Released: 14th July 2016
Publisher: Harlequin UK, Mira
Format: Digital ARC
Source: From Netgalley
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Many thanks to the publisher & Netgalley for my copy, this is in exchange for an honest review
You can erase the memory. But you cannot erase the crime. Jenny's wounds have healed.
An experimental treatment has removed the memory of a horrific and degrading attack. She is moving on with her life.
That was the plan. Except it's not working out. Something has gone. The light in the eyes. And something was left behind. A scar. On her lower back. Which she can't stop touching. And she's getting worse. Not to mention the fact that her father is obsessed with finding her attacker and her mother is in toxic denial. It may be that the only way to uncover what's wrong is to help Jenny recover her memory. But even if it can be done, pulling at the threads of her suppressed experience will unravel much more than the truth about her attack. And that could destroy as much as it heals.
Wow! This one was certainly a little on the shocking side and a thrilling read. It shows how everything can have consequences, the smallest of changes, the decisions of others and yourself. All - have - consequences. One way or another things will catch up. This book is very much like a pressure cooker, it sets off at a high fast temperature and then just keeps on building. This is not a book for young readers or for the faint hearted, the story has an adult theme.
One element this book does it take time to educate the reader on the scientific side of things. I do like this as it's good to have the information, it adds to the book.
The investigation that follows the rape of Jenny is very indepth and recorded. Then on the other hand you have the aftermath and the effects on the family. Each member reacts and tries to cope in different ways. This book is narrated in a way that might not appeal to some readers, at times it can come across as clinical and detached. I think this is why this book doesn't quite get the full five star rating.
There was a good mixture of characters. I think my favourite was Charlotte, the mother of Jenny. Charlotte is a complex character, who on the outside is trying to hold things together but on the inside was a very different kettle of fish. She was the one who interested me the most, her actions and her behaviour to the attack and the aftermath, these actions are all perceived by the narrator who observes.
Overall: Not a light hearted read, at times it can come across a bit clinical.
My thoughts on the cover: It looks really striking and suits the story.