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The Life Lucy Knew

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  1,998 ratings  ·  312 reviews
One woman is about to discover everything she believes-knows-to be true about her life...isn't.

After hitting her head, Lucy Sparks awakens in the hospital to a shocking revelation: the man she's known and loved for years-the man she recently married-is not actually her husband. In fact, they haven't even spoken since their breakup four years earlier. The happily-ever-after
Paperback, 297 pages
Published June 12th 2018 by Park Row (first published May 21st 2018)
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
4 memorable stars to The Life Lucy Knew! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Wow, talk about an original premise. Lucy Sparks falls and hits her head. When she wakes up, she searches for her husband in her hospital room. Not only is he not there, “he’s” actually not her husband!

Instead, her current boyfriend, Matt, who is present, is broken-hearted when he realizes she is in love with her ex (who was never really her husband, anyway- part of the memory is created).

Lucy is diagnosed with a condition called honest lyin
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
3 stars.

I have read and loved every one of Karma Brown’s books. She is one of my favourite authors! Unfortunately, this novel fell shy of my hopes and expectations.

Lucy Sparks wakes up from a coma after falling and hitting her head. She has lost most of her memory from the last four years. She also discovers that she has what her doctors call, ‘false memories’ or ‘honest lying’. Her brain has created memories that feel real but are not real. Through therapy sessions along with the help of her f
3.5 Stars!

THE LIFE LUCY KNEW by KARMA BROWN was an enjoyable, interesting, quick and easy read that had an extremely interesting and fascinating premise to it. I absolutely love books with an amnesia component to the storyline and whereas I did enjoy this one I was a little disappointed with the ending. I normally thoroughly enjoy Epilogues and all that they reveal to us but with this one I would have liked to have had a little more insight into the inbetween of our main characters relationship,
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5000-books, jul-18
I loved this story as I do with all of Karma's books.
Set in Toronto where the author lives and I grew up, made the story exceptionally appealing being familiar with the streets and various locations mentioned.
An original and interesting premise has Lucy Sparks waking up from a coma after falling and hitting her head, only to have false memories. She knows who she is but the life she recalls living is not the life she has led. Healing and moving on becomes complicated as she isn't sure which mem
Chelsea Humphrey

No matter how many I come across, I'm always a sucker for a novel that features an amnesia component. There's something about the protagonist's journey across the unknown that grabs me, and Karma Brown has found a unique flair to make her story, The Life Lucy Knew, stand out in the crowd of others like it. While I did hope to grasp a little more of Lucy and Matt's relationship by the end and desired a little more from the epilogue, I did immensely enjoy following Lucy along such a diffi
Alex ♈
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Sometimes the things that used to make sense don’t make sense anymore.

Karma Brown is a new author for me.
Despite I had some issues with the story itself, I must admit this woman can write!
Wow! It was somehow a new experience for me: romance with an intense suspense, which wasn’t a thriller or a detective story.

I couldn’t put it down. I was literally glued to my Kindle.

After I read the blurb I was sure (based on my huge reading history), that I knew how the story would go.

Let’s see, a wom
Carlene Inspired
You know I couldn't resist reading this one early.
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Lucy Sparks is happily married, has a fantastic job, and has the best memories of her life...only her memories aren't her own. A nasty fall leaves her confused, having forgotten her relationship with her boyfriend and co-worker Matt, her family's big life events, and who she really is. What her doctor calls honest lying is really her brain filling in the blanks and when Lucy tries to live normally sh
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Life Lucy Knew

Karma Brown

Wow, all I can say is, this story blew me away! Keep the tissues close by as you are reading THE LIFE LUCY KNEW by Karma Brown. She will have your emotions all over the place. Once I started reading, it was very hard to stop! The twists and turns made it impossible to put down, as I had to know what was going to happen to Lucy. Lucy Sparks falls down, hits her head and she can't remember her life. The only things she remembers seem to be phantom memories!

Sherri Thacker
May 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
I have loved all of Karma Brown’s books. All I’ve given 5 stars. But this one I felt fell short. I had a hard time connecting with the characters. It just seemed to drag to me. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley For giving me this book early. All opinions are my own.
Amy Reichert
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've read a very early copy of this, and it was fantastic! ...more
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read an advanced copy of this book and absolutely loved the story, as I do with all of Karma's books. It's an emotional love story with suspense and mystery. A definite page-turner. I couldn't put it down. ...more
May 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
I received an ARC of The Life Lucy Knew from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This is the first book I've read by this author, even though she was on my radar for awhile. In this book Karma Brown takes a very common trope, amnesia, and puts an interesting spin on it. Following an accident, Lucy wakes up in the hospital with false memories. She thinks she is happily married to Daniel, who, in reality, is her ex-fiance and whom she hasn't seen in years. She has vivid m ...more
Connie G
Lucy woke up from a coma after falling on the ice and hitting her head. Not only had she lost some real memories, but Lucy also had fantastical made-up memories after her accident. She remembered events that never happened with an ex-boyfriend who she had not seen in four years. She only remembered her current boyfriend as a work buddy, although they had been living together.

Lucy had a condition called confabulated memory disorder where false memories seem totally real. As she narrates the story
Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}
I received this book for free from Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Life Lucy Knew had a really interesting premise. After slipping and hitting her head, Lucy wakes up and remembers a totally different life than she is living. Like she remembers marrying her ex, which never happened. While I enjoyed exploring this all with Lucy there was one thing that bothered me. I felt like there were big poin
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've been a fan of Karma Brown's writing ever since her debut, Come Away with Me, made it onto my 2015 favorites list. Her two books that came out since then have had more of a Jodi Picoult feel to them. So I was surprised when she took a different angle with The Life Lucy Knew and it had more of a Taylor Jenkins Reid feel this time around.

It was very easy to get into the story and stay captivated throughout. I loved the romantic aspect of the story, in regards to how Matt was trying to bring L
Melissa (Semi-hiatus for daughter's wedding)
3.5 stars rounded up
I loved the book throughout, but the ending just left me a little flat. I thought there could have been a bit more of a twist that would have made things more surprising and original with the Daniel storyline, which was a non-starter for me. I also didn't love Lucy (ha, see what I did there), I get that she was experiencing something that I cannot really comprehend, but Matt was trying SO hard and she was just "eh" about all of his efforts for the most part.
Very fast-paced bo
Judy Collins
3.5 Stars
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Life Lucy Knew is an interesting read which centers around a topic I always find really interesting: amnesia. Main protagonist Lucy wakes up from an accident believing her life to be very different to how it was when she had the accident, and we follow her as she tries to make sense of it all and coax her memory back.

I liked that this novel was fairly believable, as I wasn’t sure when I started it if we’d suddnely find out someone had done something awful
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Karma Brown is one of those few authors that I will buy her books without knowing anything about them because I know that they will be fantastic. With The Life Lucy Knew, her 4th novel, she proves that she is definitely a fantastic author.

Lucy Sparks wakes up in the hospital with her parents and Matt, her best friend from work by her side. Where she wonders is her husband Daniel? It turns out that the fall caused Lucy to forget parts of her past. She hasn't spoken to Daniel in over four years (
Jessica Strawser
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you remembered everything but the last year of your life, would you still know yourself? What if you lost two years, or three? How long until you’d start to question the choices you’d made, the turns you’d taken, and whether change is always good? THE LIFE LUCY KNEW is the kind of story that engrosses you in a character’s life while making you contemplate your own. A fascinating look at what we most want to remember, and what we’d just as soon forget. (Many thanks to the author and publisher ...more
Cindy Wilkerson
Jun 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult, 2018
3.5 stars

I can totally see why Taylor Jenkins Reid recommends this author for people of are a fan of her work.
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Like me, Karma Brown lives in Toronto and that is where this story takes place. I loved reading about my hometown and the neighbourhood I grew up in. She is even recovering in the hospital where both I and my first child were born.

This is another excellent, heartfelt book from Karma Brown. It is an interesting and funny read, with an unpredictable storyline, where you really feel for Lucy and how she is affected by the accident and the decisions she makes. I really enjoyed
*** 1.5 stars ***

No, no, no! This book was so boring and so dull - at the end I had to flip through the last 50 pages cause I couldn't take it anymore. This is really surprising since I read all previous Karma Brown's books and liked them all. The writing style was so irritating and didn't feel like fiction at all - all the unnecessary details and constant nagging from the main protagonist Lucy. I yawned, I rolled my eyes, I did lots of work around the house just to avoid this book - all not ver
Jamie Brenner
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with Lucy Sparks! Karma Brown has a way of creating characters that are so real on the page you just 'go there' with them emotionally. This book has a unique premise that will grab you from page one and never lets go. Wonderful read. ...more
Sarah Doherty
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gbc-reviews
Memories are important; they shape us and our beliefs, they provide a basis for decisions we make, they can make us laugh and cry, and they help us form relationships of all sorts.

What would you do if you could no longer depend on your memories?

Lucy Sparks has to come to terms with this question after falling and hitting her head while out running an errand on a winter day. She wakes up and soon realizes that not only has she forgotten much of the last few years of her life, but her mind has fil
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kleenex is to Karma Brown's novels what marshmallows are to s'mores - absolutely essential.

Karma Brown's writing style continues to grow (if that was possible) with each novel she publishes. She draws you into the character's lives from page one. Makes it darn near impossible to put her novels down, and absolutely - without doubt, will tug at your heartstrings.

Lucy's life is a mess, after a freaky accident leaves her with mixed memories. The story develops further and there are twists and turns
This interesting take on an amnesia story is fascinating. The idea of false memories - in a good way, not in a way that has resulted from abuse - is actually a real thing and Brown's exploration of it here is so interesting. The book is really about relationships, with flawed characters and mistakes they make, both directly and indirectly. And Jorjeana Marie was fantastic on audio. ...more
Feb 02, 2022 rated it really liked it
Brown is a fantastic storyteller - I enjoyed this one.
Pam Jenoff
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I adore everything Karma writes, and her latest is particularly delicious. When a woman wakes up after a head injury, she discovers that the entire life she remembers (including her marriage) never happened. Watching her piece back reality with the life she "knew" is both an entertaining read and an introspective journey as the read considers the truths and fictions of her own life. Enjoy! ...more
May 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, giveaway-win
Lucy Sparks wakes up in a hospital bed to find out that she has been in a coma for the past month. By her bedside is her parents and coworker Matt. Frightened and confused she asks where Daniel, her husband is. She's told there is no husband. Her and Daniel never married. They actually broke up four years ago and her and Matt has been in a relationship for the past two years! A doctor then explains to her that was she is experiencing is a condition called "confabulated memory disorder." While sh ...more
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KARMA BROWN is an award-winning journalist and author of the bestsellers Come Away With Me and The Choices We Make. In addition to her novels, Karma's writing has appeared in publications such as Redbook, SELF, and Chatelaine. Karma lives just outside Toronto with her husband, daughter, and their labradoodle, Fred. In This Moment is her most recent novel. ...more

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