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It is difficult to imagine losing parts or all of your memory. As we grow older, many of us lose our thoughts such as what we were looking for--it may take a while but we usually do remember. But Issy Cunningham had become unable to remember her recent and immediate memories. She would ask questions such as to "Where am I?" but would then immediately forget the answer so that she would ask over and over...
But this was not just a medical issue that resulted from her being assaulted... She remembered she was divorced and in her early dreams she remembered loving her husband....
But she couldn't remember the traumatic event which happened years ago that had begun changing her...
And she certainly didn't remember, or even know, that her boss had been murdered the same night of her assault...
The police had already found from security cameras that she had been with him that night...but she remembered nothing... The only fortunate thing for Issy, which in her condition, was that her boss, who had been acting on an interim basis, had been so cruel as a boss--telling everybody that he would get things in good shape while he was in charge--that he had made everybody hate him at work...
Detective Inspector Stephen Ives, a 25-year-veteran still grieves for each individual who has been killed during criminal activities, not understanding the willingness for humans to consider life so lightly... He has a personal bias against "creatives" who work in advertising, so he struggles hard not to allow his feelings to become part of this investigation. But as a meticulous officer, he is soon finding evidence that supports Issy being involved...
Was the rape assault too much for her to deal with... But why, then, did they find evidence in her office that would lead to an assumption of pre-planning?!
There are other persons of interest as well and the investigation becomes more and more complicated, while at the same time, Issy has more and more flashbacks that is filling in the blanks of her memory... and the memory of her losses bring back all the heartbreak she had faced those many years again...But at least she now knew why she was divorced.
Because of the specific type of loss she was experiencing, she began to make notes as a reference to ensure she didn't lose what memories she'd already regained... So far... I find the phone and stare at the notes there.
Why did Colin need my help?
Mary is a good friend.
I should have trusted my mother.
John, how did I ever lose you?
Mike is dead. Why do I feel so guilty?
Colin behaves like he owes me.
How I love you, Kelly.
The ending was certainly a surprise and could not have been foreseen. Yes, there were several clues, but not enough to even guess at what happened! And, is that what makes a totally satisfying closure...Well, almost... I had to wonder if there would be a followup to this story...Surely, there had to be something good come out of this...that's my opinion; my hope!
Issy Cunningham wakes up in hospital not able to remember anything in her past, particularly what happened on Valentine's Eve. Her boss is found dead at work and the police are trying to piece the evidence together to find out who committed murder. Issy starts to remember her life but still cannot remember what happened that night. Finally the mystery is revealed with an ending I did not expect.
The characters were interesting, I found myself rooting for Issy Cunningham, especially as the one of the detectives was a bit arrogant, and focused on her guilt.
Highly recommended and 4 stars from me.
Bit by bit as her memory returns, she is more confused than ever. When evidence points to her as being the murderer, she turns to the only person she barely remembers as being a friend. She needs to know her past in order to understand the present and prevent a future of being imprisoned.
This is a quick read. Chapters are short and terse, but packed with information. The premise is a good one, well-written. Although a tad not happy with the ending, I did enjoy the book as a whole.
I didn't particularly like Issy in the beginning, I couldn't understand why she would put herself on the line for someone she barely knows. It became a life-altering decision on her part. As most characters, she grew on me. There are many secondary characters who add credibility to the story .... but everyone has secrets and tell lies, leaving investigating police scratching their heads.
This is my first book by this author; I'm sure it won't be the last. If you like psychological thrillers, you don't want to miss this one.
Many thanks to Seb Kirby and Susan Hampson. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
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