A typical party, a lot of alcohol a girl, an incredible crime. 15-year-old Jenny Kramer is raped in the woods close to a party. She has lost consciousness when she is found and when the parents are offered a drug to make her forget what has happened to her, they agree. However, this also means that the offender cannot be identified because the victim cannot provide any facts. The family decides to bring back Jenny’s memory with the help of a therapist. He digs deep and does not only unveil details of this deed, but also secrets of the family members. And slowly it becomes obvious that he himself has some secrets to be kept well hidden.
Wendy Walker’s thriller offers everything of novel of this genre needs: a lot of suspense, unexpected twists and turns, abysses of the human character. Whenever you believe you have identified what happened and who is guilty, some new aspects pop up – all well motivated and believable – and you have to adjust your theory. This lasts until the very last page when you finally get the big picture and a complete explanation.
What I found most impressive is the psychological aspects of the human soul and the mode of operation of the memory. To some extent the novel is also a kind of study into the human brain which I found quite fascinating. Having the story told from a psychiatrist’s point of view is definitely an interesting mode of presentation and integration this characters with his own motives into the plot makes the whole story even more thrilling.