Book Review Tuesday: On the Tip of Her Tongue by Jerry Roth @_JerryRoth_ #supernaturalsuspense

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Hello, and welcome to the first Book Review Tuesday of June—and the first day of June. Pretty clever how that fell into place, huh? 🙂 Today’s review is for a novel that releases next Tuesday on the 8th, but is available for pre-order now. The author provided me with an ARC, which I quickly devoured. I think you’ll want to as well.

BOOK BLURB:

Without your memories, who are you?

When Judy Angel opens her eyes, the nightmare begins. Every shred of the past has disappeared from her mind. Without the help of memories, she must navigate her past and trust that friends and family are truly what they seem.

Finding a message from her younger self, Judy follows the breadcrumbs, sending her down a frightening path, and changing her life forever.

Why did she run away so many years before? Can she trust the visions that haunt her nights? For Judy Angel, every memory is On the Tip of Her Tongue. But will that be enough to save her?

MY REVIEW:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

As noted in the blurb, the main character in this story has to reconstruct her life through a trail of breadcrumbs. When the novel starts, she has no memory of her past or the people who have factored into her life. Judy is married to Johnny Macklemore, a famous novelist who has asked her to hand-deliver his latest manuscript to his publisher while he attends to other business. Instead, Judy ends up in a hospital, questioning how she got there and failing to recognize her own parents.

When she returns to her childhood home, she discovers her younger self—Judy Angel—has left a series of clues enabling her to begin piecing her life together. Along the course, she will reconnect with past friends and a former fiancé, now a detective. She’ll also encounter Johnny’s parents, and a sister-in-law she never knew existed. Her in-laws are nothing as expected, and Johnny’s sister, Tessa, exists in a non-commutative state, unaware of what takes place around her.

This story has a lot of “legs”—both in the past and present. The plot threads meander, take detours, circle around, then come together in a deftly constructed conclusion. The suspense is slow-build and parts of narrative are woven with magical realism. I have a strange fondness for books that use damaged minds and mental facilities devoted to odd or unusual experimentation. Both lay at the heart of this story, but it’s also a tale of sacrifice, betrayals, and starting over. Particularly touching is Judy’s relationship with her father, Bud, something the reader doesn’t grasp in entirety until the last quarter of the tale.

Two things I positively loved were the author’s use of Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird, and Billy Joel’s song, “Lullaby.” Both show up more than once in the narrative, as does a small stuffed mockingbird that carries meaning for Judy. If you enjoy supernatural suspense with forays into magical realism, this is an intriguing story with plenty of surprises waiting along the way. 4 Stars.

I received a complimentary ARC of this novel for an honest review.


This book was so different and unique in so many ways. I hope you’ll help Jerry spread the news On the Tip of Her Tongue is available for pre-order by using the sharing buttons below. Then hop over to Amazon to reserve your own copy. As always, I wish you happy reading!


NEWSFLASH UPDATE !!!

As per his comment below, Jerry has a special THANK YOU offer for everyone here:
Use the DISCOUNT CODE: TIPOFHERTONGUE21
The code is good on all print versions of “On the Tip of Her Tongue” only on http://www.Jerryrothauthor.com

71 thoughts on “Book Review Tuesday: On the Tip of Her Tongue by Jerry Roth @_JerryRoth_ #supernaturalsuspense

  1. Thank you Mae for this amazing review! I love to answer questions and talk to your readers. Ask me anything.
    For all your support I’d like to give a DISCOUNT CODE: TIPOFHERTONGUE21
    To anyone here
    The code is good on all print versions of “On the Tip of Her Tongue” only on http://www.Jerryrothauthor.com
    Thanks everyone 😊

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    • My pleasure on the review, Jerry, and thank you again for my ARC!

      And what a wonderful offer. I’ve updated my post to make your discount promo stand out. Wishing you many new readers!

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      • If the book is as good as it sounds, that’s all the thanks I need! Heck, if I could still read print, I’d have gone straight to your site to use your discount, but being able to adjust the font size on my Kindle is critical for me these days.

        And I wish you the very best of luck with your release, too. Hope you sell a kajillion copies!! 🙂

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      • I sometimes buy print books, too, just because I love seeing them on my shelves. Especially if I’ve really enjoyed the book on my Kindle, or I’m collecting a series. So I could end up with TWO copies of this one. You never know. 😀

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  2. What intriguing bits and pieces you gave us. A former fiancée who’s now a detective–sounds like maybe a little romance? Johnny’s sister can’t communicate. Why? A stuffed mockingbird–you don’t see that everyday, and clues the young Judy left in her past. A book full of puzzles. Sounds really interesting. Great review, Mae!

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