She's Not There Book Review

She's Not There Book Review

Title: She’s Not There
Author: P.J. Parrish
Published: 2015, Thomas and Mercer
No. of Pages: 382
Cover Price: $15.95 Paperback, $4.99 Kindle

Bestselling author P.J. Parrish (actually two authors – 2 sisters), has written a fascinating book, She’s Not There which tells the story of Amelia Tobias, who wakes up in a hospital with amnesia due to an automobile accident after a mysterious man brings her in and leaves her in the waiting room. As Amelia learns about herself, and small parts of her memory come back, she senses that she is in danger and runs away from the hospital. She pawns her 10-carat diamond ring for money, and although she doesn’t know why, keeps running. Her husband’s partner, Owen McCall, hires a private detective, Clay Buchanan, to find her, then because the detective has some issues (his wife and son disappeared and he is suspected of murdering them), pushes him to accept two million dollars to kill Amelia. He is almost successful, but she is able to shoot him in the shoulder and continue running.

As the story evolves, the suspense builds; readers don’t know why Amelia is running, but suspect that her husband has something to do with her need to run. McCall has a daughter who tells Buchanan that Amelia’s husband, Alex, beats her, which raises more suspicion.

Throughout the novel readers don’t know if a crime has been committed or if Amelia is not remembering things as they actually are. She has no idea why people are trying to kill her; she has been, up to this point, a society wife living a shallow existence. Aspects of her life and complicated history are revealed slowly, keeping her character interesting and enigmatic throughout.

Parrish has done an excellent job with the characters, and the story is well-written and easy to follow. As truths are revealed, it's evident that the author knows a bit about human nature, and uses that knowledge to add twists and turns to the events as they occur. There is one issue that is not resolved, that of Buchanan’s missing wife and son, but that may be by design and destined to be in a subsequent novel. The book has no blatant violence, sex, or profanity, so it's a good choice for almost any suspense lover. This book is recommended as it is a fast, well-written read that will keep readers interested through the entire book.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

This book may be purchased at Amazon:
She's Not There, Paperback
She's Not There, Kindle

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