Sunday, 4 June 2017

Audiobook Review: THE LAST THING I REMEMBER BY DEBORAH BEE


THE LAST THING I REMEMBER
BY
DEBORAH BEE

Read by Yolanda Kettle and Lucy Middleweek

Bolinda/Bonnier Audio

Sarah is in a coma. Her memory is gone - she doesn't know how she got there. And she doesn't know how she might get out. But then she discovers that her injury wasn't an accident. And that the assailant hasn't been caught. Unable to speak, see or move, Sarah must use every clue that she overhears to piece together her own past. And work out who it is that keeps coming into her room.


The story is told by the two main protagonists, Sarah and Kelly.

Sarah speaks first when she is surrounded by paramedics in the street who are trying to help her, they talk to her but she can't talk back, she is bewildered and doesn't know what has happened to her.

The story alternates between Sarah and Kelly.  Kelly is Sarah's teenage neighbour and I have to say that I didn't like her at all.  Maybe it's a generation thing.  She tells her story peppered with the 'f' word in every sentence and it got really, really boring after a while.  She was so irritating and so annoying that I did consider giving up on it, though I persevered in the hope it would get better.

Sarah is in hospital and she can't move or feel anything, all she can do is hear what's going on around her bed.  She hears the nurses, her parents come and go, her friend Kelly sometimes comes and chats to her, but she also hear someone else that she doesn't know, a man, and he scares her.

She pieces together what happened to her by listening to everyone else, and occasionally some memories of her past come back to her.

Kelly tells us about her friendship with Sarah, her school friends, her enemies, and she seemed to digress so much, going on and on about school and not appearing to go anywhere with the story.

Overall the story was okay, it was not a page turner, there was a good twist to it, and I liked Sarah's character.

Both readers were very clear and I could identify the different voices they used for other characters, such as the two nurses and Sarah's parents.

My thanks to my local library for the opportunity of downloading this book from their website via the BorrowBox app.



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