Norma’s review & rating: 4 of 5 stars
THE LIFE LUCY KNEW by KARMA BROWN was an enjoyable, interesting, quick and easy read that had an extremely interesting and fascinating premise to it. I absolutely love books with an amnesia component to the storyline and whereas I did enjoy this one I was a little disappointed with the ending. I normally thoroughly enjoy Epilogues and all that they reveal to us but with this one I would have liked to have had a little more insight into the in-between of our main characters relationship, therefore lowering my overall rating.
KARMA BROWN delivers a well-written read here with an engaging and unique storyline that has us following along with Lucy and her heartbreaking journey. Our main character, Lucy is suffering from a head injury where her brain has re-written her memories causing false memory. I really felt strong emotions for Lucy and what she endured. I can’t even imagine how I would feel or how I would react in a similar situation.
Overall, it was an enjoyable, entertaining, and quick read with an ending that I wasn’t completely satisfied with. Karma Brown is an author that I thoroughly enjoy as she always delivers a reliable, heartwarming, and emotional read. Would recommend!
I have read and loved every one of Karma Brown’s books. She is one of my favourite authors! Unfortunately, this novel fell shy of my hopes and expectations.
Lucy Sparks wakes up from a coma after falling and hitting her head. She has lost most of her memory from the last four years. She also discovers that she has what her doctors call, ‘false memories’ or ‘honest lying’. Her brain has created memories that feel real but are not real. Through therapy sessions along with the help of her friends and family, Lucy works to unravel the details of her life that seem scattered and broken.
I found the premise of the story intriguing, however, the execution didn’t quite work for me. I couldn’t connect with Lucy. As devastating as her situation was, I didn’t “feel” anything for her. For me, the storyline seemed to take on a less serious tone than Brown’s previous novels.
Even though this novel didn’t live up to my love of her previous books, I still look forward to what Karma Brown has in store for us next. I remain a huge fan of her work.
Thank you so much from both of us to NetGalley, Karma Brown, and Harlequin – Hanover Square Press (U.S. & Canada)/Park Row for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review.