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The Truth About Melody Browne


Reviewer: tvnz.co.nz's Anna Gowan

Best selling author Lisa Jewell has added another title to the chic lit stable with her latest release, The Truth About Melody Browne.

Melody Browne is a thirty-something single mum leading a fairly mundane life in central London. Her life is anything but extraordinary, apart from one small detail: she has no memory of life before she turned nine.

After a session with a hynoptist, Melody's memory begins to return in snapshots of long forgotten homes, faces and relationships. Each clue leads to further questions, as Melody attempts to acknowledge the past in order to come to terms with her future.

Lisa Jewell began writing after redundancy in the late 1990s. In the years since she has carved out a niche for herself in a genre overpopulated with fairly mediocre titles.

Jewell's success is likely due to her knack for creating real women; characters with mediocre jobs, insecurities and love lives bordering on the hazardous. Jewell's characters ache for change.

Inevitably love stories tend to dictate the plot of Jewell's books, yet The Truth About Melody Browne veers slightly off course here. Melody's love interest is very much a secondary character and at times appears superfluous to the central plot. Aside from facilitating the meeting between Melody and the hypnotist he has very little to do - perhaps he was included to placate Jewell's legion of fans who look to her for romantic relief. 

This is a small quibble in a book that otherwise ticks all the boxes on Jewell's checklist.

RATING: 6/10

The Truth About Melody Browne by Lisa Jewell
Publisher: Random House
RRP: $37.99
Available: Now


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