Review: The Song Remains The Same by Allison Winn Scotch
Author: Allison Winn Scotch
Published: December 31, 2012
Paperback, 352 pages
She’s a wife, a sister, a daughter…but she remembers nothing. Now she must ask herself who she is and choose which stories—and storytellers—to trust. One of only two survivors of a plane crash, Nell Slattery wakes up in the hospital with no memory of it, or who she is, or was. Now she must piece together both body and mind with the help of family and friends who have their own agendas. Although Nell can’t remember all that came before, something just doesn’t sit right with the versions of her history given by her mother, her sister, and her husband.
Desperate for a key to unlock her past, she filters through photos, art, music, and stories, hoping that something will jog her memory, and soon, in tiny bits and pieces, Nell starts remembering. . . .
Nell Slattery wakes up in a hospital with amnesia after a plane crash. She doesn't remember anyone or even the plane crash. Nell Slattery's memory is a blank slate. Nell decides to take advantage of this in a way. When she looks at pictures of her 'old' self she doesn't recognize the face staring back at her. She doesn't want to be the person she was. Nell decides that she'll be a better version of herself. Her family and friends try to help her remember who she was, but they're holding back. Almost hesitant telling Nell the details of her life. Nell can't resist the mystery of her past, so she channels Nancy Drew to figure it out.
The Song Remains The Same by Allison Winn Scotch is an interesting novel. I like the concept of Nell becoming the woman she wants to be instead of trying to be the woman she was. I think life would be a lot easier if we could forget certain things. People could be free of previous fears, and lose old grudges, and be happier in general. I also like how Scotch used music as a way to help Nell remember her past. Music is such a big part of life. So many of life's experiences can be tied to music that this seems like a feasible concept.
I found the whole story line to be intriguing. I felt that I with Nell on her journey of discovery. I wanted to unlock her secrets as much as she did. The only thing I didn't really like about this book was the ending. I felt as if the story was just cut off. I wanted to know more about the characters, and what was going to happen next. I enjoyed the relationship between the characters though. Nell and her mother's especially. Their relationship is reflective of many mothers and daughters. Overall I enjoyed the story, but the ending left me unfulfilled.