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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
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I'm not sure this book should be classified as a "thriller" really, I read it all in just about one go, it is a page turner, it's a fast paced read but somehow the word thriller just doesn't fit here. That word just makes you assume something this book definitely isn't. Because of that word i kept looking for something really big to happen, like Mike going nuts and going after them or Connor to start stalking her or something along those lines to make it feel more "thrilling".
Anyway so to me this book is all about Lisa trying to cope with survivors guilt, confused by nightmares and flashbacks because she doesn't really remember what happened to her, she only knows what people have said happened to her, All she knows is the result is her best friend Ali is dead and she has a scar along her neck. She also knows they caught the guy, someone who was suppose to be her "friend" but he claims he also doesn't remember anything from that night. I read this book, understood all of Lisa's feelings, of course she is confused, angry, frightened, and feels alone! I also wanted her to open up in therapy, get to know Jessica and John more and get her life back, so when the "big finish" was upon us, the climatic moment that was suppose to answer her questions and make everything okay again, I liked Lisa was severely disappointed! To wrap things up, Lisa gets to take out some frustrations on her friend's killer, realizes she's never going to get the answers to her questions and she has to take back control of her life here and now or continue not living her life, So she begins to move on. I like to see it as she confronted her demons and found her strength and realized she was stronger than she thought she was the whole time. That to me completes the story and makes it a good ending for me and makes me feel like i didn't waste my time reading it, But honestly the ending just made me mad.. Yes, that bastard really only severed 4 years def made me mad!! Regardless of what he was on he had every intention of hurting someone when he picked up that knife, whether it was to scare them into having sex with him, or to actually hurt someone it doesn't matter, that is intent he should have been charged with way more than he was, but that's not what made me mad exactly! What made me mad was the fact that he can say "it was the drugs, i don't remember" and everything is squeaky clean after that!!! (I felt he probably ended up with a shorter sentence because he didn't remember the details of the crime he committed.)
I know many many people that are on hard HARD drugs and they have never killed anyone, they might have done some crappy things but they remember everything they have done, you can't just say the drugs made me do it i don't remember! To me that should only make it worse because you are NOT taking responsibility for your own actions, even if you really don't remember, the drugs didn't jump in your throat and make you take them, YOU DID THAT, That is the action that caused whatever happens after that, mixing it with alcohol when you damn well know better is another action that you know will most likely turn out badly, but you did that, that was your decision! The drugs did not make you do it, YOU DID IT and it should be his responsibility regardless! (I know it's a book and my little rant might be stupidly wasting my time, But i hate when people think they can claim this or that made me do it, "the alcohol made me rape that girl, the drugs made me hurt that person, the gun went off on it's own and made me kill someone", I have drank alcohol, I have taken drugs, and i have held a damn gun in my hand and even shot a crap load of them, none of them made me do anything i didn't want to do!! It should NOT be an acceptable when someone claims this excuse because they chose to do whatever it was that "made" them do it! There is a lot of this going on in the world today and it's just really annoying! I'm not a huge fan of that part of the book just because i read to get away from the world we live in, it's an escape from reality, I don't want it invading my books!!!)
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.
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