Please note: I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence the opinions of my review in any way.
Synopsis (From GoodReads):For fans of Rubbernecker and Before I Go To Sleep, a tense thriller with a clever and original premise - and a devilish twist
Sarah is in a coma.
Her memory is gone - she doesn't know how she got there. And she doesn't know how she might get out.
But then she discovers that her injury wasn't an accident. And that the assailant hasn't been caught.
Unable to speak, see or move, Sarah must use every clue that she overhears to piece together her own past.
And work out who it is that keeps coming into her room.
A novel that grips from the very beginning and that will live long in the memory, The Last Thing I Remember is Deborah Bee's startling debut thriller.
Review:One of the things you should probably know about me is that I am an Anglophile. I lived in England for 5 months when I was in college and have since adored all things British. Any book set in England already has my good will from the get go. Add to this an unusual format and premise and The Last Thing I Remember, by Deborah Bee, had me enthralled throughout.
A young woman is in a coma but can hear everything that is going on around her. She must first figure out who she even is and how she wound up in this state. This book plays on one of my biggest fears, being in a coma and possibly being declared brain-dead. The young woman also wonders: who did this to her? Was this a mugging or was someone trying to kill her? There is so much to unravel in this story that I had to keep reading.
The book also explores assumptions about class in England. The young woman, Sarah, is from a "posh" background and moves to a more working-class neighborhood. There she meets teenager Beth, who is trying to survive a brutal high school environment. Both of these characters have more in common than one would imagine. Together they find ways to deal with the violence in their lives.
I enjoyed how the book built up the suspense over how and why Sarah was injured. Just when I thought I had it all figured out, a new element would appear that would make me second-guess myself.
If you read this for a book club, I think there will be lively discussion about the ending. I think some will sympathize with what happened, while others will be outraged. A good case could be made for either viewpoint. This is why I enjoyed this book so much.
Release Date: February 25th, 2016
Recommendation: If you love mystery and suspense, you will really enjoy this book.