Rating: 4 stars
In a mystery/horror novel, Sabine Durrant writes a story worthy of “Gone Girl” or other are-they-dead-or-aren’t-they stories. “Remember Me This Way” is the story of Lizzie, whose husband, Zach, died a year ago. But when she finally visits the site of his deadly car accident to lay flowers there and have some closure, she finds another set of flowers with another woman’s name on them.
The story alternates with both Lizzie and Zach telling the story of their courtship and subsequent marriage from each person’s point of view. It’s obvious from the start that Zach is not a nice person. He’s possessive, paranoid, and maybe even homicidal. Lizzie, on the other hand, is naive and inexperienced.
The story progresses on two planes, Zach’s story goes forward in time from several years before — when he first met Lizzie, while Lizzie’s story begins a year after his death but includes flashbacks to tell the story of the past from her point of view. There are thrills and scares aplenty in this story.
While some may guess the ending, others will be surprised. And for everyone there are twists and turns along the way. And the details about England and the class snobbishness there will interest those of us reading it on this side of the pond.
Please note: This review is based on the final, hardcover book provided by Emily Bestler Books (Atria) for review purposes.