Sam is 17, starving herself and longing for oblivion. Her sister, Jena, is mentally scarred and desperate to remember. Between them, they share secrets too terrible to recall.
Eighteen months earlier, Sam was still full of hope: hope that she could piece together Jena's fragmented memory after the vicious attack that changed their family forever. But digging into the past unearthed long-hidden lies and betrayals, and left Sam feeling helpless and alone in a world designed to deceive her.
Now, in a last bid to save her from self-imposed shutdown, Sam's therapist is helping her confront her memories. But the road to recovery is a dangerous one. Because Sam has not only been lying to her doctors: she's been hiding dark secrets from herself.
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Good story, poor narration
Not so much a whodunit but a 'what has she done?', the main character of this crime story is being treated for anorexia in a hospital special unit. While the crime story had enough twists to hold my attention, the aspect that really fascinated me was the insight into the mind, motives and tricks of someone suffering from this distressing condition.
There were times when I wondered whether the narrator really was a professional actor. While she did a reasonable job with Sam, the main character, she fell down badly with other characters including the worst Scottish accent I've ever heard (it had touches of Lancashire and heaven knows what else!) and two appalling eastern Europeans. The psychologist was pretend posh and Sam's mother and sister were both squeaky and shrill. This was extremely off putting and made it difficult for me to imagine the characters.
I think this would make a great TV series, with the opportunity to film the claustrophobia of the hospital unit as well as lots of different locations as Sam describes her search for the truth. Sam and her fellow patients are teenagers so would probably be unknowns. Tom Burke (Cormoran Strike) would make a great psychiatrist and Lesley Sharp could play mum.