Forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett is called to the scene of an aircraft to help deal with an erratic passenger. She figures out that he’s got anterograde amnesia, and can’t form new memories. For every cryptic clue he is able to drag up from his memory, Jo has to sift through a dozen nonsensical statements. Suddenly a string of clues arises, something to do with a deadly biological agent, a missing wife and son, and a secret partnership gone horribly wrong.
In order to prevent something terrible happening in San Francisco, she will have to go deep into the life of her patient, hoping the truth emerges from the fog of his mind in time to save her city—and herself.
©2009 Meg Gardiner (P)2010 Isis Publishing Ltd
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"Gripping from the very start..."
Excellent, gripping, fast moving... There's no need to have read the first Jo Beckett book (Dirty Secrets Club) but it's an equally good book, and reading it will explain some of the background and relationships.
Very well read, especially the female characters; the narrator does a brill English accent, and the Asian policewoman is wonderfully characterised. I agree with the other reviewer that her men sound like heavy smokers!
I really didn't see the ending coming, yeah, yeah there's the expected tidying up of baddies, but there's another story line that kept me wondering right to the end - and the very end, with Gabe's announcement left me looking for the next which is out this summer.
The loss of memory is an unusual plot device; imagine your memory re-setting every 5 minutes back to some point in the recent past, which in our hero's case, is the news that his family have been kidnapped. That re-setting can never be cancelled, even if the last fixed memory proves false, he's totally stuck in that loop - and each time it's explained to him, he recognises the awfulness of it all, if only for a few minutes. That was the plot line ending that caught me out.
"Really Enjoyable Yarn"
This is the second of the Jo Beckett series, and like the first has an unusual plot line. This time about a guy who is exposed a chemical compound which corrupts his memory such that he cannot retain any short term memories. Very well written, a suspenseful story with plenty of twists and turns would make an excellent holiday book. Well read with good charactisations, my only slight gripe being that two of the main male characters sound as if they are on 40 a day!
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