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I Know What I Saw

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When having an eidetic memory could land you in the path of a murderer, the concept isn't so wonderful as everyone rushes to you to recall every detail of certain days/years/hours. This book was an exceptional showcase of how to write a slowburn thriller.
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I really liked the premise of this book. Nicky has a condition called hyperthymesia meaning she has an amazing memory. So, when police ask her to give a statement based on a night many years earlier, she has no problem recounting every detail. Her ex husband, Declan, has been accused of the murder of his father, Arty Robbins.

The narrative alternates between 1985 and 2020, as Nicky works through her memories and tries to find out who was responsible for the murder. 

I particularly liked the portrayal of Nicky and Declan's relationship. It is obvious that she still loves him, but harbours resentment for an event which may not have been what she thinks she saw. The relationship between Nicky and her friend, Kat was also well written.

Overall, I felt the pace was too slow at the beginning at the novel, but the final section was engaging as the story starts to resolve and we find out who is responsible for the crime. It was a good read, but I felt it had the potential to be more gripping and full of suspense.

Thanks  to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.
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Nicola has a somewhat rare condition, one that allows her to remember her entire life in perfect clarity. 
When the body of a man who was reported missing 35 years ago is discovered, the deceased's son - Nicola's ex-husband, who was her boyfriend at the time of the event is arrested and charged with the murder. When Declan call's Nicola in with the hope that her recollection of that time will provide him with an alibi, will it all go the way in which he hopes?

This was certainly more of a mystery than a thriller in my opinion, but I thoroughly enjoyed it none the less!. The characters are fascinating and wonderfully developed. With a strong, well paced storyline, this is most certainly an enjoyable book.
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Having the perfect memory should help with a murder investigation, specially when you are the only one who can remember what happened exactly a night 35 years ago, or do you?
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Some people might see perfect memory as a gift but could it be a curse? 

Follows the character Nicola in the present and flicking to her various memories as she tries to prove the innocence of her ex-husband.

This had a clear start, middle and end and the middle was disappointing and sluggish.  

An interesting solid read but more suspense needed.
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Even with a perfect memory things are not as they seem.
Nicola has a perfect memory and when her ex husband is accused of the murder of a man 37yrs ago.
Nicola remembers the evening and gives evidence of his movements that night, but can she remember everything as everyone remembers things differently.
A good read with twists on the way.
Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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This one was a bit of a slog to get through. It's not a bad story but it took me over a week to read which is never ideal for a thriller.

The bits I liked are: Nicola being an older character. I don't feel there are that many stories with the main character in their fifties? Maybe just not what I pick up. I liked the framing device being her perfect memory which was interesting but by no means gave her all the answers. I liked the two timelines. O actually wish there had been more of the 1985 timeline.

All that said this book was SO slow. I think it easily could have been 100 pages shorter. Nicola is so introspective and spends so much time thinking about things and having memories that are just irrelevant. I found myself skimming portions a bit like "OK, but get to the point."

The tale itself was intriguing enough to keep me reading. I enjoyed her relationship with Kat a lot and I wanted to see what happened with that and the ending was quite unexpected for me. I had come to the conclusion that LOOKS like it may be the answer until it isn't. I like that sort of resolution.

Overall a decent enough story that just took too long to really get going and bogged down further by our main character constantly just jumping to the wrong conclusions
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A great concept with a good twist! I love the idea of her having her memories in so fine detail and being annoyed when others can’t remember as much as her. 

I just found there was a LOT of memories to dive into that I actually didn’t care about. I didn’t care enough about her relationship to want to experience all the little moments.

She was a great flawed protagonist and I was frustrated by her actions and how she threw away the trust of her best friend for her ex-husband who she thought was cheating on him.... so not girl code! 

An enjoyable read though and I had to get to the end to find out exactly what happened, even if I did skim read a few memories!
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Extract from full review coming on the 28/01/2021

Nicola, the protagonist has a perfect memory of her 80ies and not only. She remembers everything that happened to her and can recall things in detail. From the way people were dressed to what cars were and weren't on the street. S K Sharp fleshes the character well through out the book. In fact all characters seem to come to live while reading this novel.

This book is more of a mystery than a thriller. I'm saying this because the pacing is definitely a bit slower than what you would normally expect from a thriller. But don't fret because it picks up. The author had made a conscious decision of putting the mystery to the forefront in the first part of the novel and the thriller aspect in the second half of the novel.

Now was the mystery enough to keep me going until the end? Yes and no. Yes - because I had no inkling of who the antagonist was. No - because after a quarter into the book I found the recalling a bit repetitive, not necessarily because it was badly written but because there was no layer to Nicola's ability of recalling the memories. They were all there and she could pluck them from her mind and felt like a there was no actual barrier in preventing her from that.
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Quite a different thriller.

Nicola suffers from a rare condition - she has perfect memory of everything that has happened in her life. 

The body of a man who disappeared 35 years ago is found. His son - Nicola's ex-husband and her boyfriend at that time - is charged with the murder. Declan calls Nicola in the hope her memories will provide an alibi and set him free. 

An interesting take on perspective as Nicola learns often that what she has seen and her interpretation of it is not always an accurate reflection of what actually occurred. 

Very entertaining read.
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I have to admit one of the first things I did when I started reading this book was to check if hyperthymesia actually is a medical condition... and it is. So that made me very interested in the outcome but unfortunately the story became too bogged down in Nicola’s memories and ended up hating the condition almost as much as she did. It wasn’t that the plot wasn’t interesting and intriguing but it could have been a lot more concise than it was
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I know what I saw is a must read!!

Rarely do I come across a book that grips my attention like this one. The story itself is gripping and tense, and I finished it in one go, closing my Kindle around 3 AM, when I was done.

I highly recommend this!
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I found it interesting to discover that the author was a man as he successfully portrayed the thoughts of a teenage girl. He slips seamlessly from the younger Nicola to the older. When her ex-husband Declan is arrested for the murder of his father, who disappeared years ago but whose body has just been discovered, Declan calls on Nicola who has a perfect memory to tell how she remembers that time. Nicola can recall everything but having all the pieces and knowing what is relevant is two different things The reader is tempted to believe in the guilt of different characters right up until the very end. I have no hesitation in giving this 5 stars.
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I know what I saw is a fast paced mystery/thriller by debut author S.K Sharp.

The story revolves around the main character Nicola. Nicola has a condition called hyperthymesia and she can remember everything from last week to twenty years ago vividly. This condition comes in handy when Declan (her ex husband) finds himself arrested when his father, Arty Robbins' body is found. Nicola gets a phone call from the police to assist in inquires regarding what happened the night of Arty's birthday party when he disappeared.

The book is told in two timelines being 1985 and 2020. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the past through Nicola's memories and trying to put two and two together to find out what actually happened the night of Arty's birthday party. You think you know who the real killer is and then the carpet gets swept under your feet. 

Thank you NetGalley, Random House UK, Cornerstone and S.K. Sharp for this ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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I very much enjoyed reading this thriller about the potential consequences of having a perfect memory when a homicide is concerned.
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Fantastic read. I have been completely unable to put this one down. I cannot wait to read more by this author. 
Full review to follow on publication.
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Oh my gosh this book is so twisty and unputdownable! Nicola/Nix/Nicky has this condition where she remembers every feeling/thought/memory since she can remember. As I started the book, I thought it would be a blessing but as I continued to read (often in horror) I thought it’s more of a curse! I had so many theories and suspicions but they were all obliterated! I cannot recommend this book highly enough! 
Thank you so much to Random House UK/Arrow and NetGalley for allowing me to read this in exchange for my honest review!
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I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it as it kept me guessing until the end, read it one sitting as couldn’t leave it down x
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If you love a good thriller this book is for you. Nicola has a condition which means she can remember everything - the good and the bad and years later can recall what happened and feel however she felt all over again. Growing up in London she lived opposite her soulmate, Dec and next door to her best friend Kat.  Then everything changed - in one fateful night when Dec’s father (a local notorious businessman goes missing). 

Nic learns the hard way that love hurts so after heartbreak at an early age lives a simple life protecting herself from hurt and painful memories. Until the past comes back to haunt her - the body of Dec’s father has been found. 

The story is told both in the present and memory - and right up until the last chapter you’re still not quite sure who is guilty. The subtle and cleverly devised plot allows the reader to unwittingly realise that the thing that has been missing is context - although she knows what she has seen she does not necessarily understand what’s happening and why.  It’s only as an adult she can look back at the things her teenage self experienced and try and piece together what really happened. 

I really enjoyed this book and read it in one sitting!
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This is an enjoyable and intriguing suspense thriller.

It’s gripping (I read it within two days!) and full of tension, twists and turns. 

The story is told through two timelines, then and now. It is a slow-burn but the depth of background set up the ending nicely. 

The characters are crafted well, some are likeable but none are perfect and I ended up suspecting each of them at various points. 

I found the main character particularly interesting, not just because she has hyperthymesia but because of the feelings and views she has of other characters throughout the story. Her thoughts and actions were frustrating at times but I think that helped build needed tension.  

I would read another book by S.K. Sharp. 

Thank you NetGalley, Random House UK, Cornerstone and S.K. Sharp for this ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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