Friday, 15 January 2016

David Staniforth

This is David Staniforth's second excursion outside the realm of fantasy - and he's very good at this!

My review - 

This is not your classic amnesia story. A man wakes in a car on a Sheffield street with no memory of who he is or how he got there. In the glove compartment there's a journal, supposedly written by him, Tom. The events it relates mean nothing to him but tell him that he disappears for about a week in January each year. It's almost a double amnesia - in his week out in January he has no memory of the rest of the year. According to the journal, the rest of the year he can't remember what happens in his blank week - or in his first twenty years of life.

This story is a new slant on memory-loss and we suspect some trauma has caused it. Tom is fearful that he will discover that he's a rapist or a murderer and is scared to find out. It's an intriguing page-turner – a mystery which we unfold with Tom. I was glued to this story. I first came to know the author’s work through his fantasy novels but he is proving more than capable of handling the psychological suspense/thriller categories too.
I received a pre-publication copy of this book for review purposes.

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