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by Jennifer Muirhead (subscribe)
I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. ~ Eartha Kitt
Published November 23rd 2020
Some things are better forgotten
I know what I saw, SK Sharp, thriller, memory, hyperthymesia, books about memory, thriller, British thriller, psycological thriller

Nicola is one of only a handful of people in the world with Hyperthymesia, a condition which means she has a near-perfect memory of everything she has ever experienced. She doesn't think of her memory as a gift because it means a perfect recall of all the bad things that have happened to her, as well as the good. It's hard to move on from a tragedy like her Dad's death from cancer when to her it as though he is still alive.

Nicola's life is turned upside down overnight when her ex-husband, Declan calls to say that he has been arrested for his father's murder. Arty Robbins, Declan's father, disappeared thirty-five years ago, on the night of his fiftieth birthday party, and his body has only just been found. Nicola is Declan's alibi, so she knows he didn't kill his dad but she needs to figure out who did before Declan goes on trial for murder. She can remember everything she saw and heard on that night, but she still hasn't put together what it all means.

Content Warning: This book deals with family violence and sexual abuse.

I Know What I Saw is a gripping psychological thriller by S K Sharp. I hadn't heard of hyperthymesia before, and it makes for an interesting premise. The book explores the downside of the condition and the impact it has on Nicola's relationships, and her day to day life being disrupted by flashbacks. I thought it was fairly obvious who the killer was and what their motive was pretty early on, but it was still interesting to see how Nicola came to the realisation. The parts of the book set when Nicola and her friends were in their teens were very believable, with that teenage sense of everything being urgent and overwhelming.

I Know What I Saw is a gripping, original novel. If you enjoyed this one you might like Too Close by Natalie Daniels, which also deals with issues around memories.

I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Random House UK, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

October 2020
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