Book Review: She’s Not There by P.J. Parrish

Thomas & Mercer Published Sept. 8, 2015 384 Pages

They say it’s better to battle the devil you know. But what if you don’t recognize him before it’s too late?

She knows her name is Amelia, but after waking up in a hospital battered and bruised with just the clothes on her back, it’s all she knows. Unable to piece together her shattered memory, she’s haunted by a vision: menacing faces and voices implying her nightmare is far from over.

Relying only on her wits and her will to live, Amelia becomes a fugitive from a mysterious man, and a life she can’t even remember. But the past she’s fleeing has no intention of letting her go.- Goodreads

Parrish has a way to keep you hanging on all the way to an upsetting end. Yes, there is an upsetting end to this fairly long novel. But let’s begin,

Amelia knows that something is wrong but cannot put her finger on it. So she runs away shortly after a man shows up at her hospital room. Her running sets a string of events that she doesn’t fully understand at least until the end of the book. I liked Amelia. She is woman simply trying to get her memories back and figure out where things went wrong. She wasn’t a dry character but at the same time, her current life revolves around this mystery and that is all there is to her.

To break up that up, the author adds in another character with their point of view and in all honesty, I liked him and I wish the author wrote more about him in regards to his past and his internal turmoil. If it wasn’t for this character, the book would have been extremely stall and unresponsive.

The pace of the entire novel wasn’t bad. The issues really came towards the end of the book. You feel and see the moment when the author did not have any more fight left in the book. Because everything you wanted to know is handled and everything is just placed in front of you. All that build up, all that tension went away in 2 chapters. It was weak and it was upsetting because this is a good book. It is worth the read but that ending knocks it down a few points.

Overall, for as long as the book was there wasn’t enough fighting or running. Confrontation was weak and didn’t provide the intensity needed to justify the length of the book. It was a good read but it could have been way better.

3 Pickles