Publishers Weekly Review
A tragedy during a senior class trip to Italy shatters the lives of two best friends in Cook's engrossing tale of innocent lies and intentional deception. Jill Charron and Simone McIvory have been friends since fourth grade-Jill is the studious one from a wealthy family, while Simone is the natural leader with the infectious personality. Yale-bound Jill saw the Italian adventure as a way to experience the world with Simone at her side, but when she wakes up in a hospital bed, the last six weeks have been erased from her memory: the trip, the car crash that caused her injuries, and, worst of all, Simone's death. Whisked back from Montepulciano to the U.S., Jill is in the middle of a complicated criminal case and a psychological minefield where her lost memories are concerned. As her rehabilitation progresses, the Italian authorities threaten deportation, and questions of false memories and outside motivations loom. Cook (Remember) believably portrays the struggles of girl who had it all and is left to pick up the pieces of a life she isn't sure is hers. Ages 14-up. Agent: Barbara Poole, Irene Goodman Literary Agency. (June)? © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Library Journal Review
Gr 9 Up-Eighteen-year-old Jill Charron wakes up in a hospital room recovering from a broken leg and a traumatic brain injury with no memory of how she got there. She doesn't remember anything about her study abroad trip to Italy six weeks ago with her best friend Simone. She doesn't remember the car crash that killed Simone or the flight her wealthy father chartered to get her to an American hospital. She doesn't remember why she might need the lawyer her father has hired. Everyone thinks they know what happened between Jill and Simone, thanks to eyewitness accounts and the sensational news coverage, but it's up to Jill to figure out the truth for herself. This character-driven thriller teases out what might have happened between the two girls as the events leading to the accident slowly unfold. Jill's recovery includes realistically portrayed rehab for her broken leg and speech therapy for the aphasia that leaves her forgetting words. Cook intersperses Jill's first-person narration with police interviews, news coverage, and blog posts about the car crash. Travel guide excerpts are as close as readers will get to any Italian locations as Jill's memories of the trip remain elusive for most of the novel. Flashbacks, Facebook posts, and emails help to further develop Jill and Simone's complicated relationship. The rest of the cast fall more comfortably into stock character territory. Questions of what Jill remembers and what might have been a dream or suggested memory lend a chilling quality to the conclusion of this novel. VERDICT A solid thriller that will leave readers guessing until the very last page.-Emma Carbone, Brooklyn Public Library © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Booklist Review
*Starred Review* When privileged Jill wakes up in the hospital, she's concerned with two things, talking to her best friend, Simone, and getting ready for the tour of Italy she'd been anticipating. Soon, though, she realizes the terrible truth. She's already been to Italy. That's where she caused the car accident that killed Simone. As she pieces together the missing six weeks of her memory and endures both physical and psychiatric therapy, Jill encounters increasing trouble. The Italian police believe the accident was intentional, and thanks to Internet vitriol, she's swiftly becoming the subject of a media frenzy. She has allies, but they're not enough to stem her rising anxiety over the threat of extradition. As the rumors surrounding the case (related in snippets of ephemera between chapters) become more salacious, Jill becomes more dogged in her determination to remember the truth. Similarities to the infamous Amanda Knox case notwithstanding, Cook's compelling, tautly written mystery leads readers on a swooping roller coaster of allegiances. Jill, a determined overachiever, is multidimensional and sympathetic, and the doozy of an ending clicks all the seemingly disparate elements of her story and character neatly, chillingly into place. Cinematic scene breaks and propulsive reveals will keep the pages furiously turning in this slow-burning but explosive thriller.--Hunter, Sarah Copyright 2016 Booklist