Wonder Twin Powers Activate! Form of a cup of tea! Shape of a Book Reviewer! Zan and Jayna (aka Melinda and Jennifer) are here to save you from bad reads and bringing you all you need to know about All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker.
Jennifer’s thoughts ~
Story, story, story … Oh look! A squirrel! More story and more story. That is what the telling of events in this book felt like.
The story begins with the attack of Jenny Kramer at a local party one night. In the hours immediately after, she is given a drug to medically erase her memory of the assault. But, in the weeks and months that follow, Jenny struggles. Her father, Tom, becomes obsessed with his inability to find her attacker while her mother, Charlotte, struggles to pretend this horrific event did not touch her carefully constructed world. Enter the therapist who treats not only Jenny but her parents too. But he has ulterior motives.
For awhile I didn’t realize who the narrator was. Once it was clear, I wondered why he was narrating the story? I found the narrators telling very disjointed and often confusing, it didn’t flow. The narrator would be talking about one point, switch to another and then flip back to the first … all in a few paragraphs. However, despite the back and forth, the mystery is pretty good. I kept turning the pages because I wanted to know who raped Jenny. But there were so many side stories that I was often distracted from Jenny and her story. I wanted to know about Jenny, period. While I enjoyed the stories of her mom and dad, I didn’t really care for the other characters and additional side stories. And then … when I do finally find out who rapes Jenny, I was a tad disappointed. While I did find it somewhat surprising my reaction was more of an “Oh really?!” response then an “Oh my gosh! I can’t believe that really happened!” response.
In the end, I did enjoy this book. I only wish the narration were smoother and the story more focused.
ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
Melinda’s thoughts ~
This is really an intriguing theory behind the concept of this book – being able to take a drug that will wipe your memory of a traumatic event. I can absolutely imagine a drug like this being developed for use and most people scrambling to get it on the market very quickly. I really liked the ideas that went along with the book but I wasn’t sold on the delivery.
I received an ARC of the audio CD and I really enjoyed the narration of it – I would give the narrator, Dylan Baker who also narrated the wonderful Steve Jobs biography, 4.5 stars. His narration captured the Psychiatrist’s character perfectly and really drew me into the story. By the end of the story none of the characters were all that likable – which in the suspenseful thriller genre is completely acceptable. But beyond that the story was just too tied up in a bow at the end.
I also wasn’t a big fan of the story being revealed and then the story backtracking to retell the actual story. For me the narration was really great and I’d highly recommend it but the story wasn’t for me.
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewers: Jennifer & Melinda
Title: All Is Not Forgotten
Author: Wendy Walker
Release Date: July 12, 2016
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*A big THANK YOU goes out to Jess for the fabulous intro to this post!*