Today I’m on the blog tour for All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker, which was published yesterday, so you don’t even have to wait to get yourself a copy of this compelling and thought provoking read.
You can erase the memory. But you cannot erase the crime.
Jenny’s wounds have healed.
An experimental treatment has removed the memory of a horrific and degrading attack.
She is moving on with her life.
That was the plan. Except it’s not working out.
Something has gone. The light in the eyes. And something was left behind. A scar. On her lower back. Which she can’t stop touching.
And she’s getting worse.
Not to mention the fact that her father is obsessed with finding her attacker and her mother is in toxic denial.It may be that the only way to uncover what’s wrong is to help Jenny recover her memory. But even if it can be done, pulling at the threads of her suppressed experience will unravel much more than the truth about her attack.
All Is Not Forgotten is a compelling and thought-provoking read full of suspense and intrigue with an extremely unique plot. From the first chapter I was literally hooked. Jenny Kramer is brutally attacked, In the hours after her attack, her parents are given a choice to allow the doctors to give Jenny a drug that will immediately erase her memory of the assault, and so begins a chain of events that can never be erased or forgotten. Unfortunately for Jenny although she is unable to remember the horrific events surrounding her attack, she begins to experience feelings that she can not connect to her memories, Jenny is desperate to know what happened to her and is referred to a therapist, Doctor Alan Forrester. It is hoped that with therapy Jenny will slowly recover her memories. With an exceptionally unreliable narrator, Doctor Alan Forrester, retrospectively relates events from multiple points of view, which appeared disjointed at times, but rather than distract from the story, it exactly added a sense of unease and intrigue to the story.
I really can’t tell you to much about All Is Not Forgotten, its one of those books the less you know the more you can relish every tension filled page. It’s definitely one that is character driven I found my opinions of each character changed throughout the novel as the secrets, lies, hidden truths, and infidelities were revealed layer by layer. All Is Not Forgotten is not for the faint hearted, as at times its graphic and brutal, and certainly made for an uncomfortable read at times. I had one small niggle I felt the author showed very little compassion in her writing regarding the horrendous attack on Jenny, and that’s why I don’t feel able to give it 5 stars.
Of course memories play a large part in this novel, and it begs the question “would I erase traumatic events from my memory if I could?” I’m not sure I would after reading All Is Not Forgotten, after all what if you wanted to remember them at a later date? Or if our memories were replaced with false ones, how would we able to distinguish between fact or fiction? and I found myself pondering these thoughts long after I finished All Is Not Forgotten.
This isn’t an edge-of-your-seat hardcore thriller. If you read it with that expectation, you just might be a tad disappointed, but if you love a psychological thriller that has an intricate plot and builds on the tension and suspense, then I would highly suggest you get yourself a copy. Wendy Walker has written a deeply intriguing and disturbing book, that explores the importance of memory and what happens when memories are manipulated. With an unique plot that twists and turns its way to a shocking conclusion, I found it to be an absolutely riveting read and would highly recommend it to anyone who loves a dark psychological thriller.
4.5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️out of 5
My thanks to Cara over at HarperCollins for my ARC in exchange for an honest review
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: HQ (14 July 2016)
About Wendy Walker
Wendy Walker is a practicing divorce attorney in Fairfield County, Connecticut who began writing while at home raising her three sons. She published two novels with St. Martin’s Press and edited multiple compilations for the Chicken Soup for the Soul series before writing her debut psychological thriller, All is Not Forgotten. http://www.wendywalkerbooks.com/
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