Forget My Name

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 31 Jul 2019

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I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher, and the author J S Monroe.
An exactly-what-it-says-on-the-tin psychological thriller. I read this on holiday and enjoyed it. An easy read for by the pool with some interesting twists. However nothing particularly groundbreaking or unpredictable, with a few too many convenient coincidences to get to the eventual resolution. 3.5 stars
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Really did know what to expect from this book but it far outweighed any preconceptions I did have
This is a brilliant read, the plot twists from the first page and doesn’t stop until the very last word
Unusual premise and great characters. The first book I’ve read from this author but definitely will not be the last
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Sorry but I just couldn't get into this book at all - it started off ok but then it just went off the boil. Nothing wrong with the story just one of those things
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I loved this book, I had no idea where it was going and loved seeing the story unfold as I read it. There was twists and turns the information was given piece by piece until the puzzle became complete. It was a gripping read and I couldn't put it down!
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I so wanted to like this book as the concept is unusual and original. But unfortunately the execution let it down. I didn't feel engaged in any of the characters. None of the threads seemed to go anywhere. Did the police officer like the GP or not? What was the GP doing running all over the village in the middle of surgery? Then this mystery woman happens to bump into her father, who's been trying to find his ex-girlfriend for 30 years with no luck but finds her that night. It was so far fetched I couldn't get my head around it at all. I was determined to finish as I got the book from NetGalley but there were simply no redeeming features that I could find. I'm more than happy to suspend belief for a fictional novel but this required me to have just arrived in the country from the planet Zog! Then Berlin got thrown in the mix for some reason and then it was over. Oh dear!
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3☆ A very Twisty Thriller 

FORGET MY NAME is a twisty thriller, with a psychological thriller feel.

When I read the blurb for this book I was really intrigued. I enjoy my thrillers to be a little different and haven't read many books where the main character suffers from amnesia.

A mysterious women arrives on Tony and Laura's doorstep. She believes this was her house. But you see she doesn't really know who she is, or if she even really lives there, as she has amnesia.

Tony and Laura are quick to take the mysterious women in and try to help her reconnect with her memories to work out who she really is!
This screams alarm bells to me! Who would invite a complete stranger into their home who has no memory! Asking for trouble!

For me I did find the plot to be rather disjointed and a little confusing. 
There was a fair amount of characters whom I felt were not particularly likeable or relatable.
Which is perfectly ok, as with thrillers you don't always necessarily like the characters but the amount of them meant it got a lil overwhelmed trying to keep up. 

The storyline does stretch your imagination which I don't mind as thats the great thing about books you can jump from reality, but not all readers enjoy this so just to make you aware be prepared to expand your imagination to get into the gritty plot.

Overall Forget My Name is a twisty psychological thriller that at times had a sinister/creepy undertone.
But unfortunately had a few too many characters to keep me hooked and drawn in.

This is my first book by Monroe and I will be intrigued to read more.

I do recommend reading Forget My Name if you enjoy your thrillers to be twisty, lots of characters and a creepy plot.

Thank you to Head of Zeus for this copy which I reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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I had high hopes for Forget My Name, spent a lot of the book creating theories of how everything would come together, but in the end this one disappointed me. There is no denying it was an addictive read, but the way things played out left me disappointed. I expected more, I was ready to have my mind blown, only to finish the book with a feeling of ‘well okay’.

Forget My Name sucks you in from the very start, introducing you to a storyline that leaves you with numerous possibilities. Each new piece of information leaves you with new guesses, to the point where you’re worried too much will be introduced. Despite this, you remain curious as to what the truth is. There are so many options you find yourself puzzling over which one will be the truth. Slowly things become a bit clearer, you have ideas about who the bad guy is and what the grand plan may be, but you remain in need of the specifics.

It’s when the specifics are given that the book stopped entertaining me in the same way. Things were too easy, things weren’t as dramatic as I’d hoped for, and I’d been hoping for so much more. There is no doubt everything came together, but it wasn’t what I’d hoped for after so much build-up. I’d been ready for something shocking, something that would knock me off my seat, but as it was I nodded my head and turned the page in hope something more shocking would be given if I just kept reading. Unfortunately, there wasn’t.

Overall, Forget My Name was an addictive read but the ending wasn’t worth all the build-up.
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Thanks to NetGalley for an early copy in return for an honest review
A very good read and one I can highly recommend to others. 
I could not put this down.
Thoroughly enjoyable with an amazing cast of characters that you cannot help but engage with.
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So very different - and absolutely awesome!

A woman who has no idea who she is, has her handbag stolen at the airport; who is she, where has she come from and why is she standing on Laura and Tony's doorstep insisting that she lives there?

Forget My Name is a real psychological puzzle; my brain has worked overtime trying to work out what was going on but, not to worry, all is explained by the final page. For most of this one, I wasn't sure exactly where the story was heading, but I was aware that there was something going on that the reader wasn't privy to. Never in a million years would I have guessed what it was though! With some very competent and cunning plotting, this novel is adroitly structured and beautifully presented. It is guaranteed to get your pulse rating as the excitement level increases. Such a good read, and one I'm very happy to have chosen. It is full of surprises, and left me with a high level of satisfaction - as such, completely worthy of five stars!

My thanks to publisher Head of Zeus for my copy via NetGalley, and especially to Victoria Joss for inviting me to take part in this Blog Tour. All opinions are, as always, entirely my own.
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This book bad short chapters which draw you in. It started off great however for me it lost it towards the end unfortunately
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3.5 stars

The first line in “Forget My Name” is “I can’t remember my own name” – a chilling opening to a story. The woman who arrives at Laura and Tony’s house can’t remember her own name but is convinced that this is where she lives. Her bag was stolen at the airport, she has no wallet, no passport, nothing, except for a train ticket to the village. Laura and Tony invite her – she can identify the layout of the house! As she needs a name, Tony decides on Jemma. Jemma with a “J”.
Soon the rumours start that she’s Jemma Huish that was sentenced for killing her best friend. Is she? Or is she a total innocent woman? Who is lying and why?

Jemma, not knowing her identity, nothing about herself, looks desperate to piece her life together. In this process she must rely on the kindness of other people, who either choose to help her or immediately decide that she’s the wrong one – it was really thought – provoking, forcing me to think what would I do in this situation? Let her in? Let her sleep in my house? Isn’t it too dangerous? I liked to see the different reactions of people reacting to Jemma’s story, and how helping/not helping her affected them. And what if you would be in Jemma’s situation? No memory, no identification, relying on the help of strangers?

The chapters switch perspectives between several characters, quite many of them. But each of the characters add a deeper layer to the whole puzzle, and in the end I was left really not knowing who tells the truth. There were many theories and many options, some of them rather ridiculous but well, actually maybe possible, and I liked this fact. It was, however, hard to engage with the characters, to warm to them, and the only one whose reactions were believable was Laura. Altogether, it was hard to believe any of them, so they for sure didn’t pull the rug out from under me.

The pace in this story was only right. There came a moment later on when it suddenly started to feel a bit flat and slow but in the next second everything was right again, as if the author has spotted it as well and brought back the pace. There were also some situation that were too far – fetched for my liking, things happening at the right moment, very convenient for the characters, and the fact that the similar – looking women were popping up like mushrooms was rather disturbing, stretching the credibility to a breaking point, I would say. But, in this book, it didn’t turn me off, they were easy to overlook and so I really enjoyed the story.

There were some twists and turns on the way, that’s for sure. Perhaps I didn’t feel tension as I’d like to feel, and the big revelation came really at the very end, but I still enjoyed this read – it was light and easy actually and even though it didn’t keep me on my tenterhooks, and probably lacked a bit in the execution, I was engrossed and involved in the story and it kept me curious and intrigued throughout the journey. However, one thing I could determine very quickly, was the character that I simply despised, not knowing their motives but sensing falsehood and bed intentions.

I love when there are short, really dynamic chapters in the books, and it was the case here – it made the reading much quicker and it was hard to put it down. The writing is so engaging, it simply draws you in, so clear and concise. And I didn’t guess the end – again. I suspected the “who” but didn’t know how and why, so that’s for sure a huge bonus point for the book.
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This is one of those books that grab your attention at the very start , and because the plot is so good it becomes a “read in one go “ book . When a young woman gets off a plane , has lost her memory but shows up at a house in a small village exclaiming to be familiar with the house , the inhabitants quickly become alarmed and concerned , for the young woman and for their own safety . Throughout the reading of this I was constantly questioning the honesty of some of the characters , there was red herrings a plenty and as the characters and their history were so interesting it was an absolute joy to read . If you love a book that has you questioning almost everything then this is the perfect book for your inquisitive nature . 

I received this book from the lovely people over at Netgalley & Head Of Zeus in exchange for a review .
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Goodreads :https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40380085-forget-my-name

Amazon:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Forget-My-Name-gripping-bestselling-ebook/dp/B0798QP5DG
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This author has been on my radar for ever so long so you can imagine how delighted I was to be invited to take part on his tour for "Forget My Name".

If you are looking for an intense read, full of twists and turns that keep you on your toes, then stop right now and look no further.
It has everything...drama, shocks, mystery  and a storyline that keeps you guessing.

We meet Jemma as she is named by Tony. Imagine turning up at a door step completely dazed and not knowing who you are or where you are from only that you think this is your house..
Only two people you don't know are now living in it. Strange....Someone is lying.
Are Tony & Laura too trusting of this stranger? Who is this woman at their door?
Or do Tony & Laura have something to hide themselves? What are they not telling Jemma?

I love when I'm reading a book and I have absolutely no idea where it is going. It makes for a mighty read doesn't it?

Great characters, likeable with a great storyline.
Go nab a copy, I bet you won't regret it ❤

Thank you kindly to author J.S. Monroe and his publishers Aria Fiction for my copy of this book. Much appreciated.
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Arriving at the airport to discover that her bag has been stolen, her passport, purse and key all gone, she tries to report it to the authorities but there is one huge problem – she can’t remember her name. The only thing that seems familiar is her home so that is where she heads, hoping that will help to trigger some more memories. Arriving at the door, however, she discovers a couple, Tony and Laura, living there and they have no recollection of her ever being there. Someone is lying, but who?

This is definitely one of those books where you cannot predict what is going to happen! Our lead character ‘Jemma’ is the ultimate unreliable narrator, her stress-related amnesia causing her to forget most of what has happened in her life with the exception of some rather important events. From the start, I didn’t know how I felt about her, unsure as to whether she was genuine or whether this was part of some elaborate scam. At the same time, I had great concern for her and hoped that she wasn’t allowing herself to become manipulated by another of the characters. My conflicting opinions of ‘Jemma’ continued throughout the book until we finally realise exactly what is happening. This kept me on the edge of my seat throughout, making it a very interesting reading journey.

From the outset, I had my concerns about Tony and Laura. If someone came to my house, claiming to live there, the last thing I would do would be to invite them to stay! It was obvious that there was something much bigger happening here, but what? Like ‘Jemma’, my opinions of Tony fluctuated throughout the book: was he genuine in his attempts to help her or was there something darker at play?

As I wrote earlier, it is impossible to predict what is going to happen in Forget My Name, although there were a few smaller points I did pick up on. There are a few red herrings thrown in along the way to help muddy the waters, meaning that I constantly found myself changing theories. I was shocked by what was revealed and immediately saw how clever one of the characters had been throughout the whole book.

Forget My Name is a clever book with a very novel plot, and one that I thoroughly enjoyed.
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WOW!! Just wow! This book was absolutely amazing.

This book was thrill after thrill, shock after shock, twist after twist. I loved how the novel kept me guessing to the very end, and you never knew which way the story was going to turn next. With an unreliable, untrustworthy and shady main character, to other characters you will learn to love (or love to hate!), this novel was a heck of a ride and a pleasure to read. From the beginning to the end, I was immersed in this story. Who is this strange woman that comes knocking unexpectedly on Tony and Laura’s door? Why does she think she lives there? And if she does, what are THEY doing in HER house?

Nothing is as it seems, so who can you trust? When you cannot separate the truth from the lies and deception, what are you to do? It will leave you wanting to know more as you read through the chapters and more of the story unfolds.

I found myself wanting to know how the main character had lost her memory. Will she be able to regain her memory and piece back together the pieces of the puzzle that is her life and regain her life back? Or will her life remain a mystery?

A definite must-read that you need to add to your TBR list! You will not be disappointed.
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Losing your identity and turning up in a place that you vaguely recognise, the house you think is yours, but someone else is living there, and they don’t know you are, is the idea behind #ForgetMyName, a classy, well researched psychological thriller.

This thriller works, because this type of crisis is a fear for many people. We are grounded by familiarity, we feel safe, and not being able to fall back on things we recognise, is a shattering concept, for most people.

The everyday setting, makes the woman’s situation more frightening, she wants to fit in, remember, but she can’t. Is she running from something terrible? Something she’s done or been done to her? Do others know more about her situation than she does? Why are they keeping secrets? Do they really want to help her? All these questions make this a believable, twisty thriller. It has the ambience of a gothic style plot. Creepy, evil, lies, secrets and the main protagonist who doesn’t know who to trust, and whether she can even trust herself.

Chilling, compulsive reading, with realistic characters, hard to spot clues, and a relentless pace make this an addictive book that you read with the fervent hope you never forget who you are.

I received a copy of this book from Head of Zeus in return for an honest review.
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A mysterious woman turns up on the doorstep of Laura and Tony’s home.  She’s lost her bag which contains her whole life – passport, purse, ID and keys.  She’s also lost her memory and can’t remember her own name.  The only thing she can remember is that she lives at this house.  Yet, Laura and Tony have never met her before.  Wanting to help they invite her to stay, but do they really know who they have invited into their home…

This was my first book by this author.  When I saw this book I thought the idea of a woman who can’t remember who she is turning up at a house that she thinks she lives in completely original and really enticing!  The mysterious woman, given the name of Jemma, remains mysterious until well into the story.  I really felt for Jemma and couldn’t think of anything worse than to not be able to remember anything about my life, and then forgetting everything I’d learnt the next morning when I woke up as well.  It was also hard to work out whether Jemma was genuine or not and this kept me right on the edge of my seat trying to work it all out.

Most of the characters had something about them that meant I didn’t know which ones to believe and which ones to trust.  The chapters are told from different characters points of view and the storyline keeps twisting and turning throwing red herrings and dead ends into it at every turn.  Without giving away too many spoilers, just when I thought the story had all ended, it went off tangent and carried on a bit more!  It felt like I was getting two books for the price of one!  The storyline does though, in parts, get a little bit far-fetched and I was left wondering what the likelihood of some of things happening was!  But, this didn’t detract at all from the tension, suspense and enjoyment of this book.

Overall, this was a fabulously dark thriller which will keep you wondering what the hell is going on and turning the pages furiously just to find out!  It’s well written, with some great research and I really enjoyed it!  Would definitely recommend!
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To be fair, whilst i had guessed a character had something to do with things straight away, i had no idea where it was going or why certain things had occurred - this book definitely had me intrigued, which is no small feat!  From small town England to Berlin and the world J.S. Monroe created, Forget My Name was very much a mystery, a good one at that!

Thank you to the publisher for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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This is an AMAZING story! I wish it was receiving more buzz online, and that more of the readers I know were reading it. It absolutely deserves to be a best-seller and to be made into a movie.

This is one of those stories that draws you in from the very beginning. With a first line like "I can't remember my own name," you just KNOW it has tons of potential.

There are so many twists and turns to the plot that I was always coming up with a new theory--and I never managed to get it entirely right. 

The story is told from several different perspectives, which adds to the twistiness of the plot. It is sometimes difficult to know which characters are telling the truth and which are lying, and sometimes you may want to shake the main character for her life choices. But it is definitely worth reading this book from beginning to end.
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A fantastic gripping thriller that had me on he edge of my seat. Js monroe is an exceptional story teller. Highly recommended
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