All is not Forgotten: Book Review

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Wendy Walker spared us no mercy in her first chapter where we were privvy to the details of the rape suffered by Jenny. Not only did the description leave us feeling raw but the unknown narrator and his almost stream of conscious narrating unnerved me. Who was this person who knew such intimate detail. We weren’t to find out until chapter 7 and the psychological impact on me as reader was immense. By the time I found out I could not put down the book if I’d tried. I had to know the ending.

Following Jenny’s vicious rape her mother overruled her father and agreed to treatment that would wipe the memory of the rape from Jenny’s mind, in the hope of Jenny not suffering from PTSD as a result. The treatment was successful and Jenny carried on with life almost as though nothing had happened apart from a scar on her back where the rapist had taken his trophy of skin and flesh. Despite the treatment, Jenny’s body remembered the emotions that went with the rape but instead of being able to attach these feelings to the rape they would appear at random times, unattached to any memory and therefore it was impossible to deal with them rationally. This built up until Jenny eventually tried to kill herself.

At this point one man decides he must give Jenny back her memory. Through this journey we learn intimate details of other characters – her parents Tom and Charlotte, the man who is helping regain her memory, his son, a veteran who has also had the treatment to remove memories of an incident in Iraq, the policeman. We see the efforts made to find the rapist. We twist and turn as exquisitely  as the plot line. We squirm at the lies and the moral dilemmas. We are gobsmacked at the ending.

This book was cleverly crafted and innovative. I highly recommend it. I am definitely going to read her next book, Emma in the Night, which I believe was published in August 2017.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. Commenced a masters by research in 2014.
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13 Responses to All is not Forgotten: Book Review

  1. A good and well written review, Irene.

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  2. What a compelling review, makes me want to read the book. On my TBR list – thanks, Irene.

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  3. noelleg44 says:

    Strong stuff, Irene, and a good review!

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  4. Reblogged this on Author Don Massenzio and commented:
    Check out this review of the book, All Is Not Forgotten, by Wendy Walker, as featured on the Reflections and Nightmares blog

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  5. Charli Mills says:

    Sounds both intriguing and intense. It also goes into how memory is more than visual recall. Thank for your review!

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