The Life Lucy Knew

The Life Lucy Knew


Author: Karma Brown

Published On: June 12, 2018

Published By: Park Row

Pages: 297 (paperback)

Goodreads Rating: 3.76


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Lucy Sparks just woke up in the hospital. Her head is throbbing and she has no idea how she got there. She is told that she slipped on the ice and hit her head hard enough to put her into a coma for the last month. Lucy cannot remember anything about the last four years.  While unconscious, her brain altered and falsified memories. Now she must decipher what is real, and what her brain vividly created.

The new Lucy believes that she is married to Daniel, when in reality they broke off their engagement four years ago. Even worse, she has no recollection of currently being in a relationship and living with her boyfriend Matt. As far she Lucy remembers, Matt is her dorky coworker.

“Sadly there were no list of experiences I could memorize to put Matt and me back to where we had been and send Daniel packing, no data chip I could load into my brain to reboot what had been lost. I wanted to shed the old Lucy, like a tissue-paper thin snakeskin that would blow away with a stiff breeze. The life I used to know was gone” (256).


Thank you Park Row Books/Harper Collins for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

The Life Lucy Knew is emotional, but not heavy. I read the majority of the book while lounging in the sun on Labor Day and would definitely recommend it for those looking for an easy beach read. The chapters are short, the language is simple, and the plot is intriguing.

Although the amnesia aspect is a bit generic, Brown’s interesting twist of rewritten memories gives the story some originality. At times I was frustrated with the characters but understood their motives all the same. With that said, it was difficult to connect with Lucy because her situation is so unique.

All in all, The Life Lucy Knew is an interesting read and perfect for anyone looking for an easy, emotional story. It didn’t disappoint, but it certainly didn’t knock my socks off.


Praise for The Life Lucy Knew

“A fizzy love story with a serious streak, good for readers who like their conundrums to go down as easily as one of the cocktails the characters enjoy.” -Kirkus Review

“An enjoyable take on the amnesia story, Brown explores the complexities of memory in the aftermath of an accident that alters the lice of Lucy Sparks.” -Publishers Weekly

“This is the kind of story that engrosses you in a character’s life while making you contemplate your own. A fascinating look at what we most want to remember, and what we’d just as soon forget.” -Jessica Stawser, author of Almost Missed You

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