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Sunday, August 23, 2015

She's Not There by P.J. Parrish

She's Not There

I'm pretty sure I've read something else by P.J. Parrish, but it must have been more than ten years ago, before I started this blog.  

Amelia wakes up in a hospital, injured and hurting, and unable to recall her own name.  Even when she remembers her first name, she has no clue about what happened to her and no memory of anything about her life.   Unable to parse the threat she feels, she nevertheless knows that she is in danger.

A man claiming to be her husband arrives at the hospital, and when he leaves, Amelia quickly dresses and flees. Whatever her circumstances, she has no intention of waiting around to have someone else take charge of her life--the threat she feels is too real.

She is pretty clever about her escape; using instinct and intelligence, she sets out to discover her past for herself.  Unfortunately, a very skillful private investigator is on her trail.

Even though the hints about the bad guy(s) are pretty clear to the reader, Amelia must solve the mystery how she ended up in the hospital without the information the reader has available.  Her memory returns slowly and in odd pieces, and she must untangle the various threads of her life in order to survive.

Suspenseful and twisty.

P.J. Parrish is actually two sisters, Kristy Montee and Kelly Nichols. Their books have appeared on both the New York Times and USA Today best seller lists. The series has garnered 11 major crime-fiction awards, and an Edgar® nomination. Parrish has won two Shamus awards, one Anthony and one International Thriller competition. Her books have been published throughout Europe and Asia. Parrish's short stories have also appeared in many anthologies, including two published by Mystery Writers of America, edited by Harlan Coben and the late Stuart Kaminsky. Their stories have also appeared in Akashic Books acclaimed Detroit Noir, and in Ellery Queen Magazine. Most recently, they contributed an essay to a special edition of Edgar Allan Poe's works edited by Michael Connelly.

Read in June; blog post scheduled for Aug. 24

NetGalley/Thomas & Mercer

Suspense/Mystery.  Sept. 8, 2015.  Print length:  384 pages.


  1. I feel like I've read something by this author too, but I may be getting the name mixed up with P. J. Tracy. That's also two authors - mother and daughter. This one sounds good.

    1. I love the P.J. Tracy books, too! This is one of about 3 amnesia themed books I read earlier in the summer, but it was by far the best. :)

  2. This sounds good and suspenseful.
    "Amelia must solve the mystery how she ended up in the hospital without the information the reader has available"... This is also another reason what makes me intrigue about the story. Will have to check this out.

    1. I think you might enjoy this one, Melody.

  3. Sounds like a page turner. I don't think I've read anything by this author(s). Thanks for the review.