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239774Published: April 1, 1989
Publisher: Archway Paperbacks
Author: Website
Info: Goodreads

SHE DIDN’T UNDERSTAND THAT SHE WAS DEAD.

When Shari Cooper awoke at home after being at her girlfriend’s birthday party, her family acted like she wasn’t there. They didn’t hear a thing she said. They wouldn’t even look at her. Then the call came from the hospital. Her father and brother paled. Her mother started to cry. Shari didn’t know what was wrong. Not until she followed them to the hospital. There she found herself lying on a cold slab in the morgue. The police said that it was suicide.

Shari knew she had been murdered. Making a vow to herself to find her killer, Shari embarks on the strangest of all criminal investigations: one in which she spies on her friends, and even enters their dreams — where she comes face-to-face with a nightmare from beyond the grave. The Shadow — a thing more horrible than death itself — is the key to Shari’s death, and the only thing that can stop her murderer from murdering again.  (goodreads.com)

I can’t remember where I got my pristine-looking copy of REMEMBER ME. PBS, maybe. Or bought from someone here. Something like that.

These books would need to have me clawing my eyes out in order to stop reading since they’re so short and I finished this and can still see so good things all around. There’s a lot of exposition going on here, with Shari starting off dead and backing into her death moment, giving some insight to her life and her friends’ lives. It meandered a bit but it was only a matter of time before the going got good.

REMEMBER ME was just okay in the grander scheme of 90s teen horror cheese. There was a ton of build-up, a lot of less-than-stellar characters (which is pretty par for the course when it comes to these kinds of books) and then the more interesting parts, where Shari finally dies in her own exposition and wants to find her killer, were a bit lackluster. A lot of hitching rides on various vehicles because she can’t ghost around, a couple of times getting chased by the Shadow, some looking into people’s dreams. It was all rather uneventful.

I did like the thriller aspect of it, Shari trying to solve the mystery of who killed her but the “twist” was kind of confusing and rather contrived. What I’ve come to learn is that the kids in these books end up killing people for rather frivolous reasons and REMEMBER ME was no exception. The killer was a bit crazy, of course, and their last ditch effort at a plot was foiled at the last second. I think the creepiest part was at the very end and how adamant Shari was in being remembered and the methods she used to go about that. I can see how it would lead into sequels. It’d be neat if she went a little insane herself in her bid to stay in people’s memories.

All in all not high up on my cheese list but cheese nonetheless.

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