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All Is Not Forgotten

Author: Wendy Walker
Published: 14 July 2016
Reviewed: 16 June 2016

Many thanks to Harlequin (UK) Limited / Mira Books UK for a copy of this in return for an honest review

5 out of 5 Stars


Description:

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.
My Thoughts & Review:

Initially when I saw this book discussed on social medial with very little details, but billed as a #mysterythriller and quite possibly the thriller of 2016 I knew I had to find out more.  All Is Not Forgotten is definitely a book worth the interest, hype and reviews – it’s a fantastic read!

The story is narrated primarily by Jenny’s psychologist, but also features narrative from other main characters to give a great grounding of what is happening for each character and how they are coping with the recent events.  The actual concept of the book is both intriguing and worrying – erasing memories from a traumatic event to better cope and move on with life.  How would one cope in that situation?  How would you deal with the emotional aftermath when you cannot associate it with the actual physical assault?  

From the very outset Walker hooks the reader in, you want to find out who the attacker was, you want to find out why they engaged in such an atrocity, but most of all you want to find out if Jenny and her family finally find closure.  

All Is Not Forgotten takes you on an emotional roller coaster, fraught with tension, emotionally taught and with painstaking detail of sensitive events such as the attack this can be at times an uncomfortable read.  I was aware at times that I was reading it feeling shock and horror but at the same time determination to get to the end to find out if Jenny managed to get through this. 

This was definitely a book that had my full attention, reading it in one sitting.  It surpassed my expectations and so far has lived up to being one of the best thrillers I’ve read of 2016 (so far….I am fully aware this is only June!).  It’s complex, cleverly written and thoroughly absorbing.  Characters are well developed and interesting,  the plot is rich in detail and it makes a great read!

You can buy a copy of All Is Not Forgotten here.


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