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I grabbed this novel as soon as it arrived, and plunged in - so interesting were the comments of early readers. Definitely a departure from the repetitious plots of so many of today's bestsellers, All is Not Forgotten, is a deep, gripping page-turner that will leave you with much to think about. For starters, you will not learn the identity of the narrator until Chapter Seven. And, underlying the plot is a new treatment which is being used with PTSD sufferers and trauma victims, which is intended to erase all memory of the violent event. Add to this a psychiatrist, who treats a number of trauma victims, including Jenny, a local girl who has been raped - and who is a master puppeteer in manipulating desired responses to his therapy. Yikes!
Walker is a skilled writer, who keeps the story moving through the psychiatrist's therapy sessions with Jenny, her mother, Charlotte and father, Tom. Also receiving therapy is Sean, a PTSD victim, who becomes Jenny's friend when...
This is very much the story of Jenny. Of her rape; her parents' decision to try to assist her to forget the attack and move on; and - on failing to do so - the resulting attempts to recover her memories of the night in question.
However... we're not in Jenny's head. At all. Ever. She's quoted - in police reports, second hand accounts and directly in interviews - but the entire story is delivered in first person (occasionally second) by Jenny's psychiatrist (Dr Forrester) who is initially on the periphery. It took some getting used to and for some time I wasn't sure if the approach was clever or confusing.
Jenny's decision to attempt to reacquire her memories coincide with a break in her rape case. New information comes to light and Jenny, her family and the police are keen for Forrester to play a role in helping to put her perpetrator behind bars.
However.... Forrester is a complex host for we readers. Seemingly objective in relaying much of the case,...
I really found this book tedious. It was like being stuck next to the most boring person at a dinner party presenting a tedious monologue of their working life. It is the worst book I have read in a long time and I've read at least 9 books in the last two weeks alone. Dreadful dross.
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