Book tour stop! Today I’m delighted to be the host for Remember Me?, a psychological thriller written by Amanda Rigby.
First thing first, let me thank Rachel and the publisher, Boldwood Books, for providing me with an e-copy of this book. Much obliged *hat tip*
MEET THE BOOK
A perfect life…
Paul Henderson leads a normal life. A deputy headteacher at a good school, a loving relationship with girlfriend Jenna, and a baby on the way. Everything seems perfect.
A shocking message…
Until Paul receives a message from his ex-fiance Nicole. Beautiful, ambitious and fierce, Nicole is everything Jenna is not. And now it seems Nicole is back, and she has a score to settle with Paul…
A deadly secret.
But Paul can’t understand how Nicole is back. Because he’s pretty sure he killed her with his own bare hands….
Which means, someone else knows the truth about what happened that night. And they’ll stop at nothing to make Paul pay…
A brand new psychological thriller that will keep you guessing till the end! Perfect for fans of Sue Watson, Nina Manning, Shalini Boland
Publication date: 18/11/21
READ MY REVIEW
Cover: A bit too much going on in there, and I’m not wild about the color palette.
Unreliable narrators can make or break a book. There’s no in-between, it’s either a huge success or a huge failure.
Remember Me? may very well fit in the latter category: the main character, Paul, is the quintessential unreliable narrator. He’s sure he’s a murderer, but his ex-fiancee is still alive. He remembers he buried her, but she’s updating her SM accounts and texting him. Is all this an elaborate scheme to get back at him or is his memory playing tricks on him? The creepiness factor ramps up when other people get dragged into it.
The ‘is he guilty or not’ theme plays a big role throughout the entire story, even more so because it’s hard to label him. A reader can sympathize with Jenna, who’s pregnant and a bit too naïve, maybe, but choosing to side with Paul has different implications. With this I don’t mean to step into the discourse arena—I like villains or perceived villains in literature, sue me—just to point out how Rigby didn’t go for the standard safe narrative option here. Bold choice. I like it.
Rigby’s writing style is fast-paced, and it flows well – quite a feat since Amanda Rigby doesn’t exist, per se. It’s the pen name of two authors who decided to write together, and as far as I can tell, this partnership has a lot of potentials.
The supporting cast of characters helps move the plot forward, and I like the clues sprinkled here and there, hinting about the truth. Remember Me? is well-edited, too; however, there are a couple of logic fallacies I’m side-eyeing, but I can’t go into detail here as I’d be revealing plot points.
MEET THE AUTHOR
Amanda Rigby is the nom de plume of the writing partnership between Amanda Ashby and Sally Rigby. Both authors live in New Zealand, have been friends for eighteen years, and agree about everything (except musicals). They decided to collaborate on a psychological thriller which they then entered into a competition, run by Boldwood, which they won!
Social Media Links
Bookbub profile https://www.bookbub.com/authors/amanda-rigby