By David Baldacci
Grand Central Publishing, 2015. 405 pgs. Mystery.
In his early years, Amos Decker was preparing for a career in the NFL, but in his first game a forceful tackle was so traumatic that not only did he die twice on the field, but he came away with a changed mind. Now, hyperthymesia causes him to remember everything perfectly. He became an excellent cop, and later detective, but when his family is brutally murdered and he can’t solve the case, his life takes a downward spiral. Sixteen months later a man comes forward and confesses to the murders, but things don’t add up. However, this could be the break Amos needs to start putting things together.
I find hyperthymesia a fascinating characteristic to give a detective, because when you can remember everything, how can you miss things? How could Amos really forget about a serial killer he dissed at some point? I really enjoyed this book, though it took me a little while to get into it. There was a fair amount of buildup that felt very typical and didn’t capture me, but once the ball got rolling I didn’t want to put the book down. I would recommend this for mystery and thriller readers, especially if you find near perfect memories fascinating.