Wednesday, August 03, 2016

What we're reading: An advance on suspense

I picked up the Advance Reader Copy (ARC) of All is Not Forgottenby Wendy Walker, when the back cover listed Defending Jacob, by William Landay, and Reconstructing Amelia, by Kimberly McCreight, two titles that I had previously enjoyed (do you say "enjoyed" when the subject matter is so dark?), as comparable to this new title. Then I saw that Warner Bros. already has the rights to the film version, with Reese Witherspoon producing, and being one of those people who likes to read the book before seeing the movie, I thought I should give it a try. It did not disappoint.

What set this title apart is the narrator's voice. It is unnerving at first when you cannot figure out who is speaking. You know that a rape has taken place and you know that a treatment was given to the victim to help erase the memory, so who is telling the story? The rapist? A friend of the family? That is eventually revealed, and the story moves on from there, but beginning that way makes the narrator a bit untrustworthy. Questions abound, and twists kept me reading as I wondered, Who did commit the rape? What does this have to do with the soldier they start talking about early in the book? Will any memories come back? Will there be justice? You will want to keep turning those pages once you start All is Not Forgotten, by Wendy Walker.

And when you're done, you will wonder how our local friends at Warner Bros. will handle this narrator situation. I can't wait to find out!

Reviewed by Melissa P., Library Assistant Director

Editor's note: Those intrigued by this review will be happy to know that the book has arrived at Burbank Public Library and can be found on the New Books shelf at all three branches (when it isn't checked out). If it is checked out, however, perhaps consider one of the other two books mentioned by Melissa--the first was named one of the best books of the year by Entertainment Weekly (among others), and the second is a debut novel with great reviews.


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