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Reviewed by Janelle Alex, Ph.D. for Readers' Favorite
Absolutely intriguing! Heather Scrooby's psychological and suspenseful twist on a romance novel leads to a fascinating read. In Amnesia, Jane Whitlock is a mother and wife whose husband is exceptionally wealthy. Yet, Philip Whitlock has some very big secrets he is keeping from his beloved Jane. Very soon Scrooby throws the reader into a tailspin as she begins sharing Elle's (Eleanor Tanner) story. Philip is a very demanding client of Elle's - a client that she is torn between despising and enjoying his company. This jumping back and forth between Jane's life and Elle's life will likely lead to some initial confusion, but the synchronicities quickly come to light. What does it mean that Jane, still suffering from amnesia after five years, has named her dog Fin and Elle has a beautiful pup named Finn? Why does Jane begin to have Elle's memories?
Jane comes to believe that Eleanor Tanner is dead and, as a ghost, is coming through Jane to get a message to her husband, James Tanner. When the truth comes out, Jane is shocked and devastated, but her utmost concern is for her four-year-old daughter, Jessica. She will do whatever it takes to do the right thing for Jessica. Scrooby keeps the reader anxiously turning pages only to discover an ending that he or she would never see coming.
Amnesia is well written, and author Heather Scrooby does an excellent job of interweaving two lives into one. There are bits and pieces of the story that seem slightly unrealistic, such as her four-year-old daughter taking off and riding her horse alone, and Jane's apparent ignorance of some of Philip's astronomical secrets. Yet, overall, the story is one readers will excitedly be telling their friends about. It is unique, and ironically, Amnesia is unforgettable.