Finished Blame by Jeff Abbott. I received a copy for review.
Summary (from Goodreads):
“Sometimes the person you thought you knew best…Turns out to be someone you never really knew at all.
The crash that killed him
Two years ago, Jane Norton crashed her car on a lonely road, killing her friend David and leaving her with amnesia. At first, everyone was sympathetic. Then they found Jane’s note: I wish we were dead together.
A girl to blame
From that day the town turned against her. But even now Jane is filled with questions: Why were they on that road? Why was she with David? Did she really want to die?
The secrets she should forget
Most of all, she must find out who has just written her an anonymous message: I know what really happened. I know what you don’t remember…”
I’ll be honest, if I hadn’t seen so many great blurbs about this book, I wouldn’t have picked it up. I was afraid that a book about amnesia would be completely ridiculous and would feel like a daytime soap opera (especially with the “I wish we were dead together” note. If you’re feeling that way, too, WE ARE BOTH WRONG.
This book was completely insane in the best way. Even while creepy things were happening, it still felt completely plausible and it never felt like Days of Our Lives or a similar show.
Probably the most impressive thing, though, is the way that Jeff Abbott makes the reader feel sympathy for Jane and Perri, two characters who are completely at odds. The accident completely destroyed both their lives, leaving Jane with amnesia (even now, a couple of years later, she still has a few years of her life unaccounted for) and her future is now totally up in the air because she can’t concentrate on things like college. (And what can you do for money without a degree and with a small town that thinks you murdered one of the most popular teenagers?)
And then there’s Perri. David was her only child and he died in a pretty horrible way and the person you hold responsible was never held criminally responsible. How do you ever recover from that?
The two of them are pretty horrible to each other, and understandably so. But they don’t seem like horrible people altogether and I could understand and forgive both of them.
This is such an intense, fun book. I hope you pick it up. Recommended.