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.
The rape scenes are disturbing and might be a trigger issue for some people so be warned. I enjoyed the fact that the story is told from the point of the view of the therapist, it made for more of a different dynamic to the storyline. It tells a story of a family falling apart not only because of the rape of their daughter but of secrets that have been kept by many of the characters.
I suffered a car accident the night of my senior prom and the car went head on into a phone pole. I remember being dragged out of the car and bits and pieces of that night, even 30 years on I still can’t fully remember what happened before at the prom or after the accident and have suffered from memory problems since. I can understand the dynamic of losing memories from an event, even though for the sake of the story it is memory repression from the use of drugs to ease the trauma and lessen PTSD. I found it interesting to try to use regression to unlock the memories. I did find the therapist a bit odd and creepy at times and it took a few pages to realise that Jenny wasn’t the one telling the story.
There are a lot of characters thrown in that at first don’t seem to fit what is going on in the main story line but it does sort itself out and slowly starts to make sense. What didn’t help in the least was that the narration was disjointed and made it hard to follow at times.
I am going to be honest, I am not sure how I feel about this book. In places it was a bit long winded and I found myself getting bored. The plot line is great, the execution, not as much. If the story line flowed a bit more it would have been a better read. I don’t know if the writer was trying to convey how someone would sort things out in their own head and that is how it was told but again, a bit too disjointed. All in all it’s not a bad book, the ending was a good, but the jumping around got to me.
ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.