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, struggles 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.
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. @goodreads
TRIGGER WARNING: RAPE - SOME GRAPHIC SCENES
Now let me get this off my chest. In the following picture (for those of us that watch Game of Thrones) we all know what is going to happen. This is my wish for all rapists. Especially those that brutalize horrifically!
This is the story of the brutal rape of Jenny Kramer. The story is told from her psychiatrists point of view, his name is Dr. Alan Forrester.
--->EXCERPT<--- He followed her into the woods behind the house. The ground there was littered with winter debris, dead leaves and twigs that had fallen over the past six months and decayed beneath a blanket of snow. She may have heard him approach. She may have turned and seen him wearing the black wool mask whose fibers were found beneath her nails. As she fell to her knees, what was left of the brittle twigs snapped like old bones and scraped her bare skin. Her face and chest pressed hard into the ground, likely with the outside of his forearm, she would have felt the mist from the sprinklers blowing off the lawn not twenty feet away. Her hair was wet when they found her.
Jenny's parents gave the go ahead on a drug that you can give to a victim to ward off PTSD or other nightmares. They had to make the decision before she went into surgery because if it's not administered right away then it might not take.
But taking this drug means Jenny can't give any information on her attacker. Her parents, or rather her mom, didn't want her to remember the brutal attack so she was given the drug. The drug doesn't keep away feelings that things aren't right and sometimes you start to remember.
After something else happens with Jenny, she starts to see Dr. Alan Forrester. He introduces her to a nice guy from the military named Sean that has been given the drug for PTSD. They both want to remember, they help each other a little. The story isn't focused on these two, it's just in the story as two people that can relate.
The story did get boring for me from time to time when the Dr. is talking about different lives, including his own. This is a great idea, but I was too pumped up to find the killer and take him down!
Dr. Forrester tells the stories of Jenny's parents as he counsels them. He tells stories of inmates he sees and other things. But the main thing is his stories of Jenny, what Jenny says about herself and about what happens when she starts to remember with the help of the doctor.
Even though the Dr. is the one telling the story, the other people in the book talk so don't think it's just him droning on.
For some reason I wanted it to be the one person the author was trying to pinpoint, but it was too obvious. I just think it would have been really whack. Although, when you find out the killer and the situation it's even more creepy. The ending was a wow moment, not an explosion wow, but just a wow did that really happen and OMG what were you thinking.
I have to stop talking now or I will give out a spoiler!
*I would like to thank Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for inviting me to read this book in exchange for my honest review.*
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