All Is Not Forgotten
Booklist Reviews 2016 May #1
After 15-year-old Jenny Kramer is raped, her parents allow doctors to administer a new drug that interrupts memory creation. Jenny loses her traumatic memories but is filled with an unrelenting, targetless anger that leads her to attempt suicide. Fortunately, the resident psychiatrist in Fariview, Connecticut, where Jenny lives, has experience recapturing memories from treating Navy SEAL Sean Logan, who received the memory-inhibiting drug after losing his unit in Afghanistan. As Jenny and Sean develop a strong dependency on each other, Jenny has flashbacks implicating people within their sheltered community. At the same time, Jenny's family struggles with her father's obsession with finding her attacker and her mother's denial about the rape's devastating consequences. Narrated by Jenny's psychiatrist, this exploration of the dangerous repercussions of erasing traumatic memories will appeal to fans of S. J. Watson's Before I Go to Sleep (2011) and William Landay's Defending Jacob (2012). Some thriller fans may find the pacing slow, but the cast is immensely relatable and book groups will enjoy debating their decisions, from the drug's administration to the surprise conclusion. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.
PW Reviews 2016 May #3
The rape of 15-year-old Jenny Kramer in the well-to-do town of Fairview, Conn., propels this exceptional psychological thriller from Walker (Social Lives). The masked rapist wore a condom and was careful to leave no forensic evidence at the spot in the woods where he attacked Jenny after she wandered away from a party attended by nearly everyone in the 10th grade at Fairview High. Jenny's parents, Charlotte and Tom, have vastly different reactions to this horrible assault on their daughter. Charlotte worries about her social standing, while Tom wants vengeance. When a doctor suggests a medication that will erase Jenny's memory of the attack, Charlotte immediately agrees. As her parents grapple with their own emotional responses, they ignore Jenny's pain. Alan Forrester, the family's psychiatrist, provides the nonjudgmental, almost clinical narration. Forrester only wants to help the Kramers, but as Jenny's treatment continues, he fears that the investigation will implicate someone close to him. While secret after secret about the residents of Fairview add to the suspense, Forrester's secrets may be the most stunning of all. 250,000-copy first printing. Agent: Wendy Sherman, Wendy Sherman Associates Literary Management. (July)[Page ]. Copyright 2016 PWxyz LLC