It seems weird to refer to this book as being my top read for the week being that I listened to it via an app called BorrowBox that is linked with my local library, but it is a book nonetheless and I have really enjoyed listening to it…. That book is “What Alice Forgot” by Liane Moriarity.
What Alice forgot was released in 2009, is set in the year 2008 and follows the story of Alice, the main character, who believes it is 10 years earlier after suffering amnesia following a bump to the head. Alice cannot remember her children, her imminent divorce from her husband or even her best friend’s horrific death, instead, when she wakes on the gym floor she believes it is 1998 and that she is pregnant with her first child.
The story follows Alice on a journey of discovery of memories and events that have happened over the past 10 years, some that have happened directly to her and others that have happened to people in her life, including her sister and other family members, as well as Alice’s journey from a nearly 30-year-old to the nearly 40-year-old woman that she has now become, of friendships made and friendships lost, the loss of a relationship and the beginnings of new relationships and of the uncertainty of how events unfolded.
This book was an excellent listen and the story was gripping and I spent much of my time wanting to know what happened next and whether Alice would finally get her memories back. The story also bought up questions about memories and whether, if I was in Alice’s position would I want to regain my memory or would I be happy to forget things.
Have you read or listened to any good books this week? I’d love to hear your recommendations so let me know in the comments!