When an author you love, J. Todd Scott, recommends a book that you just got – it gets moved up in the reading pile. That was this book, and he was right. This mind bending story of a False Memory Syndrome had me pushing the limits on my self imposed reading limit over vacation. (Because when you read for a living – vacation should be something else – plus it’s hard to read and watch for alligators in the Everglades!)
The main characters of Helena and Barry were so real that I felt as if I were in the rooms with them as they dealt with the world effect of this affliction driving people mad. The set-up takes a little while and lulls you into the idea of what is happening – but reality and your memories are not the same things as the reader quickly learns.
I gave up predicting what would happen next as the author had so many unique and contrary ideas to what I thought would happen.
Add it to your end of the summer list; it will be a great one to give you a lot of thoughts. If you could change your memories, would you? And if you did, what else would be impacted?
Memory makes reality. That’s what New York City cop Barry Sutton is learning as he investigates the devastating phenomenon the media has dubbed False Memory Syndrome—a mysterious affliction that drives its victims mad with memories of a life they never lived.
Neuroscientist Helena Smith already understands the power of memory. It’s why she’s dedicated her life to creating a technology that will let us preserve our most precious moments of our pasts. If she succeeds, anyone will be able to re-experience a first kiss, the birth of a child, the final moment with a dying parent.
As Barry searches for the truth, he comes face-to-face with an opponent more terrifying than any disease—a force that attacks not just our minds but the very fabric of the past. And as its effects begin to unmake the world as we know it, only he and Helena, working together, will stand a chance at defeating it.
But how can they make a stand when reality itself is shifting and crumbling all around them?