I have been wary of reviewing thrillers in the past, because it is a difficult act to balance. You want to convey how you felt about the book, without divulging any crucial information. This is something I try to do in all of my reviews, but it is especially important with a thriller or mystery novel. That being said, here is my review of I Know You Remember by Jennifer Donaldson.
If you have read thrillers or mysteries before, then you are certainly familiar with the feeling of having to know what happens next. You can become so enthralled by the mystery which the fictitious characters of a novel are entangled in, that the outside world starts to melt away. This is the feeling that I crave when reading something like I Know You Remember, and I certainly was not disappointed. I Know You Remember starts out a bit slow, but once you make it past the first few chapters, it really starts to pick up. I read the book in one day, which is almost unheard of for me.
Something that really struck out to me in this book was the characters. Jennifer Donaldson is excellent at character development, and it truly shows. You can tell that she put in the work to make actions deliberate and believable, which made the plot twist that much more powerful. That being said, I do feel that more could have been done with some of the characters, because their stories didn’t feel complete. I’m not going to say more on the subject, as i don’t want to give anything away.
Another thing that I really enjoyed was that the book touches on important topics without making them the sole focus of the story. It touches on aspects such as race, mental health, addiction, and religion. I do think that the subject of religion was perhaps a bit over utilised, but it also did serve a purpose.
Overall, I think I Know You Remember is a great pick for fans of thrillers, or those who want to dabble with the genre.
Have you read this book? I’d love to know what you thought in the comments below!
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