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Review: The Truth About Melody Browne by Lisa Jewell

Summary from Goodreads:

This “touching, insightful, and gripping story” (Sophie Kinsella, #1 New York Times bestselling author) from the instant New York Times bestselling author of Then She Was Gone follows a young woman searching for answers about her unknown past and the mysterious fire that irrevocably changed her life.

When she was a child, Melody Browne’s house burned down, destroying all her family’s possessions and her memories. Ever since this tragic event, Melody Browne has had no recollection of her life before she was rescued from the flames.

Now in her early thirties, Melody is a single mother, living in the middle of London with her teenaged son. She hasn’t seen her parents since she left home at fifteen, but Melody has no desire to reconnect until one night, while attending a hypnotist show with a date, she faints. When she comes around, she is suddenly overwhelmed with fragmented memories of her life before that fateful fire.

Slowly, she begins the arduous process of piecing together the real story of her childhood. Her journey takes her up and down the countryside, to seaside towns to the back streets of London, where she meets strangers who seem to love her like her own. But the more answers she uncovers, the more questions she is left with, and Melody can’t help but wonder if she’ll ever know the whole truth about her past.

“An absolute must-read” (Cosmopolitan, UK), The Truth About Melody Browne “will make you laugh, cry—then tell all your friends about it” (Daily Record).


I’ve been trying to read all of my favorite author’s backlist books and I’m starting with Lisa Jewell. I found The Truth About Melody Browne, a contemporary mystery novel from 2009 and had to get it.

It took me a while to get into the novel and I found that the pacing was not the best. But overall, I liked it a lot and found myself connecting with the characters and the story.

I’m a big fan of Lisa Jewell’s recent thrillers and her writing style. I found this older novel was more contemporary focused, which is what Jewell started off writing but it also had some of elements of her recent thrillers.

I was unsure if I would enjoy this one when I started it because it took me a while to connect with the characters and main plot. But I ended up loving the mystery surrounding Melody Browne and the various side characters that Jewell created.

I’m looking forward to reading more of Lisa Jewell’s backlist titles.

I recommend checking out this older title from Lisa Jewell, it was a great read.


4.5 Stars Out of 5 Stars.


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