Opening a novel with the protagonist just coming to after a terrible accident certainly puts the reader right in the middle of the action from the first paragraph. This is the case with Allison Winn Scotch’s new novel The Song Remains the Same, and the stage is set for a story of unanswered questions as amnesia is the fate of the survivor, Nell Slattery.
Though she doesn’t remember who she is, or what her life was like before she became one of only two plane crash survivors, Nell soon has a feeling that things just aren’t right with the picture that is being painted for her. Her mother, her sister, and her husband are by her side, but the person they all describe isn’t necessarily who Nell wants to be anymore. She sees a life that could be described just like the wardrobe she finds in her closet at home: gray and more gray. She finds herself wanting more vibrant colors, and she becomes determined to add more zest in her second chance at life.
But the work that she must do to redefine herself also hinges on her ability to know the full picture of her life before, and it seems as if everyone around her is holding back. There are clearly secrets that need to be unearthed, and she’ll take some unconventional actions in an attempt to uncover them. What will be left for Nell when she finds out everything there is to know about her previous life?
Allison Winn Scotch is a popular author in the “women’s fiction” genre, and she has created a main character in Nell who is instantly likable. I was rooting for her recovery throughout the entire novel, even as I fumed at the people around her. There were a couple plot points that frustrated me, to tell the truth, and it was challenging to feel empathy for the folks in Nell’s life who were more invested in their own agendas than in helping her rebuild a healthy life. But, it all certainly provided for conflict, which can keep a story progressing.
If you’re a fan of what some folks call “chick lit,” The Song Remains the Same, an entertaining fictional story with a strong female lead character who works to find herself after a serious accident should be a great fit.
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