The Truth About Melody Browne by Lisa Jewell
If you love chick lit, this book is well worth seeking out. I fell in love with Lisa Jewell when I first read One Hit Wonder and then had to get all of her other titles. Although One Hit Wonder will always remain my favorite Jewell book, this one hit every note perfectly. The plot about Melody makes you have to read straight through to find out why her life is such a mystery and if her childhood was so traumatic that it causes her to lose her memory.
When she was nine years old, Melody Browne’s house burned down, taking every toy, every photograph, every item of clothing and old Christmas card with it. But not only did the fire destroy all her possessions, it took with it all her memories – Melody Browne can remember nothing before her ninth birthday. Now in her early thirties, Melody lives in a council flat in the middle of London with her seventeen-year-old son. She hasn’t seen her parents since she left home at fifteen, but Melody doesn’t mind, she’s better off on her own. She’s made a good life for herself and her son and she likes it that way. Until one night something extraordinary happens. Whilst attending a hypnotist show with her first date in years she faints – and when she comes round she starts to remember. At first her memories mean nothing to her but then slowly, day by day, she begins to piece together the real story of her childhood. Her journey takes her to the seaside town of Broadstairs, to oddly familiar houses in London backstreets and to meetings with strangers who love her like their own. But with every mystery she solves another one materialises, with every question she answers another appears. And Melody begins to wonder if she’ll ever know the truth about her past.
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(This is the UK version–I am not sure when the US version will be released.)
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Century (9 April 2009)