All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy WalkerAll Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

All Is Not Forgotten

byWendy Walker

Paperback | July 12, 2016

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"An assured, powerful novel that blends suspense and rich family drama...it is, in a word, unforgettable." --William Landay, author of DEFENDING JACOB It begins in the small, affluent town of Fairview, Connecticut, where everything seems picture perfect. 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.<_o3a_p>

Title:All Is Not ForgottenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:9.3 × 6.1 × 0.68 inPublished:July 12, 2016Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good A girl (Jenny) is violently attacked at a party. In order to help her cope with this terrible situation, Jenny’s parents decide to use a drug that will wipe her memory of any events from the night. She still needs therapy to deal with the repercussions, but she does not have any concise memories to help her to heal. There are many twists and turns in this one. The narrator (Jenny’s psychiatrist) is a bit on the condescending side which may put some people off. I thought he was just right however, as I don’t believe the author wanted him to be particularly likeable. As a side note, it did take me a while to figure out who the narrator was, but maybe that was just me! Unlikeable characters, a plethora of motives/suspects and a questionable medical procedure should lead to lots of discussion if chosen for a book club. 4 Stars.
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Twisty thriller Unreliable narrator is all the rage right now, and makes for an unpredictable and entertaining read.
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing I was excited to read this one, but it fell shortly of my expectations. The point on view was a surprise to me and in my opinion made for a slow, difficult read. Dialogue was all from the narrator's memory and was awkward.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read great details and some exciting twists.
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great choice for book club “Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practise to deceive.” – Sir Walter Scott A girl (Jenny) is violently attacked at a party. In order to help her cope with this terrible situation, Jenny’s parents decide to use a drug that will wipe her memory of any events from the night. She still needs therapy to deal with the repercussions, but she does not have any concise memories to help her to heal. There are many twists and turns in this one. The narrator (Jenny’s psychiatrist) is a bit on the condescending side which may put some people off. I thought he was just right however, as I don’t believe the author wanted him to be particularly likeable. As a side note, it did take me a while to figure out who the narrator was, but maybe that was just me! Unlikeable characters, a plethora of motives/suspects and a questionable medical procedure should lead to lots of discussion if chosen for a book club. 4 Stars.
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unexpected Very twisty and surprising right up until the end. Loved the unreliable narrator. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unexpected Very twisty and surprising right up until the end. Loved the unreliable narrator. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not worth your time This was an awful book. Jumped around all the time and each chapter talked about too many different aspects of the story. Let me provide you with a couple of quotes "getting back to Tom and the story of the Civic" or "anyway....the treatment". Story is all jumbled. I couldn't make it any further than page 91 before I concluded this was a waste of my time. There are so many better books in my basket to read.
Date published: 2017-05-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh I liked where they were going with this one but the execution fell short.
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid mystery I seem to be on a "thriller/suspense/novel with a twist" kick and have to say it was refreshing to read "All Is Not Forgotten": unlike the majority of this genre, this book wasn't written in alternating narration, it wasn't told by jumping from past/present, it was told by an anonymous observer (well he is revealed midway through the novel, but at first you have no clue who he is). It's a brilliant way to describe horrendous events; he observes, describes, without feeling the emotions the victims felt throughout the ordeal and in the days and months following. It almost detaches us as the reader from the horror, without hiding away from what happened. The premise of drugging a victim to forget an event, and thereby eliminate the potential for PTSD is interesting - but I appreciated how the science of playing with memories was studied: how an event isn't simply a memory, but also a physical event, and without knowing where to place the physical impact in your stored memory - the mind doesn't understand how to handle something - because that something "didn't happen". A really interesting read. One thing you'll note is that there is quite a bit of repetition, which makes sense once you realize who your narrator is. It further emphasises the role of the narrator and his credibility. This was a nice twist on a genre that is getting a little predictable. Recommended read.
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from pretty good some twist and turns you would not expect well written but just "okay"
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A "Meh" Read All is Not Forgotten is a novel that I would normally want to pick up and devour instantly. It definitely is "my kind of read," especially because it is a psychological thriller slash mystery. There are so many good things about this genre that I usually am unable to imagine anything horrible about it. However, this time around, I feel pretty confused or mixed-feelings-like about this novel, and I feel quite upset over the fact that I am writing this review NOW, maybe seven months after I first read it. This was basically the best book gone wrong. I had so much hope for it because I expected a read that would be more about the actual mystery instead of the aftermath of this all. In a few words, I would describe this as a PTSD book. It's heartbreaking to read stories like these when you know that they have the capability of being so good or enjoyable. I honestly am not able to remember what this book is even about. What I can tell you is that it was readable—I was able to enjoy some of it and pick up on some of the important/captivating parts where I couldn't stop reading, but there were other points of time where I just felt like saying "meh." That is the best way to describe this whole book. This definitely incorporates some graphic violence so I would keep my eye out for that if you're not into stories that are really depressing and difficult to endure. All Is Not Forgotten is an average mystery novel that hits you a little, but leaves you shocked because you completely expected more. *A review copy was provided by the publisher via BookExpo America in exchange for a honest review. Thank you so much!*
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What a story! An excellent addition to any library.
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Suspensful and really tense Really loved this book! The characters, the plotline, the dialogue, the intensity. The writing was amazing and intriguing and complex. I loved the unique premise. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thrilling Quite intense at some points but great overall.
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad A bit slow at times and graphic in some spots, but still a good read
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic read I purchased this book a while back and found myself not being able to put it down. It was definitely a page turner. Highly recommended if you enjoy a suspenseful read.
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok a little to graphic for me
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Great book. A hard read tho. The details are a little disturbing, but all in all a great book
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read The book is pretty graphic but it was pretty suspenseful. Kept me wanting to read, although I found some parts were slow.
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ok This book was ok. It is graphic but at times moves a bit too slow. I did finish it however and thought it was an ok read.
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites reads! This is one of the best books I read in 2016. I liked that it was told from the perspective of the psychiatrist. I learned more about PTSD and memory recall, a subject I am intrigued by. It can be a bit heavy and graphic at times, but the end blew me away...did not see it coming!
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from DNF at 30% This book was just all wrong. I absolutely HATED the narrator, it read like a detective was recounting a case file he worked on and maybe that was the point but I didn't like it at all. It was also very cavalier and graphic with such a sensitive topic. I think if it was written from any other point of view it would have been so much better and more enjoyable. Will not finish this one, yawn.
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Decent The book is pretty graphic, but I found it suspenseful and wanting to continue reading. Some parts were slow but overall I read through it relatively quickly.
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Booooring Tired of bad so called psychological thrillers. This is one that just fills up space on the bookshelf. Buy the used copy for a dollar
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I liked it Great thriller, it can be a bit graphic
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Read This book was very well written, and the plot was quite suspenseful. Just be warned -- it is quite graphic.
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it #plumrewards. Awesome read!! Couldn't put it down!!
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Read in one day couldn't put it down! Borrowed this book from a friend and it was great! Brought it up to my cottage and finished it in one day, couldn't put it down. Wasn't a huge fan of the ending but the twists every chapter keep you going! great read, suspenseful, and well thought out
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not my Favorite This book was very graphic.Besides that it kinda of went know where slowly.It really dragged and the end was like really I just read all that for that! Wasn't impressed at all!
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pager turner! amazing thriller book!.. i do highly recommend this!! Can't put it down!
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Nope Well, that was downright weird. Do not recommend - the style of writing was tough to get through as well as the rape-heavy plot line.
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thrilling to the last page This book is one of the best thrillers, I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Graphic So first off this book is very graphic with it's details, almost to the point where I felt very uncomfortable. However, I like how it made me have so much feeling. The book itself is very good and sometimes I can't put it down, definitely would recommend.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read A very good read. Tons of information about psychology and the aftermath of what it is like to remember a rape. Love how it is written! Great book
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Graphic Read This book describes in graphic detail what it feels like when it happens and what it feels like to remember after.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from interesting read This book was a very unique read, with the rape of a teenager, it was thrilling and i didn't see the twist coming. it was a bit hard to read at times due to the how graphic the details were. This book is not for everyone.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from okay read this wasn't a good book in my opinion i thought it could have been better
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not for Me This is an incredibly difficult book to review – I honestly don’t know how I feel about it. To start, it’s is extremely triggering. If you have experienced sexual violence, this book may be hard to read as graphic depictions of rape are illustrated throughout. I am comfortable with all topics and never shy away from anything graphic, controversial, or frightening, but this book is extremely detailed and it’s a lot take in. Jenny Kramer is brutally raped at a party, and is given an experimental treatment that erases her memory of the traumatic event. While the graphic detail seems to be too much, it does serve some purpose; as a reader, you feel the violation – it becomes real. Since this book is marketed as a thriller, I wasn’t expecting such a significant statement on sexual violence. The element that struck me most with this book is the idea of erasing the memory of a trauma. If you erase the physical memory, will the emotional memory still respond to triggers? Will the victim be better if they do not know what they suffered? Or, is moving through the suffering the path to healing? I struggled with the narrator in this book, and unfortunately this is what takes away from the story. It’s written from the perspective of an unreliable, third person minor character, which is a device I often love. Dr. Alan Forrester, the psychiatrist that is treating Jenny and her family following the attack, tells us Jenny’s story through his unique lens; as a psychiatrist, he has insights into all of the major characters. I love an unreliable narrator, but Forrester often confused me: he would jump from being so compassionate and caring with Jenny, to uncharacteristically calling a young woman a slut. Finally, the shocking twist that was promised was not really shocking at all. Unpredictable, yes, but not the major plot shift that I was expecting. I was left disappointed. All is Not Forgotten had so much going for it, but the unreliable narrator combined with the disappointing conclusion made for a flop. Wendy Walker is clearly creative and intelligent, and I would be interested in seeing what she comes up with next.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FIVE STARS FOR WENDY WALKER AND THIS NOVEL Such an amazing book! This psychological suspense will definitely having you turning pages faster than you can read!
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting read This book will keep you hooked until the last page.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I was so excited for the release of this book But the narrator is just too much to deal with. He overshadows what is an interesting concept with his constant self-aggrandizement.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hooks you in I enjoyed this book from the minute I picked it up. I didn't want to put it down as I was pulled into the story of the Kramer family and all the drama they hold. This story is told by a third person, a psychiatrist. We learn about Jenny and her family, her mothers past with men and what she has been hiding from her husband. Jenny struggles to regain her memory of that night in the dark forest. I wanted to keep turning the pages to find out who actually did it and what would happen to them. The author tackles a tough subject but does it without a lot of visual graphics. I did find some spots hard to digest but it is just the nature of the story. I give this book a 4 out of 5. The story line flows at an even pace and hooks you into all the characters drama, and there is many.I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! This book was great! locks you in from page one!
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Thrilling to the very end! I loved this book and so did everyone in my book club. It was a little tough to read the descriptions of the rape at times but the final outcome of the story kept me guessing until the end. I was captivated by the story and the connections made throughout the book between the characters. Loved this!
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from tough read This book was hard to get through. Not very realistic the relationship with the victim and the therapist.
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic psychological read! "All Is Not Forgotten" by Wendy Walker will be published July 12, 2016. I waffled about my enjoyment of this book throughout the reading of it. In the end it is a four star read. It does finally get to that satisfying ending but you have to believe you're going to get there. This story is told masterfully and uses a unique point of view of the psychiatrist, his name is Dr. Alan Forrester. Let me give you the synopsis and then we'll discuss the good and the bad. Maybe I can convince you to give up a few days to read this because in the end it is worth the time spent. Jenny Kramer, a normal, bubbly, beautiful and smart sixteen year old lives in the idyllic affluent town of Fairview, Connecticut with her mother and father. They're life seems picture perfect. One evening while Jenny is at a party she is brutally raped in the woods behind the house. In the hours after the rape her parents agree for Jenny to receive a controversial drug cocktail that will essentially erase Jenny's memory of the horrific event. This seems like the merciful thing to do to prevent the trauma that would plague Jenny. Unknown to her parents and doctors administering the drug is that just forgetting the event isn't enough to rid the patient of the haunting emotions connected to it. After the rape and the drug cocktail Jenny's family does not return to normal. Her father obsesses about finding the perpetrator and her mother lies to herself that everything is peachy. This leaves no room for Jenny who lives with the anxiety of knowing something happened but not being able to connect with the event. Told through the eyes of Jenny's psychiatrist, we get a thorough analysis of how a family fractures through trauma and how to find a new normal. Dr. Forrester knows he must help Jenny get her memories back and through this process of helping a victim overcome and a family survive we also follow the mystery of who raped Jenny. Let me add here that there are actual drug trials in the real world looking for this memory wiping capability. Scientists have already found ways to alter and manipulate memories using drugs and it is on the near horizon where there will be the ability to erase trauma. Whether this is a good idea or not will be a very controversial subject. In this surprisingly complicated mystery we learn how memories are formed in the brain. Memories are not just one "blob" stored together in one place so when you access them, you watch a movie of an event. Traumatic or powerful memories in particular are split into many pieces separate from the actual event memory. There are emotional, smell, touch, taste, sound memories. We can access the event memory by using any of the pathways connected from the senses. For instance, the smell of lilies can trigger the memory of one's wedding because the bride's bouquet was lilies. If the connections between the senses and the event are disconnected, the event memory can be lost and misfiled, making it difficult or nearly impossible to access. This was what the drug did with Jenny's memory. The connection to the event was severed in her mind. Through Dr. Forrester's telling, we see the excruciating psychological pain Jenny is experiencing because she has no connection to explain all the emotional trauma she feels. Jenny has free floating anxiety and no explanation of why she feels so horrible all the time. Reading about how Dr. Forrester helps the Kramer family is what made me keep reading this mystery. The only negative in the book that made me waffle in my enjoyment was that Dr. Forrester, being a psychiatrist, can have a monotone "voice" as he keeps his emotions out of the telling as any good psychiatrist should do. Sometimes this approach got tedious. In the end I finally got that moment every mystery reader looks for. It took most of the book to get there but the journey was worth it.
Date published: 2016-07-12