I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Redemption Road by Lisa Ballantyne
Published by Piatkus on July 16, 2015
Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
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The crash is the unravelling of Margaret Holloway. Trapped inside a car about to explode, she is rescued by a scarred stranger who then disappears. Margaret remembers little, but she's spent her life remembering little - her childhood is full of holes and forgotten memories. And now she has a burning desire to discover who she is, why her life has been shrouded in secrets, and if it has anything to do with the mysterious man who saved her life.
In a thriller that flits effortlessly between past and present, this is a harsh, gritty yet ultimately uplifting journey of an estranged father and daughter, exploring the strength of family ties and our huge capacity for forgiveness.
Published in the US as: Everything She Forgot
So Redemption Road started its life as one of those meh books – received from the publisher as surprise post, having never read anything by Lisa Ballantyne, I wasn’t sure whether I would like this book, but with a sense of duty I started to read, and I am so glad that I did.
This is a compelling story that will keep you on your toes. I loved that the story was split between the future and the present, each with their own mystery, and yet as the story progresses they become more and more entwined.
The story begins slowly with the car accident and then slowly simmers along, but it is tantalising and additive all at once, and will leave you begging for more and wanting to speed up so the mystery is solved while wishing it would slow down so that it wouldn’t end.
I liked that the past time-line didn’t evolve around one characters point of view (like the present), I liked that we got different sides to the story and got to see the different consequences and I liked that there were little stories within the two main stories.
For me the ending became predictable but I couldn’t complain, I was compelled to read Redemption Road by until the end and that is what I did. Brilliant and compelling, what more could you ask for?