All Is Not Forgotten: A Novel Audio CD – Unabridged, July 12 2016
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- ASIN : 1427274126
- Publisher : Macmillan Audio; Unabridged edition (July 12 2016)
- Language: : English
- ISBN-10 : 9781427274120
- ISBN-13 : 978-1427274120
- Item Weight : 249 g
- Dimensions : 13.16 x 2.59 x 15.06 cm
- Customer Reviews:
"In affluent Fairview, Conn., a young girl who's been sexually assaulted is given a drug to help her forget--and the fallout isn't what anyone expected. Twisty and spellbinding."―PEOPLE MAGAZINE
"Deeply intriguing and provocative, All Is Not Forgotten explores intricate family relationships against the backdrop of searing suspense. A novel filled with twists, surprises, and a plot that keeps you guessing. All Is Not Forgotten is not to be missed." ―Karin Slaughter, author of PRETTY GIRLS
"An assured, powerful, polished novel that blends suspense and rich family drama. Built on a fascinating scientific premise and laced with moral complexity, it is, in a word, unforgettable." --William Landay, author of DEFENDING JACOB
“Captivating and bold, Wendy Walker takes an incisive look at the importance of memory and the power of manipulation. Fascinating and at times shocking, All Is Not Forgotten is one book you won’t easily forget. Not to be missed!” ―Mary Kubica, author of THE GOOD GIRL
“With an exceptionally unreliable narrator and unique plot set-up, All Is Not Forgotten is a compelling, thought-provoking mystery that will have you looking at every therapist you know in a brand new light.” ―Kimberly McCreight, author of WHERE THEY FOUND HER
"In the brutal, heart-pounding All Is Not Forgotten, memory cannot be trusted; when a girl is given "the treatment" to erase her memories of a vicious attack, a small town crumbles under the weight of its secret peccadilloes, dangerous alliances, and the question of what really happened that dark night. A fascinating and compelling novel." ―Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, author of BITTERSWEET
About the Author
Dylan Baker’s first audiobook recording was for The Grapes of Wrath, which subsequently won both Audie and Earphones Awards. He has since narrated several audio books, including Tom Wolfe's I Am Charlotte Simmons, Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs, and Michael Lewis’s Flash Boys. In 2002, he won an Audie Award for Abridged Fiction for Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections.
He has appeared in numerous films including Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3, Kinsey, Head of State, Thirteen Days, and Happiness. Baker was nominated for a Tony Award for his Broadway performance in La Bete, and he won an Obie Award for his performance in the 1986 play Not About Heroes. His television credits include guest appearances on The Practice, Law & Order, and The West Wing. Baker earned his B.F.A. from Southern Methodist University and a Masters in Fine Arts from Yale's School of Drama.
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I had trouble getting through the detailed description of an hour long assault at the start and it didn't appear to be getting any better so I have stopped reading.
Top reviews from other countries
The odious and supercilious narrator, a psychiatrist by the name of Dr Alan Forrester, first has contact with the Kramer family one-year on from the rape and following the suicide attempt which is generally agreed to be an unfortunate upshot from Jenny's controversial memory erasion treatment. Forrester's narrative feeds into what the reader makes of the events, but even before the investigation veered closer to his family, I found his creepy and clinical dissection of matters unsettling. His dispassion, even when commenting on his own marriage and his invested motives in treating Jenny seems false. His musings are also prone to flying off at seemingly random tangents, and much of his narrative is superfluous to Jenny's story and more akin to bragging and showcasing his credentials. All in all, he is difficult character to respect or like. Forrester's analysis of Jenny's situation derives testimony from not only her, but also parents, Charlotte and Tom, and the workmanlike Detective Parsons, focused on nailing an 'outsider' not resident in Fairview and a feather in his cap. Along with memory prompts from the night of the rape - including the body spray and make-up that Jenny wore, duplicate clothes, the playlist that pulsated from the house and memories, testimony from the couple who found Jenny after her nightmare is fascinating. The tumultuous emotions and baggage of parents, Charlotte and Tom, from their own childhoods and place within the family is explored as Alan Forrester seeks to reawaken Jenny's recall without the power of suggestion corrupting the veracity of her memories. When the investigation threatens to veer rather too close to the family unit of Forrester and his son, also a party guest, his questionable actions have the power to derail a treatment program that is benefitting his patient. Wendy Walker's unflinching exploration of the Jenny's nightmare and the collateral damage on her family and on the smugly suburban town where outsiders are noticed is brilliantly examined. The introduction of another patient that Dr Forrester has been worked with, wounded military combatant Sean Logan and I was concerned that Walker was bringing a complication into the works that threatened to upset the focus on Jenny's story. However, Logan's story proves integral to Jenny's and despite the diversions his character proved critical.
I spent the second half of the novel and eventual denouement in a state of high anxiety, coiled tighter than a spring and with a tension headache resounding in my head due to the palpable suspense that Wendy Walker evoked. At times this novel is tough-going given its truly grim subject and density of the scientific facts behind the theories which may frighten some readers off, however is is never anything less than worthwhile. Some of the concepts relating to the filing of memories and their conditioning over time, altered slightly each time they are brought to the surface, are fascinating. Although in the acknowledgements, Wendy Walker divulges that the treatment in the novel does not currently exist in its entirety, she indicates that it continues to remain at the forefront of emerging research, and it is surely only a matter of time before its use becomes with more widely known. Regardless of Dr Forrester's adherence to the Hippocratic Oath, his impartiality and his questionable interferences into his patients harrowing experiences, I never lost sight of the logic behind the treatment used. The aim of Dr Forrester's treatment was never forgiveness on the part of Jenny but concerned with her ability to understand and to place what happened into a context that made her life possible to live. Absorbing until the very end, an unexpected conclusion leaves readers to ponder the enormous implications.
Review written by Rachel Hall (@hallrachel)
This is one very clever story that is totally original. I have never read anything like it in my life and I've read some books that's for sure. With one intense opening and parts that made me cringe I have to say that I totally loved it. Although this book certainly isn't for the faint hearted.
The author certainly knows how to draw you in, I found myself hooked from start to finish and devoured this in one night. It is without a doubt one incredible page turner.
Wendy Walker is certainly one author I will be on the look for in the future. This is on of those story's that will stay with me forever.
If you are a fan of psychological thrillers this is a must read which I highly recommend giving 5 massive stars
The subject matter is tough going but the characters and storylines are weaved together really well and I thought the ending was very well paced and cleverly thought out.
If we could have our memories removed after a major trauma would we want that? After reading this I don't think I would!
I look forward to reading more from this author
The whole story is told through the doctor, although I found this very strange to begin with I soon got used to it.
A hard subject matter to follow but very well written with a few twists along the way.
The opening of this book gives the reader a graphic and somewhat disturbing description of the rape poor Jenny suffers, and while I can see why a particular audience may find this overly distressing and distasteful, I can appreciate the reasoning behind the chilling passages Walker provides to the reader. As many reviews state, not dishonestly, the victim's character is not one of great depth to the reader, her personality isn't shown much throughout the story and Walker neglects to give the audience materials which make the character likeable. I feel this, along with the cold, detached and professional narrative, gives the book an element of distance which I seldom come across in psychological thrillers. The author does not need to build a relationship between her audience and a character which is irrelevant to the plot line and overall feel of the book; Jenny is, in essence, the foundation for All Is Not Forgotten, and there is no reason for the audience to need to like or dislike her character. Her rape, depicted graphically and repeatedly throughout the book, is the centre of the plot, pulling a number of different characters and their individual experiences together, without focusing on Jenny herself as a main character.
This story is told in such a manner that could leave some readers feeling there is a lack of empathy and delicacy toward cases such as Jenny's from the author, least not the narrator himself- for me, though, the narrative is more than suitable for this storyline as it allows the audience to see things in a perspective which it is not often given. Although the narrator is involved personally in the case, I feel his perspective as a professional allows the reader to engage fully in the facts of the case and his patients experiences, as well as the controversial therapy the victim was subjected to shortly after the rape, without developing too much of a personal liking to any which of the characters. It is unusual to see a fairly unbiased account of events, and, although it is obvious the the psychiatrist is manipulative and ultimately self-serving, he is still very concerned and intrigued by his patient.
The general undertone is depressing, but this story and its lessons will stay with me. This book is a brilliant psychological thriller, so long as it is read by the right person. Well worth a read if you can appreciate the grim and disturbing basis of the story.