This book was a surprise for me, and I don't get surprised that much these days. At first you think you are reading just a normal "girl gets in car accident can't remember what happened isn't pretty anymore and has to deal with a dead boyfriend" kind of book. But it is actually this really well woven mystery as Allie's world unfolds and she puts the pieces together from that night. Flashbacks are seamlessly added as Allie starts to remember bits and pieces of the past she had with an abusive boyfriend.
Now normally books with girls that have some big secret and won't tell totally annoy me, but for some reason Allie fit the bill of a girl who was abused so well I understood why she was keeping things to herself.
Allie lost everything the night her boyfriend, Trip, died in a horrible car accident—including her memory of the event. As their small town mourns his death, Allie is afraid to remember because doing so means delving into what she’s kept hidden for so long: the horrible reality of their abusive relationship.
When the police reopen the investigation, it casts suspicion on Allie and her best friend, Blake, especially as their budding romance raises eyebrows around town. Allie knows she must tell the truth. Can she reach deep enough to remember that night so she can finally break free? Debut writer Jennifer Shaw Wolf takes readers on an emotional ride through the murky waters of love, shame, and, ultimately, forgiveness.
This isn't my normal kind of read, but if you like a suspense and mystery kind of romance then you should think about giving this book a try.
I received this book from the publisher via Net Galley for a fair review. You can read more about this book HERE.