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Published by Sphere, 3 December 2015. ISBN: 978 0 7515 5374 1 (PB)
Imagine if you had the kind of memory which gave you instant, detailed
recall of any incident in your adult life, in acute sensory detail. Pretty
useful, especially if you were a private investigator.
imagine you had that memory – but no control over when the recall would happen
or what would trigger it. Not so useful, especially if it blanked out the here
and now when you were in the middle of something important.
Spector has this condition – it’s called hyperthymestic syndrome, and is
regarded as a neurological disorder rather than a useful talent. Sometimes it
really is useful; Brenna never forgets a phone number or a car registration.
But when her memory ambushes her, it’s more inconvenience than gift; it makes
driving dangerous, plays havoc with relationships and gets in the way of
anything resembling ordinary life.
the Dark, Brenna’s own past moves centre stage when she is asked by an old
employer to help trace a young woman with a high-profile online persona whose
true identity is a mystery, but who appears to have intimate knowledge of
things to which only Brenna herself and her sister, missing for decades, should
proves to be a dangerous quest, for Brenna herself and for others, including
Trent, her streetwise but oddly naive sidekick who happens to be a computer
genius. Carjacking, drugs and attempted kidnapping all play a part, and
Brenna’s instant recall proves both blessing and curse as she attempts to track
down the mysterious Lula Belle.
weaves Brenna’s memories deftly into the present-day narrative, along with a
personal life which includes Maya her teenage daughter, Jim her ex-husband and
Faith his new wife, and Nick Morasco, an unusually sensitive detective to whom
she is (mutually) attracted.
retired gangster, a plucky old lady and a bewildered Hollywood talent agent
join the cast as the story progresses, and the bad guys include Diandra, a
stunningly beautiful starlet on a mission. Which just goes to show, in crime
fiction you can never judge by appearances.
Spector is one of the more interesting series protagonists to come my way in
recent months. I recommend starting with the previous episode, And She Was,
which sets the scene in more detail – but whatever you do, don’t miss this one.
Reviewer: Lynne Patrick
Alison Gaylin'sdebut book was nominated for an Edgar Award in the Best First Novel
category. A graduate of Northwestern University and Columbia University's
Graduate School of Journalism, Alison lives with her husband and daughter in
upstate New York.
Lynne Patrick has been a writer ever since she could pick up a pen,
and has enjoyed success with short stories, reviews and feature journalism, but
never, alas, with a novel. She crossed to the dark side to become a publisher
for a few years, and is proud to have launched several careers which are now
burgeoning. She lives on the edge of rural Derbyshire in a house groaning with
books, about half of them crime fiction.