Nell Slattery is in just this position after she and one other person are the only survivors of a plane crash that landed them in Iowa. As she comes to, she remembers nothing and nobody. Who are the people who claim to be her loved ones? Why does nothing they tell her seem to ring true?
Like a nightmare from which she seemingly doesn’t awaken, Nell tries to put her life back together, relying on the stories others tell her.
Her mother Indira, her sister Rory, even her friend Samantha—they all seem so supportive, but as the weeks and months creep by, bits and pieces of the real truth begin to surface. What really happened between Nell and her husband Peter? Had the two of them reconciled? Or was there more to the story? What was going on between Rory and Nell that might have brought their art gallery to a close?
And throughout, hovering over Nell’s life is the specter of the father who abandoned her. Unwilling to let him go, she believes that finding him again, or at least figuring out what happened in her past, could be the very thing that will fill in the blanks for her.
Told mostly in Nell’s first person voice, with occasional third person narratives from others, The Song Remains the Same also unfolded through the music that filled Nell’s life, from her younger years to the recent past.
I found myself growing emotional as the deceits of Rory, Peter, and Indira came to light. Applauding Nell’s decisions near the end brought closure to this story for me. Four stars.