LEST SHE FORGET by Lisa Malice
GENRE: Psychological Thriller (General Market)
PUBLISHER: CamCat Books
RELEASE DATE: December 12, 2023
Haunted by a forgotten past. Hunted by a ruthless killer. No one to save her but herself.
After surviving a car crash, Kay Smith wakes from a coma with amnesia, a battered face, and no one to vouch for her identity. Her psychiatrist is convinced that her memory loss is connected to the horrific flashbacks and nightmares haunting her. As she digs for clues to her past, Kay uncovers a shady character following her every inquiry. Who is he? And what does he want from her?
As Kay’s probes deepen, she realizes that everyone around her has deadly secrets to hide—even her. Emerging memories, guilty suspicions, and headline-screaming murders push Kay to come out of the shadows and choose: will she perpetuate a horrendous lie or risk her life to uncover the truth?
Praise for Lest She Forget:
“Lisa Malice’s debut, Lest She Forget, is filled with twists and turns that will leave you guessing until the very end!”
~ Debra Webb, USA Today Bestseller
“Brimming with intrigue, Lest She Forget takes readers on a dark and twisted journey with surprises around every corner. It’s a thriller that grips you from the first page!”
~ Ellery Kane, award-winning author of the Doctors of Darkness series
“This twisty thriller takes you deep into Kay’s psyche, even as she runs for her life. Whoever you think this woman is, whatever you think she’s seen or done, prepare to be surprised!”
~ Sarah Warburton, author of Once Two Sisters and You Can Never Tell
“Lisa Malice’s psychological thriller Lest She Forget is a tense and twisty debut, an intricately plotted story that grows more and more complex with each new revelation. Don’t even try to guess how this novel ends; just put yourself in Malice’s capable hands and enjoy the ride!”
~ Karen Dionne, author of the #1 international bestseller The Marsh King’s Daughter and The Wicked Sister
“Lisa Malice turns an amnesia story on its head in this twisty, unique tale of intrigue, suspense and unexpected turns. You won’t be able to predict the next chapter, much less the ending.”
~ Lisa Black, NYT bestselling author of the Gardiner & Renner and Locard Institute series
The thing I love about well-done psychological suspense is that the story keeps me constantly thinking, trying to unravel all the unreliable threads and separate them from the facts. Or, at least what passes for facts in fiction lol. Lest We Forget by Lisa Malice is one such novel. (Note: This is a general market title, so please don’t miss my reviewer’s note at the end of the review.)
From the moment we watch ‘Kay Smith’ get run off the road during a blizzard… then be rescued from the icy water even as an inner voice whispers to her to ‘keep hiding’… then gasp with her as she wakes up with no memory of who she is or how she got to the rehab facility… I was hooked, trying to figure out who Kay really was. And who is Nick Costa to her? She’s obviously drawn to him and associates him with safety … but can she really trust her instincts – and Nick? And why is this foul-mouthed & ruthless hitman after her? And who’s actually behind it? Gah!! It seems like for every blurry answer that we start to see come into focus, at least twenty more questions and twisty layers come to light. Waiting for her memory to come back had me on pins and needles, especially as her flashbacks seem to imply that she’s not an innocent victim. As I said, I love plots like this and Lest We Forget definitely gave my brain a workout!
I enjoyed Kay’s character and the chemistry she had with Nick, even when she’s not sure who she is or if he’s one of the good guys. It was interesting to learn a bit more about psychogenic amnesia, and then of course begin speculating on what could have caused Kay’s. Nick himself is quite charming and swoony, not only in his protectiveness toward Kay but in his motives. And as the pieces start to fall into place, we get a new appreciation for the strength of both of these characters, albeit for different reasons.
Bottom Line: Lest She Forget by Lisa Malice isn’t the ‘same old, same old’ amnesia suspense. You may think you’ve started to figure it out but, let me assure you, it’s full of surprises and unexpected twists as well as layered characters with complex motivations. I thought I was starting to piece it together (and I was… sorta) but I also knew it was just as plausible that I was way off (and I was… sorta). Either way, though, I was rooting for Kay from start to finish and greatly admired her pluck and determination. This is a twisty brain teaser of a read that keeps you on the edge of your seat!
Reviewer’s Note: Readers of this blog may want to be aware that, while the publisher indicated the language level was ‘mild’, there are several f-bombs as well as other strong cursing in this novel.
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 4 stars / enjoyed it
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Lisa Malice earned her B.S. in psychology at the University of Minnesota, her M.S. and Ph.D. at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her debut novel, Lest She Forget, a psychological thriller, was a finalist in five unpublished manuscript contests. Lisa is an active member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, and the Authors Guild. A native of Minnesota, Lisa lived in the Atlanta area with her husband for nearly thirty years before moving to the Tampa area in 2019 to enjoy a life of sailing, fishing, and shelling on the Florida Gulf Coast. They have two adult children and a granddog.
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