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by Lawrence W. Gold

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If you are a fan of psychological thrillers filled with complicated mysteries and incredible twists, then you will love “Tortured Memory” by Lawrence W. Gold. Just like the other books in the “Brier Hospital Series”, “Tortured Memory” tackles a complex and delicate issue, this time having to do with mental health: child abuse. The novel raises some thought-provoking questions and discusses the tragedy and depression children have to live with after they were abused by their own parents. Even though it is very enjoyable, this is not a light read. “Tortured Memory” is one of those dark, serious novels that will stick with you long after you have finished reading it.

Dr. Abbie Adler is a psychiatrist who works with sexually abused girls, and who has great results because she was a victim of such abuse herself. Unlike other women who would have preferred to forget about their painful past, Abbie decided to pursue a career in this field to help those who have to deal with the same issues she had to face all her life. However, things get complicated when two of her patients are abducted and murdered. She never thought her job would put her in danger, but one December evening, Abbie is found bruised and catatonic in her own car. After she undergoes electroshock therapy, she realizes that she can’t remember anything from the past month. There are even memory gaps from the past few years, and her husband, her doctor and the police are trying to help her remember because they all think she might have some answers regarding the brutal rapes and murders that have been going on.

“Tortured Memory” is a novel that will easily keep readers on the edge of their seats. The unexpected discovery Abbie makes will determine them to reconsider everything they read up to that point. The author crafted his story so well that nothing is exactly how it seems at first. The characters are very believable and relatable, especially Abbie, who is a strong woman who decided to overcome her own problems by helping others. She could have run from her past, but, instead, she preferred to confront her dark, painful memories every day if that meant helping other victims of abuse heal their wounds and try to build a normal life.

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  OanaMatei | Apr 6, 2014 |
This book deals with the delicate and difficult topic of child sexual abuse. That aspect of the story is handled extremely well. We see the experience through the eyes of children and adults. We witness the turmoil and the absolute devastation it causes on the entire family. Gold does all this with respect and care; never forcing the reader to "experience" too much of the pain, while ensuring we understand it.

For me, though, this aspect was often overshadowed by - or overwhelmed by - the volume of characters and subplots. This book has a lot of characters, many with brief POV parts, and all with their own story or subplot to follow. This detracted from the impact of the main plot. Also, I felt character development suffered because there were too many characters and too much going on. I wanted a better connection with Abbie, the main character. At times we'd be at a point where her emotions would be on the edge and her character would truly begin to emerge, when the scene would end and we'd be on to something else.

Overall, this is an enjoyable read. I just would have liked more of some things and less of others. ( )
  Darcia | Apr 29, 2013 |
A great cast of characters in a fast-paced psychological thriller.

The Chabot Park Strangler is on the loose and two young females have fallen victim to a deranged and sick perpetrator. And Dr. Abbie Adler is running out of time, while she searches her mind for clues as to who it might be.

Not the conventional thriller, Tortured Memory centers around Dr. Abbie Adler, a psychiatrist trained in the sexual abuse of children. Her choice of career comes from her own past of having been abused by her own father, who still tracks her in her adulthood like a predator, adding to the stress and bringing her own past traumas to the surface. Both victims of the Chabot Park Strangler were her clients, which leads Abbie to suspect she may know who the killer might be.

Dealing with her own past and PTSD, Abbie also has visits with Richard Haus, who is her mentor and therapist, helping her deal with her own traumatic past, but who later becomes a suspect in his own sons killing. Richard's son a Psychopath who through much regret Abbie took on as a client, mostly as a favor. While on the side lines is David, Abbie's husband who tries to keep it all together, while Abbie has more than one mental breakdown and ends up suffering from trauma induced amnesia.

There are many suspects throughout this story, leaving the reader at the edge of their seat trying to gather clues as to who the killer might be. What I liked most about this story is the professional insight one gets into the minds of the psychopath and narcissistic personalities, as well as other mental disorders, which are clear and precise. Given Dr. Gold's background of not being in the mental disease/disorder category, leading me to believe he might have chosen the wrong profession. One thing I can say without a doubt is that Dr Gold is a great writer, who takes the reader on a rollercoaster ride of suspense and madness. Tortured Memory makes a great screenplay for a movie and I would highly recommend Dr. Gold consider a submission. ( )
  autumnblues | Apr 23, 2013 |
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