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Forget My Name

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  842 ratings  ·  208 reviews
How do you know who to trust...
...when you don't even know who you are?

You are outside your front door.
There are strangers in your house.
Then you realise. You can't remember your name.

She arrived at the train station after a difficult week at work. Her bag had been stolen, and with it, her identity. Her whole life was in there – passport, wallet, house key. When she tri
Hardcover, 419 pages
Published October 4th 2018 by Head of Zeus (first published 2018)
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Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
After reading the blurb on this book I couldn’t wait to start, as it sounded like I could really sink my teeth into it and was I disappointed? Definitely not!!! The first line “I can’t remember my own name” had me intrigued straight away.

A mystery woman arrives at Tony and Laura’s house claiming she lives there,but has Amnesia and no proof of I.D. They let her stay but who have they invited into their home!!

This is a twisty thriller that draws you in. I didn’t guess how this would end and thorou
Louise Wilson
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
You are outside your front door. There are strangers in your house. Then you realise. You can't remember your name.

When a woman turns up at Tony and Laura's home, the woman insists that they are living in her house. The couple invite her to come in. The woman tells them she has lost her bag with her purse, passport etc and that she can't remember her name. But she can describe the layout of the couples home. The couple think that she has amnesia and invite her to stay the night. They also book h
Mandy White
Sep 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley
Forget My Name started out like it was going to be a great thriller that I could really get lost in. Unfortunately for me it didn't keep going in the same vein and I lost interest. Too many characters and theories being tossed around that were so far fetched. I figured out the who early on but not why. I wanted to like this one more.. just wasn't for me.

A woman turns up at a house that she believes she lives in only to find another couple living there. She has no memory and can't even remember h
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
'Forget My Name' is internationally bestselling author J. S. Monroe's second thriller to be written in the English language, and having thoroughly enjoyed 'Find Me', I was happy to discover that this was just as compelling and compulsively readable. The writing flows wonderfully from chapter-to-chapter making it a total pleasure to read, there are a plethora of twists, turns and red herrings to keep the reader guessing for the duration and it starts off at quite a slow burn type of pace, but it ...more
Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
I got a digital copy for review via NetGalley!

Forget My Name had such a creepy premise to it, I love my Thrillers to be on the scary side and I was certainly not disappointed with the writing. It was fast paced, with great dialogue and kept me on the edge of my seat. The main character is a woman who has travelled from Berlin and after her handbag is stolen, she suddenly can't remember who she is or most of her past life. The only thing that comes back to her memory is the address of an old hous
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The blurb said a woman arrived to a village via the train with her bag stolen and total retrograde amnesia, including not knowing her name. Then she knocked on Laura and Tony's home claiming it to be hers, as the address was all that she remembered. They took her in, and Tony named her Jemma. And the twists started rolling...

J. S. Monroe has written a brilliant book with so many twists that at times I felt almost like a pretzel. Memory and hippocampus were brilliantly used in the entire plot. I
Sep 14, 2018 rated it liked it
A young woman, fresh off a flight from Berlin, turns up at a house in the English countryside...

She’s lost her memory. She can’t even remember her name, but she knows one thing for sure - she lives in that house. Except she doesn’t... someone else does, and they’ve never seen her before.

It’s an intriguing premise, not least for local people for whom “Jemma”’s mysterious appearance sparks intense speculation. Is she a murderer, a connection to a long-lost love, or a Russian spy? Everyone has thei
Julie Parks
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
This book is like a ravishing snake that's slowly and almost hypnotically twists and untwists herself in a thousand unpredictable ways.

You think you have some idea about the plot. You don't. The snake moves around and you realize there's a whole new side to it.

The locations change. New characters are introduced. A new layer of the given characters is revealed.

Reading this was forever surprising and at times also devastating. It's not a light topic in the end. FORGET MY NAME will not let you forg
Dale Harcombe
‘I can’t remember my own name.’ This is the opening sentence of a story that is quite intriguing. The person standing at the door of the house cannot remember their own name, but she is convinced this is where she lives. Except another couple are living in the house. Since her bag had been stolen at the airport, the woman at the door has no proof of who she is, no wallet, no passport or anything to identify her. Tony and Laura, the couple in the house, invite her in. The unnamed woman can identi ...more
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow,this author certainly doesn't hang about,no long drawn out background information,it's just Wham,straight into the story with the arrival on Tony and Laura`s doorstep of a mysterious female stranger who insists that they are living in her house. Now most people would just say that is was sad but not their problem and slam the door in her face. But kindly Tony and Laura take the terrified women into their home,cook her a meal and try to find out who their mysterious visitor is but she insists ...more
Sep 24, 2018 rated it liked it
A woman if fresh off the plane from Berlin. She turns up at Tom and Laura’s home, with no memory or who she is, or where she has been. She only knows that she has lived in that house. But Tom and Laura has lived there for over 3 years and even Tom and Laura takes in her and lets her stay the night, as she has nowhere else to go. They even take her to see the local GP. They think she is suffering from Amnesia. They think that “Jemma” is a woman that used to lived years ago in that house named Jem ...more
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The woman knocked at Laura & Tony's door.She said that it was her house. She could describe the layout of the house. What she couldn't do was tell them her name. Being a caring person Laura tried to put her at her ease. Tony decided she looked like a Jemma- with a J. She seemed to be frightened of the idea of a hospital when they go to the local GP so Laura invites her to stay the night whilst the doctor ties to find some psychological help.

A text from the GP raises suspicion that this coul

What would you do if a young woman knocks on your front door saying that she has lost her memory? A young woman arrives at Heathrow airport.

She’s lost her bag, her phone, passport everything, including her memory. All she knows is that she has a train ticket to a village in Wiltshire and every now and again she will get a flashback of her best friend, Fleur. When she arrives in the village, she feels drawn to a cottage. A cottage that is now owned by Tony and Laura. A cottage that
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Unfortunately this was a bit too confusing and 'out there' for me. I don't want to give anything away so I'll keep it brief.

There were so many characters to keep track of. Very similar women. Some odd ones to watch out for. I didn't necessarily like any of them. I mean I don't have to like them to read about them, but I did think at times, why am I reading this? There is no one to root for or believe in.

It wasn't all bad. I found the story interesting, just hard to keep track of. I have seen som
The Last Thing She Remembers is a twisty thriller about a woman with amnesia, which is always a fun topic for a psychological thriller, in my opinion. I would recommend it to fans of the genre looking for an entertaining book that sucks them in immediately--this was a solid thriller that thoroughly delivered on those points. I did have a few complaints--it was a bit convoluted by the end and I didn't really connect with the characters--so I don't think this is one that will stick with me, but it ...more
Ruthy lavin
Jan 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Well written, an enjoyable read.
I bit thready at times but still a good solid thriller.
3 stars 🌟
Donna Hines
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Can you imagine you arrive home only to find another couple in your home?
You now wonder what in the hell is happening as the townspeople begin to chatter and the home owner begins to take interests perhaps a blast from past scenario.
Did you fall and hit your head? An amnesia trip in the making? WTH?
Upon further examination (sounds like dr. office) lol...we realize that there's so much more to this story behind the scenes and what these characters say they are may be 'fake news'.
Oh I cringe.. bu
Caitlyn Lynch
Oct 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
When a book begins by introducing a protagonist who can’t even remember their own name, it’s a pretty safe bet there’s going to be some unreliable narration going on. I was definitely correct when I made that prediction about two pages in; there are at least two unreliable narrators in this story, out of the several the book hops to. Although the mystery of who the woman with no memory might be is intriguing, the main plot and suspense of the story was too slow to get going; we really only under ...more
I didn't read the author's debut, Find Me when it came out but I heard a lot of praise for it. So when I started Forget My Name, I had high hopes that I was in for a treat.I got 60 pages in and my attention was well and truly hooked. I really didn't know who to believe. "Jemma" does seem genuine, a genuine amnesiac but was this the author just playing me?! I just didn't know!Each time I had to put the book down, I couldn't wait to get back to it. My brain was mulling over what I'd previously rea ...more
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
A woman turns up at the door of a cottage in a small village claiming to live there; the cottage is occupied by a happily married couple, who take her in. This is the first thing I found a bit of a stretch. I men – would you? Really?

Next thing, this woman announces that not only has she lost all forms of identification – passport, handbag, keys – she cannot remember her own name. Now wouldn't alarm bells be ringing? Instead of directing her to the nearest police station or hotel, Our lovely hap
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it

What would you do if a young woman knocks on your front door saying that she has lost her memory? A young woman arrives at Heathrow airport.
She’s lost her bag, her phone, passport everything, including her memory. All she knows is that she has a train ticket to a village in Wiltshire and every now and again she will get a flashback of her best friend, Fleur. When she arrives in the village, she feels drawn to a cottage. A cottage that is now owned by Tony and Laura. A cottage tha
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Before my review proper I have to say one part of this book I loved was where Steve ( a character just turned 50 ) would hear his 15 year old son’s music playing and stand outside his room ‘Shazaming’ look up the band then talk about the music to his son, who thought his Dad was uber cool...
Anyway thats nothing to do with the main story
SHE arrives at your door, SHE knows your house ( can tell you the lay out ), SHE cant remember her name, who is SHE?.... and why is she there
A fascinating start
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ooh I liked this one....

There have been a few thrillers over recent years involving amnesia, so I was prepared to not be surprised by this book by JS Monroe. But oh did it deliver! Twisty and unputdownable are too frequently banded about for this genre but that was exactly how this thriller panned out. Whatever your preconceptions, leave them behind; this chilling book won’t disappoint. I found myself up way past my bedtime in order to sneak another chapter or two,

The reason it’s not a full 5 i
Jul 30, 2018 rated it liked it
I love any story with unreliable narrators. I think it is always very gripping to read and not being sure what really happened.
I liked this novel but I did find it a bit lacking and just not really reaching it's full potential.
Oliver Clarke
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
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‘Forget My Name’ is a twisty, turny thriller that kept me gripped to the last page. It’s not perfect, but the denouement is great and the writing style is engaging enough to carry it over the rougher patches.
The premise is one of those simple and immediately attention grabbing ones: a woman turns up on the doorstep of a couple’s house suffering from amnesia but saying she believes she used to live there. They take her in and, when she describ
Nicki Southwell
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Newly married Yoga teacher Laura and husband and cafe owner Tony, have an unexpected visitor on their doorstep one night. What happens afterward change their, and everybody lives for ever.

An unnamed and unknown woman arrives at Heathrow and finds a train ticket in her pocket. That is all she had on her when her train pulls into the station. She has no idea of who she is, where she comes from, and even where she is going. When she arrives at Tony and Laura's house, her legs give way and they help
Allyson Abbott
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Forget my Name by J S Monroe
Thank you to Netgalley for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review
This story certainly grabbed my attention at the beginning. A young lady with amnesia following her instincts and certain clues to find her home, only to discover someone else living there. I liked the idea from the start. The home owners themselves act suspiciously as if hiding secrets and then a local journalist and doctor are thrown into the mix.
The young lady, becomes known as ‘Jemma’ as
Megan Jones
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
A woman arrives in a sleepy village with no knowledge of who she is or why she is at the village, just that something told her to go there. A couple of villagers think they recognise her but they are conflicting. Who is the mysterious woman? Is she safe?
This is a thriller with intrigue and mystery at its heart. We meet the woman when she is at her lowest, with no background knowledge, and she is soon taken in by Laura and Tony. This is quite a slow read but I was still taken in and had a feeling
Becky Hawkins
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
The story is based around the area of the brain associated with laying down new memories, the hippocampus. The book is loosely based on the case study of HM who had his hippocampi destroyed in an experimental procedure by his surgeon and subsequently found much of his memory was destroyed and he couldn't lay down new memories.. The book begins when a woman turns up at the house of Tony and Laura insisting that she lives in their house. Tony believes she looks like a 'Jemma', and by coincidence, ...more
Lee Staes
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The Last Thing She Remembers” is an awesome mystery thriller in which a woman who has amnesia, with no belongings and no Identification finds herself in an English village where she knows no one and no one knows her. What follows is a fast-paced wild ride as the woman begins to piece together who she is. The story branches off in different directions, interconnecting the lives of many people. Multiple story lines converge to reveal some shocking events of the past. The author keeps readers in s ...more
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J.S.Monroe is the pseudonym of the British author Jon Stock. Jon is the author of five spy novels and a new standalone psychological thriller, Find Me, to be published in 2017 under the name of JS Monroe. He lives in Wiltshire with his wife and three children.
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