May 25, 2015

ARC Review: Remember Me This Way by Sabine Durrant

Publish Date: May 26th, 2015
Publisher: Atria
Rating: 3 / 5

I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Blurb:
Everyone keeps telling me I have to move on. And so here I am, walking down the road where he died, trying to remember him the right way.

A year after her husband Zach's death, Lizzie goes to lay flowers where his fatal accident took place.

As she makes her way along the motorway, she thinks about their life together. She wonders whether she has changed since Zach died. She wonders if she will ever feel whole again.

At last she reaches the spot. And there, tied to a tree, is a bunch of lilies. The flowers are addressed to her husband. Someone has been there before her.

Lizzie loved Zach. She really did.

But she's starting to realise she didn't really know him.

Or what he was capable of . . .



I received and Advance Reader Copy in exchange for my honest review.


First Thoughts

It's hard to rate this one because I can't pinpoint the exact way I feel about it. I loved the suspense. My heart raced throughout the entire book and I read it in one sitting. I hated Zach. What a monster. His behavior toward people and animals was disgusting. I stayed up late reading Remember Me This Way because I had to know if Zach was really dead. Ugh.


What I Enjoyed

The mystery. It all starts when Lizzie goes to lay flowers at the spot of her husband's fatal car crash. She notices that flowers have been left behind by another woman. Lizzie spends the entire book trying to piece together who this mystery woman could be and all the while, strange incidents happen that make Lizzie believe Zach is still alive.

The dog. Only a dog would still love a human being even though that sack of crap human being keeps physically abusing the dog and even plotting to poison it slowly. Wake up, Lizzie! Your husband was a complete psycho. Jealous because she loves her dog? Give me a break, Zach. Go to hell.


What Could Have Been Better

Just leave animals out of it. Lizzie is a human being. She can find her independence. She can leave Zach. I don't have to feel too sorry for her (especially when I think she enjoyed Zach's dark side). Animals, though? An animal is dependent on its owners. They love unconditionally. I don't care if the abuse of the dog was supposed to help portray Zach's mental instability. It enraged me.

Father/lover plotpoint. I'm not even going to explain what this is. If you read it, you'll understand what I'm talking about. Disgusting. It seemed to be an unnecessary addition to the story.



TL;DR

Still not sure how I feel about this one. Suspense and mystery was on point. I can't sympathize with Lizzie. Zach was an abusive psycho. You will keep reading until you know whether or not Zach is dead because you will be hoping for him to be dead. Best character in the book was the dog. Unnecessary plotpoint seemed to be added to make book longer.


3 / 5 asterisks