Tortured Memory is a mystery, suspense thriller involving Abbie Adler, a child and adolescent psychiatrist. On a December evening, the Berkeley Police find Abbie sitting in her car at Inspiration Point overlooking the East Bay of San Francisco. She’s bruised and catatonic. They transport her to Brier Hospital where they admit her to the psychiatric ward. The nature of her condition, and its cause, remain a mystery. After standard treatments fail, her psychiatrist recommends electroshock therapy. Finally, she awakens but remembers nothing of the month preceding. She discovers significant memory gaps from the past few years. Abbie had been treating two victims of the Chabot rapist who targeted girls and as she’s making progress in their care, unbelievably, someone abducts and strangles them. Their deaths devastate Abbie. During Abbie’s difficult recovery, memories of past events gradually return. They are fragmentary and torture her with memory flashes and nightmares. Gradually, she begins to suspect that one of her adult patients may be the strangler. When the police find Abbie’s prime suspect brutally murdered, both she and the police are befuddled. Abbie struggles to discover the identity of the strangler and those who may be abetting his actions. Will he/they get away with it? From 5 star review: This book has some very sensitive topics but sometimes these topics need to be addressed. The author wrote a wonderful crime thriller that kept you on your toes every minute. I couldn’t put the book down. It just kept those pages turning and turning.
Edge of your seat suspense and psychological thriller, sadly a TRUE story. Written while ill, the author morphs the past and present, reminiscent of a Tarantino film, as she tries to make sense of what just happened to her life, for when you add a hitman, it is clearly no longer just a love story. With a constant sinister undertow, you are there with her, as she reminisces, hoping to find the clues, but no matter how you think the book is going to end, it has a surprising twist. More unexpected when you remember this is all true, and making you go back and reread with fresh perspective, as you try to figure out, how this occurred and, what really did happen to Paul Carter.