After Me by Deborah Coonts is non-stop suspense from beginning to end. Kate Sawyer is a former NYPD undercover cop, living in Portland, Oregon in the Witness Protection Program and undergoing experimental stem-cell treatment for a genetic case of early-onset Alzheimer's. She knows she was badly injured badly in an operation that went terribly wrong, but that is about all she knows. She comes home one night to find a dead man in her bathtub, and a note that says I know what you've done. What has she done? You can never quite get your footing in After Me, because Kate can't get hers. You see everything through her perspective, and it is in turn sad and funny and hopeful and frustrating and scary. With no memory all she has are her feelings, but can she trust them? What about the people who say they care for her? Do they? She believes she's done a bad thing and that she is therefore a bad person. Kate uses her phone as her lifeline, recording events and facts so she can learn them again every day. And she writes the things she so desperately does not want to lose on her body with a Sharpie. Kate's world seems so small and heart-breakingly bleak and hopeless. But as the danger increases, we begin to see a toughness in Kate, a determination to find out who she is and what she has done, and some hope. The medical treatments seem to be working, but her memories are shadowy, and she isn't even sure they are all her own memories. After Me is relentlessly paced. Because Kate's memories are so small you see how much of life is shaped by what we remember, and that makes everything feel small and close and very unsettling. The action just won't stop; you are constantly anxious about what will happen to Kate next, and if the people she has come to trust and care about are friend or foe. Did she do something terribly wrong, or is she the victim here? I highly recommend After Me. It's an excellent story that I did not want to end. I'm looking forward to a sequel, another story like this from Deborah Coonts - or this would make a great motion picture. Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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I am familiar with this author and her fun, comedic side with the Lucky books. Yet, this new path the author has taken with her thriller/romantic suspense books has me intrigued. I will say that while I did enjoy this book, I struggled with it as well. Just like Kate's memory, it was slow to come back. Which is how I felt reading this book. It was touch and go for me. It took me several chapters in the beginning to get into this book. After that I would read a few chapters and than put the book down. This happened about 4/5 times. By this point I was about half way into the story. The story did pick up and so did the intensity. The rest of the book was really good. I like the new, Deborah Coonts. I look forward to reading more books in this genre from the author.
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