Author: Eileen Cook
Published by: Simon Pulse, February 24, 2015
Format/Source: E-Arc provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
Summary via Goodreads: A thrilling tale about what a girl will do to get back a memory she lost…or remove what she wants to forget.
Harper is used to her family being hounded by protesters. Her father runs the company that trademarked the “Memtex” procedure to wipe away sad memories, and plenty of people think it shouldn’t be legal. Then a new demonstrator crosses her path, Neil, who’s as persistent as he is hot. Not that Harper’s noticing, since she already has a boyfriend.
When Harper suffers a loss, she’s shocked her father won’t allow her to get the treatment, so she finds a way to get it without his approval. Soon afterward, she’s plagued with strange symptoms, including hallucinations of a woman who is somehow both a stranger, yet incredibly familiar. Harper begins to wonder if she is delusional, or if these are somehow memories.
Together with Neil, who insists he has his own reasons for needing answers about the real dangers of Memtex, Harper begins her search for the truth. What she finds could uproot all she’s ever believed about her life…
Harper’s father runs the company that created Memtex. It’s a procedure that softens traumatic memories. It’s supposed to make it easier for people to deal with tragedy and trauma. Harper has trust in her father and brushes off the numerous protesters and their rumblings about dangerous side effects.
Harper soon finds herself suffering a horrible loss. She just can’t seem to move on from it and asks her father to use the procedure on her. She is obviously surprised and shocked when he flat out refuses. As you might expect, Harper finds a way to get the procedure done anyway and that’s when the fun starts. That’s when strange things start to happen.
I liked Harper as a character. I found her to be very genuine and interesting. I feel like her character grows a lot in this story. She goes through a lot in this book and I appreciated how she was able to handle all of it.
Neil was an interesting character. He is one of the many protesters Harper comes in contact with. He says he wants to help her especially after he figures out she has undergone the procedure. He has his own reasons for wanting to take down her father and it takes some convincing, but she finally starts to trust him and eventually the truth starts coming out.
This is one of those books where the romance aspect didn’t really add anything to the story. It didn’t really bother me because I enjoyed the characters and I thought Neil and Harper were really cute together, but I don’t think it was totally necessary for the story.
I liked the writing style and this book kept my attention throughout. The story wraps up nicely after a plot twist that I certainly didn’t see coming. Overall I really enjoyed this story and would definitely recommend it.