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Book Review: You Never Have to Remember The Truth by Kelly Moran and Dominick Gugliatto

You Never Have to Remember the Truth: The Nick Gugliatto Story
You Never Have to Remember the Truth: The Nick Gugliatto Story by Dominic Gugliatto
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I came into this book not really sure what to expect. It is the first memoir I have ever read, so I don’t have any basis of comparison, nor reason to believe this would be the type of book I would enjoy. But, when I decided to make public my opinion about the things I read, I also decided it meant I would have to broaden my literary horizons. I would have to read something other than fiction.

I was absolutely pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed reading this story. As the description for the book aptly explains, the story is Nick Gugliatto’s version of events surrounding his aiding Lawrencia Bembenek to escape from prison, where she was incarcerated for murder. I don’t remember the crime, personally, so all of the story was new for me. It was really interesting to see through the proverbial peep hole into something that apparently held the eye of the media for some time.

The author cleverly weaves the facts and doles them out in a way that gives the impression of sitting across from Nick at the kitchen table while he recounts his actions and the reasoning and truth behind them. The story was more a novella in length–perfect to my estimations. I never felt bored or dragged along during the read. After this, I would say I might just be a fan of this type of work. A must read for true crime addicts and those with an eye for conspiracies or the inner workings of the justice system.

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Interview with Kelly Moran:

Bex: At what point in your life did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

Kelly: LOL. When I first learned to talk? As far back as I can remember, these characters and stories have been in my head.

Bex: What would you consider to be the best book you have ever read?

Kelly: Oh man. So unfair. Um… There’s quite a few. Pride & Prejudice–for the ultimate tease. A Cottage By the Sea, by CJ Ware–for thousands of reasons. Seaside Letters, by Denise Hunter–so sad and sweet. Jill Shalvis’ Lucky Harbour series is awesome. Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld series rocks. You know, we could be here all day. I’m refusing to answer!

Bex: What is it that you like to do when you’re not reading/writing?

Kelly: Hm. What I like to do or have to do? I love sappy movies, cooking, MLB, and NFL. Other than that, sleeping when I can. Oh, coffee and chocolate. I have 3 young boys, so I do a lot of chasing too.

Bex: If I came to visit early in the morning would you impress me as being more like a chirpy bird or a grumpy bear?

Kelly: Oh, definitely a grumpy bear. Unless you brought coffee. I wouldn’t eat you then. 🙂

Bex: Describe what it’s like to be an author in three words.

Kelly: Frustrating. Lonely. Limitless.

Bex: What one word best describes you?

Kelly: Stubborn.

Bex: Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?

Kelly: England or Ireland. I’m Irish, and would love to see it. I have author friends in the UK, and there’s so much history there. Why? Can you arrange this?

Bex: I so wish!
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