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Bad Memory

(Jessica Shaw #2)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Private investigator Jessica Shaw is leading a quiet life in a Californian desert community, where she spends her days working low-level cases. But when a former resident asks Jessica to help her sister, Rue Hunter—a convicted murderer whose execution is days away—Jessica can’t resist the offer.

Rue doesn't remember what happened the night two high school students were kill
Paperback, 316 pages
Expected publication: October 24th 2019 by Thomas & Mercer
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Kym Jones
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In trying to help a death row inmate with her last request, PI Jessica Shaw learns small towns are often the ones with the BIGGEST secrets! Is this death row inmate actually guilty? If not, who could want her to stay in jail, and why? Jessica Shaw is forced to do what she can to find out the truth as fast as she can since the clock is ticking, and there are some secrets some people are willing to kill to keep. In this pulse pounding thriller, Bad Memory, Lisa Gray will have your heart racing fro ...more
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Bad Memory was a really interesting 2nd book in the Jessica Shaw Series. In this one, Jessica is asked to try to solve a murder that occurred over thirty years earlier. She has only a few days to figure out what really happened, as the woman, Rue Hunter, who was convicted of the double murder when she was a teenager is due to be put to death in a few days. When Jessica visits Rue in prison, she finds that Rue doesn't remember what happened that night. It is up to Jessica to determine what really ...more
Jessica Guht
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this book without having read the first book in the series, but about halfway through this book I decided that I wanted to read the first book, and any subsequent ones. I also feel that even though I didn’t read the first book I was confused about very little in the story, and nothing relating to the main plot.

The main character, Jessica Shaw, is obviously flawed which makes her that much more relatable. I really liked seeing not only her character flaws but also her weaknesses, it was re
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Netgally and Amazon Publishing UK for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Private investigator, Jessica Shaw is approached by Rose, a woman whose sister, Rue, is on death row and going to be executed for a double murder she supposedly committed over 30 years ago when she was 17. Rose wants Jessica to take one last look at the case and see if there is any way to clear Rue before her execution.

I love a good detective story with an investigation that keeps turning up new
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
What an incredible story! Murder mystery novels are my absolutely favourite of all book genres, if they are done right! Recently, I have been disappointed with the novels I have read in this genre that have been recommended to me, but when I accepted this ARC on NetGalley, I had no idea that I would be reading a book that would keep me on the edge of my (car)seat until the very last page. I read this book whilst on a journey to Birmingham, and I didn’t even notice the time passing, as my nose wa ...more
Nazia Ahmed
Aug 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank you Netgalley for this book, in return for a honest review.

Although this book was good, I have only given it 3 stars because I didn't eel it was as good as the first book by Lisa Gray, In Thin Air. I really liked the books alternative timeframes and viewpoints.
The book had a great surprising ending which wasn't expected. I think if you enjoy a good crime book, you'll enjoy this.

Private investigator Jessica Shaw is leading a quiet life in a Californian desert community, where she spends h
Brittany Kjenaas
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy mysteries and action books.. This book was just that. This is the second book in her Jessica Shaw series. I didn’t have to read the first book to pick this book up and enjoy it.

The main character,Jessica, is a female private investigator. She is hired by Rue Hunter’s sister to investigate the case Rue was being sentenced to death row because of. With a short deadline, Jessica got to work.

Rue was being sentenced to the death penalty for killing her two friends up on Devils Drop,
Lisa Davison
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In this second Jessica Shaw book, Lisa Grey provides another unique mystery that weaves the past with the present. Jess is now in a small California town working for a PI, trying to get her own license. She is approached by the sister of a woman scheduled for excursion as punishment for having killed her best friend and boyfriend when she was a teenager. A pile of evidence seemed to make it an open and shut case, but there are secrets from the past that Jess must chase down and reveal. There are ...more
I received a free, advanced copy of this book through NetGalley. I read thr author's first Jessica Shaw book recently, but if you hadn't read it, it wouldn't be too confusing. Jessica is a PI, and stumbles into another murder mystery in which the convicted felon is about to be executed. Her memory is unreliable. This particular story was interesting, but interspersed with chapters with Pryce's POV as he decided to look into his former partner's murder was a little frustrating. I knew it would be ...more
Crystal Steele
Ok, I love a strong female lead and Jessica Shaw is definitely a bada$$ for sure. Bad Memory is the second book in the series. The beginning was a bit confusing even though I had read book one just a week or two prior. I was expecting her to be in the same town where the previous story took place and it wasn't really clear how/why she ended up in Hundred Acres right away. Jessica is approached by the sister of a death row inmate scheduled to be executed in less than a week and asked to please lo ...more
Veronica  Hribko
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you net galley for the opportunity to read Bad Memory. I truly did not know what to expect of this book, but I can say I could not stop reading it. The small town of Hundred Acres is filled with secrets and Rue Hunter on death row for the murders of her best friend, Megan and her boyfriend, Lucas. Thirty years later and Rue’s death date approaching, Jessica is hired to investigate if Rue really is guilty, despite the confession she gave in July of 1987. Jessica is strong and smart and know ...more
Nina Harrington
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Thin Air, the first book in this series, so had high expectations for this follow-up thriller.
A heart-thumping prologue sets the clock running - Rue is on death-row with only 10 days before her execution for double murder in 1987.
Rue's sister Rose asks private investigator Jessica Shaw to prove Rue's innocence before it is too late.
Jessica's journey to the truth takes her into the dark heart of the small desert town of Hundred Acres, where the memory of the murders is still powe
Debra Dowling
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great mystery. Kept me guessing throughout. Was very unpredictable!
Jessica moved to Hundred Acres, California a few years ago to forget her past. She is working as a PI for a local man. Jessica gets an offer from a former resident of Hundred Acres, Rose, to look into the death of two local teenagers, Lucas and Megan, whom her sister, Rue, has spent the past 30 years in jail for killing and is about to be executed. The problem is that Rue confessed to the murders, the weapon was found in her room
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jessica Shaw is back! I was very excited to see a sequel because I absolutely loved the first book in this series.. Jessica is on the hunt again but this time she has traveled to Hundred Acres a small town with many secrets. Rue Hunter is on death row for killing her best friend and boyfriend even confessing to their murders! BUT as Jessica looks into this case she quickly unravels some secrets that have been long buried.Is Rue a killer or was she an innocent teenager with a bad memory of that n ...more
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Net Galley for making this book available to read. I read the first book through Amazon and liked it but didn't love it. I really liked the characters and decided to give it another chance as it was a debut book for the author.
I have seen quite a few other readers say that they liked the first book better than this one but I am in the opposite corner. I really enjoyed this one. Some of the 'mysteries' are a bit obvious but not the why in most cases.
I like that it seems as if the sto
Tarrah Marie
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the Jessica Shaw series and can be read as a stand-alone. Lisa Gray does a great job at providing contextual information relevant to characterization as she continues to develop her main character, Jessica. While some of the narrative held familiarity and was overly foreshadowed, it did not impact the overall story line or feel of the book. A modest read. More in line with a mystery/police-procedural than a suspense/thriller. 4 stars.

Thank you to #NetGalley for this AR
Kelsey Bollinger
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bad Memory which is the follow up to Lisa Gray's Thin Air follows the main character Jessica Shaw work a 30 year old double murder. While reading the first book in the series is not necessary to understand this sequel, it will bring deeper understanding of Jessica's actions. The multiple view points used to tell the story keeps the pace quick as you race through the pages. After reading Thin Air I was very excited to see where the series would go and this book did not disappoint!

Thank you to Net
Roxanne Spencer
Aug 03, 2019 rated it liked it
I didn't find this second book in the Jessica Shaw series as good as the first (In Thin Air), but it was still a good story. The set-up was unique: Jessica is hired by the sister of a convicted murderer days before the scheduled execution and asked to find out what really happened thirty years earlier. I was able to predict some aspects of the story, but not enough to ruin the ending for me. The book alternates points-of-view and timeframes, but each chapter is clearly headed to indicate charact ...more
Jill Burgin
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the Jessica Shaw series, following Thin Air which I enjoyed earlier in the year. It was fun to be reacquainted with Jessica, still working mundane investigations when an intriguing case pops up - a woman named Rue is due to be executed for a murder on a night where she can’t recollect a thing. Our Jessica drops everything and gets far too involved in the investigation and all hell breaks loose. As Jessica pursues justice you can’t help wondering what the next twelve bo ...more
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was great. I did not see any of the twists coming and boy this book was full of twists. It was easy to read and hard to put down. It's the first book one read by the author and I am now looking out for more.
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. Some parts were a little predictable, but, there was enough suspense that the book kept my attention. I was extremely satisfied with the ending and will recommend to others. I'm looking forward to reading more books in this series.
Michelle Debnam
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Although not as good as In Thin Air (the first) this still was a good read.
Tasked with finding the truth behind a double killing before the accused is executed Jessica delves into the accused background and events of that night.... will the truth be discovered before the final day.
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved this book and it’s plot also was very engaged with main characters and setting
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for letting me review this book
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another excellent book by Lisa. Well written and had me gripped from the start. This will definitely be a long term series for me.
Heather Bennett
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bad Memory is a good book that I could not put down. This was the first I have read by the and I will read more. Great characters and storyline.
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Review to come.
Doug Yonce
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good story with lots of twists and turns. Character interaction plays an important role, and the author worked hard on that aspect as well
Michelle Debnam
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read as an arc and although not as good as the first this does make for a good read
Janice Lombardo
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WOW!!! This book was great! I even liked (most of) the characters.

Rue Hunter, in prison for a double murder, is to be executed in one week. Her sister, Rose, offers Jessica Shaw - a PI in California for 6 months - $25,000 to dig back into the case from 1987. Also for an acquittal Rose will pay Jessica $150,000. Of course the boss, Ed Crozier, stands to profit, too.

Lots of drama and suspense! The further Jessica digs into the case the more people we meet and the more involved Jessica becomes in
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Lisa Gray is a writer and journalist, and the author of the PI Jessica Shaw thriller series.

She decided at a young age that she wanted to write features for magazines and somehow ended up working as a football journalist for 14 years instead.

After too many winters spent freezing at matches and worrying about dodgy wi-fi connections, Lisa gave up football to work as a content writer at a national n

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