I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher St Martin’s Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This is deep and dark and oh so thrilling.
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 needed to take several deep breaths while reading this one.
After being raped by some mystery attacker at a party, Jenny’s parents, namely her mother, decide that the best thing for her would be to forget that it ever happened. As she is rushed into surgery, her parents agree to give her a drug that can help suppress any harmful memories she may have of that fateful night. So begins this twisted tale.
“Sitting on my bed with all these things I used to love but not loving them anymore, I just wanted to set them on fire. That’s when I knew I was never going to be all right again.”
Unfortunately for Jenny and her family the police are unable to find any substantial leads and with her memories of that night gone, it seems like the truth may never be revealed. All of this undue stress causes poor Jenny to suffer from anxiety and become fearful in her everyday life – both of which are attributed to her not being able to correctly align her memories with her emotions.
Once the family begins to realise that they may have made a mistake in giving her the drug and after some slightly disturbing family therapy sessions with Dr. Alan Forrester, secrets about the rape and the family slowly come to light.
While I did like this, I have to admit that I had issues with the narrator. This book is told from the perspective of Dr. Forrester who is the not only Jenny’s psychiatrist but also that of other supporting characters. It is very obvious that Forrester holds all the cards and knows exactly what is going on, but because he can’t just blurt it all out in the beginning, we are drip fed the information at what felt like a very slow pace – this has more to do with my level of patience rather than the writing style.
I’m not going to tell you who did it or what the big reveal is because that would be silly, but let’s just say I was pleasantly surprised right up to the very last page. With an interesting narrative and some great twists and turns, this would appeal to psychological thriller lovers and anyone looking for something a little darker.
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