by Susanna Beard Read profile


Published 1st February 2017

Reeling from a brutal attack that leaves her best friend dead and her badly injured, Lisa Fulbrook flees to the countryside to recuperate. With only vague memories of the event, she isolates herself from her friends and family, content to spend her days wandering the hills with her dog, Riley.

However, Lisa is soon plagued, not only by vivid flashbacks, but questions, too: how did their assailant know them? Why were they attacked? And what really happened that night?

As she desperately tries to piece together the memories, Lisa realises that there’s another truth still hidden to her, a truth she can’t escape from. A truth that may have been right in front of her all along.


'Dare to Remember is a tense journey into one woman's struggle with the aftermath of a vicious attack that killed her best friend. I found myself frantically turning the pages, desperate to uncover what happened on the night of the attack. Susanna Beard is a thought-provoking, skilled debut writer who will no doubt win a new army of thriller fans with this clever novel.' Tracy Buchanan

'Beautifully taut and controlled writing - gripping all the way through.' Shelley Weiner

'Dare to Remember is an intriguing and gripping debut novel. A perceptive exploration of the trauma of losing your best friend.' Rachel Abbott

'A taut, compelling read. Full of atmosphere and humanity. Susanna brilliantly portrays through the central character the times in our lives that leave us guilty and emotionless and unable to move forward with purpose. A stunning and confident first novel.' Sharon Bloom

'This is a great exploration into the psychological impact of a traumatic event. I warmed to Lisa immediately and felt every bit of her frustration as she struggled to remember the details of the night she and her best friend were attacked by someone they knew and trusted. It kept me reading into the night as I raced to find out how this twisty, shocking story would end.' Sam Carrington

‘a deep and dark look at how we can overcome trauma.’ Keeper of Pages

‘The narrative is both uplifting and disquieting as Lisa pushes against her past attack, and dares not just to remember, but to hope as well.  An impressive debut for Susanna Beard.’ Joy Kluver

‘Sometimes you pick up a book and after reading only a few pages, you know that this book is going to be a worthy read. This is what happened to me when I picked up Dare To Remember.’ Day Dreamers Thoughts

‘Susannah Beard unspools the story at just the right pace to keep interest and intrigue.’ Barbara Copperthwaite

‘The acuity of the narrative at times leaves the reader squirming in the therapist’s chair’ Rich Reviews

‘Dare to Remember is without a doubt a novel that will have the reader gripped and desperate to reach the end for answers’ By the Letter Book Reviews

‘If you love to read psychological dramas, that give great insight into human psychology and have thought provoking themes running throughout them, then Dare to Remember is the book for you. It's also a cracking good story.’ Brew and Books Review

‘If you like a novel when you get completely inside the head of the main character and cannot help but become involved in their pain and anguish, then you will enjoy this.’ BibliomaniacUK

‘Dare to Remember is intelligently written and intriguing with a perfectly crafted cast of characters who drive the storyline forward… a wonderful, touching debut and I can’t wait to read more by Susanna Beard.’ My Chestnut Reading Tree

‘If you like good physiological suspense then you must read ‘Dare to Remember’. You’ll find it hard to put down.’ A Lover of Books

‘At times unsettling, but utterly compelling. Dare To Remember is an intriguing and imaginative novel.’ Anne Cater, Random Things Through My Letterbox Cater

 ‘I could hardly pull myself away from this fabulous read that kept my interest from page one to the end. [] I hung on every word, every sentence.’ Sue and her books