And She Was by Alison Gaylin (♦♦♦)

Brenna Spector suffers from a rare disorder called hyperthymestic syndrome. This disorder prompts Brenna to remember events of her life to the slightest details. The disappearance of Clea, Brenna’s teenager sister, when Brenna was eleven years-old, scars her for life.

Now a private investigator, Brenna is commissioned by Nelson Wentz to find his wife who has been missing for about a week. As Brenna begins searching for clues, she discovers that Nelson knew his wife very little, but more importantly, clues of Carol Wentz’s disappearance will tie her to the decade-old vanishing of Iris Neff, a small child in Tarry Ridge, New York.

Brenna and Nick Morasco-- a detective in the Tarry Ridge Police, also the main investigator in the vanishing of Iris Neff eleven years ago-- join forces and grey matter to solve the mystery involving the disappearances of both Carol and Iris and of the dead people that begin to pile up as they come closer to the truth.

I liked this book. The mystery is engaging, well narrated and the characters well developed, particularly Brenna and Nick Morasco. I felt transported every time Brenna had a memory. I found myself trying to figure out the ending as well, but I wasn’t even close. That said the story though good is not unforgettable. I was somewhat disappointed by the ending, but it pictures real life after all, with no happy endings.

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