Review: Blood and Bone by Tara Brown

Blood and BoneTitle:  Blood and Bone
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Author:  Tara Brown
Genre:  Mystery, Romance
Published:  April 28, 2015
Publisher:  Amazon Publishing
My Rating:  3 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Synopsis:

What would you do if your life was a lie—and everyone knew but you?

Jane has come a long way from the dark days of the horrific car accident that robbed her of many memories. Living the life of a shopgirl with a charming boyfriend—a handsome, green-eyed doctor named Derek—is so satisfying that she doesn’t want to revisit her past.

But the past insists on revisiting Jane. People keep thinking she’s Samantha, a dead girl who looks exactly like her. Now, Jane is determined to discover her connection to the girl, leading her to question everything from her relationship with Derek to her own sanity. Should she believe Rory, the man who insists she actually is Samantha? Or should she depend on Derek, who offers her love and shelter…but who may have other reasons for keeping her under wraps? Who is telling her the truth—and what are the others hiding?

Read on for my thoughts on Blood and Bone.  No true spoilers, promise.

Normally I would begin a review by giving you a touch of the beginning of the story, a rough outline and then let you decide what you think.

I do not believe I can do that this time – I believe I’m going to give you my impression of Blood and Bone and then leave all of the rest up to your decision.  To even try to give you a brief taste would add perhaps, even more confusion to a story that has enough twists, and flips, dead ends and false leads.

First, I must say that I did enjoy Blood and Bone.  Nothing you read onward in this review should be taken as didn’t like it – it simply confused the hell outta me and I’m still not certain I know what happened.  This is a story of people not telling the truth.  They are lying left, right, upside, downside and every which way in between.  No one is telling the entire truth.  Once you accept that, it’s possible to get on with enjoying a suspenseful story.

Jane had been in a horrible car crash.  She has survived through the love and attention of Derek.  Life moves along, recovery, love with Derek, a job – just life.  Until Rory shows up insisting she is a woman named Samantha.  They look exactly alike.  They both even gave their cats the same unique name.  Jane lost memories in that car crash – did she lose herself as well?  Is Derek, the man who supposedly loves and protects her the good guy or does he have another agenda?  Is Rory to be believed, or is he simply a nut case?  Is Jane really Samantha?  Did Samantha really die or was she reinvented as Jane?  What is up?  Where is down?  What is real and what is lies?  Remember, everyone lies – even Jane.

This is a novel that will mess with your mind, big time.  There are so many plot twists and turns – that at some point I simply stopped enjoying the suspense and mystery, and finished the novel because I was obligated to by my agreement with NetGalley for an honest review.  Personally I found that fact to be extremely sad.  I love a good mystery, bring on the suspense – but let me see through parts to make my own guesses, even if they are wrong.  I did not feel the least bit involved in this story – I felt like I was placed on a speeding roller coaster and never given a chance to catch my breath before it left the station yet again for another trip.

There will be many readers who will love this type of novel – full of mystery, deceit, suspense, some rough sex, a very little romance and simply not knowing where the story is taking them until the very end.  And for those readers this is for you, enjoy.  Not everyone is going to love every story, and that’s okay.  I did enjoy parts of this, but I got so lost along the way that I never found the trail of scattered popcorn through the woods to lead me to a satisfying conclusion.  I liked parts of it, I just wish the mind screw hadn’t been so complete that it took me away from what might have been, for me, a more enjoyable read.

If you enjoy a deep, dark mystery and trying to figure out who is lying and who is telling some truths – then this one is perfect for you.

*I received an e-ARC of Blood and Bone from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*