Jeff Abbott

Book - 2017

"From New York Times bestselling author Jeff Abbott BLAME The crash that killed him ... Two years ago, Jane Norton crashed her car on a lonely road, killing her friend David and leaving her with amnesia. At first, everyone was sympathetic. Then they found Jane's note: I wish we were dead together. A girl to blame ... From that day the town turned against her. But even now Jane is filled with questions: Why were they on that road? Why was she with David? Did she really want to die? The ...secrets she should forget Most of all, she must find out who has just written her an anonymous message: I know what really happened. I know what you don't remember.."--

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Suspense fiction
Mystery fiction
Psychological fiction
New York : Grand Central Publishing 2017.
First edition
Physical Description
377 pages ; 24 cm
Main Author
Jeff Abbott (author)
Review by Booklist Review

Two years ago, teenager Jane Norton caused a car accident that killed her passenger, David Hall. At least that's what she's been told: she woke up after the accident with amnesia and is still discovering new memories, but she continues to remember nothing of the accident. She knows that David's mother despises her, and that her former best friend, Kamala (David's girlfriend), seems determined to ruin her life. But is she determined enough to be the person who, posing as the fictitious Liv Danger, has posted a message on Jane's social-media page claiming to know what really happened that night two years ago? As Jane desperately tries to find out who Liv is and what led up to the accident, the questions keep stacking up, each one adding a layer of mystery to Jane's life. A solid stand-alone from the author of the Sam Capra series.--Pitt, David Copyright 2010 Booklist

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission. Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

In this engrossing standalone from Thriller Award-winner Abbott (The First Order), a car crash in Austin, Tex., steals 17-year-old Jane Norton's memory and kills her best friend's boyfriend, David Hall. Investigators find Jane's suicide note at the scene, turning sympathy for the survivor into blame. Jane can't imagine intentionally wrecking her vehicle, let alone doing so with David as a passenger, but since she can't remember the last three years, she's unable to offer an alternative explanation. Two years later, when "Liv Danger" posts a message online claiming to know what really happened that night and pledging vengeance, the guilt-ridden Jane assumes it's a cruel joke-until someone starts targeting those connected with the crash. The closer Jane comes to unlocking her memories and unmasking Liv Danger, the more certain she becomes that everyone in her life is conspiring to rewrite history and hide the truth. One soapy and superfluous subplot aside, this is an emotionally complex tale replete with finely drawn characters, shocking twists, and convincing red herrings. Agent: Peter Ginsberg, Curtis Brown. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved Review by Kirkus Book Review

An amnesiac accident victim has to investigate her own past in Abbott's (The First Order, 2016, etc.) tense psychological thriller.The Austin, Texas, suburb of Lakehaven is shaken when two teenagers drive off a cliff; driver Jane Norton survives while high school hero David Hall is killed. Jane comes out of a coma with part of her memory lost, beginning with her father's mysterious death three years earlier. After a note is found at the accident scene that suggests Jane caused the accident in a suicide attempt, she becomes an outcast and is especially hated by David's mother, Perri. But all may not be what it seems, as a mysterious internet poster taking the name Liv Danger threatens both Jane and Perri, claiming that "all will pay" when the truth comes to light. Over time Jane becomes less sure she can trust her therapist, any of her friends, or even her mother, who is trying to have her committed to a mental institution. As Jane pieces together her own history, she becomes convinced she wasn't trying to kill herself, and the accident starts looking more like murder. The unconventional plot, the constant surprises, and above all the psychological depth of the characters all make this a first-rate crime novel. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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