We are the sum of our memories. We exist not merely in the present but as the person we know we are from our past. A girl is washed up, half drowned, on a beach in Dorset. Her boyfriend reports her missing so she knows, but doesn’t recognise, her name; Mia James. The face in her mirror is a total stranger to her. She can’t connect with people she is told she knows – all but one. Can she re-invent herself or will she one day regain her memories and her true past?
I found this book utterly gripping. To exist in your own mind only from the day you woke on the beach is a fascinating but terrifying thought. Mia doesn’t know who to trust and neither does the reader. I found the way the author managed to switch the reader’s perceptions particularly well done. We don’t know who to believe. Was she the victim of an accident or was someone trying to kill her? You’ll have to read it to find out. It’s not often I read a book in a day but this one is so compelling. It’s a page turner and no mistake.
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher who offered copies for review purposes.