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.
I really do not know where to begin. The words fail me, this is a book that has burnt right of passage to my soul. The talent of Wendy Walker is astounding and I am honored to have read such a stunning piece of work.
I finished the book moments ago and I cried. I am overcome with emotion that I am not really sure I fully understand, the empathy for the situation, the characters and the conclusion is dramatic. I cried at the outcome, the final words stringing the whole story together as a whole overwhelmed me, I cried for the characters and I cried at the exhaustion from the journey I have now completed and do not want to part with. This is one of those books quite like no other. The talent is phenomenal.
It took me a while to settle. I struggled at first, I was hearing the story, reading the words yet I didn’t understand where the voice came from or whom it belonged to, my head spun wth confusion as I asked repeatedly who are we listening to? who is this narrator? A third of the way in we learn of the therapist, who in reality is actually constructed as the main character yet this we overlook, my brain aligned itself the story settling. It was at this point the words clung to my every breath and every thought there on in.
The characters are dynamic, powerful, robust and solid. Every one of those characters are a requirement all playing their part for one reason or another. The plot is expertly divised and carefully crafted with the story twisting and turning in multiple directions taking the reader down paths they are unwilling to visit yet unable to resist.
I spent a lot of time reading this with eyes wide open and my hand clamped across my mouth, I read the words disbelieving shouting out loud at my kindle as Walker took us on a journey I was very uncomfortable with. Only to be pulled physically and emotionally in an alternative direction.
This is a book I am passionate about. I suggest you read it, actually I insist. This book makes the third of my top 10 for 2016. Outstanding talent right there amongst those pages, please join me in applauding the very talented Wendy Walker.