False Memory

False Memory by Meli Raine Book Summary

It all started with the bereavement flowers with my name on them.

Not the best way to wake up, right? I work in a flower shop. I know a funeral arrangement when I see one.

I know a killer when I see one, too. And one is standing in my hospital room right now, straight behind the man who saved my life.

I can’t tell anyone the truth, because that’s the fastest way to really die. So I do the next best thing. I “lose” my memory. 

I fake my amnesia.

Pretending not to remember a brutal attempted murder has its perks. The killer is backing down, spending less time around me, loosening the noose.

The less I claim to recall, the more my rescuer, Duff, works to help me “remember.” I hate lying to him.

But he doesn’t understand that my memory is dangerous. To me. And to him.

Fooling everyone isn’t easy. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done.

Except it’s starting to look like I’ve been fooling myself.

In more ways than one.

Read Book 1 in the newest series from USA Today bestselling author Meli Raine.

“…intrigue and dark humor on display in this thriller…”

While the immediate—and more compelling—tension in Raine’s (A Shameless Little Bet, 2018, etc.) heart-pumping series opener comes from Lily’s constant proximity to her would-be killer, the action takes place against a backdrop of secret government scandals.

Fortunately, Lily’s voice is captivating, wry, and tough enough to sell this thriller. The novel ends with a cliffhanger that startles, if only because readers will have become so attached to Lily. 

— Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Meli Raine’s books:

“Fresh, riveting, and thrumming with emotion and romantic suspense, False Memory is absolutely unputdownable. You need this book!” - New York Times bestselling author Meghan March

“I accidentally lost a day to this trilogy! It is unputdownable. Apparently I'm on a dark-and-twisty binge, and this book is addictive.” - USA Today bestselling author Sarina Bowen (Harmless series)

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False Memory (Meli Raine) Book Reviews

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- Not my cup of cinnamon-almond milk latte2 star

I found Ms. Raine’s attempt a using a combination of deep POV and unreliable narrator to be, at best, pretentious. At worst, this book has so many plot holes that it barely holds together. The premise is interesting, and I really wanted to like it. I finished it, hoping all along that it would come together in a way that justified its promise. My opinion of it isn’t helped, at all, by the fact that it’s just another cash-grabbing trilogy that refuses to provide any resolution unless you buy the next book, and then the next one. Seriously, I’d rather just pay the $12 up front and get the whole story. Instead, this piecemeal, patchwork approach has me so annoyed by it that I just don’t care.

- False memory1 star

Although a series left it way to unsettled. Was not happy at all with ending

- She got me reading 😂5 star

I struggle with reading , like of course I can read but you really expect me to read 300 pages for fun ? Lol today was my first day on this app . I was browsing through titles , and was like nope I’m not reading anything over 100 something pages (over a few days period 💀) . I literally read this entire book in a day , honestly a few hours if I’m honest 😂. I loved how I could easily paint the pictures in my mind . I’m really excited to see what’s next !

- False Memory1 star

I absolutely HATE books that make you buy the next book to find out the ending!

- !!5 star

Soooo good! All I can say I’ve read the first book in a matter of days and the second in just ONE! Moving on the the third now I can’t wait to see where this story goes

- I couldn’t put it down5 star

Nor did I want to. I read the first book in two sittings. I must read the next book in the series!

- False memory5 star

Amazing book

- sooo good ,, just wish the rest were free4 star

this book was realllly good and it had an amazing plot with lots of twists and turns. the only problem is that it ends on a cliff hanger and the rest of the books aren’t free:(

- Exhilarating5 star

So intense and suspenseful that it’s worth every page turn.

- Great story but you have to buy three books to see how it ends2 star

I hate authors that write a story that should be one book but they spread it over three so they can make more money. I’m not falling for it and don’t care how it ends.

- False Memory4 star

Great story but didn’t finish the story without buying the next....not happy.

- Good book4 star

It’s a good book. Even though it says book 1 it’s part of a bigger series

- Like adventure5 star

Such a real life situation that keeps you guessing all the way till the end.

- False Memories4 star

A real page turner but was a bit disappointed with the ending.

- Amnesia or Protection?5 star

Fast paced thriller that leaves you wanting more of the story. I really enjoyed the author’s use of one word to ramp up the intensity of figuring out what’s happening. Does Lily know who tried to kill her?

- Wack2 star

Takes too long to get to the point, you have to read part two to find out who killed her. Waste of time

- Worst book1 star

Hate it

- SO GOOD4 star

omg this book i swear i couldn’t put it down to even go to the bathroom. definitely something you’d expect from an exceptional author like Meli Raine!! MUST READ beautifully written!!

- False Memory is a perfect title5 star

Great book and page turner. Kept drawing me in to read more not knowing who to trust!

- Exciting, captures you, but VERY DISAPPOINTING!!!!1 star

I HATE investing all of this time in reading a book, that doesn’t end inside its covers. I spent all morning becoming invested in these character and what was happening to Lily. I get to the last page and it just STOPS. No closure. Just links to book 2 and 3. Very disappointing. I will not buy book 2 or 3 and will avoid other books by Meli Raine. Yes, this was a free book, I read lots of them. They usually get me invested in the authors style or other characters and I do buy other books by them. But this abrupt cut off is disappointing and uncalled for. Don’t waste your time with this one.

- Amazing book5 star

From the second she wakes up in the hospital you really care about this character and want her to be OK.

- Awesome!5 star


- Part if a trilogy series5 star

A very entertaining mystery. Only near the end of this first book does the author start to reveal the whole story. I can't wait to start the next book in this series.

- Disappointed3 star

I was very disappointed because the book does not have an ending. And no, I am not buying the sequel to live in the ending of the story. I am disappointed. I do not recommend.

- Wow!5 star

Wow so many questions. I need more!!

- Rollercoaster Ride5 star

The False series was a rollercoaster of a ride. OMG! Had to buy it on audiobook also so I could listen as I drive. All of the stories by this author are action packed with twists and turns. Just when you think you have it figured out, something happens that was not expected. Lilly was an unfortunate mistaken identity who was now protected by the president because she and Jane were friends. The big question is did she see who tried to kill her. Duff has been tasked to keep her safe. Can the two ignore the chemistry or will they give in to temptation?

- Amazing!5 star

What a phenomenal start to this series. Lily is an amazing character. She's relatable and realistic. Each of the characters in this story are complex and well developed. The story plot is well written and thought out. It quickly pulled me in and kept my eyes glued to the pages until the very last word. At times, I was perched on the edge of my seat, gripping my ipad so hard that I thought I would either fall off the chair or break something. This is a story I know I will reread many times. Well done to the author!

- So good!5 star

A good suspense series kickoff with a wonderful story line and compelling character development. The story is rich in details and the author easily paints every scene rather succinctly so you miss nothing and the story doesn’t drag. It’s a real page turner and part of a larger series that is completely gripping.

- False Memory5 star

Loved the book couldn’t put it down. So sad it ended as it did.

- Great book!5 star

One of the best books I’ve read!

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- No ending4 star

I hate when an author thinks it ok to not end a book. I feel used. “Buy the next book, maybe I’ll end it...maybe I won’t..trust me....” it’s a good story with no ending ...you choose. I’m not buying the next book on principle.

- Great book!4 star

This book was right up my alley. It had lots of twists and turns and kept you hooked on. The reason I don’t give it 5 stars is that the beginning was interesting and so was the last half ish, but the plot didn’t really go anywhere in the middle. Other than that, this was a great book, would highly recommend.

- False Memory Book 11 star

I HATE, HATE, HATE cliffhanger endings that force you to buy two more books to find out the ending. I assumed the next two books were about different characters like a sibling’s story or a secondary character’s storyline. I would not have read the book if I had known this information and would have appreciated that fact being told in the plot outline.

- "False memory" (false 1) by Meli Raines5 star

What a creative storyline for a book! Powerful beginning which captivates you from the very first word. Words can’t adequately explain the sheer brilliance of the author’s descriptions of the coma, her recovery and the threat she has to avoid by pretending to have amnesia. Poor Lily must’ve been EXHAUSTED. I LOVE how details of the shooting and surrounding events leading up to it are given so sparingly throughout the story.

- False memory4 star

Great book Characters are great Moves along quickly Loved it

- Fabulous5 star

Loved this amazing story. Having flower arrangements for someone who’s not dead, is eerie. Couldn’t stop reading to find out the truth. JackieT

- Eh.1 star

They trick you into reading and then you get hooked, and now you have to pay $. Thats kind of stupid. If you want to pay for a firstly free book, then I suggest this.

- False Memory5 star

Really enjoyed this story, Lily and Duff, surrounded by mystery, will they get Romeo, prove he tried to kill her and Jane’s friends. Looking forward to reading Next book in series

- Lily and Duff!5 star

Lily is a friendly and easy going florist which is why she connected with Jane from the Shameless trilogy. She never expected to have been shot instead of Jane and being in a coma for the last year. She has regained consciousness and she is trying to handle not only what happened to her but how to protect herself from the person who tried to kill her. Duff was protecting Jane when Lily got shot and he has been dealing with the guilt and grief for the last year. One she regains consciousness all he wants to do is protect her and keep her safe so that they can find out who is behind it. Lily knows much more than she appears, but she decides that amnesia is the best way to protect herself until she can determine who is a friend and who is a foe. Full of suspense and twists this the first book in the False trilogy and does end on a cliffhanger.

- I need to know the rest of the story RIGHT NOW!5 star

I am at a complete loss for words. All I know for certain is that I need to know the rest of the story RIGHT NOW! These interlinked series all lead from one to the next, and when we reached the end of Jane’s story, I knew I wanted to know what happened to Lily. This book about the memories she’s hiding to prevent a killer from succeeding in ending her life sucked me in. It’s now hours after I should have been sound asleep, and yet the story is still spinning through my brain. I was so desperate to know how it ended I couldn’t put the book down. After seeing where it ends, I’m pretty desperate to get my hands on the next book. I received a complimentary advanced copy of this book from the author.

- Such a tense story4 star

This story reels the reader in the further the story goes. There is much tension, that one is often left breathless. I really like the writing style, it certainly builds the tension and intrigue. Great story, worth reading.

- Brilliant5 star

This book is brilliant. Filled with great characters, drama and a little humour, this story keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very end. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series.

- Riveting!!5 star

This was a unique story, viewed mainly in someone's inner thoughts of fear and dread. I found the plot fascinating, and would have liked the story to be resolved. I will definitely read the next book in the series.

- False memory5 star

You have me hooked. I need to have the next book, gotta know what is happening! 👍👍👍👍👍😁

- False memory5 star

A publisher really needs to pick up this author. She is very good.

- Loved!5 star

In this book, the first of the trilogy, Lily wakes from her coma after she had been shot months before. She decides to fake having amnesia to protect herself and her family from her shooter, who walks amongst them as if he’s an ally. The writing in this is great, you can really feel how horribly frustrating it would be for Lily, being stuck in a hospital bed for so long, unable to really do anything, and unable to protect herself in any way, except to pretend she knows nothing. As always in these trilogies, there’s twists and turns and it’s amazing! The endings always leave you wanting the read the next book immediately.

- False Memory drawn out1 star

Whilst this was an ok book it certainly dragged out far to much then getting to the end and it’s still got 2 more books to finalise it seems it could have been easily written in one book Very disappointing and unfortunately I won’t be sticking around for the final ending

- Another brilliant book from Meli Raine5 star

Another brilliant book from Meli Raine. I could not put it down, and so once again stayed up way too late reading it. :) Meli knows how to hook you in right from the beginning, and somehow even makes a character in a coma interesting. I sped through this book, and am now impatiently waiting for books 2 and 3 to be released. I love this author, and will read anything and everything she writes.

- Couldn’t put it down but...5 star

This was a brilliant read. It’s frustrating though that u have to buy the next book to find out the answers though... I’ve now read all three and they are fantastic. Well worth it.

- Good5 star

Loved this, full of suspense from start to finish, left me waiting to read the next episode in this series. Thanks to the author x

- False Memory5 star

Wow what a story! It grabbed me from start to finish with its chilling suspense and intriguing storyline. I loved the characters and am really looking forward to more.

- Very interesting5 star

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend reading it if you like drama and suspense . It’s not boring like most books like this in my opinion. Great book!

- Wow just wow5 star

Read this book in one day straight I can not wait for the next one!!

- Left wanting5 star

Never in my life have I read a book got to the end thinking how and where did that book go. But tonight I did just that. I couldn’t believe the speed that I read this just wanting to find out what was happening next and when it ended I wanted the next book. 11th December can’t come quick enough

- Stunning new series!5 star

False Memory is book one in a brand new three part series by Meli Raine. So, for fans of Meli, it’ll come as no surprise that it ends on a cliffhanger. Thankfully, the books are being released closely together, so if you prefer to wait until the series is complete, then it won’t be too long. January next year in fact. As with all Meli’s books, it doesn’t take long to be sucked into the story and forget where you are, or what you’re supposed to be doing. I told myself, I’ll just read a few chapters then get started on dinner but, ha, ha, did that happen? Nope. Kids went hungry, hubs remained unfed, well, until he wrenched my kindle from my hot, sweaty hands. So, beware. This is not a dip in and out story. It’s fast paced with an amazing assortment of characters and some with questionable motives to say the least. Lily doesn’t know who to trust and after what happened to her it’s easy to see why. She wakes up after months of being in a coma, and she has to decide who put her in that hospital bed with only one thing in mind. Surviving. Can she keep her secrets and unravel the mystery of her attempted homicide? With a cast of characters from both the Shameless and Harmless series of books, this was quite a riveting and thrilling story. Can’t wait for part two. Just a few weeks more. Thank goodness.

- Meli raine5 star

I’ve brought and read them all! Sad it’s over.

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- Will the Intrigue Never End?5 star

Oh my, will the intrigue never end? False Memory, the first book of the third trilogy in this saga, concerns Jane Borokov's lookalike friend, Lily, who was shot in the head by an assassin, apparently believing her to be Jane. Although Lily had been in a coma for fourteen months, she was cognizant of what was occurring around her for some time prior to fully coming out of the coma. She also saw her attacker just prior to being shot, recognizing him as someone who was trusted by those around her. Yet Lily doesn't know how deep the deception goes or who else may be working for the wrong side. What she does know is that her knowledge is potentially deadly and Her attacker has been hovering around her and her family since she was first shot. She therefore determines that silence is the best choice for the time being. Then there's Duff, Lily's primary bodyguard, who still feels terrible guilt over not being better positioned to have kept her from being attacked in the first place. Lily and Duff have become so close during her recovery that he is able to read and assist her unlike anyone else. There is also a clear chemistry between them that has not been addressed. As with all the books in the past two series, this book ends with a cliffhanger. Since I am usually not a fan of reading continuing stories until they are complete, I keep wondering why I want to read these books as soon as possible. The only answer I can think of is that these stories have me so entranced that my normal hesitation is overridden by my stronger desire to know what's going on sooner rather than later. I'm simply hooked!

- The Reader Lives this Story – Incredible Insight!!5 star

Warning I: You should have read some prior stories from Meli Raine – this series has characters and events from those stories. Warning II: Once you’ve read one – you will read them all…they are highly addictive! We awaken with Lily who is coming out of a coma where she resided for 14 months. We are trapped in her body just as she is. We struggle with her to make herself known to those around her. Blinking is considered an “automatic response”. Saying Muh – for mom, and Buh – for her brother Bowie is still not acknowledged by the doctor …. Until she looks at the reluctant doctor and gives him a Fuhhhh Ooooo. The physical and emotional struggle is real. She knows who tried to kill her. He is one of the men hired to protect her. Her only defense is to continue to have amnesia. Her closest protector Duff, who has scars of his own, seems to care. But he is friends with her would-be-killer. Does he know, is he part of the plot against her? Brilliant read. Completely captivating. These series come in three’s so be prepared for a full story, with some hanging points…Rest assured I have the next two books in this series already marked on my calendar!! *** I am voluntarily leaving my honest review of this book ***

- It is amazing!! Clamoring for more!!5 star

“False Memory” (False #1) by Meli Raine I missed these trilogies!! Meli Raine has an amazing power of engaging the reader from word one and clamoring for more and more!! Now I have to wait a month for part two. Waiting very impatiently. I absolutely love these novellas/novels. The characters are easy to fall in love with and root for...or hope they get removed one way or another. They are fast paced and full of intrigue and mystery. Psychological thriller lovers will cover these reads. Clamoring for the next one...and so will you. Rating: 5.0 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ** I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this novel. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

- Great Start5 star

First of all, AMAZING how, after 14 mos that Lily wakes up...from a gunshot wound to the head!!!! You could see how Duff felt about Lily from the start...and you just knew that he knew she was faking her amnesia! But Lily felt like she HAD to keep it a secret...she didn’t know if Duff was in on it or not and she could risk her self or her family, who so diligently prayed and stayed by her side while she was in her coma. It’s another mystery that I’m sure will bring us around to so many different possibilities of what is going on before we truly find out who shot Lily! Can’t WAIT to see what happens next!!

- Great start to the story5 star

This book is the first of three. There is a cliffhanger in both books 1 and 2, with the final conclusion in book 3. I recommend starting at the beginning of the series with the Breaking Away series so you can understand the background characters. This isn’t critical though to enjoy the story. I have loved all of these books and this one doesn’t disappoint. This took a different angle in that you find out the killer earlier and the love interest later. I really enjoyed the tension and drama and lol forward to book2.

- False Memory5 star

Meli Raine you have done it again. This book is amazing. After fourteen months in a coma Lily wakes up! She fakes amnesia to stay alive. The man that shot her is one of her security detail. Duff is also there. He is the one who helped save Lily. He feels guilty because he couldn’t stop her from being shot. He guards her, works out in physical therapy. Duff is falling for Lily just like she is falling for him. Her family treats her with kids gloves. Duff is her protector and he assumes she knows more than she telling. I loved this book can’t wait for the next book. I want to know what happens. I recommend this book. 5stars!!!

- Can’t get enough!5 star

I just love Meli Raine’s books. She tells a story that draws you in and keeps you on the edge of your seat. I love this book about Duff and Lily. Lily was shot in the head and was in a coma for over a year. Duff is her bodyguard and she is faking that she can’t remember who shot her. Things are heating up between them and the danger is getting higher. What a cliffhanger, I can’t wait for the next book to see what is going to happen.

- Anticipating the next!5 star

This book has so much intrigue, you can cut it with a knife. The pain, hopelessness and anger of the recovering Lily, feels real. Her fear burns bright. Excellent read. Anticipating the next in this series.

- Oh WOW!!5 star

This is False Memory, book 1 of the False series, written by Meli Raine. It’s quite a detailed and deceptive book. Who do you trust when you are afraid of everyone? Lily suffered a gunshot to the head 14 months prior and is now trying to reacclimatize into her normal life. She is scared and can’t trust anything or anyone. It’s a fast paced book and now I’m just dying to read the next two in the series! They just can’t come out fast enough!!

- What a ride5 star

Another great installment to this political thriller. Lillie is finally awake after being shot, but who can she trust? Why was she shot? Was is her or Jane that the killer was after? I could not put this down. Well written and gripping, keeps you on the edge of your seat. Don’t miss this one!

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