BOOK REVIEW: All is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

How far would you go to protect your daughter? Since the night she was attacked, Jenny Kramer hasn’t been able to recall what happened.
Her parents and the doctors saw to that.
Her mother couldn’t prevent the terror in the woods, but she’s done all she can to stop it ruining Jenny’s life. The only thing that now bothers Jenny is the scar carved into her lower back. Which she can’t stop touching.
But if Jenny can’t remember her attacker, he can’t be caught. He could be standing next to her right now, the one who has just caught her eye. And he hasn’t forgotten anything…
Publisher: HQ
Pages: 380

All is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker is a pretty twisted read. The author takes us straight into the thick of it with a very graphic description of the rape suffered by teenager Jenny Kramer. Wendy Walker does not hold back and some of the details make for very uncomfortable reading.
The book is narrated by Jenny’s psychologist; we are reliant on his version of events. He details his meeting with Jenny and her family plus other people involved with the case. Jenny was given a treatment to make her forget the attack but she has now decided she wants to remember so that she can help find her attacker and bring him to justice. We don’t get to know Jenny particularly well and whilst you can obviously empathise with the ordeal she has endured; I didn’t feel that I knew her any better by the end of the book. The book focuses a lot on Jenny’s mother Charlotte and the psychologist himself, both characters are used to explore how far we will go to protect our own children and to some extent; how our childhood experiences can have a huge effect on our adult lives.
All is Not Forgotten takes a few chapters to get into but it is worth it. Once Wendy Walker has drawn you in, she takes you on a roller coaster of emotions. I was very impressed with this book and it would make a fantastic TV series.

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