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Bad Memory

Jessica Shaw, Book 2
By: Lisa Gray
Narrated by: Amy Landon
Series: Jessica Shaw, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
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Quiet towns keep big secrets.

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 thirty years ago, but everybody in town is certain she’s guilty. As Jessica looks for answers, she finds that local rumors point one way and evidence points another. And nobody wants to face the truth. Meanwhile, Jessica can’t shake the feeling that someone is stalking her - now more than ever, she knows she can’t trust anyone.

As Jessica digs deeper, she encounters local secrets in unlikely places - including the police department itself. But the clock is ticking, and Jessica must find the truth fast - or Rue’s bad memory may be the death of them both.

©2019 Lisa Gray (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Dorene
  • URBANDALE, IA
  • 10-31-19

Great audible story<br />

I've listen to both Jessica Shaw stories and loved them through to the surprising ended.
The narration of the story was great it was easy to picture the characters. Telling the stories with thoughts from the past and present then tying them together made the stories more interesting. Excellent writing !

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Super!<br />

Well-written. Clever intricate plot. Excellent narrator. Looking forward to the next novel in the series.

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Decent story performance a little rough

Overall the story is good and well told. The narration has some issues. Punctuation is apparently new to the performer. The recording is full of pauses in the wrong part of the sentence. This is even more common when she is attempting to do male voices. There are a few mispronounced words.

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  • MGBPLT
  • Rockport, TX, US
  • 12-07-19

parts skipped

while listening parts of the recording skipped.b
this was irritating as it seemed to occor at critical places in the story

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Worth the wait mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm yep

Book is like a Warm Beer on a cool day . You just want more Nicly done Lisa

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good book

very well written characters are very good realistic looking forward to the next book in the series

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Great P.I. book!

I’m really beginning to like Jessica Shaw! Jessica’s a little bit damaged but she’s persistent. This time she’s been hired to investigate a 30yo case against a woman on death row...the week before her execution. As Jessica digs into the events surrounding the murders, the more it appears that the case was not as cut and dry as it seemed. The suspense is just enough to keep you interested and guessing. Great ending. Looking forward to more in this series.

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Slow start, great ending

started off slow but did not bother me enough to discontinue the journey. I'm glad I stuck it out.

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Great read!

Great plot and engaging story. This book kept my interest, I appreciate the different twists that kept me reading.

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A good read

I enjoyed this second book of the Jessica Shaw series. Can't wait for the next one. It's a good mystery with a strong female protagonist. This book could be read as a stand-alone but I would recommend reading the first in the series as it has a great backstory of the protagonist's. I would recommend this book. The narrator did a really good job also.

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  • 11-16-19

Gripping thriller

I bought this audiobook through my Audible subscription. Sometimes I can take an age deciding how to use my monthly credit, however, having recently read the first Jessica Shaw thriller by Lisa Gray (Thin Air) I was keen to hear more of Jessica's adventures. It was a good purchase decision!

Bad Memory is a story which spans a generation. Thirty years ago Rue Hunter killed two of her friends at a deserted make-out spot on the edge of town. She was found guilty in court after confessing to the crime and sent to death row to await execution.

That was then - the reader (listener in my case) gets to be with Rue at the time the crime takes place. We see how she finds the couple, she is a little drunk, she is a little stoned and she has a knife. The reader lives the murder with Rue as she plunges the knife into the back of her victim. There is blood - lots of blood - and Rue's fate is sealed.

Into the now. Jessica Shaw is approached by Rue's sister. She wants Jessica to help prove Rue is innocent of the crime that everyone thinks she committed and that she herself confessed to committing. Thirty years down the line and with just a few days until Rue is due to face lethal injection Jessica will have her work cut out to discover if there were any missed clues. One thing which may help is that Rue no longer believes she committed the murders but if she is telling the truth now then why did she lie thirty years ago?

Despite the lack of pages in an audiobook - this was a definite page turner. Bad Memory has that terrific "one more chapter" feeling which just keeps the reader glued to the story. Lisa Gray achieves this by keeping the story punchy, switching narrative and timeline between the present and the past and a secondary story, which does partly overlap with Jessica's investigation, was also very engaging. Pacing is perfect as the story zips along and the deadline to Rue's execution looms ever closer.

Despite this being the second Jessica Shaw story you can easily pick up Bad Memory without reading Thin Air. Jessica's private life gives the reader a nice distraction from the ongoing investigations. Things are distracting too for Jessica as she has a few issues she needs to address as she contemplates leaving town and settling down elsewhere.

I do need to give a special shout-out to the narrator of Bad Memory: Amy Landon. She has the perfect voice for this story, very listenable while giving distinctive voice to different . She adopted a pleasant drawl which suited the small-town and seemingly sleepy locations where Bad Memory is set. An audiobook is made or ruined by the talent of the narrator and Amy Landon is a name I shall look out for in future audiobook purchases.

In short - I am calling this an inspired audiobook purchase. The story had me gripped and kept me entertained throughout. Exactly what I need from a good crime thriller and Bad Memory is a very good crime thriller.