Tuesday, December 6, 2016

All is not forgotten by Wendy Walker

5 Star

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. 

Sabrina-Kate - 5 Star

I know I have said this about a few books this year, but this is definitely one of the best thrillers of the season. It absolutely captivated me and I stayed up pretty late a few nights reading. I thought it would be pretty standard fare - girl gets attacked and what happens afterwards but it was anything but a straightforward story. One full of may surprises and shocks, I was truly impressed by the complexity of the story that this author developed and with such aplomb.

First, having a daughter myself, I could not imagine the horror of finding out your daughter had been attacked - and so brutally. It made me shudder as I know that physical violence and rape are sadly not uncommon and gave me pause. This story had many moments where it would cause me to reflect and ponder what I would do in the person's place.

I also very much enjoyed that the book skipped around, always keeping some element a bit hidden and making me wonder exactly what was going on. The only part of this that I found difficult was the fact that it took me awhile to figure out exactly who the narrator was. I think that was kind of the point but it was a bit annoying as I did not feel that it brought anything additional to the story.

Having never read anything by Wendy Walker before, she is certainly on my radar now!

Thank you to St Martin's Press for our review copy.  All opinions are our own.

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