You Will Remember Me by Hannah Mary McKinnon, 3.5 Stars

It’s a tale as old as time. Someone hits their head and wakes up not knowing who they are. Amnesia. And it happens ALL the time in books and movies. But really, how often does it actually happen IRL? Like, legit. Do you know anyone who has ever suffered from amnesia? Because I totally do not.

I’m not trying to be critical. I feel like it’s a great plot device but you just don’t hear about it happening all that often. So I looked it up. And in the U.S., 1.8% of the population is diagnosed with amnesia in any given 12-month period. Which is actually kind of high. And that doesn’t seem right, so don’t quote me on it! Although it does mention that most of these people are receiving treatment for mental illness or in prison, so that might help explain why we don’t all know people who suffer from this. Maybe some people know like 20 people who suffer from it.

And of course I digress. If you want to check it out, here’s an excerpt you can read on the author’s website. Let’s get to the review.

From the Publisher:

He wakes up on a deserted beach in Maryland with a gash on his head and wearing only swim trunks. He can’t remember who he is. Everything—his identity, his life, his loved ones—has been replaced by a dizzying fog of uncertainty. But returning to his Maine hometown in search of the truth uncovers more questions than answers.

Lily Reid thinks she knows her boyfriend, Jack. Until he goes missing one night, and her frantic search reveals that he’s been lying to her since they met, desperate to escape a dark past he’d purposely left behind.

Maya Scott has been trying to find her estranged stepbrother, Asher, since he disappeared without a trace. Having him back, missing memory and all, feels like a miracle. But with a mutual history full of devastating secrets, how far will Maya go to ensure she alone takes them to the grave?

My Review:

Jack is missing. And at first, it really seems like he’s probably dead. When someone goes missing on a beach and their car is left behind, that’s usually not a great sign. And Lily is devastated. Because Jack is the love of her life. And he’s just gone.

Meanwhile, in another town, a couple states over, a man appears that no one has seen in years. And his sister is so excited to see him, but there’s one catch. He doesn’t remember a thing. He doesn’t remember his childhood and he certainly doesn’t remember where he came from. Those years are a mystery. And everything really is a mystery. Because Lily discovered Jack isn’t who he says he was. And so she starts digging to find out.

I picked You Will Remember Me up because it has some pretty great reviews from some authors whose worked I’ve loved. Samantha Downing said, “Skillfully plotted and paced, every twist deepens the story until it explodes with an ending that made me gasp,” and Lisa Unger said, “Riveting, smart, and utterly diabolical.” So I knew it had to be a good one.

I will definitely remember You Will Remember Me. It’s a great read, full of richly drawn characters who all kind of operate on the fringes of acceptable life (and that makes them so much more interesting than you or I!) Special thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin for an advanced e-galley in exchange for my honest review. Get your copy:

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