Quiet towns keep big secrets.
Private investigator Jessica Shaw is leading a quiet life in a Californian desert community, where she spends her days working low-level cases. But when a former resident asks Jessica to help her sister, Rue Hunter—a convicted murderer whose execution is days away—Jessica can’t resist the offer.
Rue doesn’t remember what happened the night two high school students were killed thirty years ago, but everybody in town is certain she’s guilty. As Jessica looks for answers, she finds that local rumors point one way and evidence points another. And nobody wants to face the truth. Meanwhile, Jessica can’t shake the feeling that someone is stalking her—now more than ever, she knows she can’t trust anyone.
As Jessica digs deeper, she encounters local secrets in unlikely places—including the police department itself. But the clock is ticking, and Jessica must find the truth fast—or Rue’s bad memory may be the death of them both.
Wall Street Journal bestseller
Longlisted for the McIlvanney Prize 2020
The very best sort of detective fiction: gritty, real and gripping with a brilliantly-realized main character.
—Cass Green, Sunday Times bestselling author
—Susi Holliday, bestselling author of The Last Resort
If you like your mysteries full of twists and turns then look no further than Bad Memory…I couldn’t put it down.
—Jane Isaac, author of A Deathly Silence