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I Love the Smell of Napalm in the Morning

sabine durrantWell once again Winston, my exuberant 8 month old Golden Retriever, woke me up far too early this morning. Again it was 4 in the morning and again I had a juicy thriller I was dying to finish! I trudged downstairs and settled on my couch with the dog, a cup of coffee and Remember Me This Way by Sabine Durrant. I plowed through the pages anticipating the ending until I glanced up and noticed A. sunlight and B. the time! I raced to work and just finished the last ten pages here at work so I could write this blog. Just don’t tell my boss!

Set in London and Cornwall, the story opens with the main character Lizzie, dealing with the aftermath of her husband’s death in an auto accident.  She is still reeling in grief for the charismatic man who rescued her from the world of spinsterhood and the drudgery of taking care of her ageing mother. In the opening chapter she visits the site of her husband’s fatal car crash, something she has waited a year since his death to do and finds a memorial bouquet of flowers from a woman whose name she doesn’t recognize. This discovery, among others, opens a Pandora’s Box of deceit, paranoia, suspicion and violence that leaves Lizzie on a hunt to find out the truth about the man she loved.

The book is written from Lizzie’s current point of few and alternates every other chapter with diary entries written by her late husband Zach. This juxtaposition of the present and past makes for a delightfully wicked story and does not leave one guessing about motive or intent but rather what is going to happen next. A psychological thriller at its best!61A1hHuaH9L._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_

So if you are an adrenaline rush junkie like me you might enjoy some of the titles I have plowed through during my current thriller binge – Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight, In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware, The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremane (reviewed in an earlier blog). I am currently reading and loving Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin and listening to Sophie Hannah’s The Wrong Mother . Clearly I can’t get enough of this genre!