“The Truth About Melody Browne” by Lisa Jewell

Genre: Domestic Fiction SuspenseThe Truth about Melody
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pub. Jan. 26, 2021

Mini-Review

This novel had me until it lost me. The story revolves around Melody Browne.  At the age of nine years old, her house burns down. The fire not only took her home but all of her childhood memories. The story goes back and forth in time.  In the present, Melody is in her early thirties. She is a single mom living with her almost 18-year old son.   Before his birthday, she begins to get flashbacks of her youth, which are filled with Dickson-like tragedy.  She is very confused by these flashbacks.  She is anxious to understand what is going on. The author’s writing makes the reader also eager to fill in the gaps of Melody’s past that have as many holes as a slice of Swiss cheese.  There are some good twists in those holes as Melody, in bits and pieces, regains her memory. Nevertheless, once I reached the end of the novel, the story-line lost me.  The author wraps her tale up with a bow.  Worse, the novel begins to have a chick-lit rather than suspense feel. The ending needed much more meat on its bones to be fulfilling. A friend wanted to know my thoughts on this novel.  I would say that I am glad that I read the book because Melody’s life is a moving story of a child who needed to disassociate her past to keep her sanity.

“The Truth About Melody Browne” by Lisa Jewell

Genre: Domestic Fiction Suspense

Publisher: Gallery Books

Pub. Jan. 26, 20

Mini-Review

This novel had me until it lost me. The story revolves around Melody Browne.  At the age of nine years old, her house burns down. The fire not only took her home but all of her childhood memories. The story goes back and forth in time.  In the present, Melody is in her early thirties. She is a single mom living with her almost 18-year old son.   Before his birthday, she begins to get flashbacks of her youth, which are filled with Dickson-like tragedy.  She is very confused by these flashbacks.  She is anxious to understand what is going on. The author’s writing makes the reader also eager to fill in the gaps of Melody’s past that have as many holes as a slice of Swiss cheese.  There are some good twists in those holes as Melody, in bits and pieces, regains her memory. Nevertheless, once I reached the end of the novel, the story-line lost me.  The author wraps her tale up with a bow.  Worse, the novel begins to have a chick-lit rather than suspense feel. The ending needed much more meat on its bones to be fulfilling. A friend wanted to know my thoughts on this book.  I would say that I am glad that I read the book because Melody’s life is a moving story of a child who needed to disassociate her past to keep her sanity. Still, the book could have used some editing, which would have made for a better read.

I received this Advance Review Copy (ARC) novel from the publisher at no cost in exchange for an honest review.

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