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The Last Thing I Remember

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  2,722 ratings  ·  160 reviews
For fans of Rubbernecker and Before I Go To Sleep, a tense thriller with a clever and original premise - and a devilish twist

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,
ebook, 272 pages
Published February 25th 2016 by Twenty7
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Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Straight up addictive reading that I gulped as fast as a chocolate milkshake on a hot Sunday afternoon. The Last Thing I Remember takes place in the contemporary U.K. and is alternatively narrated by Sarah, a woman whose in a medically induced coma, and, Kelly, Sarah's teenage neighbor.

Deborah Bee faced a tough task in having the storyline fall to a woman that only the reader could "hear" and a teenager that appears only to reveal half-truths. The fact remains, that the story is executed
Liz Barnsley
Jul 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**3.5 stars**

Read this in two hours straight - the addictive quality is way up there. You just do NOT want to stop reading. That in itself says something about The Last Thing I Remember.

The book for me was made by one of our two main protagonists, Kelly, teenage girl, typical of that age SUCH an authentic voice Deborah Bee brings to her. She is hilarious and complicated with a dry wit and a potty mouth - I loved reading her portions of the story as she tells the tale of her friendship with
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
OMG and just like WOW,what a brilliant book,every now and again you start reading a book that you don't want to finish,you want to know how the story is going to end but you just don't want to get there,that's how I felt about this book,its like absolutely brilliant.

Sarah is in hospital but she can't tell anyone what happened because she is in a coma.Trapped in limbo she drifts in and out of concienceness not able to feel,see or move and only occasionally being able to hear and sense what is
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The short review goes

Just SO good - obvs like totally ;)

The longer one is

I really did find the start of this book very intriguing. In the first chapter we have Sarah in hospital having suffered some trauma and probably unconscious. The next chapter introduces us to Kelly. Kelly is a young teenager who lives next door to Sarah and whose main attribute, other than swearing, would appear to be mangling English. The chapters alternate between Sarah & Kelly throughout the book. At this stage it
Apr 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Meet Sarah– locked in a coma. Can hear everything that is being spoken of around her hospital bed. Nurses gossiping, chatting about ‘cheese strings’ or well g-strings. Her parents fussing around her. The doctors explaining what’s going on with Sarah medically.

Meet Kelly– a teenaged girl who befriends Sarah, the new and stunningly beautiful next door neighbor. She’s a typical and very realistic teenager who has her own troubles at school. Turns out the school is ruled by the bullying ‘housing
Gordon Mcghie
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
When I read the description of The Last Thing I Remember my immediate reaction was that I HAD to read this story. Narrative from a character who cannot interact with any other characters, who cannot remember what has happened to her and who is scared that someone may be out to cause her more harm? I couldn’t even begin to think how that story may play out…but I wanted to see how Deborah Bee could make it work. Brilliantly as it turns out!

This was a very cleverly constructed book. Much of what we
Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another psychological thriller which I love but this one with a twist.

Trapped in a comatose state following an accident, unable to blink, move, speak or even open her eyes, Sarah tells us her story through her thoughts and in responses to family, friends and hospital staff conversations while she is laying in her hospital bed trying desperately to give them a sign that she is not brain dead. Told in alternate chapters with Kelly her next door neighbours daughter, we piece together what happened
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: two-star
This book promises a lot in its synopsis but sadly fails to live up to its expectations. The cover announces it as an emotional psychological thriller - and it was none of these things.

Told alternately by teenaged Kelly and assault victim Sarah, who is locked in a coma and floats in and out of consciousness as those around her try and decipher what has happened. The chapters told by Kelly were littered with swearing which added nothing to the plot and were frankly distracting from the
Chris Whitaker
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved this, really loved it. I didn't want to reach the end but it's impossible to pace yourself when reading something so utterly gripping. I had a soft spot for Kelly (love a swearer), and found Sarah's locked-in condition absolutely terrifying.

It's hard to believe it's a debut, can't wait for the next one! Highly recommended.
Linda Boa
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-for-blog
What a bloody fantastic book! Very clever, really readable, with the voice of a teenage girl captured perfectly, imho. Another cracker from those geniuses at Twenty7 and their authors. From what I've read, they can do no wrong.

Catch me on the blog tour on Monday at - or you could buy it now and you'll have it read by then.
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks, library
Listened to the audiobook. Great narration, lots of swearing with Kelly's character but that was an important part of the character.
Mark Tilbury
Trying to maintain a readers interest in a story where one of the main characters is in a coma could fail, but not here. Sarah's chapters are tense and at times claustrophobic, as she fails to make doctors and her family aware she can hear them.

Teenager, Kelly's chapters alternate with Sarah's and give extra insight into their relationship and Kelly's school life. Some other readers have said that Kelly swears too much. There is quite a lot of swearing but I don't think it's over the top, and
Lesley Allen
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Last Thing I Remember has given me one of my favourite fictional characters in a very long time, in the form of schoolgirl, Kelly. She jumps off the page with her tumbling, brash, in-your-face dialogue. Both of Deborah Bee’s protagonists in this dual narrative thriller are utterly believable, and Sarah’s coma-confined chapters are as tense and engaging as Kelly’s are explosive and entertaining. This is such as assured debut novel, expertly and deftly unraveled. As soon as I finished, I felt ...more
Truly a book I couldn't put down, so in the end I didn't bother & I just read on into the wee hours!

The story is told by Sarah & Kelly, two very different characters but both very credible & the format works extremely well. Sarah is in a coma yet her "voice" is convincing at portraying the horror of "locked in syndrome". To be trapped in your own body, unable to speak, see or feel is a living nightmare indeed *shudder*. The nurses chatter, the descriptions of the waiting room, the
Cleopatra  Pullen
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
The first thing I have to say about this book is it is hard to believe how entertaining a narrative can be when ‘spoken’ by a woman in a coma!

Sarah is in a coma, unable to communicate at all, lying in her bed listening, in part to the conversation going on around her. Her mother and her father visit and we can tell so much about them through their snippets of conversation. Likewise the nurses, some are more solicitous than others but the real mystery is, how did Sarah end up lying there, in that
G.J. Minett
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Last Thing I Remember is an extremely ambitious and audaciously conceived debut novel. To make the central character a woman in a coma, who is hazily aware of conversations around her but struggling to place them in a context she can understand, is a real gamble. Sarah knows who she is, can recognise the voices of her immediate family and friends and is able to piece together fragments of her life and the events that have put her in this hospital bed but, in her 'locked in' state, she's not ...more
Babus Ahmed
Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sarah is admitted to hospital with a serious head injury. She is in a coma but is able to hear people around her at times. She has no recollection of her life or how she ended up injured, but starts to piece things together. Her neighbour, Brenda, and her daughter, Kelly are the closest to her but neither one of them are forthcoming and time is running out for Sarah as her prognosis is looking bleaker by the day.

Told from the perspective of Sarah, who is aware but not awake and Kelly, this
Wow.... This book was really, really good!
It is told in 2 narratives, one being Sarah while in a coma and the second is her neighbor's daughter Kelly, a snarky, foul mouthed 13 year old that Sarah has befriended. I love how the author manages a great dialogue inside Sarah's head even while comatose. She also perfectly captures the teenage sarcasm and kind of makes it endearing. Totally obvs! I found myself constantly laughing out loud at Kelly's narrative!
I could not put this book down and
Apr 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Late at night, a pretty young woman is brought into the hospital’s emergency department unconscious with a serious head injury. It is believed that she was assaulted and struck her head on the pavement as she fell, causing an intracranial bleed. Her husband, who was also attacked, was found dead at the scene from a blow to the head. Paramedics say that she only said two words to them before lapsing into a coma. “Thank you.” They couldn’t ask what she was thanking them for, as she never
Jo Barton
Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Two very different narrators take us by the hand and lead us through this refreshingly different psychological suspense story. Sarah has been the victim of a severe assault and lies comatose in the critical care unit of the local hospital where she is, to all intents and purposes, brain dead. However, Sarah can listen and think, the only trouble is she can't make anyone hear her. Kelly is Sarah's fourteen year old neighbour and in the months leading up to Sarah's attack these two unlikely ...more
Apr 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
One of the things you should probably know about me is that I am an Anglophile. I lived in England for 5 months when I was in college and have since adored all things British. Any book set in England already has my good will from the get go. Add to this an unusual format and premise and The Last Thing I Remember, by Deborah Bee, had me enthralled throughout.

A young woman is in a coma but can hear everything that is going on around her. She must first figure out who she even is and how she wound
Dec 18, 2016 rated it liked it
A book with basically two points of view. Kelly, a teenager, who is a neighbour and friend of Sarah who is lying comatose in a hospital bed. She hears the conversations around her but can't react. Kelly is a very realistic teenager, a bit gobby but loyal. She isn't having a good time in a north London school thanks to the marauding gang of bullies. It was an interesting concept, quite well done - it's easy to picture the run down school, for Sarah being stuck in a hospital bed and the fear she ...more
Jul 04, 2016 rated it did not like it
Not even one star really, I found there were too many things wrong with this book, it annoyed me!
It was a struggle to read I only kept with it because i wanted to see how it ended I guessed half right half way through the book too.
Feb 06, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I made it to 50%... I must be missing something, really can't understand all of the brilliant reviews... I gave it a chance until I realised I had no interest in knowing what was happening or delighting in any possible twist that may or may not happen!
Jan 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
Painfully slow paced and too much senseless cursing.
Pam Tickner
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 1/2 stars. Good paced thriller. Told in two voices, Sarah, who is in a coma but can hear what is going on whilst in a vegetative state, and Kelly, her 14 year old school girl neighbour. As Sarah slowly recalls the suspected mugging that put her in a coma, buried memories resurface and all is not what it seems with the beautiful Sarah. Meanwhile, Kelly has to deal with violent school yard bullies, and her story is how she survives in a gang run mega high school. A clever unfolding of clues over ...more
Melinda Colley
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definitely the BEST book I have read in quite awhile & I read Alot!! Once I started reading this book I could not stop until I reached the ending

A true page turner! Definitely the BEST Book I have read so far this year! 5 Gold Stars! I am looking forward to reading more by Deborah Bee!
Judy Churchill
Jun 19, 2017 rated it liked it
I have got to quit buying the reduced price specials. I admit the title drew me in. It wasn't terrible but tedious. And yet - once again I read to the finish and was interested in the storyline. It was not a total waste.
Erika Singleton
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I found this to be an interesting book - a little different to the usual types of books written. When I had only a few pages left on the book I wondered how in the world the story would be nicely rounded off. It turns out there was no need to worry!
jennie pilsworth
The long sleep

A good story with the basic themes of friendship and bullying. Set in a rough London community! Well structured and thought provoking.
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