All is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

About this book..

You can erase the memory. But you cannot erase the crime.

Jenny’s wounds have healed.
An experimental treatment has removed the memory of a horrific and degrading attack.
She is moving on with her life.

That was the plan. Except it’s not working out.
Something has gone. The light in the eyes. And something was left behind. A scar. On her lower back. Which she can’t stop touching.
And she’s getting worse.
Not to mention the fact that her father is obsessed with finding her attacker and her mother is in toxic denial.

It may be that the only way to uncover what’s wrong is to help Jenny recover her memory. But even if it can be done, pulling at the threads of her suppressed experience will unravel much more than the truth about her attack.

And that could destroy as much as it heals.

My review..

I was lucky enough to receive a copy of a “mystery thriller” from Cara at Mira UK a few months ago which turned out to be All is not Forgotten. I read it as soon as I received it but I couldn’t wait until nearer the publication date to write my review and get it out there. It made such an impression on me that I wanted to write it down while those feelings were still fresh in my mind.

This book deals with the traumatic aftermath of a vicious rape of a teenage girl. Be warned that the author doesn’t shy away from descriptions of the act so if you are easily offended by this subject matter then just be aware. It is handled perfectly though in my opinion. It brings all the horror and cruelty of this act of violence alive and it is very hard to read but what happens in the aftermath is fascinating and will provoke discussions and differing opinions on its release.

Jenny Kramer is raped at a party and once taken to hospital is given a mixture of drugs to incur a memory loss of the events that took place. I found the science behind the story fascinating and wondered how on earth it would work?? Jenny has a scar that occurred during the attack and she softens stokes it. So what is the point of loss of memory if you have a permanent reminder of…well, something!! That’s where we meet Doctor Alan Forrester, a psychiatrist who doesn’t introduce himself until chapter seven when we are really starting to wonder who is telling us Jenny’s story and why.

I absolutely loved this book and devoured it in a couple of sittings. I love a good old unreliable narrator and a book that twists and turns until you have no idea where it is going. My jaw hit the floor on at least two occasions and that floored me as I usually have some inkling of where the plot is taking us. This book reminded me of Gone Girl but it was in a different league, classy, beautifully written and pretty much unlike any writing style I have seen for a while. The characters were brought to life straight off the pages into my head, I especially loved Charlotte and her relationships which were never quite what I had thought them to be originally.

This is going to make an amazing film and be a much talked about summer bestseller-just watch out for everyone reading it in your holiday resort this year! And then you can ask “what would you have done?”

Thanks again to Cara at Mira UK and this is my unbiased review from the ARC that I was sent.

Publication date 12th July 2016

All Is Not Forgotten: The gripping thriller you’ll never forget is available now at Amazon UK

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

10 thoughts on “All is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker”

  1. Great review! But it’s gonna be torture to wait until release day, haha! Unreliable narrators are so interesting and in this case, it must add a special edge to the story. I wonder what’s the point in erasing her memory of the event if she bears a scar to remind her something did happen. That must be even more distressing. The subject is complex and touchy, I’m glad you thought the author managed to deal with it in a right way. I am adding this to my wishlist and hoping July comes fast!

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    1. When I started the book I wasn’t sure if it would be for me but it gradually crept under my skin and I loved it! Very difficult subject to write about but fascinating discussions will come from it.

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