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.
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?
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 !!!
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