It 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, prefers 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.
©2016 Wendy Walker (P)2016 Macmillan Audio
"An assured, powerful novel that blends suspense and rich family drama...it is, in a word, unforgettable." (William Landay, author of Defending Jacob)
This is an ODIOUS book. Perhaps the worst I have ever read.
The narrator is self-satisfied, misogynist, narcissistic, and snide. Contempt just drips from his voice (both through the printed word and the actual audiobook narrator). Every woman in the book is described in the most condescending of terms, and the audiobook narrator's "female" voices just added insult to injury. He knowingly, strategically causes the death of another person and excuses himself basically through insisting on his superiority. He KNOWS for the ENTIRE BOOK who is at fault for the rape of a teenaged girl and instead of helping to bring that person to justice he manipulates the situation and everyone around him, including the girl and her parents, to his own selfish ends, all the while crowing about his intellectual and moral superiority. And he's supposed to be the hero.
I'll be returning this book to Audible because I never want to even see its cover again.
I listened to this book even though I really didn't like it. The narrator or main character was this psychiatrist who was very manipulative although he would continually say how he was helping people. The graphic rape details were explicit. It just felt extremely creepy to be listening to this book. It felt like an invasion of the the rape victims privacy. I couldn't finish it. I just didn't like it at all. The ONLY thing I liked was the psychiatric terminology about different Axis disorders.
This book was a disappointment. I was looking forward to this novel being a thriller, but not once did it put me at the edge of my seat.
The book is written like you're reading a Psychologist's journal. Being so one-sided made it a little bland.
I don't know why, but this was read EXTREMELY slow. I had to speed it up 25% just so he was reading at a normal speed.
On a side note: This novel is very graphic the whole way through, not just at the rape scene. It may make some readers uncomfortable.
Not sure about all the negative reviews, I loved this book!!!! Nothing wrong with the performance of Dylan Baker either. The character of Dr. Forrester is magnificent!!! I LOVED him, don't understand why others hated him, he is super smart, evil? not sure.... I don't think so..... He is extremely smart. Selfish? Perhaps.... But maybe he is also needy.... but I just love his character..... The relationships between Jenny, Tom, Charlotte, Sean, and Dr. Forrester, the way the story evolves, the way the story is told. LOVED IT.
Also, not sure why people are upset at the use of the word RAPE, it is a book of a horrific RAPE... with a specific horrendous act and descriptions... to drive the point home.
I cried, cried, laughed..... and was extremely satisfied at the end.
I loved this book.... The bond of empathy......
This was definitely a book you can't put down. Each character is well defined . A good summer read!
I didn't see any of the twists. I also didn't see the ending coming. Audio is awesome on this one. It's a slow burn but worth it.
It did as you were constantly guessing who the "bad guy" was going to be
No. Meaning that everything that happened that was sweet or meaningful was equal but I did end this book being extremely disappointed with Dr. Forrester. Can't really say why here without giving away some things but as a professional in his field I really ended up disliking him.
with out giving too much away I don't like the frequency with which the word RAPE is used. the reader... even though he speaks of justice and bla bla, the way he speaks of the attacks, the tone... it's almost like he's romanticized the whole attack. I didn't even want to finish the book, it's so proper and matter of factly spoken/read, it left me feeling that even a clueless an wrote this garbage, or a clueless woman trying too hard. About half way through the book though, it started to get better, things were making more sense, the plot thickened and my Co listener was totally enthralled, even had me going, NO?!?!?!
don't come in to this book with high expectations as I did or you will only be highly disappointed.
by the end all of it makes sense, and you like the book a little better.
I recommend passing on this book.
If I could bear listening to the narrator, maybe I could have gotten into it. No to this one. I was required to give it at least a star.
HOLY SHIT, what a book, what a plot, what an ending. It's all told through the therapist's POV. So many twists and turns, so many dead ends and f*cked up revelations, then the unexpected ending. Did not see ANY of that coming. The writing was well done!!!!! Of course, now that I think back to certain comments, I want to smack myself for not picking up on obvious outcome sooner.
It's a tough read because of the constant reviewing of the details of her rape and torture. Makes you question what you would do as a parent. Do I wipe out her memory or make her live through it all. Though for me, I know the only way to get over something is to give it closer, so that would be a no for me.
Then it makes you also question what you would do to protect your child. Would you risk your job? Lie to the police? Mess with people's memories? Hide the truth? Hide the evidence?
No spoiler, because there were too many twists and turns in addition to a crazy, awesome ending. You MUST read this, it really is a well-written story, but know you will have to have a strong stomach.
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