Published by St. Martin's Press on July 12th 2016
Source: Hardback obtained from Publisher
In the small, affluent town of Fairview, Connecticut everything seems picture perfect.
Until one night when young Jenny Kramer is attacked at a local party. In the hours immediately after, she is given a controversial drug to medically erase her memory of the violent assault. But, in the weeks and months that follow, as she heals from her physical wounds, and with no factual recall of the attack, Jenny struggles with her raging emotional memory. Her father, Tom, becomes obsessed with his inability to find her attacker and seek justice while her mother, Charlotte, prefers to pretend this horrific event did not touch her perfect country club world.
As they seek help for their daughter, the fault lines within their marriage and their close-knit community emerge from the shadows where they have been hidden for years, and the relentless quest to find the monster who invaded their town - or perhaps lives among them - drive this psychological thriller to a shocking and unexpected conclusion.
Started this on audio, but couldn’t wait for the next time my car’s cd player decided to work. Always a sign of a good book!
The book starts off with a brutal rape and the controversial use of a new treatment to make victims forget their trauma. I am obsessed with memory and the way our brains work, so the idea of this is fascinating. Who are we without the memories that shape us? Can erasing a single memory or event change us, and to what extent?
The story is narrated by the therapist who is treating Jenny, who survives the rape, has her memory erased, but is still haunted by what she can’t remember. While trying to recover her memory, there are many twists as the investigation sputters and stalls before finally a new lead is uncovered.
Walker has created flawed and complicated characters, all with pasts that have shaped their current actions. Like Jenny’s memory recovery, the truth of what happened the night of the rape are revealed in flashes and hints. Even when I thought I had things figured out, I couldn’t foresee all the connections. The last 50 pages are a whirlwind of action and shocks.
Definitely a thriller to take to the beach! Be sure to pack lots of sunscreen, because you are going to be there until the end!
All Is Not Forgotten gets a Midnight Book rating of:
*Part of my A Book A Day challenge