Jul 16, 2012

Book Review: The Song Remains the Same by Allison Winn Scotch

Title:The Song Remains the Same: A Novel
Author: Allison Winn Scotch
Putnam Adult; April 12, 2012
Source: Publisher
Objective rating: 4/5

I was grabbed by the story - Nell Slattery has lost her memory after a plane crash and is lied to by her relatives and her husband about details of her past. She doesn't recognize her husband, her mother, or her sister, and it seems she has become another person - a more outgoing and less stuffy and conservative person she hears she used to be.

Nell slowly discovers the truths about her marriage, her childhood, and the disappearance of her father, a well-known artist. She makes a decision to be a different person from the one she used to be. I thought the ending was a bit prolonged, however, and I was also a bit surprised by Nell's decision re her dad at the end of the book as this didn't seem totally in character. Overall, however, a very good read!

Thanks to the publisher for a review copy of the book.


  1. Glad you enjoyed it. I thought it was dragged out a bit, too, and I didn't like that you couldn't really get to know any of the characters because it was the first person POV and she didn't remember any of them. Have you read Time of My Life yet? I loved that one!

  2. I liked this one too, but for some reason, it was a bit forgettable for me. I remember being pretty caught up in it when I was reading it, but a few months later...nothing. I think that all these books on memory loss are affecting my memory!

  3. I enjoyed it too and as I mentioned I read this one while on a flight to D.C. Turbulence was not my friend that day!! I've pretty much enjoyed all of Allison's books!

  4. I enjoyed this book as well, but thought there could have been more focus on music. Nice, concise review!

  5. Have you read Before I Go To Sleep? the beginning of the story sounds identical, but it has so many twists and turns, it is a great book. I recommend the audiobook, see why: http://wordsandpeace.com/2011/11/21/83-before-i-go-to-sleep/

  6. An author I want to try although I probably shouldn't start with this book.

  7. I love how complex the characters are. Feels very real. No one is just one thing and people can change. A nice message.


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