Kyra Winthrop, a thirty-four-year-old marine biologist, is recovering from a head injury she sustained in a diving accident. She has no memory of the accident. Her most recent years come to her in flashes; she is completely dependent upon those around her to fill in the gaps, most notably her doting and patient husband, Jacob. Because of the extent of her injury, Jacob tells her the same stories over and over, and answers the same questions again and again. He compiles pictures in a ‘memory’ book for her to assist with her recovery. Sounds like the perfect husband…so then why is she remembering another man, Aiden Finlay? Did she have an affair?
The couple live on a small island, cut off from civilization, and all is not what it seems. Kyra’s visions become more recurrent, people are not who appear to be. She stops taking her medication to try and make sense of memories, are they flashbacks, or were they told to her? As her memories become more frequent, she feels like she can’t even trust herself so she starts to see a therapist in secret to help her make sense of things. Through her continued therapy sessions, she begins to piece together events and dissect the foundations of her relationships. The truth is in fact a nightmare and Jacob doesn’t want her regaining her memory.
In the same vein as S. J. Watson’s Before I Go to Sleep, this page-turner has the reader questioning relationships and those who they trust. I did want more from the backstory, and there were a couple of things I thought could have been fleshed out because there were a few loose ends, but all-in-all a good read. A solid 3.5/5 stars.