All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense
Length: Full Length (305 pgs)
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Stephanotis

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.

What if something bad happened to you and there was a drug that could make your forget all about the incident? That’s the question and theme of All Is Not Forgotten. The story begins with the brutal rape of a young girl named Jenny, and her parent’s decision to give her a drug so she doesn’t have to deal with the memories of what happened to her.

The premise does draw you into this story but I found it difficult to connect with any of the characters in the book which I felt ruined what would have been a great psychological thriller. We’re never in Jenny’s head, neither are we privy to either of her parents’ thoughts. Instead the story unfolds through a distant narrator and one whose identity isn’t revealed until chapter seven. He’s a psychiatrist who helps Jenny and does play a part in the twist in the plot at the end of the story. However, I felt the story unfolded with him just telling us about what happened and all the secrets that come to light rather than us being showed the story unfold and how lives are changed throughout the course of the story. Not only was it all through his narration, but he relays to us what people told him and what he’d heard rather than us being able to see and hear it for ourselves.

Don’t get me wrong, this is a great book with a very novel premise but because of the choice and style of point of view used by the author, I sometimes felt it was a struggle to read.

Remember that reviews are objective and I hope my personal preference won’t put you off at least giving this one a read so you can decide for yourself.

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