"An assured, powerful novel that blends suspense and rich family drama...it is, in a word, unforgettable." --William Landay, author of DEFENDING JACOB
Wendy Walker's All Is Not Forgotten begins in the small, affluent town of Fairview, Connecticut, where 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, struggles to pretend this horrific event did not touch her carefully constructed world.
As Tom and Charlotte 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.
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Family law lawyer Wendy Walker became fascinated with the controversial science of memory erasure and retrieval therapies, resulting in this dark psychological thriller blending fact and fiction. The story of a brutal rape in a wealthy Connecticut town—and the teen victim’s torturous path to recover her recollections of that night—is narrated by the girl’s psychologist, whose true agenda seems to shift in sinister ways. There weren’t enough hours in the day for us to tear through All Is Not Forgotten, a suspenseful and creepily entertaining read.
The rape of 15-year-old Jenny Kramer in the well-to-do town of Fairview, Conn., propels this exceptional psychological thriller from Walker (Social Lives). The masked rapist wore a condom and was careful to leave no forensic evidence at the spot in the woods where he attacked Jenny after she wandered away from a party attended by nearly everyone in the 10th grade at Fairview High. Jenny's parents, Charlotte and Tom, have vastly different reactions to this horrible assault on their daughter. Charlotte worries about her social standing, while Tom wants vengeance. When a doctor suggests a medication that will erase Jenny's memory of the attack, Charlotte immediately agrees. As her parents grapple with their own emotional responses, they ignore Jenny's pain. Alan Forrester, the family's psychiatrist, provides the nonjudgmental, almost clinical narration. Forrester only wants to help the Kramers, but as Jenny's treatment continues, he fears that the investigation will implicate someone close to him. While secret after secret about the residents of Fairview add to the suspense, Forrester's secrets may be the most stunning of all. 250,000-copy first printing.
An interesting novel. But like too many novels the rush to explain it all in the final couple of chapters is rushed and not in tune with the slow and complicated build up
I didn’t see the ending coming!
All Is Not Forgotten
I could not stop reading this book and finished it in one day. The narrator is unethical, and truly obnoxious. His hubris, arrogance, and dishonest practices are dangerous. No wonder his memory recovery techniques are “controversial.” He planted memories himself in Jenny’s sessions. What an egotistical and immoral person who has such a high opinion of himself he plays God. No wonder people are skeptical of therapy and hypnosis. I had to skip some of the violent and brutal scenes, and did not like any of the characters. Of course, I felt tremendous sympathy for Jenny, Charlotte, Tom, and Sean and they deserved better..... and believe there are ethical psychiatrists who can help patients without wreaking havoc. Book reminds me of the movie The Prince of Tides.... at the end. Would definitely prefer Barbra Streisand to Dr Forrester.