And She Was - Alison Gaylin

Released February 2012

Alison Gaylin

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

Decades ago, Brenna Spector watched her sister get into a strange vehicle and drive off never to be seen again. Since that day, Brenna can remember even the tiniest details of everything that goes on in her life and the world around her. This rare disorder provides her with a photographic memory that helps her solve crimes that baffle the police.

When she's asked to help solve the disappearance of a local woman, Carol Wentz, Brenna gets caught up in another missing child case that brings her sister's disappearance to the forefront of her mind once again. Similarities between the cases are too hard to ignore.

I'll start by saying I loved And She Was, but I was also a little disappointed in the familiarity between this book, which looks to be part of a series, and the television series Unforgettable. There are many comparisons between this book and the show. At first, I thought I'd stumbled onto the book series from which the TV show was born, but that's not the case.

Those niggling comparisons distracted me from time to time. I've since found that the TV show is spun from a 2008 short story by J. Robert Lennon called The Rememberer. An comparisons between And She Was and Unforgettable seem to be coincidental, though I couldn't help but keep thinking about the show while reading this book.

Despite this, I couldn't stop reading And She Was. I started reading and ended up finishing the book in one sitting. Thankfully, it was a lazy holiday afternoon with nothing on the agenda.

At the bargain price of $6, you don't have to spend a lot for a read that will stick with you. I'm eager to read more about Brenna. There's the great start to a series in this book, and I hope there's a lot more of Brenna to come.


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