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With an unforgettable cast of characters and exhilarating twists and turns, this brilliant psychological thriller from the author of Under Your Skin is sure to please fans of Gone Girl.
Everyone keeps telling me I have to move on. And so here I am, walking down the road where he died, trying to remember him the right way.
A year after her husband Zach’s death, Lizzie goes to lay flowers where his fatal accident took place.
As she makes her way along the road, she thinks about their life together. She wonders whether she has changed since Zach died. She wonders if she will ever feel whole again.
At last she reaches the spot. And there, tied to a tree, is a bunch of lilies. The flowers are addressed to her husband. Someone has been there before her.
Lizzie loved Zach. She really did. But she’s starting to realize she didn’t really know him. Or what he was capable of…
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Remember Me This Way was a well written and suspenseful psychological thriller. I was initially reeled in by the blurb and once I began the book I couldn’t put it down. I often forget how much I enjoy thrillers. I really enjoyed Remember Me This Way; however it was definitely weird, dark, and twisted.
The story begins with Lizzie visiting the site of her late husband (Zach’s) fatal car accident. When Lizzie arrives, she notices that flowers have been left at the spot where Zach’s accident occurs. Lizzie begins to question her relationship with Zach; was there someone else? Did she really know him at all? As Lizzie tries to figure out who left the flowers and who “Xenia” is, strange things begin to happen. Her beloved dog starts to become ill. She meets some of Zach’s friends and their daughter, Onnie, who becomes strangely obsessed with Lizzie. As more and more evidence piles up, Lizzie is left to wonder, is Zach really dead?
The story shifts between Lizzie and Zach’s POV’s. Lizzie’s POV takes place in the present day while Zach’s POV starts when the couple meets. It is clear from the beginning that Lizzie and Zach have an unconventional relationship. Lizzie has absolutely no self-worth and consistently blames herself for Zach’s erratic behavior. There is absolutely no question in my mind that Zach is a sociopath with psychopathic tendencies. He is emotionally and physically abusive towards Lizzie and on numerous occasions he abuses her dog. He’s narcissistic, ridiculously jealous, and neat to the point of obsessive-compulsive. There are so many other horrible things Zach does but many of them play rather importantly into the story line so I’ll just leave it at that. He is a foul, disgusting human being. As for Lizzie, she was definitely psychologically fragile so it was not difficult for me to feel empathy towards her. Sociopaths are everywhere and even the most rational people cannot see them for what they truly are. Lizzie has had zero experiences with intimate relationships before so it is not hard for me to believe she was charmed by Zach’s idiosyncrasies in the beginning. It’s clear that she just wants to feel wanted and needed.
The plot of this story is a wild ride; there were so many moments that made me audibly gasp. It was not an easy story to swallow as there are quite a few shocking and downright disturbing moments. I spent the entire time I read this book questioning every little piece of evidence Durrant gave us: about Zach, about Onnie, about everything!
While I really found this story engaging and entertaining, there was just something lacking for me. I don’t know if it was the fact that certain portions felt like they dragged on forever or that some of the things that happened were just downright disturbing. It’s difficult to say. I know people who enjoy Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl will probably really enjoy this story as well.
Overall, I found Remember Me This Way to be chilling and full of suspense. I would definitely recommend it to readers who like creepy mystery thrillers. I enjoyed the Durrant’s dark way of story telling and will definitely be picking up more of her books in the future.