Staff Review: "All Is Not Forgotten"
In a small, wealthy community in Connecticut, Jenny Kramer is violently assaulted in a wooded area outside a high school house party. With her parents’ consent, she is given a relatively new drug that erases her memories of the traumatic event, in hopes of sparing her emotional distress. Unfortunately, the emotional trauma remains, and those emotional memories lack experiences to which they can be attached and processed, which leads Jenny to seek treatment from Dr. Forrester, a local psychiatrist who believes that he can help her find her misplaced memories and help her find a semblance of peace. Dr. Forrester, who also treats each of Jenny’s parents, recounts the events surrounding Jenny’s assault with a clinical detachment in which he takes professional pride. Readers are unlikely to share the doctor’s detachment as they are drawn into this carefully plotted page-turner and raises interesting issues about the ethics of erasing memories of another as well as attempting to re-create memories. Fans of psychological thrillers (such as A.J. Watson’s Before I Go to Sleep) are likely to enjoy this book, but readers should be warned that acts of violence (including the assault on Jenny and the battlefield memories of another character) are graphic and provide explicit detail.