Mini Review: Dare to Remember by Susanna Beard
A few days have passed since I finished Dare to Remember, and honestly, I have already forgotten some of the plot. I suppose that tells you why I couldn't rate it higher. That being so, it wasn't bad, just not very memorable. The writing was good and the plot logical, but it is mis-marketet, as many fellow reviewers point out, as a fast paced, edge-of-your-seat kind of thriller, when really it is quite slow and more of a meditation of grief and loss than it is an active mystery. I think I was just expecting something else with this book. I think what made it sort of disappointing in the end was that the main character, whose story is being told quite intimately, never felt very well-developed to me. First of all, I think this book would have hugely benefited from being told in the first, rather than third person, to make it feel as though we as readers are really included in Lisa's life. She felt quite band and unformed, though not unlikable. The setting, too, was quite vague, which might have been intentional to add mystery, but felt like a missed opportunity for me. All in all, not a bad book by any means, but unfortunately one I don't think I will remember very long, especially since I read so many in this genre. I won this in a Goodreads giveaway and have written what I think is a fair and fitting review.