When she was nine years old, Melody Browne’s house burned down, taking every toy, every photograph, every item of clothing and old Christmas card with it. But not only did the fire destroy all her possessions, it took with it all her memories – Melody Browne can remember nothing before her ninth birthday.
Now in her early thirties, Melody lives in a council flat in the middle of London with her seventeen-year-old son. She hasn’t seen her parents since she left home at fifteen, but Melody doesn’t mind, she’s better off on her own. She’s made a good life for herself and her son and she likes it that way.
Until one night something extraordinary happens. Whilst attending a hypnotist show with her first date in years she faints – and when she comes round she starts to remember. At first her memories mean nothing to her but then slowly, day by day, she begins to piece together the real story of her childhood. Her journey takes her to the seaside town of Broadstairs, to oddly familiar houses in London backstreets and to meetings with strangers who love her like their own. But with every mystery she solves another one materialises, with every question she answers another appears. And Melody begins to wonder if she’ll ever know the truth about her past…
This was one of the first books I bought for my Kindle and started to read it two days ago. The story features on a woman called Melody who lives with her son Ed. Without going into too much detail and giving away the story, she doesn’t remember anything about her life before she was nine years old.
I thought the twists in this book were fantastic and kept me hooked! I was desperate to read about this intriguing young woman and find about about her past.
After Melody goes on a date with Ben she is hypnotised and suddenly her life as she knows it, is turned on it’s head and spun round. She learns the people she thought were her parents, weren’t really her parents – but long lost relatives of her mother’s.
The story outlines the tragedy Melody’s mother faced when she was just five years old, having given birth to Melody’s sister Romany who tragically passes away, Melody’s mother goes into melt down and her whole life is destroyed.
I really admire how well thought out the characters of the book were, how all their pasts interlinked and flowed across the pages. Melody’s mother does a dreadful thing but Lisa has written the character out in such a way that you can’t hate her for what she has done, and in fact feel nothing but sympathy for her.
Throughout the book my heart melted for poor Melody. There is a character by the name of Ken and at first I did have reservations about him, but in fact at the end I just wanted to give him a big hug!
Lisa Jewell has managed to tackle some rather taboo subjects throughout the book, but did so with consummate ease. The plot was believable as were the characters and I would definately recommend that those of you who have yet to read a book by Lisa Jewell, do so and start with this one.
Fantastic read which had me hooked to the end!
The Truth About Melody Brown is available here