Memory Man

index.aspxMemory Man by Baldacci is his latest suspense novel, a rather hefty one at 403 pages, but the characters pull the reader in right at the start. Amos Decker arrives home one evening from his detective shift to find his wife, nine year old daughter and brother-in law dead, murdered in cold blood. A year and a half later, having lost his job as a detective as a result of this horrific event, he has managed to pull himself together and now works as a private investigator. His family’s killer has never been caught, and no possible suspects were ever found. Until one day when he is paid a visit by his former partner with the news that the killer has confessed, and all bets are off. At the same time, there is a mass shooting at the local high school, and he is enlisted to help profile the shooter. Amos has an unusual memory, due to a massive hit years prior while playing pro football and subsequent brain trauma. As a result, he has both hyperthymesia and synthesia, which means he can never forget anything, similar to having a video recorder in one’s head. Synesthetes can count in colors, see time as pictures, and sometimes associate color with people or objects. Amos’s unusual journey to find his family’s murderer and the shooter at the high school will demand every ounce of strength he possesses. Set a good chunk of time aside for this read, it is well worth it.

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