After waking up with little recollection of who she is, Nell Slattery must rely on those closest to her to help her put the pieces of her life back together. Her mother, sister, and husband should be the people she can trust the most, but she soon learns that the life they describe to her is nothing like the one that she actually had.
The “new” Nell starts making decisions that her family members disagree with–especially the one where she decides to let a friendly looking TV journalist record her on the road to recovery. Nell also shares a strong bond with Anderson, an actor who was the only other survivor of the plane crash that claimed Nell’s memories. As Nell sifts through pictures, music, and art that she collected over the years, she slowly begins remembering all of the things that her closest family members have been keeping from her.
The Song Remains the Same is the second novel by Allison Winn Scotch that I have had the pleasure of reading. I quickly became invested in Nell’s story, feeling deeply for her as she uncovered the dirty secrets that her family was hiding from her. I loved the exploration of the person that Nell becomes after the accident, how she eventually chooses to reinvent herself rather than living in the past.
Nell’s father, though never actually physically present in The Song Remains the Same, is a very powerful character. Nell and her father share many similarities, but he could never be the man that she wanted and needed him to be. I kept wanting him to make an appearance so that Nell could get the closure that she so desperately needed.
Anderson fascinated me as well; Nell saved his life as their plane went down, and he feels indebted to her. They are people from two different walks of life, yet their shared experience has made them closer to each other than to anyone else. I loved watching as their friendship evolved, and as Anderson struggled to reinvent himself as well.
The Song Remains the Same left me pondering my own existence, and whether I would have Nell’s strength to pursue a new way of if I found myself in a similar situation.
Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Putnam Adult. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.