Recollection

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Pub Date 22 Aug 2023 | Archive Date 29 Feb 2024

Description

What if you had a perfect memory…

But every terrible thing you've seen, said and done was seared in your mind, never to be forgotten?

Recollection delves into the cursed life of DC radio talk show host Jeremy Peoples at the start of a New Year's Eve broadcast. Jeremy is tormented by his autobiographical memory, precisely recording every second of his existence and uncontrollably replaying his worst moments when triggered. Seven years after a killing spree at his small town school left him shattered and scarred, Jeremy's recollections are an unfading flood of vivid violence and lost love that forever feel like they only just happened.

And he's willing to do anything to forget.

Jeremy―convinced he caused the murder of his girlfriend and six others―confesses during a harrowing on-air interview he's orchestrated with the shooter. However, with closure and forgiveness seemingly within his grasp…

…a caller with a shocking revelation lures him home to Wisconsin, and once again, back into danger.

Recollection descends with Jeremy, spiraling out of control, ensnarled by devious drug dealers, scrambling across the country to confront his past sins. Grasping for redemption, will he instead succumb to addiction, memories more real than the present, and the consequences of his betrayals?

In his debut novel, Recollection, Jeremiah Beck defies conventions to create a profound, twisty and heart-rending work of fiction fraught with claustrophobic suspense. Beck proves himself a stylish storyteller, assembling a rogue's gallery of characters, internal dialogue, gritty situations and thought-provoking conversations that challenge our views on forgiveness, atonement, faith, trauma, and fate.

Inspired by A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving, Recollection is for fans of slow-burn thrillers like Dennis Lehane's Mystic River and Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects, contemporary fiction like The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb, and anyone who likes their historical fiction set in the 1990's.

What if you had a perfect memory…

But every terrible thing you've seen, said and done was seared in your mind, never to be forgotten?

Recollection delves into the cursed life of DC radio talk...


Advance Praise

"Beck's writing is exquisite and compelling; his descriptions are vivid and the prose is fluid, while touching on aspects of the human condition that are still relatable. I was instantly hooked, desperate to turn page after page regardless of the 500+ page count. This is perfect for fans of dark, gritty, psychological thrillers, and readers who can stomach graphic content. Recollection is an excellent debut." - Reedsy Discovery.

"Fantastic read. Masterful storytelling. Beck helped me escape while on vacation. Book of mystery, tragedy and hope. I was hooked by the storyline, the characters had depth and the depravity of humanity was on full display." - Brian Sanders, author of Leadership Endurance and Be Like Dad: 50 Stories for Life and Leadership.

"I wanted to zip through the story because it's exciting, suspenseful, and draws the reader; however, I took frequent breaks to process situations. Themes include the crucial need for forgiveness when you can't forgive yourself, continuous grieving for lost loved ones, finding any light in the dark while feeling lost, alone, and afraid, regression in mental health symptoms, abuse in various forms, and apologetics. Recollection is a fast-paced story, alternating between past and present memories, with the extra energy to carry the reader along the wild and crazy ride in the hopes of better understanding yourself and making things right." — Rachel Dehning, Reader Views.

"Beck's writing is exquisite and compelling; his descriptions are vivid and the prose is fluid, while touching on aspects of the human condition that are still relatable. I was instantly hooked...


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ISBN 9781667899138
PRICE $22.99 (USD)
PAGES 524

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