All Is Not Forgotten
Author: Wendy Walker
Published on: July 12, 2016
Published by: St. Martin’s Press
Pages: 310 [hardcover]
For the first fifty pages or so, the details surrounding the horrific rape of Jenny Kramer are explicitly presented. It seems to drag on at first, detailing of the rape and its repercussions. Then you realize: that was Walker’s purpose.
RAPE IS A BIG DEAL;
And is brushed over often, because it happens so frequently. To people unaffected, its just another nauseating headline, this stuff happens all of the time. But when it happens to you, or someone you love, you understand that it rips their entire soul and desire to live, right out of the them. The victims and their families will likely never be the same.
Following the assault, Jenny’s parents decide to have the doctors administer certain drugs, similar to Morphine, which will prevent memory formation of the incident. The drugs are still in the experimental phases. While this sounds like a decent plan, the repercussions can be detrimental. Once those memories are gone or hidden away in the depths of the brain, victims can become irate and depressed; they are unable to match an incident to their feelings.
“My name is Dr. Alan Forrester. I am a psychiatrist.”
Enter: Dr. Alan Forrester. Most of the story takes place in his office, meeting his patients for sessions. Over the last couple of years, he has become rather an expert on the medical experimentation that was done on Jenny. He helps patients retrieve the memories that were washed away by the medication to help them cope. Even if Alan is able to retrieve the memories, they will probably be inadmissible in court and the victim will never see justice. Nevertheless, remembering can be a crucial part of healing.
Jenny and her parents, Tom and Charlotte Kramer, all become patients of Dr. Forrester’s.
Jenny is a victim of sexual assault.
Tom is obsessed with finding Jenny’s attacker.
Charlotte is in denial.
Conclusively, this book tackles quite a few heavy and sensitive issues. Typically, I have no issue with sensitive subjects, but this story became overwhelming and exhausting. Quite honestly, I think Walker bit off more than she could chew on this one.
The story is choppily told as well as repetitive, exhausting, and disappointing.
Final thought: I loved Emma in the Night (also by Wendy Walker) tremendously, I definitely recommend it. CLICK HERE for review.