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Bad Memory

(Jessica Shaw #2)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  1,471 ratings  ·  108 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 killed thirtyoffer.


Kindle Edition, 311 pages
Published October 24th 2019 by Thomas & Mercer
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Louise Wilson
Oct 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Jessica Shaw #2

Rue Hunter is in prison for double murder. She is due to be executed in a weeks time. Her sister Rose hires Private Detective Jessica Shaw to investigate the crime that happened thirty years ago. Rue was charged with killing her est friend and her boyfriend. But Rue can't remember killing them.

I did not know that this was the second book in this series. I don't think you need to read the first book as this one reads well as a standalone. But I always recomm
The Cats’ Mother
Bad Memory is the second book in the Jessica Shaw series about a prickly Private Investigator working cold cases in small towns in California. I had enjoyed Thin Air and this was another well-rounded and carefully plotted thriller. While you’ll understand Jessica’s character a lot better by reading them in order, this story stands alone.

Jessica has been working as a PI in Hundred Acres for six months when she is approached by the sister of a death row inmate, Rue Hunter, who is facin
Kym Jones
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Shelves: ebook-arc
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
Oct 23, 2019 rated it liked it
I loved the first book in this series Thin Air which I awarded five stars. Unfortunately I cannot say the same about this book. Don't get me wrong it is still a good read but I found it rather predictable and lack lustre. I am sure other readers will enjoy it more just not for me.
I would like to thank the author, publisher and Netgalley for the ARC.
Jessica Guht
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 weaknesse
Mary Picken
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was a big fan of Thin Air, the first Jessica Shaw book and so jumped at the chance to review the second in the series. Easily read as a stand-alone, I really loved the follow up, Bad Memory.

Jessica is drifting as she moves around California, stopping in the desert community of Hundred Acres to work for a while in a PI’s office in order to secure her California Investigator’s licence. She has hooked up with the local diner owner and son of the local Sheriff, Dylan, which at least en
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 tur
Breakaway Reviewers
Oct 02, 2019 rated it liked it
California has not executed a prisoner since 2006, and a woman has not met her end in the death chamber since 1964. But this is about to change – after more than 20 years on death row Rue Hunter must pay for a brutal double murder.

Still, after all these years, her dream is the same. After confessing to the double murder, she has lived with her deed in the confines of her six-by-eleven-foot cell. Now though, at the point of facing the finality of her death sentence, she wishe
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“There’s always something interesting happening in small towns. You just need to know where to look.”

The quote is utterly suitable with the book. Hundred Acres all of a sudden become an interesting small town for Jessica Shaw, the Private Investigator in the local agency. Rose Hunter paid her to investigate the old murder case which involved her only sister, Rue Hunter. The case, ladies and gentleman, happened thirty years ago.

I didn't know this is series. I happened to s
Stanley McShane
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
My first in the series of two and I can see why Book 1 (Thin Air) has garnered over 2K reviews on Amazon. The storyline revolves around a death row inmate due for execution, the sudden questioning of her own confession, and her sister's desire to get at the truth--either way. I loved the way the author built a slow-burn, gleaning a small clue that somehow festers into an actual useable gem--something to build on.

Each chapter names one of the many characters and captures their view of the circum
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This. Is the second book in the Jessica Shaw series.
Jessica arrives at a seemingly sleepy remote town called Hundred Acres and thanks to the help of a friend, Detective Pryce, she starts a new job in the small detective office in the town. She is asked by a new client called Rose Dalton to look in to a crime that took place 30 years ago which left her sister Rue Hunter incarcerated for the murders of her boyfriend Lucas and her best friend Megan. Rue is due to be executed I
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is book 2 in the Jesica Shaw series. While it’s not really necessary to have read the first book in the series, it does help provide some background on Jessica as a person.
‘Bad Memory’ has Jessica living and working in a small town in California, trying to her hours done in order to get her private investigator license in the state. She’s doing better than she was in book 1. She has a new boyfriend, an ok job and is kind of fitting into the town.
One night while closing up the office
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
An interesting murder mystery…

This is the second book in the Jessica Shaw series that can be read as a stand-alone.

Private Investigator Jessica Shaw is at a transitional point in her life, not wanting to return to New York State where she’s licensed she’s temporarily working for a small California detective agency in Hundred Acres while she waits to be licensed in the state. The assignments are routine but when her boss is out of the office a case comes in that intrigues
Nazia Ahmed
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
Brittany Kjenaas
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,
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Intriguing Mystery

Bad Memory, the second book in the Jessica Shaw series, starts as a clear cut case of a convicted murderer weeks from execution. Having confessed to the murder she was convicted of, now leaves Rue questioning what really happened the night of the double murder. While several cases seem to converge, the unique situations leading back to a separate cold case make for an intriguing investigation on two fronts.

Although Jessica Shaw is one of those "broken women who play by their
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Confusing, But Still a Good Read!

Lisa Gray's second series installment extended her storytelling strength from the first book. She continued naming chapters after the dominant characters, which really helped, but the many flashbacks got confusing, forcing me to go back to previous chapters for clarifying fact checks.

The complex plotline makes the storyline interesting with so many unexpected twists, making each revelation surprising and stimulating. PI, Jessica Shaw's character i
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the 2nd in the series about P.I. Jessica Shaw. She is now in California, as she didn't get her PI license renewed in New York and working for an investigator there. She has just been contacted by Rose Hunter, and she has asked Jessica to help her sister. Her sister, Rue, is on death row and scheduled to be executed in a week.

While the money is good, Jessica can't refuse even though it is a tough case to be handled in a week. But she has agreed to do everything she could to fi
Lisa Davison
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Ray Moon
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jessica Shaw Has A Week To Discover the Truth of a 30 Year Old Murders

The novel opens with a soon to be executed prisoner having a repeated nightmare of the murder. It was not lucid dream but distorted images, because she was very drunk and very high during the murders so her memory of it is bad.

Since the last novel, Jessica Shaw decided to stay in California. Through Detective Pryce suggested working for a friend of a friend’s detective agency in a small town of Hundred
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
With thanks to Amazon Publishing and NetGalley for the ARC.

Jessica Shaw is lying low, trying to live a quiet life in little town, USA.

And as everyone knows, little sleepy towns tend to have secrets.

Jessica is hired to go over a 30 year old case, Rue Hunter is on death row and is due to be executed in just a weeks time. Rue's sister asks Jessica to go over the case in case anything was missed first time around.

Rue admitted to the murders at the time
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
Aug 29, 2019 rated it liked it
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
Beverly Egan
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bad Memory
by Lisa Gray
Amazon Pubilishing UK
This is book 2 in the Jessica Shaw Series (the first book was InThin Air) was a great read.

I have read and enjoyed the writing style of Lisa Gray many times, and looked forwarded to reading this book. The first book I have read.
Jessica as a PI gets involved in the case of Rue Hunter. Rue Hunter confessed to a double murder, and site on death row waiting for her execution date. Her sister hires Jessica to find out what trul
Nina Harrington
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 mur
Debra Dowling
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 he
Aleana Harris
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC copy of this book from the Publisher via Netgalley and voluntarily leaving my review.

Jessica is having a quiet life when she is ask by Rose to investigate a murder that involves her sister Rue.

Rue doesn't remember killing the people she loves as she sit in jail her dreams bring her Devil’s Peak she doesn't what she dream is real because she was high. Rose feel that her sister couldn't do those things so she using her savings by hiring Jessica to investigate the cas
Oct 18, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This gripping read tells the tale of a woman about to be executed after 30 years in prison and who may be innocent.
Jessica is the PI engaged by the sister of the convicted murderer and who is going through her own relationship issues.

The storyline moves from chapters detailing the time of the murders and those involved, as well as the present day and the ongoing investigation that becomes more murky and intriguing as the story develops.

I really enjoyed it and was fa
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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 conten

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