It is a thriller and one I read in a couple spurts because it intrigued me and sustained a feeling of what's going to happen now, always good when reading a mystery. I just had to keep reading and yes the shocking revelation is a surprise coupled with wondering "how could that be and yet, perhaps. The turmoil of dementia is portrayed with some lyrical writing in parts.
Quoting another review by Mark Athitakis in AARP Magazine where I learned of this book, "..What lingers in the reader's mind is not so much the resolution of the plot as the resilience of Jennifer's character. Alzheimer's patients reshape those around them in ways that transcend anguish and frustration. ...the best parts..reveal, the disease opens us to the very things that make us human." And another review by Jose Bernard, "...an incisive humane exploration of how we can rail against our need for close relationships with others, feeling that they undermine our independence, even as we keep going back for more..."
Pg. 8 Jennifer's thoughts..."The half state. Life in the shadows. As the neurofibrillary tangles proliferate, as the neuritic plaques harden, as synapses cease to fire and my mind rots out, I remain aware. An unanesthetized patient." Yikes, her brilliant mind grasps, resents yet realizes what is happening to her as deterioration accelerates.
Pg. 9 More of Jennifer's thoughts on a meeting of the Alzheimer;'s support group at the Methodist church ....."A motley crew, perhaps half a dozen of us, our minds in varying states of undress."
Pg. 68 Amanda talks to Jennifer...."episodes of aggression are getting worse. I haven't seen one yet. ....I know better than to think I've got some secret power, I've read enough about this disease to know you can't predict the future by the past."
Pg.95 Jennifer wanders and wonders..."The room is full of faces I recognize, and if I don't love them, at least I know their names, and that is more than enough. Perhaps this is my revelation? Perhaps this is heaven? To wander among a multitude and have a name for each."
pg 203 Detective Lutton, "People think it's just forgetting your keys, ..or the words for things. But there are personality changes. The mood swings. The hostility and even violence. Even from the gentlest person in the world. You love the person you love. And you are left with the shell."
I cannot reveal too much or it would spoil the mystery, but I recommend this as a good mystery read. I rate it 4 stars ****, clearly it is not for everyone.