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#REVIEW - NEW #RELEASE - All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker
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.
I’m sitting here after just finishing this book, just thinking about it and the controversy surrounding a “lose your bad memory drug” which was made for good reasons, but it was still in experimentation. For one, I have to be VERY careful about what I write in this review so I don’t give away spoilers! It could be very easy to accidentally slip and do so, so I am being very careful with what I tell you, so if this review seems sketchy or you don’t quite understand something, it’s done this way on purpose.
It really would be nice to have a drug like this available if we did end up with such a severe memory like this rape that happened to young Jenny in this book. We all might be better off without having the memory if it were for something as severe as this rape was, and this scene does occur occur in the very beginning of this book. Yes, locations 21, and 53 through 67 were something you could skip over if this type of thing bothers you, and you might come across a few things here and there, but this story IS about a rape of a young girl and how she does or does not remember it with this drug she had been given. As I said, you may just jump over a few sections if something like this bothers you that much or if perhaps you suffered through something like this yourself. Some things are brought up later in the book, but nothing like the actual scene in the beginning. This story was RAW. It was REAL. This story manages to cover a lot of emotion from a lot of people. Imagine if we could just have a doctor there for us to erase a bad memory from our lives and it would be gone, and we would never think of it again, fight through the memories, but it is only for that one memory. I don’t ever see this realistically happening, but it was some good fiction! This drug does not erase the events that lead up to the memory, or the ones after the memory, and this did leave poor Jenny realizing some things were missing, and she doesn’t understand her feelings about them. There is also a man who was at war, Ryan. They were using this drug to help prevent him from suffering PTSD because he lost an arm at war, so he also was given the ‘lose your memory drug’ for that, too, but the same thing happened where he started to have some memories, but why couldn’t he remember this or that? Is it truly a good thing to have a drug like this available to use? I’ll leave that up to you to decide after you are done reading this book!
This book is truly a good read. It feels a little lengthy at times because of the work these people had to do. We do keep visiting the same things often, and more people become involved from the town, and was it really necessary to be in support of or not of this memory ‘erase’ drug? This was quite the story! Something to wonder if the medical community will ever consider doing or not because of results the people in this book had. You’ll be glad you read it. It is so different than any other fiction I have read in a very long time that in a way it was refreshing! I received this book for FREE from the Publisher and I want to thank them, St Martins Press, THANK YOU!!! As well as NetGalley, too, in exchange that I read then write a review about this book/what I read. "Free" means I was provided with ZERO MONIES to do so, but to just enjoy the sheer pleasure of reading this book and then writing an honest review about what I thought about this book, regardless if my opinion is positive or negative. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the law set here:http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html The Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, 16 CFR 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising Federal Acquisition Regulation.