by Wendy Walker
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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Goodreads: 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.
Kritters Thoughts: What an interesting read. This book was different from page one. For the first few chapters, I didn't know who was narrating and then he introduces himself and I was nervous that he was taking us through this story, but when I closed the book, I was so glad that this story came from him - the therapist.
Jenny Kramer was given a drug after her attack to help her forget the memories, but her body still has muscle memory and that the drug can not touch. Her parents thought the drug was a good idea at the time and now a year later after an incident happens, they decide that maybe it wasn't a good idea and they should try to help her deal with the past.
In walks the therapist to help her and her parents to not only work through that night and the decisions they made that night, but also both of the pasts of her parents. He also has other patients that make cameos to move the story along. I also enjoyed getting a peek into the therapist's present and past.
I did read reviews after writing my review and saw that people were disappointed about the story coming from the therapist, it was a surprise to me after reading the synopsis, but for me it was a pleasant surprise. Yes, I have taken that surprise away from you, but read it, there are a few books out there about this topic and this makes this book different and unique.
Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one copy of this book free of charge from St. Martin's Press. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.