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This story parallels what is happening in our country today. It is hard to read things that are actually happening in the news. The characters are well developed and easy to like or dislike. Even though we are given lots of clues the ending still has a twist to it. A good read.
I didn't expect to like the Memory Man series by Baldacci, but I've been pleasantly surprised and obviously am hooked on Amos Decker as a character since this is book four. I've always like Baldacci's writing but had grown weary of some of his previous characters. Amos is a little "off the wall," but he's believable and I personally like both fictional and live oddballs. I find them to be more interesting and complex than your average run of the mill type characters. My biggest problem is that I read too fast and am often left waiting for an author to produce another book!
Several overlapping plot lines weave through the story. Decker’s vacation becomes a working one very quickly. A rust belt town with a grudge against the last descendant of the town’s namesake is the setting.
What an incredible, heart-grabbing, mind-blowing mystery! Amos Decker, along with his partner, is supposed to be on vacation at her sister’s place. Jamison understands Decker’s uniqueness and has a great platonic working relationship with him. While they are there Decker observes some rather disturbing sights in a house that he runs to investigate. Jamison knows there goes the vacation as she refuses to sit on the sideline while Amos chases down leads. Plus, within a short time, the mystery embroils her sister’s family when her husband is killed while at work. Jamison’s 6-year-old niece loses her father on her birthday and that just grips the heart of Amos in so many ways. If you have followed the Memory Man series, you know how this touches Amos very deeply and makes him face some of his own personal losses again. Readers familiar with the uniqueness of how Amos thinks and works will really enjoy the way David Baldacci has Amos going through some neurological changes. These changes cause Amos to think long term and wonder exactly how long he can keep working without losing what memory he has left. The ending of the book is very touching, and I absolutely loved the way its is written! I hope this isn’t the last we see of Decker and Jamison as I enjoy them working together on solving crimes. Zoe, the little girl in the story, really grabbed my heart and I loved how it drew out the heart of Amos. The mystery was top notch and many surprises are in store for those who venture into the book. You don’t want to miss this thriller! If you haven’t read Amos Decker in the Memory Man series, start with the first book titled, Memory Man and catch up in the series before the next novel is released!