Title: All is Not Forgotten
Author: Wendy Walker
Genre: Psychological Thriller/Suspense
Story: A young teenager, Jenny Kramer, is brutally raped at a party in her hometown of Connecticut. In the hospital, her parents, Tom and Charlotte, agree to give her a controversial drug to help her forget the incident ever happened in order to allow her to live a normal life with minimal side effects of the attack. But every action has a reaction, a there are consequences for not being able to remember a crime where you are the only witness.
What Worked: The story itself is compelling. The collision of characters in this small town was carefully thought out. The story makes you think. This isn’t the story that is just handed to you, you finish and move on. It stays with you in the night, and in the morning while you drink your tea, and creeps back in while you shower; there is just a lot to process and a lot of “what would you do?” in there. What would you do if you were the victim, the mother, the father, the suspect? The story is told through first person minor, which was also something new for me to read. It is told through a psychologist’s view. Conversational tone throughout which makes you instantly feel like you’ve known the psychologist for a long time.
What Needed Work: I feel like I’ve just sat down to Christmas dinner, and I’m starving. Just as I start to eat, I get interrupted by the doorbell, the baby needs a changing, clothes need to be put in the dryer before they get that yucky smell. I return to the table and all the good stuff is gone, and no one has saved me a morsel. I’m STARVING! I was so excited, and now I feel ripped off! I don’t want to give any spoilers here, so I will try my best to explain myself. When a story is told in first person minor, especially through the eye of a doctor – you trust them. They are the person telling you the story, so you trust that they are steering you in the right direction, that they have told you in the first quarter of the book, everything you really need to know and understand about the story. Whelp, I’m still over here STARVING and MAD!
Overall: I hate writing “bad reviews” – but I would hate even more to have a dishonest review. It took Ms. Walker ten weeks to write this novel and sadly, I believe her. I feel like she had a ten week deadline and slapped an ending on it. I loved the style and the premise, but finished felling, well, unfinished.
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