Review: Tell Me My Name

Title: Tell Me My Name
Author: Erin Ruddy
Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Dundurn
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: October 27, 2020
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

When a woman is snatched by an obsessed stranger claiming to be her soulmate, the consequences could be deadly in this suspenseful and darkly twisted psychological thriller … unless she can remember his name.

Ellie and Neil Patterson are eager to settle in to some quality time at their new cottage. It’s the first time in ten years they’ve been alone … or are they?

When a friendly encounter with their new neighbour leads to their violent kidnapping, they awake to a living nightmare. Insisting he is Ellie’s soulmate, the stranger gives her three chances to say his name. If she guesses wrong, it’s Neil who will suffer the consequences. This propels Ellie on a desperate trip down memory lane to dredge up the dubious men of her past.

Only after discovering the man’s true identity and sacrificing her own safety to save Neil does Ellie learn the truth — that everything she thought she knew about her husband and their decade-long love story was a lie.


Ellie and Neil are excited to spend some quality time together at their new cottage after sending their kids to camp. Ellie meets their neighbour one day and invites him for dinner. The next day she runs into the neighbour again. He kidnaps her and threatens to kill and mutilate her husband until she can tell him his name. The neighbour is a man from her past, and he wants Ellie to remember him. Even once Ellie can remember the truth about this man, she realizes that her life is filled with lies.

This was a very fast-paced psychological thrillers. There were multiple perspectives, including Ellie, Neil, the man who kidnaps her, and the detective investigating the incident. Multiple perspectives in a thriller can sometimes take away some of the tension because there is less of an opportunity to hide the characters’ secrets. However, these characters had such intricate pasts that there were lots of secrets to hide in the narrative.

This was an intricate story with many puzzles. I was pleased that everything was tied up at the end. Sometimes thrillers can get too complicated with pieces of the plot getting lost by the end. This story had a satisfying ending.

I really enjoyed this thriller!

Thank you Dundurn Press for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Have you read Tell Me My Name? What did you think of it?

Author: jilljemmett

Jill lives in Toronto, Canada. She has studied English, Creative Writing, and Publishing. Jill is the creator and content producer of Jill’s Book Blog, where she has published a blog post every day for the last four years, including 5-7 book reviews a week. She can usually be found with her nose in a book.

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