Imperfect Memories

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This was another book which tested me. Nina has lost her husband and young daughter in a tragic accident and now she wonders whether there is something happening to her. A kind of dementia which she saw in her mother and which she can now frighteningly find in the same person who caused her family's death.

The premise alone is enough to keep you on edge.  Another attitude to the unknown yet looking for answers illness in dementia and in Nina's case hyperthymesia. The ability to have instant recall of incidents of every day of her life. 

This was not a comfortable book, but then we read not always for comfort. This was emotional because Nina was trying to cope, trying to survive on a day to day basis and life did not help her at all. 

Emotionally challenging this was a difficult read. I cannot say I enjoyed the read but it was a good book.
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What a unique story. This author did a fantastic job with this story. As I read this story it drew me in because the idea of remembering every part of your life; the good, the fun, and the absolutely tragic was intriguing. I know I would not and I can only imagine just how much that would mess with someone's head. This book was full of so many emotions, and surprises. I am ready for the next one. Thank you for allowing me to read this and write about it.
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On the cover we see Nina, she lost her husband and daughter and thinks he loses her mind. She asks if she lives the same story as her mother, because she is not a normal person, she has the hyperthymesia, which means she has the ability to remember every minute of her life. The more the days pass, the more go by, the crazier she gets, and the only person who can help her is to be the man who kills his family.

A story that holds the road with the character of Nina tying the more I advanced in the story the more I wanted to know what had happened to her family. Living with this ability to remember every minute of his life must not be easy every day. But can be a plus for people who easily forget things. Look forward to read more especially as this is over on a cliffhanger.
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A uniquely interesting take on dementia and Hyperthymesia by a young woman who has suffered a terrible tragedy and lost her family. She comes to believe the man responsible for it also suffers from Hyperthymesia which leads her down a rabbit hole to learn the truth about him, herself and her mother. This book got me from the beginning and did not let go until I finished.  I read this in less than a day and didn't want it to end.  Fantastic and original writing!
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Imperfect Memories (The Temporal Shift Series Bk 1) by Jody Wenner is an odd book, but one that kept me steadily reading...and wondering.


A bomb explodes in a local coffee shop.  Nina's husband and daughter are among the dead.  A senseless act of terror, but the perpetrator is caught and sent to prison.  


Nina is unable to come to terms with the incident and begins having nightmares, difficulty sleeping, gaps in her memory.  Which is odder that it seems because Nina is one of those rare individuals who remembers everything.  She has hyperthmesia, a neurological disorder that enables to her remember with remarkable detail the events in her life.  


As she feels her self unraveling, she approaches the man responsible to get answers.  Who can Nina trust if she can't trust herself?  


A strange book that left me wondering what is really going on.  The conclusion is sort of a "to be continued," as one thing is wrapped up, more questions arise.  A fast read.  I'm in for the next one.


NetGalley


Mystery/Suspense.  Feb. 16, 2018.
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A uniquely interesting take on dementia and Hyperthymesia by a young woman who has suffered a terrible tragedy and lost her family. She comes to believe the man responsible for it also suffers from Hyperthymesia which leads her down a rabbit hole to learn the truth about him, herself and her mother. This was a really intriguing book and I enjoyed reading about these interesting conditions and seeing where the story would take the main character Nina! 
* I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review *
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Imperfect Memories is the first book I have read by Jody Wenner. Nina, the main character's world falls apart when her husband and daughter are killed. Trying to cope with this type of devastating loss wouldn't be easy for anyone, but for Nina, it is unbearable as she suffers from hyperthymesia. She never forgets anything that has happened to her and living in the present or thinking about the future is almost impossible when the lure of her vivid past memories intrudes all the time. Any attempt Nina might make to try and move forward past this tragedy always seems destined to end with her reliving all she shared with her family in the past, a past that her mind will never forget.
As Nina's thoughts spiral downward to a place of darkness, she fears she is losing her mind, or worse. Nina is not only trying to understand why her family was killed but also has unresolved issues from her childhood and the story progresses in numerous unexpected directions. Will the past ever loosen its grip on Nina and if it does, at what cost.
I am all for spoiler-free reviews as I have read more than one where a pivotal plot point was exposed with no warning. Saying anything more, would in my opinion potentially ruin a good read for someone else. What I enjoyed the most, was how hyperthymesia played a huge role in the story and not only because of Nina's affliction. It is a condition I knew very little about before reading this book and I managed to learn quite a bit while reading an enjoyable book. Nina had my sympathy meter on high alert throughout the book and I just kept hoping she would get some of the answers she was looking for and maybe find some way to move forward. A terrible tragedy, an interesting and different plot, a main character with a story that broke my heart all added up to an engaging read.
The author states at the end of the book that this is the first in the Temporal Shift Series, so while the book doesn't end with a cliffhanger, perhaps we will see Nina again.
Thank you, Jody Wenner, Pikko's House and NetGalley for the complimentary digital edition. I will be checking to see the publication date for the next book.
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