All Is Not Forgotten

All Is Not Forgotten

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"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"--
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250097910
Branch Call Number: FIC WALKER 2016
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 25 cm


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“A dark, twisty, intricately-plotted psychological thriller about a teen girl, assaulted after a party, as she tries to regain her memories of the event after taking a controversial drug that erases traumatic memories. Walker’s many plot and character threads are carefully placed, and she weaves ... Read More »

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Jul 08, 2019

** spoiler alert ** I liked thinking about this book afterwards more than I enjoyed reading it; a phenomenon that I've experienced only a few times before. A young teenaged girl is brutally raped and her parents elect to have her given an experimental psychiatric medicine that enables her to forget the entire event. The story is narrated by a secondary character - the girl's eventual therapist who treats her to recall what she's forgotten. It seems the distress of not remembering but still experiencing the aftermath of trauma is worse than reliving the trauma itself. The therapist possesses a cold and removed narrative voice that is annoying and tiresome, until I finally realized what was going on - this book isn't about the girl; it's about the therapist who hasn't forgotten his own trauma and has become a full-blown sociopath. So many ironies: he treats personality disorder/sociopathic patients and has become an expert at understanding them, of course entirely missing that he is one himself. I know this has been optioned as a movie and it will be interesting to see if they go for a surface telling of the rape and recovery story or actually tell the story of the therapist

Apr 20, 2018

The only interesting thing about this book is the last two chapters. It's a slow book and very anti-climactic. Don't waste your time.

Aug 29, 2017

Good book that is hard to put down. It will keep you guessing and on your toes.

Jan 24, 2017

Just finished this book and could not put it down! The twists and turns will make a great movie..anyone who is a parent will sympathize with all the characters in this book, doing the right thing ....believing in ones innocence ,,,,the guilt we feel when things get out of our of the best books i have read in a long time,,,could not put it down! read it you won;t be disappointed!

Dec 10, 2016

The first part of this book was very engaging. Unfortunately, about halfway through, it all unraveled and got ridiculous and our lead character was doing things completely out of character for (as we eventually learn)..... no reason whatsoever.

Added to the list of books I should have put down as soon as it went south. Instead it goes into the annals of books where I threw good time after bad.

Oct 17, 2016

An interesting premise, but there is something about the narrator that I just can't put my finger on.... the end ties everything together, but it is slow at times to get there. Not a 'must read,' but certainly provocative to create some good conversations about trauma and drug treatments.

ehbooklover Oct 11, 2016

3.5 stars. I wasn't sure about this one at first. It was ultra-disturbing in parts and was a little slow to start. I kept on reading since I really liked the interesting and unique choice of having a psychiatrist narrate the story. I also found the subject of memory manipulation to be a very intriguing one. Ultimately, I really enjoyed this book with its twisty plot and unexpected ending.

Sep 19, 2016

I also didn't like the long passages in italics. Too much said by the doctor about memory. That said, it had a good plot and I expect that with editing it would turn out to be a good movie.

I felt this was an interesting book, and I definitely felt the author kept me on my toes wondering who was involved in the assault. When the reveal comes towards the end of the book, I felt like I had been sucker-punched (which was fine -- I'd rather not be able to predict everything in a story). This might make for an interesting book group choice, just because I think there would be a lot of things people might want to talk about after reading the book. Do I want the book on my own shelves, to read over and over again? Not really, although it was an interesting book, and maybe something I'll get from the library again at some point.

Sep 13, 2016

If you've ever wondered why editors take a dim view of writing long passages in italics, this book will show you why. I could barely make it through. I see why it has been reviewed here and by the critics as a page turner. But for me, the writing was so unengaging - out of the head of a shrink - only until the very last 75 or so pages was it worth the effort.

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