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From "one of the best thriller writers in the business" (Associated Press) comes a novel praised by Harlan Coben as "mesmerizing, gripping...the perfect blend of complex characters, plot twists galore, and great psychological suspense."
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...
Don't miss Jeff Abbott's most chilling thriller to dateperfect for readers of The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl, or The Woman in Cabin 10.
"One of my favorite writers."Laura Lippman, New York Times bestselling author
"If you like Harlan Coben, read this book. Taut, twisty, and elegantly-written, with an ending you won't see coming."Sarah Pekkanen, bestselling author of The Perfect Neighbors
"Jeff Abbott is a master...I am, and always have been, a devoted fan."Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author
|Publisher:||Grand Central Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Jeff Abbott is the New York Times bestselling author of fourteen novels. He is the winner of an International Thriller Writers Award (for the Sam Capra thriller The Last Minute) and is a three-time nominee for the Edgar award. He lives in Austin with his family. You can visit his website at www.JeffAbbott.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A page turner. A lot going on with many characters. The story is full of some of the worst people bullying a girl with amnesia who seems to have very few friends. The plot is intense & not predictable.
Fast paced and entertaining
A great story with lots of twists and turns that will leave you guessing!
Two years ago, high school senior Jane Norton was driving the car in which her dear friend, classmate, and next door neighbor, David Hall, was riding. David died at the scene and Jane was severely injured. A traumatic brain injury left Jane with memory loss. While she can recall events from her childhood, she has never regained her memories of high school leading up to the accident. Including the memories of her father's death and the painful days that followed. She returned to school and graduated, and even attempted college. But after flunking out, Jane has been adrift, refusing to live with her mother who stubbornly remains residing next door to David's mother, Perri. In the aftermath of the loss of their only son, Cal, David's father, has moved out and their divorce is pending. Most of the time, Jane hides in her friend Adam's dorm room. An anonymous Internet threat -- "All will pay" -- and violent confrontation with Perri at David's gravesite on the anniversary of the accident sets in motion Jane's quest to finally learn the truth about the accident and her life before it. What kind of person was she? What was the real nature of her relationship with Kamala, who insists they were the best of friends? Why were she and David driving on that road? Blame is a tightly-constructed mystery full of unexpected revelations inserted at expertly-timed intervals and surprising plot twists. It also features an inherently unreliable narrator -- Jane -- who has lost both her memory and very identity. She has no self-confidence and the people in her life are largely strangers. She mistrusts their representations about the nature and quality of her relationships with them prior to the accident, as does the reader. Thus, every supporting character is a suspect, including Jane's overly protective mother, Laurel, even though those characters' motivations for wanting to keep the truth from Jane are not immediately apparent. Abbott keeps the action moving at a quick pace that accelerates to a shocking conclusion that many readers will not see coming! Although an amnesiac as the central character is not a unique concept, Abbott's execution of the story is essentially flawless and thoroughly enjoyable. Thanks to NetGalley for an Advance Reader's Copy of the book!
It started off great and hooked me! Then the complex plot started becoming convoluted, silly, and redundant. The hook is loosening. I kept at it because it REALLY held my attention ( all night...lost A LOT of shut-eye). The author kept reeling me in ...until 85% in. By that time, I had to finish. I wish I had cut the line sooner. The ending of the mystery is supposed to be shocking, but, sadly, it was outrageously contrived and out-of-left-field asinine. Just shoot me...in fact, just shoot EVERY flat character in this bizarrely dysfunctional town FULL of lies, betrayals, secrets, hatred and deception. Arrgh. DANG! ! I'm so tired of investing time and energy into a "great psychological thriller" only to be sooo disappointed in the contrived, ludicrous, nonsensical climax and denouement. Grrrrr.
Oh, this book is good. Blame is the kind of book that I felt right from the start will turn out to be great. I've read a book by Jeff Abbott before (The First Order book 5 in the Sam Capra series) and I knew he can write, and I was eagerly awaiting the day I could start reading this book. I was however when I started to read the book a bit surprised about how young Jane was, only 17. I had after reading the blurb imagined her older. Jane's memory loss is not just from the accident two years ago. She can't remember the last three years of her life, not her father's death neither the new friends she made in high school. So, all she can go after is what all the people, her mother and the friends she has left tell hers. Her life isn't easy, memory loss and almost everyone thinks she is responsible for the death of David in the car crash. That she meant to kill them both. But, was she really suicidal? It's time for Jane to find out what really happened two years ago, was it an accident, or was she trying to kill them both? Or was someone else involved in the crash? I love the fact that pretty much everyone acted so mysterious and suspicious in this book. From Jane's mother to her friends. Jane can't be sure whom to trust and it doesn't help that so doesn't remember more than glimpses the last three years of her life. It's a thrilling book to read, fast-paced, and I had a hard time figuring out how it all would end. They all seemed to have secrets. Blame is a great book. If you like psychological thrillers will you love this one!
Jane Norton, age 17, has survived a terrible car crash that took the last 3 years of her memory. Her childhood friend and neighbor, David Hall, died in the crash. Now, on the second anniversary of the crash, Jane attends school at St. Michael’s in Austin, Texas, but not as an official student. She stays in the dorm room of her friend, Adam, and uses his meal card. He is trying to get her to enroll in classes again. But today, someone identified as Liv Danger on Faceplate warns Jane that she knows what she’s done and she’s going to tell. But Jane doesn’t know what that means because she can’t remember. Another threat has called her a murderer. Today, Jane just wants to visit David’s grave. David’s parents, Perri and Cal Hall are getting a divorce. Their son’s death has driven them apart and now it appears Cal is with another woman. When they visit David’s grave, they find someone has written the words “All Will Pay” on his tombstone. As Jane walks up to leave flowers on David’s grave, Perri attacks her. She believes Jane is guilty of killing her son and does not believe she has amnesia. She believes that Jane was trying to kill herself that night and ended up killing David. A suicide note was found near the car. She hates Jane with all her might. Jane’s father passed away 3 years ago and her mother, Laurel, still lives in her big house. Laurel is trying to get Jane to see a counselor to try and get her memory back. Jane prefers to not live at home because her mother tends to “smother” her. Kamala Grayson had been a close friend of Jane’s but she doesn’t remember her. But Kamala instigates trouble which upsets Jane. Kamala had been dating David. She acts like she wants to help Jane but Jane feels like she is lying. As Jane struggles to regain her memory, other incidents erupt showing someone is out to destroy people’s lives. How do they all interconnect? Jane begins a quest to discover things about the night of the car crash that don’t make sense, but whom can she trust? This is a very good mystery that keeps the reader’s interest. I liked how the author didn’t interject vulgar language or scenes. Readers are sure to enjoy this book. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.