That’s Not My Name by Megan Lally
Published December 26, 2023 by Sourcebooks Fire
Date read: January 10, 2024
“Mary”, the amnesiac girl
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The Plot (from Goodreads):
She thought she had her life back. She was wrong. It was a mistake to trust him.
Shivering and bruised, a teen wakes up on the side of a dirt road with no memory of how she got there―or who she is. A passing officer takes her to the police station, and not long after, a frantic man arrives. He’s been searching for her for hours. He has her school ID, her birth certificate, and even family photos. He is her father. Her name is Mary. Or so he says.
When Lola slammed the car door and stormed off into the night, Drew thought they just needed some time to cool off. Except Lola disappeared, and the sheriff, his friends, and the whole town are convinced Drew murdered his girlfriend. Forget proving his innocence, he needs to find her before it’s too late. The longer Lola is missing, the fewer leads there are to follow…and the more danger they both are in.
How did That’s Not My Name end?
That’s Not My Name REALLY delivered on the tension! I was absolutely pleasantly surprised, going into it knowing nothing about it. The reader quickly figures out the gist, and I was on the edge of my seat waiting to find out what would happen to our main character.
The story alternates between the POV of “Mary”, the main character, and Drew. I wasn’t as invested in Drew’s chapters, but I appreciated the contrast to the tense anticipation of Mary’s chapters.
The epilogue packed an unexpected emotional touch that really brought this read home. I don’t always love YA thrillers but this one was a great debut! I’m looking forward to more by this author.
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