Spare me the Truth: Amnesia like WOAH

Spare me the truth book review

What is this about?: Dan thinks he’s just a guy, with a family and a massive case of amnesia because he saw his son die a few years ago. He’s content with his life, even if sometimes he wonders about the man he used to be. And then he meets a woman at the market who tells him his son didn’t die in an accident; that his memory was taken from him. Which is when his life starts to unravel.

What else is this about?: Threads of Dan’s story involve Grace and Lucy, two women who find themselves in mysteries of their own that land them in the middle of Dan’s life.

Starts: 3.5/5

Blurb: Dan Forrester, piecing his life back together after the tragic death of his son, is approached in a supermarket by a woman who tells him everything he remembers about his life – and his son – is a lie.

Grace Reavey, stricken by grief, is accosted at her mother’s funeral. The threat is simple: pay the staggering sum her mother allegedly owed, or lose everything.

Lucy Davies has been forced from the Met by her own maverick behaviour. Desperate to prove herself in her new rural post, she’s on the hunt for a killer – but this is no small town criminal.

Plunged into a conspiracy that will test each of them to their limits, these three strangers are brought together in their hunt for the truth, whatever it costs. And as their respective investigations become further and further entwined, it becomes clear that at the centre of this tangled web is a threat more explosive than any of them could have imagined.

One day in the supermarket, Dan Forrester finds out that his life is a lie. Well part of it, as it turns out. He has amnesia, after having a breakdown after he watched his son die in a road accident. His wife Jenny and his daughter Aimee are thrilled at their new life, at the new him but that leaves Dan wondering who he was before — before the accident and the amnesia.

Which is when Stella, an old friend he doesn’t remember, finds him in a supermarket and tells him that he didn’t lose his memory watching his son die… and that’s when his life starts to unravel.

Following Stella, he begins to piece together a picture, a puzzle of his life before his amnesia and he finds himself coming face to face with truths he did not expect. This includes the unwelcome realisation that so many people he relied on, were liars.

This book follows two other cases — one involving Grace, who is Stella’s daughter, and Lucy who is a cop following a case of her own. As the the book went deeper into their respective storylines, I have to admit, I forgot about the other characters in this narrative. Each story is riveting, fast-paced as it progresses until the stories dovetail into a wonderfully cohesive conclusion around Dan and his past.

But back to Dan seems to be stuck in limbo — he knows he was different before the amnesia, but slowly as his present begins to unravel, I thought he was becoming more certain in who he was… weird right? Sort of like he knew the man he was right now wasn’t exactly right.

Jenny, his wife, was someone I couldn’t quite get a handle on. She was cold, almost constantly angry at him, but given his history, the loss of their son, it makes sense that she was cold, hard to like as Dan started to unravel his past. The problem was, she was constantly like that, so she seemed too remote at times. It’s hard not to contrast Grace and Lucy, who are dynamic, determined women, to Jenny, but I had to keep reminding myself that Jenny has a reason for the way she feels.

The other thing I didn’t expect was that this was the first on a series! Tell me a lie, book 2, review is coming soon!


  • Sophia Rose says:

    You got my attention with that review. This sounds riveting, Verushka.

    I have moments when I want a character to behave differently even while I know they are acting in character for the situation.

  • Wow! A mystery novel – I don’t read nearly enough of those. Typically I avoid books with characters that suffer from amnesia/memory loss – not my thing (it gets too confusing). But when it’s well-written, that can make a book SO good. I’m glad you liked this one!

    Wonderful review, Verushka. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  • Suzanne says:

    This sounds like an exciting read. I do love a good mystery and I’m especially intrigued by the idea of Dan trying to piece together his old life and learning that so many around him aren’t being truthful. That’s got to be a hard thing for someone to take.

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