All Is Not Forgotten – Wendy Walker


Published 12 July 2016 by Mira and available on Amazon here

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.

My thoughts

I predict All Is Not Forgotten will be a book that everyone is talking about. It is the kind of book that lingers.

This is the stuff of nightmares. A girl is brutally attacked and raped at a party. A solution to this nightmare is to erase her memories, move on and forget. Everyone agrees this is for the best. Jenny cannot forget. People treat her differently. They remember. The community knows what she went through.She suffers from PTSD. She cannot make sense of her pain, without the memories. Jenny is referred to a therapist, Alan and we hear his perspective throughout. Jenny has a profound need to know what happened to her.  It is hoped that with therapy Jenny will slowly recover her memories and heal. Maybe her memories, once restored can catch the rapist? Alan helps Jenny using various trigger techniques. Eventually we get to the truth about the past, with a few brilliant twists en route.

So much springs to mind with this book. I cannot comprehend the behaviour of the family. It seems like a very cold thing to do. To take away a loved ones’s memory, even of a trauma, cannot be kind. It seems like an easy option. An easy option for the family, who want to brush something unsavoury under the carpet. Never mind the ethics of the drugs involved. Why would we want to block the worst things that cause us pain? Through Jenny, we witness her hidden pain and really get to understand her. I found myself feeling increasingly protective of Jenny, as the book progressed. If the technology is there to erase memories, then we should worry about its usage and its abuse. And what happens to our identities, if parts of us are taken away? We are the sum of everything we go through, the good and the bad. I would feel very uncomfortable letting anyone mess around with my memories.

Definitely unforgettable. An impressive and intelligent look at trauma and therapy. Powerful, intense and so very clever! Recommended!

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Reviewer with a mind of her own. This is a collection of book reviews, which started in 2014. Mostly crime and odd other genres thrown in. Some I loved. Some I loathed. You get the picture.
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