapy, it's helping her to talk about things but she only at first remembers herself in hospital.
Bit by bit things unfold.
Lisa needs time away, she needs her own company, a time to heal.
She moves into her new place. A good connection is formed with her elderly neighbor who has a dog. He's unable to take his dog out now so Lisa does, often, for lovely park and country walks.
Her day to day life moves on at a slow pace. She has purpose in seeing to her neighbor, walking the dog and now even adopting the dog, her friend, her companion.
She meets Jessica one day. Another friendship slowly blooms although Lisa wasn't eager to let that happen.
Night times though we're different, flashbacks.
Disturbing images and thoughts yet Lisa can't remember what it is she needs to remember.
Why is she feeling like this.
Her therapist is great. suggestions are made yet Lisa cannot always fulfill them.
I could hardly pull myself away from this fabulous read that kept my interest from page one to the end.
The characters were well grounded in my mind. I hung on every word, every sentence.
Fabulous authors talent to clear my head of everything around me and keep me focused on this story.
Great plot, great conclusion
My thanks to Legend Press via Net Galley for my personal copy.
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