ARC Review: Remember Me by Romily Bernard

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Wick is still getting used to the fact that her troubles are over, but she doesn’t have to adjust for long because a new murder case is on the rise. Detective Carson has her hands tied with underhanded detective work, and Wick is dealing with more than just the case. With a new stalker, a flirty hacker, and news about her mother’s suicide, Wick has a full plate. Between jumping through hoops for Carson and keeping these secrets from Bren, her foster mom, Wick’s life is far from normal.

This is a sequel to Find Me, which I adored. Both books have thrill and suspense mixed with contemporary problems.

Sadly, I liked Find Me much more. Don’t get me wrong; so far, the series is still amazing. Yet everything from the cover to the issue seemed always half a step lower.

You guys know how I feel about covers, so let’s get that comment out of the way. The gray background paired with the atrocious bright red/orange dyed hair just doesn’t do anything for me. I think the darker cover was better than this one. It just felt like too much going on for this cover. Plus, I just now (literally as I write this) figured out the actual orientation of the girl. It’s just… awkward.

Anyway, to the real book. The writing style is simple and easy to understand. It’s straight forward and focuses more on images and specific details rather than figurative or elaborate language. This style is perfect for the content.

Remember Me is advertised thriller, but that seems a bit extreme. It’s most definitely suspense and mystery. There is never really a moment where I could guess what was going to happen, and I was always interested. There’s a murder at the very beginning of the story, but I felt like that wasn’t the main focus. It turned into more of a clue for Wick to find out the people and events involved.

At some points, I felt like there was too much going on. I couldn’t keep track of all the names or which person went with which mystery. Sure, it all ties together in the end, but I had trouble remembering who was associated with her criminal father or the suspicious judge. Plus, with her mom’s suicide mystery thrown in, it was overwhelming.

On the other hand, there is always something going on. Whether it’s trouble with her boyfriend, Griff, or hiding from a murderer in the bushes. Wick, despite the extremely unique circumstances, is still easy to relate to. She’s hesitate about skipping school and lying to her foster mom. She loves her sister. She has boy troubles with the hacker who’s been flirting with her in front of Griff. Morally, she wonders if she’s doing the right thing. All the thoughts and sarcastic remarks can be related to our everyday teenage life.

And it’s set in Peachtree City! It always makes it more exciting when you know the place it’s at. Whenever they talked about bike paths (ehm, golf cart paths) or the library, I felt famous. But it’s definitely fictional writing, since Peachtree City is pretty affluent we don’t have trailer parks or drug problems or creepy detectives.

I wasn’t as invested in the plot as I was in Find Me, which is why it felt less thrilling. Instead of a realistic and almost relatable mystery, this one focuses on a complex and twisting mystery with many different aspects and people. It keeps the reader on their toes, that’s for sure. It’s very crime drama-y, so if Law and Order or CSI appeal to you, jump right in!

Overall, I liked how Wick struggled with normal things as well as detective and hacker things. It’s contemporary, suspenseful, and mysterious all at once, which sets it apart from other books stuck in the contemporary romance or dystopian genre. I’ll definitely be checking out the next installment of Wick’s adventures!

4 Stars

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