From the award-winning author of OVERDOSE and LETHAL CURE
While attending a conference in Toronto, prominent surgeon Christopher Barnes dines on tainted mussels and falls into a coma. He awakens two weeks later to discover that a neurotoxin has clouded his memories from the previous month and destroyed his ability to remember new information. He also learns that his wife, Elizabeth, has been brutally murdered in their Boston home, a horror he must relearn every day.
With new memories vanishing only moments after they form, he uses notes as a surrogate, and he uses Elizabeth’s friends and computer files to piece together clues about her death. An elaborate puzzle takes shape, but much of the evidence points to a conspiracy involving him. Undaunted, he pursues the truth, unaware how close the killer really is.
"Apseloff has a flair for the mystery genre . . . [An] engaging read that should satisfy fans of mysteries and medical dramas."
— Kirkus Reviews
First-place winner—international SEAK medical fiction competition.
An excerpt from
Dying to Remember
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"Your wife & dog have been murdered & you have brain damage because of a plate of mussels". Imagine having to be told this news everyday because you have lost the ability to form new memories of events that occurred after you got sick. You can remember falling in love but you can't remember why they're not laying next to you when you wake up in the morning.
You live by the notes you wrote the day before but you can't understand why you made some of the decisions you did. This part of the story is told so well, you forget that "Dying to Remember" (by Glen Apseloff) is actually a really good murder mystery.
It's bad enough Dr. Chris Barnes has to relive being told everyday that his wife & dog are dead, he has to convince the Boston Police that despite being in a coma when she was murdered, there is no reason for him to be to be their main suspect.
Apseloff artfully lays out a cast of characters & makes it very easy to believe it could have been any one of them. He marries the two sides of this book very well & doesn't "dumb it down" on either one to advance the story being told. This was Apseloff's first book & if he's used this insight & fantastic story telling in his other two, I can't wait to read his next one.
It's another medical who done it with several fun and interesting twists. In OVERDOSE, Apseloff teased us with blind alleys. In DYING TO REMEMBER, he teases us again. This time, however, not with blind alleys, but by putting evidence in front of us that makes us switch from one suspect to another...almost constantly and agonizingly.
Apseloff's medical knowledge makes theses reads even more fun. I'm a physician, and am often disappointed by blatant inaccuracies in medical mysteries. That's not at all the case here.
Pick this book up; you'll have trouble putting it down. I promise :)