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Blame

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Publisher's Summary

Sometimes the person you thought you knew best...

Turns out to be someone you never really knew at all.

A seemingly idyllic, close-knit suburban neighborhood hides deeply buried secrets in this emotionally intense new suspense novel from New York Times best-selling author Jeff Abbott.

The crash that killed him

Two years ago Jane Norton crashed her car on a lonely road, killing her friend David and leaving her with amnesia. At first everyone was sympathetic. Then they found Jane's note: I wish we were dead together.

A girl to blame

From that day the town turned against her. But even now Jane is filled with questions: Why were they on that road? Why was she with David? Did she really want to die?

The secrets she should forget

Most of all she must find out who has just written her an anonymous message:

I know what really happened. I know what you don't remember....

©2017 Jeff Abbott (P)2017 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"I could not tear myself away from Jeff Abbott's mesmerizing, gripping, and claustrophobic novel. Blame is the perfect blend of complex characters, plot twists galore, and great psychological suspense. Don't miss it." (Harlan Coben)

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    Danielle Carmell 08-28-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved this one!"

    I am so impressed with this book. I encourage anyone reading this to get this one now. definitely worth a credit. such great story telling, suspense, and narration. will definitely be looking for more from this author!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Mina J Kasrai 08-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Bananas!"

    Sooooo much happened in this story. Ultimately, it was pretty convoluted and somewhat confusing, but at the same time it was a blast. I really enjoyed listening to this. I couldn't stop listening, because I HAD to figure out what in heck was going on with everyone.

    Jane's senior year of high school, she and her best friend are in a car accident. He dies and she wakes up four days later from a coma having lost her memory. She is the town pariah because she was driving, and a note is found at the scene leading everyone to believe it was a murder-suicide. She finally gains most of her memory but still no clue of the previous three years, including the accident.

    The story plays with multiple characters and how they are affected in the aftermath. There was a lot of tension relating to her vulnerability regarding learning who she was at time of accident based solely on others' accounts, especially as it becomes clear not everyone is being honest with her. The book starts at the 2 year anniversary of the accident and bizarre events begin happening which push her to try and piece together what actually happened that fateful night.

    And all out crazy ensues.

    It isn't all about the soap opera, though. What kept me hooked was how much I liked Jane and the exploration of the consequences of blame, especially in the digital age when it is so easy to "troll" someone one deems worthy of scorn.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Lawrence A. Houston, Texas 07-28-17
    Lawrence A. Houston, Texas 07-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Wow"

    Kept my drives to and from work a blur.... did not want to turn it off.... every time iI thought I had it figured out a new twist came in focus. Unlike so many mystery thrillers written today it was not just an end to the book, but brought everything together.... like the Sixth Sense the clues were there if you opened your eyes....

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    Tania S Dawson 07-28-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Who do you blame?"
    What did you love best about Blame?

    There were a few twists that I a hint about, but did not see the whole picture right away. I like finding a twist unexpectedly.


    What did you like best about this story?

    When Jane, the main character wakes up, not from the coma, but her self-imposed lifestyle. When she takes control of her life and learns the truth!


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Jane was definitely my favorite character, but I found myself drawn to David, Adam and Trevor's story lines as well.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Neither.


    Any additional comments?

    I felt this book was well worth the credit. I listened to it in two days, during a health recovery situation. It was entertaining and did have me guessing a few times.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Clement 07-23-17
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    "Addicting!"

    Be ready to set aside time to listen to this book because you won't be able to stop listening. The story is compelling and keeps you guessing all the way through. Great read!

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Jacqueline Betancourt 07-24-17
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    "Wow"

    I loved this book! Super intriguing! I couldn't stop listening, I just needed to know what was going on! Twists on twists on twists! The characters are well-developed and you get the feel of their personalities through the wonderful readings of each narrator. Honestly 5 stars, definitely one of the best mysteries I've read this year! Anyways I loved it. Read it!!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 07-25-17
    07-25-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Grueling"

    This was one of the hardest books to endure. The stupidity of it made it hard to listen to. The female narrator was equally hard to listen to. The constant, dramatic whisper made it hard to get into the story. This is one of only a couple books I have returned in 5 years out of hundreds in my library.

    5 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Roman 07-27-17
    Roman 07-27-17
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    "A Major Disappointment"
    What disappointed you about Blame?

    The fact that it was, by far, Jeff Abbott's worst book and, in fact, his only effort that was short of excellent. I cannot think of another elite author as versatile as Abbott and was both surprised and very disappointed with Blame.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jeff Abbott? Why or why not?

    Of course. I'll give him a mulligan for the reasons noted above. I have read and, until now, loved every one of his books.


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    Not a chance. The narrator sounded like she was constantly out of breath, which I found to be distracting and annoying.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Extreme disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    Nope

    3 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Felicity Xenia Spamotic 08-20-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Blame? How about LAME!"

    It should be a crime to have Jeff Abbot's name associated with this compilation of garbage.

    There is no suspense in this tale. Abbott basically took every plot from every best-seller of the past decade and tried to turn them into a compelling thriller. It didn't work.
    There is no rhyme or reason, no likeable characters, no believable villains .

    The book is the worst that I have listened to in a long time . The narration is abysmal , some of the speakers sound like characters from " Sponge Bob Square Pants"

    Avoid this waste of time.
    So disappointed.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Maryann 08-01-17
    Maryann 08-01-17 Member Since 2008
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    "Disappointed"
    What disappointed you about Blame?

    I have loved all of Jeff Abbott's previous books and was excited for this one. The story was implausible and not at all intriguing. The reader, specifically the voice of Jane was annoying and juvenile. I know the main character is a college student but she made her sound about 12. When she tried to do "adult" voices it sounded like a bad jr high play.


    Has Blame turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I will read more Capra novels.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    Anyone but the "Jane" voice.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    It read like a YA book. So maybe if I was 14 I would have found it exciting.

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful

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