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Review: DARE TO REMEMBER, Susanna Beard

Dare To Remember, by Susanna Beard. Review by Barbara Copperthwaite

“The perfect read to while away a wet, windy & thoroughly miserable day”


Reeling from a brutal attack that leaves her best friend dead and her badly injured, Lisa Fulbrook flees to the countryside to recuperate. 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.

However, Lisa is soon plagued, not only by vivid flashbacks, but questions, too: how did their assailant know them? Why were they attacked? And what really happened that night?

As she desperately tries to piece together the memories, Lisa realises that there's another truth still hidden to her, a truth she can't escape from. A truth that may have been right in front of her all along.

A clever, sophisticated, psychological thriller, perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, S.J. Watson, B A Paris and Sophie Hannah


Dare to Remember is a slow-burner, with author Susannah Beard unspooling the story at just the right pace to keep interest and intrigue. I needed to discover the truth of what had happened that night, just as much as Lisa did.

The writing style is incredibly easy to read, as it gently explores the post-traumatic stress that Lisa suffers, and the subsequent memory-loss it has induced. With both victim and perpetrator unable to remember the night’s events properly, just how can Lisa ever discover the truth – and does she really want to?

Do not expect jaw-dropping twists or blood-soaked scenes; this is a subtle, emotional exploration of crime. It is the perfect read to while away a wet, windy and thoroughly miserable day such as today.

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