Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Review in a word: Okay.
Opening line: “She became aware of a commotion behind her, yet it seemed important to keep scanning, searching for something out over the water, toward low mountains, a skiff of clouds.”
Lucie Walker comes to consciousness up to her knees in the San Francisco Bay. She cannot remember anything—how she got there, who she is, or what she’s looking for. She’s taken to a mental health facility where a man named Grady comes and claims he’s her fiance. He has proof: her birth certificate, pictures of them. And it is true. He takes her back to their home in Washington, where she tries to put the pieces of her life back together.
There are a lot of twists. Lucie finds out pretty quickly that this isn’t the first time she’s lost her memory completely, so she must find out what has triggered each memory loss and try to regain a sense of who she was before any of her memory was lost.
Obviously, I wasn’t super impressed. I think it’s difficult to pull off the amnesia story; it’s been done so many times. And honestly, the result was a lot of melodrama.
What I did like was the rebuilding of the relationship between Lucie and Grady. Lucie discovers that before her memory loss, she was an uptight, career-obsessed control freak. (Why did Grady even date her in the first place?) With the slate wiped clean, Lucie learns to appreciate the many ways Grady takes care of her and accommodates her. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better for him; there were parts of the old Lucie that he really liked and misses in the new Lucie. I appreciated that Shortridge didn’t paint a too-happy or cliche relationship for them.
Recommend? Not really.
What I’m Reviewing Next: The Last Enchantments by Charles Finch! I’m also interviewing Charles, and it’s going to be a good one!
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