An Entire Community Points Fingers at an Amnesiac Auto Accident Survivor in Jeff Abbott’s ‘Blame’ [REVIEW]

When a 17-year-old girl awakens from a tragic car crash that killed her friend, she can’t remember anything about her life in Jeff Abbott’s Blame. (Photo courtesy Canva)
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Two teens caught in a devastating car wreck. One dies. The other’s memory is stolen. What caused the accident? No one knows for sure. And now everyone is pointing fingers at the survivor. But is she really responsible or is she a victim herself? Find out in Jeff Abbott’s psychological thriller, Blame.

Jeff Abbott's BLAME
Grand Central

When 17-year-old Jane Norton first survives the accident that claimed her friend David’s life, she has amnesia and the entire community rallies around her. At least they do until the police find her note is found at the accident site which states, “I wish we were dead together.”

After that, everyone blames her for David’s death. The problem is she doesn’t know if she’s guilty or not. She doesn’t remember anything from her fourteenth birthday on, including why they were on that road in the first place or if she was feeling suicidal at all and why?

Jane wants answers as much as anybody. But then she gets an anonymous message stating that a mysterious stranger knows the truth, whether Jane actually does or not. Who is playing games with her? Why don’t they just release the story if they know everything? Her search for answers becomes a taut game which threatens her sanity.

I’ve been an Abbott fan for years. He never fails to weave a tightly plotted story that keeps his readers guessing, and this one definitely keeps us on the edge of our seats, turning pages late into the night, eager to find out the truth. And believe me when I say that the answer is well worth the wait! This is a novel with enough psychological angst it would make Daphne du Maurier and Patricia Highsmith envious.

Thrillers rarely make it on our list of Diamond Reviewed titles, but Blame has everything we love in suspense fiction. It’s smart and relevant, with well-crafted characters we believe in and empathize with. Also, each chapter ratchets up the suspense, even as Abbot misdirects and confuses us, making our connection to Jane all that more real. Most of all, this book provides addictive, twisty fun with a puzzle readers will find themselves wracking their brains to try and solve.

If you enjoy mind-bending stories that are as delicious as they are perplexing, you simply can’t miss Jeff Abbott’s Blame. It will blow your mind!

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Jeff Abbott is the New York Times bestselling author of AdrenalineDownfall, Inside Man, and many other mystery and suspense novels.

Published in numerous languages, his work has climbed the bestseller lists in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Australia, Portugal, and other countries.

An award-winning author, he received a Thriller Award for The Last Minute, and both the Agatha Award and the Macavity Award for his debut novel, Do Unto Others

His books AdrenalinePanic, and Collision have been optioned for film and are currently in development.

Jeff graduated from Rice University with a degree in History and English. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and two sons. Visit his home on the Web at, like him on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter.

Jeff Abbott
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By Jeff Abbott
416 pgs. Grand Central. $14.99.

Purchase Blame direct from Jathan & Heather Books or from one of these other fine online retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Half Price Books, Hudson Booksellers, IndieBound, Powell’s, or Walmart.

About Jathan Fink
Jathan is a journalist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. He is also a travel junkie, foodie and jazz aficionado. A California native, he resides in Texas.

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