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- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1250097916
- Publisher: Mira (1 August 2016)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01E83Q5E4
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Jennie tries to kill herself because it is all to much so she and her doctor work on getting the memories back.
Her father wants justice for what happened.
There is a lot going on in this novel with a few twists .
Thank you Netgalley the Author and Publisher for a chance to read this book.
Disclosure: My advanced reading copy was courtesy of the publisher for review purposes
However... we're not in Jenny's head. At all. Ever. She's quoted - in police reports, second hand accounts and directly in interviews - but the entire story is delivered in first person (occasionally second) by Jenny's psychiatrist (Dr Forrester) who is initially on the periphery. It took some getting used to and for some time I wasn't sure if the approach was clever or confusing.
Jenny's decision to attempt to reacquire her memories coincide with a break in her rape case. New information comes to light and Jenny, her family and the police are keen for Forrester to play a role in helping to put her perpetrator behind bars.
However.... Forrester is a complex host for we readers. Seemingly objective in relaying much of the case, he ends up with a few secrets of his own.
And for me anyway - Forrester became less likeable. The straight talking narrator was fine, but by the time he meets Jenny and her parents and sees himself as their saviour we indeed realise he seems to have a bit of a god complex and is wonderfully (and not in a good way) arrogant.
My thoughts on this book varied throughout. In parts I found the good psychiatrist so icky that I just wanted to stop reading. At other times it seemed the outcome was going to be obvious, so I wanted to stop reading. As it happened, I wouldn't have picked the twists - as we're not entirely privy to everything, though given clues - but ultimately glad I kept going.
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The odious and supercilious narrator, a psychiatrist by the name of Dr Alan Forrester, first has contact with the Kramer family one-year on from the rape and following the suicide attempt which is generally agreed to be an unfortunate upshot from Jenny's controversial memory erasion treatment. Forrester's narrative feeds into what the reader makes of the events, but even before the investigation veered closer to his family, I found his creepy and clinical dissection of matters unsettling. His dispassion, even when commenting on his own marriage and his invested motives in treating Jenny seems false. His musings are also prone to flying off at seemingly random tangents, and much of his narrative is superfluous to Jenny's story and more akin to bragging and showcasing his credentials. All in all, he is difficult character to respect or like. Forrester's analysis of Jenny's situation derives testimony from not only her, but also parents, Charlotte and Tom, and the workmanlike Detective Parsons, focused on nailing an 'outsider' not resident in Fairview and a feather in his cap. Along with memory prompts from the night of the rape - including the body spray and make-up that Jenny wore, duplicate clothes, the playlist that pulsated from the house and memories, testimony from the couple who found Jenny after her nightmare is fascinating. The tumultuous emotions and baggage of parents, Charlotte and Tom, from their own childhoods and place within the family is explored as Alan Forrester seeks to reawaken Jenny's recall without the power of suggestion corrupting the veracity of her memories. When the investigation threatens to veer rather too close to the family unit of Forrester and his son, also a party guest, his questionable actions have the power to derail a treatment program that is benefitting his patient. Wendy Walker's unflinching exploration of the Jenny's nightmare and the collateral damage on her family and on the smugly suburban town where outsiders are noticed is brilliantly examined. The introduction of another patient that Dr Forrester has been worked with, wounded military combatant Sean Logan and I was concerned that Walker was bringing a complication into the works that threatened to upset the focus on Jenny's story. However, Logan's story proves integral to Jenny's and despite the diversions his character proved critical.
I spent the second half of the novel and eventual denouement in a state of high anxiety, coiled tighter than a spring and with a tension headache resounding in my head due to the palpable suspense that Wendy Walker evoked. At times this novel is tough-going given its truly grim subject and density of the scientific facts behind the theories which may frighten some readers off, however is is never anything less than worthwhile. Some of the concepts relating to the filing of memories and their conditioning over time, altered slightly each time they are brought to the surface, are fascinating. Although in the acknowledgements, Wendy Walker divulges that the treatment in the novel does not currently exist in its entirety, she indicates that it continues to remain at the forefront of emerging research, and it is surely only a matter of time before its use becomes with more widely known. Regardless of Dr Forrester's adherence to the Hippocratic Oath, his impartiality and his questionable interferences into his patients harrowing experiences, I never lost sight of the logic behind the treatment used. The aim of Dr Forrester's treatment was never forgiveness on the part of Jenny but concerned with her ability to understand and to place what happened into a context that made her life possible to live. Absorbing until the very end, an unexpected conclusion leaves readers to ponder the enormous implications.
Review written by Rachel Hall (@hallrachel)
This is one very clever story that is totally original. I have never read anything like it in my life and I've read some books that's for sure. With one intense opening and parts that made me cringe I have to say that I totally loved it. Although this book certainly isn't for the faint hearted.
The author certainly knows how to draw you in, I found myself hooked from start to finish and devoured this in one night. It is without a doubt one incredible page turner.
Wendy Walker is certainly one author I will be on the look for in the future. This is on of those story's that will stay with me forever.
If you are a fan of psychological thrillers this is a must read which I highly recommend giving 5 massive stars
The opening of this book gives the reader a graphic and somewhat disturbing description of the rape poor Jenny suffers, and while I can see why a particular audience may find this overly distressing and distasteful, I can appreciate the reasoning behind the chilling passages Walker provides to the reader. As many reviews state, not dishonestly, the victim's character is not one of great depth to the reader, her personality isn't shown much throughout the story and Walker neglects to give the audience materials which make the character likeable. I feel this, along with the cold, detached and professional narrative, gives the book an element of distance which I seldom come across in psychological thrillers. The author does not need to build a relationship between her audience and a character which is irrelevant to the plot line and overall feel of the book; Jenny is, in essence, the foundation for All Is Not Forgotten, and there is no reason for the audience to need to like or dislike her character. Her rape, depicted graphically and repeatedly throughout the book, is the centre of the plot, pulling a number of different characters and their individual experiences together, without focusing on Jenny herself as a main character.
This story is told in such a manner that could leave some readers feeling there is a lack of empathy and delicacy toward cases such as Jenny's from the author, least not the narrator himself- for me, though, the narrative is more than suitable for this storyline as it allows the audience to see things in a perspective which it is not often given. Although the narrator is involved personally in the case, I feel his perspective as a professional allows the reader to engage fully in the facts of the case and his patients experiences, as well as the controversial therapy the victim was subjected to shortly after the rape, without developing too much of a personal liking to any which of the characters. It is unusual to see a fairly unbiased account of events, and, although it is obvious the the psychiatrist is manipulative and ultimately self-serving, he is still very concerned and intrigued by his patient.
The general undertone is depressing, but this story and its lessons will stay with me. This book is a brilliant psychological thriller, so long as it is read by the right person. Well worth a read if you can appreciate the grim and disturbing basis of the story.
The subject matter is tough going but the characters and storylines are weaved together really well and I thought the ending was very well paced and cleverly thought out.
If we could have our memories removed after a major trauma would we want that? After reading this I don't think I would!
I look forward to reading more from this author
The whole story is told through the doctor, although I found this very strange to begin with I soon got used to it.
A hard subject matter to follow but very well written with a few twists along the way.