In Fairview Connecticut, everything is not as perfect as it seems. In the woods behind a house party, Jenny Kramer gets drunk and is brutally raped. The community, the victim, and readers of All is Not Forgotten suffer as a result. Soon to be a movie starring Reese WItherspoon, the book is a page turner which dabbles in and explores the relationship between trauma and memory. Jenny is given an experimental drug that leaves her with feelings of anguish and trauma which have no place to attach themselves. The plot of the book takes us on a journey of twists and turns, as an arrogant and unreliable narrator leads the way in helping Jenny to recall what happened to her.
All is Not Forgotten shows us the danger's of interfering with how our brains process information and experiences. The tampering of Jenny's brain and the attempted stifling of her "normal" responses produce very "abnormal" results. The book brought to mind the concept of "neuroplasticity," which is our brain's capacity to change and reformulate according to the input we give it. "Our brain possesses the remarkable ability to reorganize pathways, create new connections and, in some cases, even create new neurons throughout your entire lifetime." (Dr. Joseph Mercola). When Jenny's brain is denied the ability to reorganize itself, as if being tied up and denied of air, the ensuing plot of Walker's book takes this "who dunnit" book into the potential realms of science and science fiction. I found the book compulsively readable, cringing as I kept going , yet reluctant to put down.