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Publisher's Summary

Quiet towns keep big secrets.

Private investigator Jessica Shaw is leading a quiet life in a Californian desert community, where she spends her days working low-level cases. But when a former resident asks Jessica to help her sister, Rue Hunter - a convicted murderer whose execution is days away - Jessica can’t resist the offer.

Rue doesn't remember what happened the night two high school students were killed thirty years ago, but everybody in town is certain she’s guilty. As Jessica looks for answers, she finds that local rumors point one way and evidence points another. And nobody wants to face the truth. Meanwhile, Jessica can’t shake the feeling that someone is stalking her - now more than ever, she knows she can’t trust anyone.

As Jessica digs deeper, she encounters local secrets in unlikely places - including the police department itself. But the clock is ticking, and Jessica must find the truth fast - or Rue’s bad memory may be the death of them both.

©2019 Lisa Gray (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Too much use of “f” word

I would think that a well-known author would have a verbose and above-average command of the English language. Her continual use of the “f” word by her characters shows me she is lazy or deficient in expressing various dialogue moods. Sure it takes more skill to be crafty and effective in developing dialogue. But instead of using profanity as the easy way out, why not use an expansive treasure of words to make the book enjoyable. The “f” word can be implied without the reader having to be offended over and over.

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really bad narrator

I stopped listening to the book several times because the narrator. her nasally rendition was difficult to listen to. it was so grating on my ears I had a hard time focusing on the story line. I had to constantly go back in order to follow the plot. the story was filled with so many plots it was like trying to unravel a ball of yarn where the strings kept breaking and then you had a whole new trail. very convoluted. I dont think I will be purchasing another book from this author. especially if it has the same poor narrator!

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love the story hated the narrator.

Interesting storyline about the private investigator Jessica Shaw who works on a case to free a girl on death row and find the real murderer after 30 years. The only thing I hated about the story was the female narrator trying to impersonate a male voice, just irritated me to listen to, but her female character voices were great. Other than that great and interesting story. Recommend listening to if that won't bother you.

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Super!

Well-written. Clever intricate plot. Excellent narrator. Looking forward to the next novel in the series.

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excellent

This book engages quickly andbhokds attention. twists and turns and when I was not able to figure out the killers by middle I was hooked!

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Good, But Needs More Thorough Ending

I liked the premise and the story was well written, even though I’m not fond of flashbacks. But it seems authors are reluctant to flesh out the epilogue once the climax has occurred. I’m sorry, but I need a blow by blow of what the bad guys have coming to them and a more complete resolution for the other not characters as well. If I’m going to invest the time to read a book, the author needs to take the time to finish it.

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Just as good

I read this book a couple of years ago. Listening to it was even better. I didn't remember the ending until I got there.

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Exhilarating

Exhilarating, smart and action Clever story that will keep you waiting. I still don't know if I like Jessica, she is in a dark path, struggling with her past and present, irresponsible, has a drinking problem, but despite all that, she is smart, brave and get things done, and that matters. is well written and narrated, we need a tv show like this. I definitely recommend it,

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REALLY SICK PEOPLE!

If I explain what I mean by "sick people" it would be a major spoiler, so I'll just say that this story was peppered with some of the worst that humanity has to offer: cheaters, dead beat dads, murderers , pedophiles, drug dealers. pimps, bad doctors, bad cops & cop killers. In other words , people who don't give a d*** what happens to others as long as they get the money or out come that they want.

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Good book but…

the narration is horrible, especially the attempts at male voices. The narration almost made me not even want to listen to the book. But I looked pass that and I’m glad I did. I enjoyed the storyline.

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  • 11-16-19

Gripping thriller

I bought this audiobook through my Audible subscription. Sometimes I can take an age deciding how to use my monthly credit, however, having recently read the first Jessica Shaw thriller by Lisa Gray (Thin Air) I was keen to hear more of Jessica's adventures. It was a good purchase decision!

Bad Memory is a story which spans a generation. Thirty years ago Rue Hunter killed two of her friends at a deserted make-out spot on the edge of town. She was found guilty in court after confessing to the crime and sent to death row to await execution.

That was then - the reader (listener in my case) gets to be with Rue at the time the crime takes place. We see how she finds the couple, she is a little drunk, she is a little stoned and she has a knife. The reader lives the murder with Rue as she plunges the knife into the back of her victim. There is blood - lots of blood - and Rue's fate is sealed.

Into the now. Jessica Shaw is approached by Rue's sister. She wants Jessica to help prove Rue is innocent of the crime that everyone thinks she committed and that she herself confessed to committing. Thirty years down the line and with just a few days until Rue is due to face lethal injection Jessica will have her work cut out to discover if there were any missed clues. One thing which may help is that Rue no longer believes she committed the murders but if she is telling the truth now then why did she lie thirty years ago?

Despite the lack of pages in an audiobook - this was a definite page turner. Bad Memory has that terrific "one more chapter" feeling which just keeps the reader glued to the story. Lisa Gray achieves this by keeping the story punchy, switching narrative and timeline between the present and the past and a secondary story, which does partly overlap with Jessica's investigation, was also very engaging. Pacing is perfect as the story zips along and the deadline to Rue's execution looms ever closer.

Despite this being the second Jessica Shaw story you can easily pick up Bad Memory without reading Thin Air. Jessica's private life gives the reader a nice distraction from the ongoing investigations. Things are distracting too for Jessica as she has a few issues she needs to address as she contemplates leaving town and settling down elsewhere.

I do need to give a special shout-out to the narrator of Bad Memory: Amy Landon. She has the perfect voice for this story, very listenable while giving distinctive voice to different . She adopted a pleasant drawl which suited the small-town and seemingly sleepy locations where Bad Memory is set. An audiobook is made or ruined by the talent of the narrator and Amy Landon is a name I shall look out for in future audiobook purchases.

In short - I am calling this an inspired audiobook purchase. The story had me gripped and kept me entertained throughout. Exactly what I need from a good crime thriller and Bad Memory is a very good crime thriller.

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  • 01-07-20

Entertaining

Really enjoyed this well read and the characters developing from the first book. Unlike a lot of books the twists do not seem beyond belief.