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A Library Journal  Selection for Best Women's Fiction of 2012 One of only two survivors of a plane crash, Nell Slattery wakes in the hospital with no memory of the horrific experience-or who she is, or was. Now she must piece together both body and mind, with the help of family and friends, who have their own agendas. She filters through photos, art, music, and stories, hop A Library Journal  Selection for Best Women's Fiction of 2012 One of only two survivors of a plane crash, Nell Slattery wakes in the hospital with no memory of the horrific experience-or who she is, or was. Now she must piece together both body and mind, with the help of family and friends, who have their own agendas. She filters through photos, art, music, and stories, hoping something will jog her memory, and soon, in tiny bits and pieces, Nell starts remembering. . . .It isn't long before she learns to question the stories presented by her mother, her sister and business partner, and her husband. In the end, she will discover that forgiving betrayals small and large will be the only true path to healing herself-and to finding happiness.


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A Library Journal  Selection for Best Women's Fiction of 2012 One of only two survivors of a plane crash, Nell Slattery wakes in the hospital with no memory of the horrific experience-or who she is, or was. Now she must piece together both body and mind, with the help of family and friends, who have their own agendas. She filters through photos, art, music, and stories, hop A Library Journal  Selection for Best Women's Fiction of 2012 One of only two survivors of a plane crash, Nell Slattery wakes in the hospital with no memory of the horrific experience-or who she is, or was. Now she must piece together both body and mind, with the help of family and friends, who have their own agendas. She filters through photos, art, music, and stories, hoping something will jog her memory, and soon, in tiny bits and pieces, Nell starts remembering. . . .It isn't long before she learns to question the stories presented by her mother, her sister and business partner, and her husband. In the end, she will discover that forgiving betrayals small and large will be the only true path to healing herself-and to finding happiness.

30 review for The Song Remains the Same

  1. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Major Spoilers Included So let's review: 1. Two people survive a plane crash. One is the main character, the other happens to be a movie star. 2. The main character has amnesia and cannot remember a thing. 3. The stereotypical mother is a hippie and is hiding things. 4. The less stereotypical sister runs a gallery with the main character and is also hiding things. 5. The husband of the main character is hiding things and not to be trusted, which is revealed early, and despite his attempts to be suppor Major Spoilers Included So let's review: 1. Two people survive a plane crash. One is the main character, the other happens to be a movie star. 2. The main character has amnesia and cannot remember a thing. 3. The stereotypical mother is a hippie and is hiding things. 4. The less stereotypical sister runs a gallery with the main character and is also hiding things. 5. The husband of the main character is hiding things and not to be trusted, which is revealed early, and despite his attempts to be supportive - the foreshadowing that he is ultimately a jerk could not have been more obvious. 6. The stereotypical best friend is an overworked lawyer who is barely worth the mention. 7. The main character decides she wants to reinvent herself after learning more about her old life, yet makes very few attempts at doing so. Buying a new couch and some new clothes does not a reinvention make. 8. We find out that everyone is not telling the truth to protect the main character from her past, which includes an absentee, yet brilliant artist of a father who abused the main character emotionally and physically, then left her family entirely. 9. Ooo - let's not forget the journalist who makes a tiny (yet stupid) mistake and then gets eviscerated by the main character because she is SHOCKED that a journalist would not have her best interests at heart. I'm with the family for not disclosing details of Nell's life as the logic of this book was non-freaking-existent. I wouldn't have believed them had I been Nell. I only take the time to pseudo-mock as I REALLY like this author and am incredibly disappointed by this book. Good Gosh this was stupid. IT DRAGGED. IT TOOK FOREVER TO GET ANYWHERE. When you did get somewhere, the chapter ended with some random philosophical question that just served as a reason to hate the book even more. With all of the symbolism with the music and the name of the character and the recurring theme of whether or not people change - it is truly remarkable that a book jam-packed with information could have been so boring. I think that the author should stick to stories that are more "What If" in nature. She has a talent for those. This offering was just freaking awful.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    I wrote this so I'll admit that I'm biased. :) But I really do believe that it is my best book to date. Thank you all so much for reading it! I wrote this so I'll admit that I'm biased. :) But I really do believe that it is my best book to date. Thank you all so much for reading it!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Nell Slattery survives a plane crash and wakes up in the hospital with amnesia. Slowly, she starts to put the pieces of her life together even as her sister, mother and husband keep information from her. She feels life gave her a second chance and she wants to reinvent herself. The synopsis of this book sounded so good and I was eager to read it. It started out fine but before long I realized I didn't care much for the characters, the story evolved too slowly and I was tired of all the profanity Nell Slattery survives a plane crash and wakes up in the hospital with amnesia. Slowly, she starts to put the pieces of her life together even as her sister, mother and husband keep information from her. She feels life gave her a second chance and she wants to reinvent herself. The synopsis of this book sounded so good and I was eager to read it. It started out fine but before long I realized I didn't care much for the characters, the story evolved too slowly and I was tired of all the profanity and crass language. Halfway through the book I no longer wanted to read anymore of it. The story no longer held any interest for me. I found the characters lacked maturity and common sense. Nell was too disrespectful toward her mom (for no reason it seemed), and I didn't like where the story was going. However, you might want to read the other reviews and judge for yourself if this is a book that might interest you.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lynne

    I would recommend 'The Song Remains the Same' by Allison Winn Scotch to anyone looking for an easy-on-the-head sort of quick read. It would be a great summer book to read on vacation or while laying out on the beach or curled up inside on a rainy weekend. I really liked this book. From the synopsis, I think I was expecting more of a thriller/mystery book, which would have been okay ... however, I'm actually quite pleased with what I ended up with. :) I loved the concept from the start. Main chara I would recommend 'The Song Remains the Same' by Allison Winn Scotch to anyone looking for an easy-on-the-head sort of quick read. It would be a great summer book to read on vacation or while laying out on the beach or curled up inside on a rainy weekend. I really liked this book. From the synopsis, I think I was expecting more of a thriller/mystery book, which would have been okay ... however, I'm actually quite pleased with what I ended up with. :) I loved the concept from the start. Main character wakes up in the hospital after surviving a horrific plane crash - yet she has no memories of the crash or her life prior to it and she's left trying to figure out who to trust to tell her the truth about her past. While amnesia is a very serious subject, the author addresses it a way that makes you feel she truly understands what it would be like to be a character who really has no memory. I also appreciated how the author added many tiny details that would occur in any ordinary day where remembering you have amnesia would prove frustrating as well as heart breaking. This book has a gentle, memoir feel to it. It's well written. The characters were likeable and believable (even the ones who had realistically annoying traits). I liked how the author portrayed the inner tickings of a dysfunctional family. I found I could really relate with what was happening in their lives. It was interesting in how the life of the main character was seen completely differently by those in the circle around her. I really enjoyed how the author wove so much great music into the storyline too. Several of the songs brought back memories for me, for real. It is true how specific songs can mark, as well as haunt, significant times in our lives. I received the book, 'The Song Remains the Same' by Allison Winn Scotch as a Goodreads first-reads giveaway.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    3.5 Stars The book begins with Nell waking up in the hospital, hooked up to all kinds of stuff and people crying around her. She hears the words of a fiery plane crash and only two survivors. The other is a famous actor. Except she doesn't know him. She also doesn't know the woman who claims she is Nell's mother. Or the man crying and claiming he's her husband. Or the beautiful woman that is her sister. In fact, she has no recollection of herself at all. So she is Nell Slattery. Through stories th 3.5 Stars The book begins with Nell waking up in the hospital, hooked up to all kinds of stuff and people crying around her. She hears the words of a fiery plane crash and only two survivors. The other is a famous actor. Except she doesn't know him. She also doesn't know the woman who claims she is Nell's mother. Or the man crying and claiming he's her husband. Or the beautiful woman that is her sister. In fact, she has no recollection of herself at all. So she is Nell Slattery. Through stories those closest to her tell her, she pieces together a picture of who this former Nell Slattery really is. What she discovers, however, is that everybody's version of their relationship with her or a history of them is skewed. Half-truths are shared as they attempt to manipulate the new Nell out of love and protection or self-preservation. The interesting part about Nell's amnesia is that it is psychosomatic. Yes, she suffered from a brain trauma but for reasons unknown, she is not remembering who she is. As she uncovers who she was, she finds that the Nell before the crash needed a change. I enjoyed the story itself. I enjoyed Nell's objective view of her life and the people around her without the emotional baggage a past would frame. I enjoyed the way each person revealed just what they wanted Nell to believe but then more of the truth revealed itself. I enjoyed the book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Julie G

    This is one of several amnesia books I've read recently. It's about a woman named Nell who is one of two survivors of a plane crash. In the crash she loses her memory and can only rely on what she is told by her husband, sister, and mother. However, she soon begins to suspect that she is not being told the whole story by any of them. Writing Nothing exceptional in either direction. I feel like I say this a lot about books lately. It's not that there's something wrong with the writing or that I This is one of several amnesia books I've read recently. It's about a woman named Nell who is one of two survivors of a plane crash. In the crash she loses her memory and can only rely on what she is told by her husband, sister, and mother. However, she soon begins to suspect that she is not being told the whole story by any of them. Writing Nothing exceptional in either direction. I feel like I say this a lot about books lately. It's not that there's something wrong with the writing or that I have any specific criticisms, but it also wasn't anything to write home about. It was standard fare. Entertainment Value Again, I feel like I should have more to say one way or the other on this one, but I just can't come up with anything. It was average chick lit. I think there were times when it dragged, for sure, but never enough to make me wish I wasn't reading it. But it also never picked up to the point that I was anxious to get back to it at night. Overall I think if you're a fan of chick lit it's worth checking out, but I wouldn't go into it expecting anything deep or particularly intriguing. I've read better.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Shari

    What defines us? Who defines us? How can the past blend with the present to create the canvas of our future? And what role do our memories play? Do they simply add brushstrokes, simply provide background music, or are they more? Are they the notes which – in more ways than one – compose our identities?/span> These are the questions Allison raises in her new novel THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME, the questions that main character Nell asks of herself as her story unfolds. After surviving a devastatingly What defines us? Who defines us? How can the past blend with the present to create the canvas of our future? And what role do our memories play? Do they simply add brushstrokes, simply provide background music, or are they more? Are they the notes which – in more ways than one – compose our identities?/span> These are the questions Allison raises in her new novel THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME, the questions that main character Nell asks of herself as her story unfolds. After surviving a devastatingly tragic plane crash, Nell’s memories are obliterated and she’s left to navigate a world that’s completely foreign. It’s a clean slate, a fresh canvas, a blank songbook. And in some ways, that can be perceived as a positive – because it’s the rewind button, the fast-forward button, the second chance at living life and living it out loud. That’s what the new Nell – the fabulous Nell! – wants. She wants to make this count. Except that’s easier said than done when her mind cannot, will not, connect to the past, when the entire basis for her identity is irretrievable. With a complete lack of remembrance, Nell is forced to rely on those around her for help – her mother Indira, her sister Rory, her best friend Samantha, her husband Peter, and, perhaps, the person who can save her from all the confusion: Anderson, the man she saved from the plane as it buckled in the air and their flight turned terribly, terribly wrong. But the one person Nell can’t rely on? Her father, the reclusive artist who seemingly once brought so much color to her palette. Two decades after he left, two decades after his demons became too fearsome and he fled from his wife and two daughters, Francis Slattery still has a profound effect on Nell. When she can remember nothing else, she instinctively understands this: that unlocking the key to her father’s past may be the key to unlocking her own. Or so she thinks. But as the playlist of her life begins to slowly hum on – set to the tunes of “The Best of Nell Slattery,” a catalog of Nell’s formerly defining songs, loaded onto an iPod for her courtesy of Rory – she begins to realize that nothing is what it seems. Nothing is what she imagines. Nothing is what she hopes. Lyric by lyric, piece by piece, she begins to make sense of the puzzle, to learn about who she was, and, in the process, who she is. The music is her memory, her connection to times gone by. It guides her, it teaches her, it reminds her. And so does her family, but as Nell comes to understand, memories can – and are – shaped by the people who live them. We are defined not only by our self-perceptions, but by the perceptions of others. Sometimes we need to lean on them and need to accept their help. But when it comes to matters of the heart and soul, when it comes to the relationships which weigh us down and lift us up, it’s most important to look inside. Only when we do that can we achieve our own kind of strength. For Nell, betrayal runs deep. Her strength is tested by the reality of secrets kept, experiences buried, and worlds spinning in concentric circles. As she faces who she was, as she learns why there are parts of her past not meant to make it to her future, she comes to learn that while some leopards never change their spots, others do. Others can. Others will. The song of Nell’s life remains the same until she takes matters into her own hands, truly embraces her second chance, and changes its tune. And as she does, readers are left to wonder – what would we do in a similar circumstance? How would we rebuild if that foundation was seemingly gone? Who would we trust, how would we perceive ourselves, what would be revealed if we held a mirror up to years gone by and years still to come? As always, Allison’s words make us think, make us wonder, make us contemplate, make us relate – and that makes Nell’s journey as resonant as the songs which fill the book’s pages.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

    From the moment I read the summary of The Song Remains the Same, I hoped that it would live up to my expectations. It did...and then some. I was captivated the moment I picked up this story. I was drawn in right alongside Nell, and felt for her as every new relationship was introduced, torn down and rebuilt...Just as she was rebuilding her own life and memories. One can't help but root for her...because she could be any one of us. All of the characters that Allison Winn Scotch portrays are so wond From the moment I read the summary of The Song Remains the Same, I hoped that it would live up to my expectations. It did...and then some. I was captivated the moment I picked up this story. I was drawn in right alongside Nell, and felt for her as every new relationship was introduced, torn down and rebuilt...Just as she was rebuilding her own life and memories. One can't help but root for her...because she could be any one of us. All of the characters that Allison Winn Scotch portrays are so wonderfully fleshed out that you can't help but feel that you know them. Unfortunately...what we know of them is completely based upon what they tell us as our protagonist Nell can remember nothing of her life prior to a horrid plane crash. She has to depend upon her mother, sister Rory, and husband Peter, among others, to fill her in not only on who they are and what the nature of her relationships with them are but also more importantly...she is counting upon them to remind her of who she is. We come to realize that this isn't as simple a proposition as it may seem. A missing memory makes it all too easy for people to pick and choose what they want you to know...what they want you to remember...and this makes finding her way in a world with no memories all the more difficult for Nell. She also struggles with her desire to take this opportunity, take this fresh start, to remake herself. Though without a clear line on who she was...she finds herself falling back into the same patterns that she followed before the crash. I loved the issues that this novel explored. The questions raised about how forgiveness and kindness can re-shape our relationships. And about how we can possibly let go of our histories and strive to be different and hopefully better people-or at the least, people who live for ourselves and not for the ghosts of our pasts. Can we eventually break free? Or is it true that The Song Remains the Same??

  9. 4 out of 5

    Deb

    I received this book from a goodreads giveaway and was excited to read it after reading and enjoying her other novels. This one did not disappoint either. Nell is one of two survivors of a plane crash and when she awakes after the crash, her memory is gone. I am sure many of us have dreamed before of a fresh start, to make ourselves over into a better person, but from Nell's perspective this is more of a nightmare than a dream come true. Her life it seems was rather a mess to begin with - father I received this book from a goodreads giveaway and was excited to read it after reading and enjoying her other novels. This one did not disappoint either. Nell is one of two survivors of a plane crash and when she awakes after the crash, her memory is gone. I am sure many of us have dreamed before of a fresh start, to make ourselves over into a better person, but from Nell's perspective this is more of a nightmare than a dream come true. Her life it seems was rather a mess to begin with - father who left, bitter mother, cheating husband and she was known as a rather cold, harsh person before the accident, so everyone in her life really did mean well when they tried to hide some or all of the truth from her as she struggles to regain some semblance of her former life. When her memory does begin to come back, with the help of a playlist on her ipod her sister has made for her, it is almost painful to read as she works her way through all of her past issues to get to a new, better place in her life. I love what her mom tells her at the end, "Your dreams are your dreams. Sometimes you have to compromise yourself to get there." I liked how the songs related to each part of the book and I also liked remembering how those specific songs related to times in my own life. I have a good friend whose husband just went through something similar with memory loss after a seizure and I know how hard it is to almost start over, to not even remember who you once were or those who loved you.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Liz Fenton

    I've been a big fan of Allison's since I read TIME OF MY LIFE a few years back and fell in love with her beautiful writing. Her latest, THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME, is her best yet! This story is about Nell, one of two survivors of a terrible plane crash who wakes up without any memories of her life. As Nell tries to piece together what was really going with her family and her husband when she stepped on that plane, she finds herself questioning not only who she was, but who she wants to be in th I've been a big fan of Allison's since I read TIME OF MY LIFE a few years back and fell in love with her beautiful writing. Her latest, THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME, is her best yet! This story is about Nell, one of two survivors of a terrible plane crash who wakes up without any memories of her life. As Nell tries to piece together what was really going with her family and her husband when she stepped on that plane, she finds herself questioning not only who she was, but who she wants to be in the future. Scotch does a great job of building suspense and investing us in Nell's journey-I literally could not out the book down until I read the last page! I highly recommend this book-pick up a copy TODAY!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Did not like this book. It started out OK but I grew quickly to dislike every character. I couldn't find myself able to understand their motivations. The protagonist's obsession with her father just got annoying as hell. Her husband seemed like an unnecessary appendage. I found everyone's actions unbelievable. There was no real character development or storyline that even made sense. At about the 1/2 way point I found myself asking, "who cares what happens to anyone in this book?" Not a good que Did not like this book. It started out OK but I grew quickly to dislike every character. I couldn't find myself able to understand their motivations. The protagonist's obsession with her father just got annoying as hell. Her husband seemed like an unnecessary appendage. I found everyone's actions unbelievable. There was no real character development or storyline that even made sense. At about the 1/2 way point I found myself asking, "who cares what happens to anyone in this book?" Not a good question to be asking. Disappointing.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    I liked the story. I liked the characters. The spoken dialog wasn't sparkling but I enjoyed the inner dialogs. I can't imagine losing my memory. What I liked best was the musical references and and songs. I felt that this could have been developed more. The main character who lost her memory was told by all who previously knew her that her first love was music, but that never got explored! Like.....did she sing music? Write music? Play something? A lyricist??? As a music lover, I would liked to I liked the story. I liked the characters. The spoken dialog wasn't sparkling but I enjoyed the inner dialogs. I can't imagine losing my memory. What I liked best was the musical references and and songs. I felt that this could have been developed more. The main character who lost her memory was told by all who previously knew her that her first love was music, but that never got explored! Like.....did she sing music? Write music? Play something? A lyricist??? As a music lover, I would liked to have seen this developed. Overall a good story though.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    This book, about a woman who loses her memory in a plane crash, started out optimistic and well written, and ended up angry and poorly written. It was like the author had a good idea and then didn't know what to do with it. The main character's hostility and blame placing was not fun to read. For a better novel on memory loss, I'd recommend What Alice Forgot. For a better novel on changing one's life after a plane crash, I'd recommend Was It Something I Said? This book, about a woman who loses her memory in a plane crash, started out optimistic and well written, and ended up angry and poorly written. It was like the author had a good idea and then didn't know what to do with it. The main character's hostility and blame placing was not fun to read. For a better novel on memory loss, I'd recommend What Alice Forgot. For a better novel on changing one's life after a plane crash, I'd recommend Was It Something I Said?

  14. 5 out of 5

    Shilo

    I've read all of Allison Winn Scotch's books, and this was by far her best. I literally couldn't put it down and finished it in one day. I don't want to give any spoilers so all I will say is read this book! I've read all of Allison Winn Scotch's books, and this was by far her best. I literally couldn't put it down and finished it in one day. I don't want to give any spoilers so all I will say is read this book!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    Couldn't finish. Didn't care what happened to any of the characters. The story was very disjointed, and I didn't get how the song titles of each chapter mattered at all to the story. I hope you have a different experience, but I cannot recommend this one. Couldn't finish. Didn't care what happened to any of the characters. The story was very disjointed, and I didn't get how the song titles of each chapter mattered at all to the story. I hope you have a different experience, but I cannot recommend this one.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Anita Smith

    I don't know what else to say, other than this book sucked. I don't know what else to say, other than this book sucked.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    My review seems to be missing. jOURney bookclub. Not much to talk about.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Spencer

    2017 The song may remain the same, but the story felt never ending. I hated this.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shari Ring Wolf

    Liked it but didn't quite get it Ok, I'm hoping for no spoilers here, so be warned. This is a story about a woman who survives a plane crash and loses her memory. She must rely on what she is told to try to decide what has happened in life to make her who she is today. She doesn't particularly like what she sees of who she was and is determined to be a better "her". All pretty cool but I lose track of the characters intentions after that. This is a family of grown ups with family history that isn Liked it but didn't quite get it Ok, I'm hoping for no spoilers here, so be warned. This is a story about a woman who survives a plane crash and loses her memory. She must rely on what she is told to try to decide what has happened in life to make her who she is today. She doesn't particularly like what she sees of who she was and is determined to be a better "her". All pretty cool but I lose track of the characters intentions after that. This is a family of grown ups with family history that isn't perfect as with all families. Some not great stuff has happened in the main character's childhood and marriage, but not stuff so horrible it needs to be kept from her or hidden...certainly not the worst of family skeletons, not even close! So why the lies, the secrets, the bad advice and even hiding the existence of blood relatives from her? The therapist was the worst, not wanting to help follow the nudges that didn't feel right...the woman had amnesia! All in all I enjoyed the story of how far the woman came before the crash, that was a great story. The book was professionally written and the main character self aware with emotional honesty. Great songs tied in. It's possible I'm missing a main point but don't know what it is. It seemed to me like most the characters were expected to be perfect, by who I'm not sure--author? Main character?? --and doing unnecessary deceitful and damaging things to cover up falling short. It never came together for me why the family members acted the way they did...except for the bad guy artist dad who had mental illness--he made sense, he was sick/damaged. The rest of them....? Just lying because they could? A bit frustrating not understanding but it was well written with a good story before the story began, so I give it 4 stars. Maybe other readers will see something that totally flew past me.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    As I read this book, I wondered how many other readers would not believe that a family could be so deceiving to a daughter/sister/friend who had amnesia. I had zero problem buying into that premise. In fact, I'd make a note to self to not trust my family if I ever had amnesia (except for, of course, I wouldn't remember it). In seriousness though, everyone does have their own perspective of life events but her family truly tried to rewrite Nell's history all claiming that it was "in her best inte As I read this book, I wondered how many other readers would not believe that a family could be so deceiving to a daughter/sister/friend who had amnesia. I had zero problem buying into that premise. In fact, I'd make a note to self to not trust my family if I ever had amnesia (except for, of course, I wouldn't remember it). In seriousness though, everyone does have their own perspective of life events but her family truly tried to rewrite Nell's history all claiming that it was "in her best interest." I knew eventually their little house of lies and deceptions would come crashing down. I also understand how a Serious Life Event can make one decide to reinvent themselves, and how hard that would be if you couldn't remember who you were before. I also understand that it is hard to change who we are fundamentally. I enjoyed this story. I felt it believably touched the subjects of a dysfunctional family, people with secrets and inner demons and drives, and the a character who is lost and searching for herself.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    I won this book from Goodreads to read and review. I want to thank them for this opportunity. I wanted to give this book a higher rating, but I felt I wouldn't be totally honest if I did. The reviews led me to believe this would be along the lines of "What Alice Forgot". Unfortunately, that wasn't the case. This story takes place more inside Nell's head. Two people remain alive after a plane crash kills 152 passengers. Anderson Carroll is a Hollywood movie star who uses sex and alcohol to hide fro I won this book from Goodreads to read and review. I want to thank them for this opportunity. I wanted to give this book a higher rating, but I felt I wouldn't be totally honest if I did. The reviews led me to believe this would be along the lines of "What Alice Forgot". Unfortunately, that wasn't the case. This story takes place more inside Nell's head. Two people remain alive after a plane crash kills 152 passengers. Anderson Carroll is a Hollywood movie star who uses sex and alcohol to hide from the reality of his life. Nell Slattery awakes with no knowledge of who she is, or was. Together they try to piece together the mystery of her life; how it actually was, not how others want her to believe it was.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Larson

    I persevered through this one while becoming increasingly impatient with the endless, whining repetitions of the protagonist's issues with her father. Even more difficult to accept was the way her relationships with her mother, sister, and husband seem to be way too familiar way too quickly for someone who supposedly has no memory of any of them. I would have found the story much more interesting had the author spent more time on exploring how it would feel to attempt to re-establish relationshi I persevered through this one while becoming increasingly impatient with the endless, whining repetitions of the protagonist's issues with her father. Even more difficult to accept was the way her relationships with her mother, sister, and husband seem to be way too familiar way too quickly for someone who supposedly has no memory of any of them. I would have found the story much more interesting had the author spent more time on exploring how it would feel to attempt to re-establish relationships with essentially total strangers. In addition, the ending was not much more than a bromide, completely lacking any punch.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Louise MacKinnon

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Spoiler alert: Every book makes a promise to its reader: Here is the problem. By the end of the book, there will be resolution. It didn't happen. She didn't recover her memory. She didn't find her father. The motivations of her sister and mother are inexpiable. Why wouldn't they tell her the truth about her husband's year long affair? Why would they encourage her to give him another chance? It started off well. The lack of resolution caused it to fall flat. I stuck with it until the end, but now kno Spoiler alert: Every book makes a promise to its reader: Here is the problem. By the end of the book, there will be resolution. It didn't happen. She didn't recover her memory. She didn't find her father. The motivations of her sister and mother are inexpiable. Why wouldn't they tell her the truth about her husband's year long affair? Why would they encourage her to give him another chance? It started off well. The lack of resolution caused it to fall flat. I stuck with it until the end, but now know why it was in the second hand thrift store, where it shall shortly be returning to gather dust once more.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Trish

    Maybe a 2.5? The summary sounded intriguing. I mean, seriously, how DO you piece your life back together when you can't remember anything?! And even if someone is telling you the "truth" it's still through their filter, and only with the info you let them see... But this book just didn't manage to capture that quandary. Even with the circus of characters surrounding Nell, I found myself bored and just wanting it to be over - it played out like a soap opera instead of a psychological drama. And the Maybe a 2.5? The summary sounded intriguing. I mean, seriously, how DO you piece your life back together when you can't remember anything?! And even if someone is telling you the "truth" it's still through their filter, and only with the info you let them see... But this book just didn't manage to capture that quandary. Even with the circus of characters surrounding Nell, I found myself bored and just wanting it to be over - it played out like a soap opera instead of a psychological drama. And then when I did reach the end, I was annoyed that there was so little closure.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mary Ellen

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Good book, really liked how she found her memory through music. And don't you know it she found out that everyone close to her wanted her to believe her life from their perspective and in the end she found that it was all about them, not really her....isn't that sad. BUT, Anderson really wanted to change and he did...took him time, but through her he was able to. No way this accident could have occurred, no way someone could live through that type of accident. Book just gives you lots of things Good book, really liked how she found her memory through music. And don't you know it she found out that everyone close to her wanted her to believe her life from their perspective and in the end she found that it was all about them, not really her....isn't that sad. BUT, Anderson really wanted to change and he did...took him time, but through her he was able to. No way this accident could have occurred, no way someone could live through that type of accident. Book just gives you lots of things to think about....

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book had potential. And it wasn’t unenjoyable. But a couple things I couldn’t get past: 1. If you can’t remember anything and people are like “this is your husband! I promise! Also, he recently cheated on you.” You’re going to just go ahead and try to make that marriage work anyway? Especially if you are trying to be a “new” you? It wasn’t sold to me. Just didn’t get it. 2. I didn’t care about the dad story. Just really didn’t care. Again, not sold well. I liked the idea of the book more tha This book had potential. And it wasn’t unenjoyable. But a couple things I couldn’t get past: 1. If you can’t remember anything and people are like “this is your husband! I promise! Also, he recently cheated on you.” You’re going to just go ahead and try to make that marriage work anyway? Especially if you are trying to be a “new” you? It wasn’t sold to me. Just didn’t get it. 2. I didn’t care about the dad story. Just really didn’t care. Again, not sold well. I liked the idea of the book more than the execution.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I was incredibly intrigued by the premise of this book - a woman wakes up in a hospital bed, having survived a plane crash and can't remember anything about her life. Unfortunately, the execution of the story seemed somewhat lackluster to me. I had difficulty connecting with the characters and final payoff to the story felt lacking. I usually love Allison Winn Scotch books, but this one didn't do much for me. I was incredibly intrigued by the premise of this book - a woman wakes up in a hospital bed, having survived a plane crash and can't remember anything about her life. Unfortunately, the execution of the story seemed somewhat lackluster to me. I had difficulty connecting with the characters and final payoff to the story felt lacking. I usually love Allison Winn Scotch books, but this one didn't do much for me.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    I liked the premise, I liked the writing style, but I didn't care for the characters, and lost interest about 1/3 of the way through. A bit puzzled how prior to her amnesia, she lived for music, her great passion, but how? That was never really explained, as she tinkered with a guitar or piano, but her life centered physically about art. Nothing else here made me want to read more, as I found her cold and whiny. I liked the premise, I liked the writing style, but I didn't care for the characters, and lost interest about 1/3 of the way through. A bit puzzled how prior to her amnesia, she lived for music, her great passion, but how? That was never really explained, as she tinkered with a guitar or piano, but her life centered physically about art. Nothing else here made me want to read more, as I found her cold and whiny.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    This is my first time reading Allison Winn Scotch. I enjoyed her storytelling and writing style, with the exception of using bad language – often. I would give 3.5-4 stars for the interesting story concept, but really didn't like the harsh language and found it distracting. There's ways to express anger and discontent without using the "F" word. The premise of the story is interesting in the way of being only one of only two survivors of a plane crash and losing your memory. In an effort to find This is my first time reading Allison Winn Scotch. I enjoyed her storytelling and writing style, with the exception of using bad language – often. I would give 3.5-4 stars for the interesting story concept, but really didn't like the harsh language and found it distracting. There's ways to express anger and discontent without using the "F" word. The premise of the story is interesting in the way of being only one of only two survivors of a plane crash and losing your memory. In an effort to find out who She was before the crash, through other peoples opinions, Nell learns the many vulnerabilities of friends and family, including herself. The prolonged damage of a father leaving the family, who she idolized, and finds later that she is a product of who he wanted her to be, not giving credence to her own thoughts. Her underlying question... can people change?

  30. 5 out of 5

    Heidi Engelbrecht

    This book had me interested in what was going to happen to the end. But...it seemed to drag on, going into way too much detail about unimportant things. I also felt the main character, Nell, was too hard on her family, especially her mother. I would have liked to see forgiveness and reconciliation at the end. I was disappointed in the ending.

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