Published by: Harlequin UK, Mira (14th July 2016)
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.
Jenny's story is told via sessions with therapist, Alan, who also has sessions with Jenny's mum and dad, and as such becomes an integral part of a local detective's hunt for her attacker. The small American town where the attack took place, and the family live, is one where everyone knows each other, making such an horrific attack on one of their own unthinkable. The transcripts of each person's therapy sessions are detailed and intriguing, with therapist Alan also including information from some of his other patients, as he sees it being pertinent to the case.
This is such a cleverly written book, it's so hard to put down, and i read it so quickly. The way that each main character's tale is recounted means there's a lot of information as well as a lot of emotion, but this all adds to the suspense and intrigue and doesn't detract from the main point. Some of this is very hard reading, due to the severity of the attack on Jenny, but it doesn't feel gratuitous in any way.
It's hard to say too much more without giving the game away, but suffice to say that the tension is ramped up with every chapter, I was utterly incredulous at several points and the conclusion is a revelation I'd not forseen. All in all, this is a tightly wound psychological thriller I'd recommend to all readers of the genre. Be prepared for a white knuckle ride!
Special thanks to the author and publisher for providing an ARC, via NetGalley, in return for my honest review.