The Truth about Melody Browne by Lisa Jewell

I’m excited to share the new mass paperback release of a classic Lisa Jewell novel! Isn’t it beautiful? It’s a uniquely longer size than regular mass paperback books, and I’m in LOVE with it!!

Thank you Atria books for my gifted copy in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis: 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.

This is not your typical Lisa Jewell novel (think dark suspense), but it was beautiful! There are a lot of characters introduced in the beginning which I thought would steer me away, but the plot picked up soon enough and painted a picture of a beautiful character with an emotional present and past that I was addicted to right away. This is one of those stories that I recommend going in blindly on, because it’s such a pleasant surprise!

4/5 Stars

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