I’ve been waiting with baited breath for the second book in the Jessica Shaw series from Lisay Gray, after devouring her debut novel Thin Air last year.
Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:
Private investigator Jessica Shaw is leading a quiet life in a Californian desert community, where she spends her days working low-level cases. But when a former resident asks Jessica to help her sister, Rue Hunter—a convicted murderer whose execution is days away—Jessica can’t resist the offer.
Rue doesn’t remember what happened the night two high school students were killed thirty years ago, but everybody in town is certain she’s guilty. As Jessica looks for answers, she finds that local rumors point one way and evidence points another. And nobody wants to face the truth. Meanwhile, Jessica can’t shake the feeling that someone is stalking her—now more than ever, she knows she can’t trust anyone.
As Jessica digs deeper, she encounters local secrets in unlikely places—including the police department itself. But the clock is ticking, and Jessica must find the truth fast—or Rue’s bad memory may be the death of them both.
WOW! WOW! WOW! A prologue that invites you in and slams the door shut behind you, it hooks you from the start. A Bad Memory is a cracking follow up to Lisa Gray’s debut novel, Thin Air (Click to read my review of that!) Rue Hunter has ten days to find out the truth: if she doesn’t she is going to be executed for a crime she’s not sure she committed…
Rue’s sister, Rose Dalton turns up begging Jessica to help but just what is she going to uncover as she starts to dig deep into the small town she has found herself embroiled in. I love the character of Jessica Shaw, there is a real depth about her and it seems that through her relationships we discover something new about her at every turn.
Told in the present day with flashbacks from the 1980s when Rue was sentenced for the murders of her two best friends, this again is a tightly plotted and cleverly crafted novel. It’s hard to believe that is only Lisa Gray’s second novel.
Lisa Gray is an assured and confident writer; the words seem to flow effortlessly from her fingers into the page creating a world so easy just to step into. I’ve never been to the places she describes in her book but I can see, hear and smell them as sure as I lived there.
The plot is fast and it is pacey. Short, sharp characters keep you hooked and that whole “just one more chapter” feeling kicks in! It’s filled to the brim with twists, turns and WTF moments! It’s intelligently plotted and provides a great work out for the crime fiction lover’s brain, but not too complex that it loses you. It sets the scene throughout to the point I honestly did feel I was in there.
All I’ve left to say is Lisa, when is book three out! Oh, and of course, go buy this book everyone!
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About the author:
Lisa Gray is a writer and journalist, and the author of the PI Jessica Shaw thriller series.
She decided at a young age that she wanted to write features for magazines and somehow ended up working as a football journalist for 14 years instead.
After too many winters spent freezing at matches and worrying about dodgy wi-fi connections, Lisa gave up football to work as a content writer at a national newspaper, where she had a spell as their books columnist.
An avid reader, she was hooked on Sweet Valley High and Point Horror books as a youngster, before turning to crime. Her favorite authors include Michael Connelly, Lee Child and Karin Slaughter.