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Shattered Memories

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  44 ratings  ·  21 reviews
A terrible tragedy forced Alana McCarthy to forget a year of her life. Now she is to be executed for a crime she does not remember committing — the murder of her entire family. Lost and alone, Alana is terrified of unlocking secrets buried so deep inside her mind that she's willing to forget the one person who could set her free.

Daniel Costello hasn't forgotten about Alana
Paperback, 268 pages
Published June 16th 2015 by Clean Teen Publishing
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Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing

This was unexpected! I loved this book much more than I expected I would do. I thought the blurb was great, but you never know do you.

We start with Alana who is on death row. She is under the age of 18. Only just. The law states that no one under the age of 18 can be killed.

She has a very short time to remember what happened to her.

Alana is accused of killing her entire family. The problem is she doesn't remember any of it. Sometimes she gets doubts, other times, she is 100% certain that it was
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
There are some books where you get to the end and you just have to take a deep breath before you can do anything. THIS is one of those books. The writing is captivating and you are dragged into what can only be described as an impossible situation.

This is the first opportunity I have to read this author and I hope it won't be the last. Add this book to your TBR list immediately and strap in and prepare for a rollercoaster ride!

An easy 5 star read!

Nancy (The Avid Reader)
I received a free copy of the book from the author for my honest opinion.

Alana McCarthy has been sentenced to die for the murder of her whole family; her mother, father and her little sister. Alana is sent to prison to await her execution day. The law states that no child can be executed. Everyone must be eighteen years of age to be put to death. Alana can't figure out why she has been sentenced for the murder of her family when that is the last thing on earth that she would ever dream of doing.
Ethan Gregory
Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Full review and more available at: http://oneguysguidetogoodreads.blogsp...

My Thoughts:

With as many books as I read these days, it isn't often that I finish one and my immediate thought be "I have to re-read this novel'. The way most books are written, I read it once and I've got it, no need for a rehash. Then I met Susan Harris. You know those films you see where the ending is completely twisted and it changes the entire film, only to leave you re-watching the entire movie so that you can
Anita Lock
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Alana McCarthy is found guilty of murdering her family. Spending much of her prison time wondering what would possess her to kill off the family that she loved, Alana only wishes that she could remember what really occurred during that horrendous event. At least Daniel Costello, her psychologist, holds out hope that by releasing her suppressed memories, she may be able to prove her innocence. Alana has also forgotten that Daniel happened to be her boyfriend prior to her drastic life change. But ...more
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of YA dystopia
Before my review, two notes:
(1) I was given a copy of this ebook by the publisher, Clean Teen Publishing, for purposes of an honest review. The fact that it was given to me free of charge has not affected my review or rating in any way.
(2) If I could give half stars, my true rating would be 3.5. However, since I can't, I am going with my policy of always rounding UP, hence the 4-star rating.

Okay, on to the review! I was definitely eager to read this book from the moment I heard about it through
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really did not know what to expect before starting this one, but the synopsis and the cover just called out to me and I knew that this was one book that I had to read. I am so glad that I answered that call, because Shattered Memories was an amazing read! From the very first page I was hooked with the unique story line and the captivating characters. Alana is one of those characters and I couldn't help but pull for her as she tried to regain her memories from that awful night her parents and s ...more
Courtney Whittamore- The Moral of our Stories
A confused girl has been left in a position with no recollection of the last year sentenced to death for a crime she cannot remember committing. Alone and hopeless, she has left to her own devices to try and reinstate her good name. But is she really alone? Is she doomed to pay the price for slaughtering her family in cold blood, or welfare memories returned to her with the help of some unlikely allies.

Shattered Memories is a brand-new dystopian young adult novel by Susan Harris. This book is a
Brittany | BookRamblings
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Every now and then you will read a book that truly captivates you and utterly breaks your heart over the course of a whole book. Shattered Memories was one of these books for me.

Susan was able to create a unique dystopian future, where Ireland is used as a prison island, yet still make the situation feel realistic. Susan still includes slight alterations as to how things would happen today in order to uphold the futurism yet the situation the characters find themselves in could be seperated fro
Gemma Ironside
Aug 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shattered Memories is set in the future, where the justice system is corrupt. Alanna has been accused of killing her parents and her baby sister and is currently on death row awaiting her eighteenth birthday; the day she will be sentenced to death. Alanna has no memories of the night in question or the entire year leading up to it. This book takes us through the process Alanna goes through to try and discover if she killed her family or not and I have to say it had me gripped from the very begin ...more
K.M. Robinson
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shattered Memories was fantastic. It starts off with a bit of a history lesson, which I admit, didn’t hold my attention very well, but it is very important to read. Once you get through it and the real story starts, be prepared to get really invested in the story. Alana has been accused of murdering her family and is sent to death row. She has lost all memory from her last year, including her relationship with the highly intelligent, Dr. Daniel Costello. Daniel works his way into the prison syst ...more
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews, young-adult
Shattered Memories by Susan Harris is an easy 5 star read for me.

This book didn't start out the way I expected it to. The background information threw me off, but as I got further into the book, it became easier to read and harder to put down once I got past the background info.

Alana is on death row and doesn't remember what happened to her family. She was charged with killing her family, but knows that she isn't the one who killed the family.

She gets doubts that it wasn't her who did it, but
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The idea is new and exciting, the characters were real and had you creating strong opinions of them...good and bad, and the author did a great job with her scene detail, it wasn't too wordy but also left you with a feeling like you are right there in the story.

Alana has some problems, she is set for execution for the murder of her family...but one problem, she doesn't remember anything or anyone from the
K.M. Lowe
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was the first book that I have read by this author, but by god it won't be the last. This was my 100th book that I've read this year, and this was something else. Shattered memories was the story of a young girl that gets wrongly accused of killing her parents and younger sister. Allana is sentenced to death on her 18th birthday but because she has no memory of what happened she is running out of time.

I won't say any more about the story because you just need to read it. The story is full
Elaine Irwin
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone who loves an epic love
Recommended to Elaine by: Review for Susan Harris
Part Review...

I cannot believe myself how much I loved this book. And though a stand-alone I found myself wishing it would be the first in a series.

This book has everything. An epic love story, desperation, hopelessness, hope, desire, pain, heartache, action. It is un-put-down-able. In fact the only reason I put it down on Saturday night was because my eyes refused point blank to stay open, no matter how much I argued with them.

This book made me smile, it made my stomach tighten in fear. And it
InD'tale Magazine
Readers following this haunting journey will laugh, worry, investigate, and most definitely cry with Alana as she unravels the mystery of the murders.

Read full review in the 2015 November issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Shelly Wygant
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
The blurb for this book pulled me in but the story is so much more. Under 18 and on death row Alana doesn't remember the past year. She is convicted of murdering her family. As things are set in place to remember she will remember the past and so discover so much more. As the good and bad memories come back the truth brings pain and happiness.

Just when I thought there was hope towards the end Ms. Harris pulls the rug out from underneath you with a twist that I did not see coming (and made me wa
Aug 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Miss Sharon L Wells
A brilliant read with twists and turns along the way

A gripping story that had me hooked from beginning to end. Love and tragedy threaded through the story with an ending that will make you smile and cry all at once
Toni Pill
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not the ending I expected but great read. Page turner.
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
The author immediately engages the reader with the story of a young girl acussed and convicted of killing her family. The reader will have difficulty putting this book down.
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Susan Harris is a writer from Cork in Ireland. An avid reader, she quickly grew to love books in the supernatural/fantasy genre. When she is not writing or reading, she loves music, oriental cultures, tattoos, anything Disney and psychology. If she wasn't a writer she would love to be a FBI profiler or a PA for Dave Grohl or Jared Leto.

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