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11 Parts 13 hours 16 minutesAmos Decker's life changed forever--twice.The first time was on the gridiron. A big, towering athlete, he was the only person from his hometown of Burlington ever to go pro. But his career ended before it had a chance to begin. On his very first play, a violent helmet-to-helmet collision knocked him off the field for good, and left him with an i11 Parts 13 hours 16 minutesAmos Decker's life changed forever--twice.The first time was on the gridiron. A big, towering athlete, he was the only person from his hometown of Burlington ever to go pro. But his career ended before it had a chance to begin. On his very first play, a violent helmet-to-helmet collision knocked him off the field for good, and left him with an improbable side effect--he can never forget anything.The second time was at home nearly two decades later. Now a police detective, Decker returned from a stakeout one evening and entered a nightmare--his wife, young daughter, and brother-in-law had been murdered.His family destroyed, their killer's identity as mysterious as the motive behind the crime, and unable to forget a single detail from that horrible night, Decker finds his world collapsing around him. He leaves the police force, loses his home, and winds up on the street, taking piecemeal jobs as a private investigator when he can.But over a year later, a man turns himself in to the police and confesses to the murders. At the same time a horrific event nearly brings Burlington to its knees, and Decker is called back in to help with this investigation. Decker also seizes his chance to learn what really happened to his family that night. To uncover the stunning truth, he must use his remarkable gifts and confront the burdens that go along with them. He must endure the memories he would much rather forget. And he may have to make the ultimate sacrifice.Memory Man will stay with you long after the turn of the final page....

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Memory Man Reviews

  • Emily May
    2019-04-16 05:59

    1 1/2 stars. What is extremely impressive about this book is how David Baldacci has managed to convince thousands of readers that this kind of shit is not only good, but something shiny and new.First of all, Amos Decker is a *gasp* "memory man", meaning that an injury gave him the ability to never forget ANYTHING! You got that, right? He remembers everything he has experienced. Literally everything. Isn't that completely unique and never heard of before? So weird how no mystery/crime author has thought to do this!Okay, I'll stop. But the big selling point of this novel is a character who forgets nothing and, let's be honest, this is pretty common in the genre. Sherlock Holmes, one of the most famous fictional detectives of all time, has a photographic memory (slightly different from Decker's hyperthymesia, but mostly the same). The fact that this is pretty much the extent of Decker's characterization and it is somehow supposed to be shocking - well, that kind of fell flat instantly.There are many things in this book that I suspect we are supposed to exclaim dramatically at and be impressed by, but we've either seen them before or they're flimsy at best. For example, Decker is supposed to be the absolute best at his job because of his memory, and yet rather than being wowed by him, I got the impression that everyone else in the book was dumbed down to make him look better. He would make a fairly obvious deduction and all the other agents' mouths would gape open in awe. Seriously, I could have told them that.Backstory goes like this: Decker left the police after discovering his wife, daughter, and brother-in-law murdered in his home. The murderer was never caught. But he now finds himself pulled back into an investigation of a school shooting, because he is just so damn good that they need him on the case. Nobody else can figure this out. What's more, a guy called Sebastian Leopold confesses to his family's murder and gets taken in - but some things just don't add up.The story is full of plot holes - the detectives ignore key pieces of evidence to prolong the mystery, instead looking into other dead ends. They mostly do nothing, anyway, and just stare googly-eyed at Decker, waiting for his instruction. As a reader of fairly average intelligence, I definitely don't like to feel I could conduct a murder investigation better than trained detectives. I did here. Also, the "motive" did not make any sense to me. I do not think the reasons given in this book added up to the sum of the crimes at all. It seemed like Baldacci had a random idea for a crime and a random idea for a "reveal" and simply stuck the two together, even though they didn't fit. The answers to the mystery are kind of ludicrous, throwing more mess into an already convoluted plot.I'd even go so far as to say the conclusions add some disturbing implications, and I don't mean in a good way. (view spoiler)[The use of a crazy murderous genderqueer character leaves a bad taste. Perhaps it would not have been quite so bad if LGBTQIA persons had received some other kind of representation in the novel. As it was, however, it had the same effect as a black murderer in an otherwise white novel would have - i.e. not a good one. (hide spoiler)]The rating gets rounded up only because Baldacci knows how to keep you interested and turning the pages. His writing has a certain easy-to-digest charm that makes me think I should try his other books. This one, though, was clearly not a good place to start.Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | Store

  • Patrice Hoffman
    2019-04-02 04:01

    There seems to be no shortage of the troubled hero who's family are brutally murdered in the worse way. Yes, these characters make for an interesting story... at first. It's no secret that this hero can often be redundant, boring, and overdone. David Baldacci attempts to break this mold by introducing us to Amos Decker with an unusual ability to remember everything. I mean EVERYTHING!Memory Man begins with Decker, then a detective, stumbling upon the brutal, senseless murder of his brother-in-law, wife, and daughter. After this devastating time, Decker slowly tries to begin his life again as a private detective. Long gone are the days on the Burlington police force... that is until a man named Sebastian Leopold confesses to the murder of his family. As if that isn't enough, there seems to be new murders and massacres that all point to having something to do with Amos Decker. There seems to be a cat and mouse game the the other players in this novel can't keep up with. Honestly, I couldn't keep up either. Memory Man is a fast moving title, but it also seemed a little too fast and under developed.Before I get into what I didn't like about this novel, I will say that I consider myself a fan of David Baldacci although I've only read one other novel by him. I was especially excited to begin reading Memory Man. It begins in graphic detail of a heinous murder which is always a plus. It also provides insight into the mind of a man who has decided to choose between life and death after his world is taken away from him. For the first few chapters I was engrossed in Amos Decker's story. Baldacci gave the tortured hero more depth than others. Sure, he's socially awkward, emotionally detached, and pretty much struggling to hold things together. What's remarkable about Amos is that after being a delivered a career-ending blow to the head in the NFL, he "suffers" from hyperthymesia. For those who wonder what that is here ya go: It's a near-perfect recall of one's personal or autobiographical past. Imagine never forgetting a thing that happens to you. Like Monk says, it's a gift and it's a curse.Yes, Amos Decker is interesting but not interesting enough to ignore that the other characters in this novel, besides the maniac on the loose, are totally forgettable. They struggle to keep up with Decker and it's painfully obvious. While Decker deciphers clue after clue (yes I know they were intended for him), it is so annoying that no one else can provide much insight. They just seemed to be going along with the motions and following Decker's lead. Since it seems this is the beginning of another recurring series, I want more of a reason to continue to invest my time in this series. This novel did none of that. I expected way more from Baldacci.In conclusion, I wasn't too impressed with Memory Man but it wasn't awful. I would definitely read more by David Baldacci but I need more from his characters in the next Amos Decker novels. I understand there was a need to lay down the foundation for this tortured soul, but... if memory serves me correctly, I know Baldacci has better in him. Copy provided by Grand Central Publishing via Netgalley

  • Bibi
    2019-04-13 06:59

    Classic Baldacci and a wonderful start to the Decker series. On to the next book.

  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    2019-04-13 04:06

    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.4 Stars!This ended up being a book that I liked quite a bit but I didn't love it. I have never read any of David Baldacci's work which is actually quite surprising since I have been a big mystery thriller reader for a very long time. Even though I had a hard time getting into the story initially, this book really kept me guessing. I must admit that I tried really hard to figure out the direction the story was going. There was a lot of excitement packed into this story.Amos Decker is an incredibly interesting character. His uniqueness really drives the entire story. Amos spent about half a minute as a professional football player. He was hit so hard by another player in his first play that his heart stopped and his brain was forever changed. Amos cannot forget anything. His ability to interact with other people has also been altered so he doesn't always behave as you would expect. Amos's ability to remember every detail and every moment helps him solve crimes in a way the other detectives cannot. He was an excellent detective until his family became the target and his life fell apart. He is called in to help as a consultant on a school shooting in his town. Amos is able to help connect the pieces of the puzzle together as the story takes one twist after another.I think that this book did a lot of things really well. The characters were interesting. I found myself wondering how difficult it would be remember ever detail of my life. Everyone has things that are best forgotten. All of the characters were flawed which made them seem more realistic. The pacing of the story was perfect. I found that I had a very difficult time setting the book aside at some points because I just had to know what happened next. The main issue that I had with this book is that some of the plot twists were unrealistic. I like to try to figure out how the pieces fall together every time I read a mystery. I had no clue with this book because some of the twists ended up being rather improbable, at least in my mind. Everything did end up fitting together in a rather exciting and interesting manner so this is really a minor concern for me.I would recommend this book to fans of mystery thrillers. This is a smartly written novel that sets a wonderful basis for a new series. I definitely plan to continue with this series and would like to read some of David Baldacci's other books in the near future.I received a copy of this book from Grand Central Publishing via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

  • Alex is The Romance Fox
    2019-04-11 06:03

    Whew…this was pretty intense!!Memory Man is the 1st book in David Baldacci’s new thriller series and introduces one of the most offbeat characters, Amos Decker, whose injuries suffered in a football game ended not only his career but also resulted in him developing hyperthymesia and synesthesia disorders, which gives him the ability to see time as pictures, able to count in colors and to forget nothing in his head.Coping with these abilities as best he can, his life is shattered when his wife and young child are brutally murded for no apparent reason. Unable to deal with his grief and desolation, he resigns from the police force, living in the streets and barely making a living as a private PI, not caring about his appearance…grossly-overweight, disheveled, lonely and heartbroken, living day by day.When a man confesses to the murder of his family, Amos Decker is determined to get involved. Within a few days following the confession, a mass shooting and massacre at the local high school that he had been one of the students, he’s asked to help in the investigation by his former partner, Detective Mary Lancaster, who is in charge of both investigations. An unexpected breakthrough links both of the killings of his family and the school.The information of Amos side-effects from his injuries, which I had never heard about, made some interesting reading. How he processed his thoughts and findings in his head was riveting stuff. Although there was a lot of repetition about it which I skimmed over a few times. Pretty scary when we watch how Amos deals with everyday things in his life…he almost lives in a world of his own! One minute he and Mary are discussing something and he stops and walks away without saying a word to her.The story moves pretty fast, from one place to another, finding people connected to Amos’s life…because we soon find out that both the crimes have something to do with him. I also found some parts of the plots and some of the characters, especially who the villains turn out to be, a bit far-fetched and tad unbelievable.I enjoyed this book but I felt it was a bit too long. And I am certainly going to read the next in the series.

  • Phrynne
    2019-04-16 00:57

    My first ever David Baldacci book and what a good one it was! I sat and read it all in one day because it was basically unputdownable. The main character who is an ex cop is made extra interesting in that he is a savant and has the ability to remember everything. This of course is a great asset in a murder enquiry and by the end of the book our ex cop is looking forward to much greater things. This is marked as book one in a new series and I look forward to reading the next one. I also intend to make time to read a lot more of this author's books.

  • PattyMacDotComma
    2019-03-29 04:57

    2.5★The book blurb sets the scene. As a young man, Amos Decker suffered a colossal blow to the head when playing gridiron; he died; he was resuscitated; his brain rewired itself so that not only does it remember everything, it can replay memories for Amos to re-experience, whether he wants to or not.Years later, he’s a cop with a wife and daughter who are brutally slaughtered along with his brother-in-law (mistaken identity)? At the same time, someone shoots a bunch of people at Decker’s former high school and steals his old trophies. Clearly, he is the target.Baldacci sets the scene as Amos thinks to himself.“I am Amos Decker. I’m forty-two years old and look at least ten years older (on a good day, of which I haven’t had one in four hundred and seventy-nine days), and feel at least a century older than that. I used to be a cop and then a detective but am no longer gainfully employed in either occupation. I have hyperthymesia, which means I never forget anything. I’m not talking about memory techniques where you can teach yourself to remember things better, like the order of a pack of cards using association tricks. No, with me it’s just a turbocharged brain that has somehow unlocked what we all have but never use.”A blessing and a curse. He has superpowers he doesn’t really know what to do with. He can’t stop replaying the bad stuff, but he can scroll back through years of memories and replay specific conversations word for word. An interesting premise. But there was a problem. I've explained more in the spoiler at the end.There is (supposedly) a crucial clue in a conversation that we’re privy to early in the book, which Decker says later that he misunderstood or misheard. He reckons his memory did a kind of auto-correct of the grammar. So I did my own super-sleuthing and went back to the original conversation and there was nothing suspicious about it. The word Decker thinks was wrong isn’t there, so it’s not a clue. Of course, publishing and printing being what it is, perhaps my library ebook had an auto-correct of its own, in which case, Baldacci should sue the so-and-sos! Another time, when Decker replays real CCTV footage over and over and finally sees what seems odd about it, he shows it to an FBI guy, but we never “see” the action in detail, so we aren’t given any clues.For example, if he’d been watching a person seemingly wave his arm in the air and assume he’s signalling someone, we might be content to assume likewise. OR we might think, hey, maybe he’s tossing something somewhere or maybe he’s shrugging something back up his sleeve, or anything. I like something to suspect! All in all, disappointing. When we were given clues, I guessed enough that it stopped being fun, and when things are just pulled out of the blue (or plucked from a memory bank), that’s not fair.Long, repetitive and possibly trading on the author’s past reputation.I know Baldacci has a lot of fans, and I’m sure one disgruntled reader isn’t going to be a great loss.(view spoiler)[In my Kindle version, at 39%, Decker sits at a bar with Sebastian Leopold, and Baldacci writes:“Leopold picked up his drink and took another sip. ‘I don’t really drink. But this is good.’”At 82%, Baldacci writes that Decker is telling the FBI agent that they should search international databases for matches. When asked why, Decker says:“’ Because I remembered something wrong. And now I just remembered it right.’Decker put his phone away. ‘I don’t really drink. But it’s good.’ An American would say that all the time. But no American would say, ‘I don’t really drink. But is good.’In fact, Leopold might have actually said, ‘ist good.’(hide spoiler)]I've quoted both sections from my edition, but I’d certainly appreciate if other readers have something different in theirs.

  • Jonetta
    2019-03-26 02:59

    Originally posted on The Book NymphoI opted to start this book without first reading the premise so I won't summarize it here. It begins with one shocker and doesn't really let up throughout the entire story.There are several events that are seemingly unconnected but logically should have some relationship. Amos Decker, a man who has an unfailing memory, is assisting the investigation and all you can do as a reader is follow along and try to keep up. This was one of the few times where I failed to figure out the villain and the motivation.Decker isn't your conventional private investigator and his history is pretty rough. You may not like him but you'll be fascinated with him. I'm definitely signing up for the next book in this series.Two narrators were used to handle all characters, separated by gender. I'm normally used to transitions only for changes in point of view. Here the narrators switched whenever their characters had dialogue. Initially it was awkward as it seemed as if they recorded their roles separately. It took a bit to adjust but eventually I settled in. I also loved the dramatic emphasis using music from time to time. It made it feel like a live performance.I really enjoyed this story, the mystery, suspense and Amos Decker. The audio performance, though different, enhanced my reading experience. This is a strong start to what promises to be a very good series. 4.5 stars(I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review)

  • Ed
    2019-04-20 06:04

    Reads like it was thrown together over a long weekend and phoned-in with stretched out scenes and cartoon-like characters jumping the literary shark in a "been there, done that" serial killer hunt. I liked the authors' last book "The Escape" very much but this book #1 of a new series read like it was written by someone else entirely.

  • *TANYA*
    2019-04-05 02:52

    Wow!!! Amos Decker is the man!! Riveting from beginning to end. I must move on to the next book in this series.

  • Monnie
    2019-04-24 08:01

    What could be better than a new series by a favorite author? Answer: A little bit better story. Don't get me wrong, though; I enjoyed this one and absolutely will read the next one, and the next one, etc. But I was hoping for a WOW! kick-off, and it fell short (if only a tad).The hero of the series is a big guy named Amos Decker, a former police detective and football star in Burlington. As with most characters like this, Amos comes with baggage - loads and loads of it, in fact. First off, his glory days were cut short on the very first play he attempted as a member of the Cleveland Browns pro football team (I'm from Ohio and a big fan, BTW); he took a hit that curtailed his promising football career and very nearly left him dead.He survived, but not without very unusual after-effects; he has become an "acquired savant," with hyperthymesia. More simply put, he is one of two handfuls of people who remembers every single moment of every single day and can call any one of them up at will (if you watched TV's "60 Minutes" show back in 2010 or the "Unforgettable" series starring Poppy Montgomery, you know what I mean). Decker's condition is even more rare, though, because he also has synesthia abilities - meaning he is able to associate colors with people and objects. Accompanying all this is the loss of much of his ability to connect emotionally with other people.Those rare abilities may seem like a good thing - and they certainly can be helpful to a police detective - but for the most part they're a liability because there's no way to get the memories out of his head (seeing them in living color as well does nothing to improve the situation). But he manages to get by until a couple of decades later when he gets hit with a blow that nearly kills him again: The grisly murders of his wife, young daughter and his wife's brother in their home. The killer isn't caught, and Decker heads into a downward spiral that takes him to the depths of despair - homeless and living on the streets.Just as he's beginning to put his life back together some 16 months after the murders, there's a major turn of events as a man turns himself in and claims to be the killer of Decker's family. Couple that with a mass shooting at the local high school, and local law enforcement officials call on Decker to help (working with his former partner Mary Lancaster).In large part because he's forced to call up old memories he's managed to push below the surface of his brain (insofar as possible), Decker is a reluctant participant in the investigation - which, thanks to the school shooting, grows to include the FBI. But when it begins to appear that all the tragic events may be somehow related, the two cases take on even more significance and the rush to get to the truth becomes more of an all-out run.And for the most part, it's a thrilling chase. If I have a complaint, it's that there is an over-abundance of repetition. Granted, given the nature of Decker's affliction, everything plays out in his head over and over and over; but reading it over and over bordered on the tiresome. Besides that, some of the details of how the school shootings were carried out seemed to cross the line of real-life possibility. Still, this book definitely set the stage for further development of this character, and I'm looking forward to the next installment.

  • Skip
    2019-04-14 04:08

    Wow. Baldacci has a knack for excellent thrillers/characters. His protagonist (Amos Decker) was a marginal pro football player, whose career ended on his first play when he was KO'd, literally scrambling his brain, resulting in perfect memory and synesthesia. He becomes a successful detective, but his family is killed, destroying his life. Then, there is senseless slaughter at the local school, and Decker is asked to help, only to find the same gun was used in both incidents. Decker is aided by his former partner and an aggressive reporter to help solve the crimes. The big reveal is stunning and quite creative.

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2019-04-11 00:52

    I have read books by David Baldacci that I hate and books by David Baldacci that I like greatly. This one falls into the latter category. While the slightly contrived ending almost caused me to go down to 4 stars I decided that the book over all is a 5. I like it.So what do we have here? Our hero (Amos Decker) is a man who can forget nothing...really, absolutely nothing. Well, at least not since he was hit by another player in his first pro football game. He died twice on the field and when he awoke he remembered everything and suffered from a form of Synesthesia.Still it made him an exceptional police officer and then detective for years, until his family was murdered. Then he simply collapsed losing everything and becoming homeless after leaving the police department.We will follow Amos through the twists and turns of his life as the unsolved crime of his family's deaths turns out to be tied in with a recent horrific crime.Amos is an excellent character and I hope we see Mr. Baldacci write more about the character. Like the TV characters Monk or Robert Goren we have a man who doesn't function with the mass of humanity as "expected". Emotions don't register the same way, his brain works like a finely tuned memory bank and he makes connections others just...don't.So, maybe a low 5 but a 5. I like it, recommended.

  • Michael
    2019-04-01 23:55

    A great beach read, a thriller to get your sluggish blood rushing. The tale features Amos Decker, who got brain damage as a football and suffers a rare condition that makes it impossible for him to forget any experience. And what he most would like to forget is memory of coming home from his job as a police detective and finding his wife and daughter slaughtered. After nearly two years of a downhill slide into homelessness and poor self-care, he finally is back at work as a private detective. When he learns that someone has turned himself in with a confession to the murders, Amos can’t help getting in the middle of the case again, casting doubt on the person’s direct involvement. Soon his old captain gets overwhelmed with a mass shooting incident at the local high school and taps Decker as a consultant. Working with his old partner, Decker soon learns that the new murders are connected to that of his family and for some reason he is being targeted in multiple ways.The characters are great, the pacing and surprises are well orchestrated, and the puzzles Decker solves are satisfying to experience. It was also a pleasure to behold his progression toward greater humanity, which is especially hard since the brain damage makes it harder for him to experience empathy or feel the sympathy of others. And having perfect memory does not make his a genius at inference and deduction like a Sherlock Holmes. He still has to stretch hard to interpret what he experiences or see through subterfuge of the enemy. His condition is a bit of a gimmick and the scheme behind the school shooting and the twistedness of his foe are a bit implausible, but I was more than willing to take the ride through all the surprising turns in this tale.

  • Rajan
    2019-04-16 05:40

    My rating is 4.25 stars. It is a very good thriller and mystery. A real page turner and engrossing. I love David Baldacci better than Patterson and Cornwell. The premise of the novel is a mental condition called hyperthymesia which relates to near-perfect recall of one’s personal or autobiographical past. The hero of the novel can not forget anything and it plays in his head like a DVR no matter how old the memory is. Baldacci starts it from here and takes you on an amazing ride.The macguffin in this novel is the motive of villain in killing Amos Decker family and subsequent shooting in school and kills.[In fiction, a MacGuffin (sometimes McGuffin or maguffin) is a plot device in the form of some goal, desired object, or other motivator that the protagonist pursues, often with little or no narrative explanation]. Once you can make peace with that you will enjoy this book thoroughly. The hero Amos Decker is a troubled soul whose family is killed brutally. He goes into depression and leave police force. He was a footballer who took a nasty hit which led to a mental condition which does not allow him to forget anything. This is more a curse than boon. Then there is a mindless shooting in his own school and 7 people are killed. Nobody knows how the killer entered or exited the school. He is asked to consult and he reluctantly agrees. Later on when it is found that the same gun is used in both his family and school killings he becomes resolute in finding the killer.The pace is unrelenting and Amos keep finding new leads. You also feel the pain of everybody involved and this all lead to a satisfying climax. Everything is explained in the end except maybe why Special agent Laffertty was killed. Highly recommended. Some excerpts:"I am Amos Decker. I’m forty-two years old and look at least ten years older (on a good day, of which I haven’t had one in four hundred and seventy-nine days), and feel at least a century older than that. I used to be a cop and then a detective but am no longer gainfully employed in either occupation. I have hyperthymesia, which means I never forget anything. I’m not talking about memory techniques where you can teach yourself to remember things better, like the order of a pack of cards using association tricks. No, with me it’s just a turbocharged brain that has somehow unlocked what we all have but never use. There aren’t many but never use. There aren’t many hyper-Ts—my shorthand—in the world. But I’m officially one of them. And it seems my sensory pathways have also crossed streams so that I count in colors and see time as pictures in my head. In fact, colors intrude on my thoughts at the most random times. We’re called synesthetes. So I count in color and I “see” time and sometimes I also associate color with people or objects. Many people with synesthesia are also autistic or have Asperger’s syndrome. Not me. But I no longer like to be touched. And jokes don’t really register with me anymore. But that may be because I don’t ever intend to laugh again. I was once normal, or as close as humans get to that state. And now I’m not.""This “gift” came to me when I was all of twenty-two years old. I was a middling college football player who walked on to an NFL team carrying only fair ability, but a ferocious chip on my shoulder. I stepped on the field for the first game of the season after playing my butt off during the preseason and surviving the final cut. I’m on the kickoff team. My job is simple: Sacrifice my body to create mayhem and holes in the return team so other guys can make the stop. I run my ass down the field. I’m about to make mayhem. I’m running so hard that snot is flying from my nose and spit from my mouth. I’m being paid more money than I’ve ever made in my life. I aim to earn it. I’m about to lay some dude out, stone cold out. And that’s all I remember. Dwayne LeCroix, a rookie out of LSU, was five inches shorter and fifty pounds lighter than me but apparently a force to be reckoned with, because he laid me out on that field with a hit I never saw coming. The dude blew me up, as they say in the NFL. He would be out of the league in four years with both knees devoid of cartilage, his left shoulder pared down to nothing but bone on bone, and his bank account overdrawn. He was currently residing in a max prison in Shreveport for crimes committed against his fellow humans, and he would die there one day either soon or distant. But on that day he walked away, fist pumping and sauntering like the cock over the hens, while I lay on the field unconscious. And after that collision nothing for me would ever be the same. Not a damn thing."------“You can’t arrest someone for thinking about committing a crime.”“No, and sometimes that’s more a curse than a blessing.”----"The PD said smoothly, “A confession that he is now recanting. Mr. Leopold is bipolar, went off his medications, which resulted in some unfortunate emotional distress. He is now back on his meds and his reason has returned, hence his passing the psych exam.” The lawyer held up some documents stapled together. “And then there’s this. Permission to approach?”--------“Savants, autistics, Asperger’s, synesthesia, and hyperthymesia.”“Hyper what?”“Thymesia. In Greek, hyper means ‘excessive,’ and thymesia translates to ‘memory.’ Put ’em together and you get me. True hyperthymesia really relates to near-perfect recall of one’s personal or autobiographical past. I have that, but I also can’t forget anything I see, read, or hear. Perfect recall of, well, everything. I had no idea my brain was that big. But I apparently use more of it than most, but only because I got my ass handed to me on a football field.” “And synesthesia?”“I see colors where others don’t. In numbers, in places and objects. My cognitive sensory pathways apparently also got melded from the hit I took.”------“But I guess there were a lot of positives. I mean, a perfect memory makes school and work pretty easy.”He looked back up at the building. “Do you like yourself?”“What?”“Do you like the person you are?”“Well, yes. I mean, I could exercise more and I have yet to find the right guy, but yeah, I like who I am.”“Well, I liked who I was too. And now that person is gone. Only I didn’t have a choice in the matter.”Her face fell. “Right. I didn’t really think about that.”“And it would be nice to be able to forget some things. People do, you know. Want to forget some things.” “Decker, even someone with a normal mind would never be able to forget something like what happened to your family.”“But I remember every single detail of it, in the color blue. I will never forget any of it, even exactly how I felt when I found the bodies. Not until the day I die. For me time does not heal, because my mind no longer allows for the passage of time to dull my memories. They are as vivid today as the day it happened. It’s like a picture that never, ever fades. Some people can’t go back? I really can’t go forward.”“I’m sorry.”He turned to look down at her. “I can’t process sympathy anymore,” he said. “I used to. But not anymore.”------Lancaster eyed with disdain the stripper, who was in the process of shedding her skintight Catwoman costume.“Amazes me what gets young men excited.”“It’s the same thing that’s always gotten them excited,” said Decker absently. “Pretty women in the process of taking off their clothes.”

  • Judy Collins
    2019-04-09 04:03

    A special thank you to Grand Central Publishing and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Top 50 Books of 2015 Best Audiobook (tie), Best Baldacci Novel to date, Best new series (Amos Decker).David Baldacci is at the “top of this game”, with his 30th novel, delivering a riveting and absorbing new series. MEMORY MANa flawed offbeat hero-Amos Decker, drawing you into his world of tragedy, loss, and complexity for hours of mind-blowing intensity. With a mix of crime, cop procedural, medical, psychological, and a multi-layered mystery thriller page-turner, you cannot put down--until you reach the words, “for just a little while.”Amos Deckerwould forever remember all of their violent deaths in the most paralyzing shade of blue. He would never be free from it. The night when his life changed. Former Detective Amos Decker had been on a stakeout, driving home and walks in to his worst nightmare. Red. Blood. He discovers first a knife, second a gun; his brother-in-law, Johnny, throat split from ear to ear; his wife, Cassie, a single-entry gunshot in her forehead; and lastly, his precious daughter, Molly-not quite ten years old, death by strangulation. With nothing left. He cannot stay. His family is gone. He stares at his muzzle, ready to end his life, as he was not there to protect his family. As he stares at his muzzle ready to end his life, to die, and join his family; however, for some reason unknown even to him, Amos Decker does not pull the trigger and calls 911.In the months to come, he loses the house to foreclosure, as they were barely making the payments with his and Cassie’s salary. On his paycheck alone it was impossible. He tried to sell it; however, no one would buy a house covered in blood. He lived in an apartment for several months, then a motel, a friend’s couch to a homeless shelter, to a cardboard box in a Walmart parking lot, when he reaches rock bottom. Cassie and Molly would be ashamed. So he cleans himself up with some odd jobs and moved into the Residence Inn and hangs out his PI shingle. Amos has not had a simple life. A four-year-college football player, a professional for short stint, keeping fit as a cop and later a detective. A big, towering athlete, he was the only person from his hometown of Burlington ever to go pro. But his career ended before it had a chance to begin. On his very first play, a violent helmet-to-helmet collision knocked him off the field for good, and left him with an improbable side effect—he can never forget anything. Amos Decker’s life changed forever—twice.From that moment,Decker's brain shifted and he lost the ability to forget. The entire world became a myriad of colors and memories that he could easily access. With his new abilities, he's the perfect candidate to become a police detective. He can visit a crime scene once and walk through it over and over again in his mind, and he can remember verbatim testimony by a witness or suspect. Decker has hyperthymesia, an extremely rare condition that makes him unable to forget anything. Two decades after suffering the hit, the blow-- Decker's life is once again unraveling, with the murder of his wife, young daughter and brother-in-law. Months later, no suspects,and no one had been arrested for the murders of his family. A trail grown cold, and the odds of solving the case and catching the killer had dropped to near zero. He had left the police force, as he could no longer push paper, when he cared about nothing, except for “one thing”. Their deaths had to be connected with what he did; after all, he had put hundreds of people away over the years and some were out of prison now and they could have found him for revenge. But there was no scrap of evidence. No trial, No execution. His fault, His guilt.Now, fifty pounds overweight, a bum knee, and a soft gut. However, he has never been normal since the “hit” the only thing he had never remembered. Ironically, since it was the catalyst for his “never forgetting” anything else. And even the national news felt the need to document the violence done to him, on YouTube. All he had done to deserve the folderol of attention was to die on a football field, not once, but twice. He could have been written up in scholarly journals and there could have been media and money, but he had not seen himself as a prodigy. He had seen himself as a freak and no longer able to watch sports. He was just a machine and some prick was taunting him, the monster who killed his family and and now could they be turning their rage on Mansfield High School? Three years later, Decker discovers a man has turned himself in to the police and confesses to the murders, and he comes up with a brilliant plan. (Loved this part). He pretends to be an attorney to get into the cell. He has talents and gifts and he will use them to uncover the truth. He has learn the truth - Is this the monster who killed his family? Too many holes in his story. This cannot be the man, but why is he confessing? In addition, at the same time another tragedy occurs in the same town of Burlington. A high school shooting.What comes next is an intense fast-paced action mystery suspenseof connecting the past, a football career, the time when he was recovering from the hit, a police career, a new school shooting, an army base - all of which may be connected to his family’s murders, and a decade-old plan of evil, murder, and revenge. Some awesome characters contribute for some added human dynamics with Decker’s former partner, FBI agent, a reporter, and a fellow cop.Wow, I have read almostevery Baldacci series: John Puller, Will Robie, King & Maxwell, The Camel Club, The Shaw Series, and his many standalones, each being unique; however, MEMORY MANis captivating, from page one (My favorite). The author brilliantly sets up his character; he is humble, troubled, flawed, worn down, homeless and sharp. He can assist the authorities in ways no one else can. He had it all, and lost it all. Amos' tenacity, his gift, and his drive to find the killers, a humble hero on his journey to redemption – cleverly plotted. Amos Deckeris a stand-out character leaving fans anxiously awaiting a second book, (let’s hope), as this one is just too damn good to be a standalone. I literally dropped my other ARCs, planning to read this one for a few hours; did not stop until I reached the end. Having already pre-ordered the audiobook, before receiving an advanced reading copy, had the double pleasure of enjoying both fascinating versions. As always, Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidydelivers an outstanding performance!If for some reason (cannot imagine), if you have never read David Baldacci, MEMORY MAN is a perfect place to start--your journey to being an avid fan, like the rest of us!Can't wait forTHE LAST MILEAmos Decker #2, Coming April 26, 2016.Judith D. Collins Must Read Books

  • Freda Malone
    2019-03-24 04:42

    Wow, where do I start? Amos Decker. A former pro football player, hit so hard by the other side that he died, twice! The results, a mind that can’t forget anything, no matter how trivial. He uses it to his advantage and becomes a cop, a detective and thrives tremendously. Gets married, has a child and then tragedy strikes. His family is murdered and he can’t forget it. Much like DVR playing over and over again. The emotions come with it, making his grief feel like it happened yesterday. He loses everything, his house, his job, friends and almost his sanity. But the memories are still there, every little detail of his life after the hit. Until someone comes forward and confesses to the murder of his family. Then a mass murder, a shooting at a school. Decker’s former partner has asked for his help and he realizes these two crimes are connected and he must find out who is playing this mastermind of a game with him. Countless clues are available to him but to connect them, he must use his DVR of a mind to connect the dots, solve the puzzle and follow the leads. The killer is two steps ahead of him, leading to more clues. It was planned, premeditated, knowing what he would do next. Wow, interesting, and mind blowing crime mystery with clues that I would have never guessed. The suspense was killing me! I struggled with the name Amos Decker throughout the whole book but it didn’t annoy me enough to stop reading. Now why couldn’t the writer come up with a better sexier name? HUH? All the characters were awesome! The clues are remarkable and highly complex but I figured out a couple of them so it was quite fun to exercise my brain. I’ve read a lot of David Baldacci’s novels and I have to say, this one hits the charts! The right amount of everything and then some. I highly recommend it. Now if I can just get used to the name Amos Decker, I’ll fall in love with him just like I did with the Will Trent series by Karin Slaughter. Exceptional, creative, mind blowing, creepy, sick and awesome!! I just hope I don’t have nightmares.

  • Jim
    2019-03-25 05:51

    Quite a twisty plot & a hero with a neat difference that was well narrated. Decker's memory & its side effects make for an interesting story all on their own. Trying to solve a very complex, well thought out mass murder makes it even better. Unfortunately, it was repetitive I often drifted off & almost quit listening. The same points & phrases were told over & over. If the book had been half the length, I would have given it at least another star, but I doubt I could go to 4 stars because there were too many places where the plot seemed convenient, not as well thought out as they should have been. Also they were totally unknowable by the reader.Some mysteries aren't meant to be solved by the reader, but others lean that way. This one seemed to most of the time, but then Amos would walk off without telling anyone anything & Baldacci would pull something out of thin air to make the most of his remarkable memory. It got as old as the repetition since it was telegraphed so well.It looks like Baldacci started being published about 20 years ago & did mostly stand alone novels. Now he's doing series & writing as if he's paid by the word. I detest padding. I gave one of his books 3 stars, another I quit reading, & now this is getting 2 stars. I'll have to try one of his older standalones to really decide, but I don't think his writing is for me.

  • Kasia
    2019-04-07 00:58

    Mary Lancaster is the dumbest police partner for Amos Decker Baldacci could've ever created. I'm half way through the book and Mary Lancaster did not utter a single one coherent sentence. She just sits there hopelessly in the background of the story and ask idiotic questions! Someone please give her one spare brain cell! I hope she dies soon or gets fired or something. Story overall is good but someone's got to go. Me or Mary? The answer is no brainer(!)

  • Paul O'Neill
    2019-04-22 01:09

    I'm loving a good thriller these days. With so many thrillers out there I'm spoils for choice. This was definitely one of the best I've read yet. This had me gripped from the start. The main character, Amos, is unique in the fact that he can remember everything. You'd think that detective work would be easy with this but it is still challenging for him. Memorable side characters, strong plot and excellent writing. I will be reading more Baldacci very soon.

  • Barbara
    2019-04-11 01:48

    3.5 starsBurlington police detective Amos Decker spiraled into despair when his wife, daughter, and brother-in-law were brutally murdered 15 months ago. He quit the police force and became homeless before moving into a cheap motel and becoming a private detective. Once a football player, the 6' 5", 350 pound Decker is seriously out of shape. He has a unique ability, however, acquired after a massive hit ended his football career. Decker sustained a brain injury that gave him hyperthymesia - a complete, detailed memory of everything he's ever seen or experienced. As the story opens Detective Mary Lancester, Decker's old partner, tells him a homeless man named Sebastian Leopold has confessed to murdering Decker's family. Decker, posing as an attorney, manipulates his way into the jail to talk to Leopold. The homeless man, who appears to have mental problems, claims he killed Decker's family because the detective dissed him at a 7-Eleven. Just when Decker is sneaking into the jail to speak to Leopold a mass shooting occurs at local Mansfield High School, killing a number of staff and students. Because he was an excellent detective Decker is asked to consult with authorities on the Mansfield High School murders. He uses his extraordinary memory to help the cops and FBI search for the high school shooter and to look into Leopold's bogus-sounding confession. Decker uncovers one clue after another in the mass shooting case, which turns out to be an intricate plot that has a connection to the murder of Decker's family. Along the way Decker, a socially inept loner, has some hostile interactions with an FBI agent and a newspaper reporter who want his cooperation. Eventually, though, Decker manages to work with others on the investigations. This is a well-written, engaging, fast-paced mystery that kept my attention as the actions and motives of the perpetrator were exposed. My biggest problem with the plot is that both Decker - and especially the FBI - seem too slow on the uptake in unraveling some of the clues. Without giving away any spoilers I'll just say that, in real life, the FBI would probably have exposed/understood some clues well before Decker had his 'aha moments'. This may be necessary for the story's plot but it doesn't ring true. Moreover, given the motive, I would have expected the perpetrator to do some things quite differently. Still, the book kept my interest from beginning to end and I would read more books about detective Decker's exploits. I'd recommend Memory Man to mystery fans.You can follow my reviews at

  • Dianne
    2019-04-06 00:06

    SEE COMMENT ADDED----->I can’t say that this is a new series by David Baldacci because the book lists it as a standalone, but the author would be a fool NOT to make this a series. It would be fresh and exciting with a ton of fascinating, quirky, hyper-smart characters. And with a mind like Mr. Baldacci’s and using this book as an example, the plotting and mysteries would be mind-boggling.Added comment ----> This is the start of a new series.As trite as this is going to sound, this book had me riveted from the very first chapter and glued to my chair for the rest of the book. I haven’t read anything by this author in a very long time and I am very sorry that I haven’t kept up with him if this book is anything to go by.The story-line was a unique one for me, as is said in the book description - Amos Decker could never forget anything. Not since dying twice the very first time he stepped onto a professional football field and into an extremely violent collision with another player. He ended up with hyperthymesia and syynesthesia (and I did have to look these up just to satisfy myself that they are real conditions of the brain!). Now he is a cop or more precisely a Detective for the town of Burlington and one night he enters his home and things will never be the same for him again…even more so than when he died twice.16 months later -When something terrible happens at the town’s high school, Amos is called in by the police department to aid in this new case and from here Amos can try to put some of his life back together. I have to admit for a little while I was worried about whom exactly the murderer was. I was hoping that the author didn’t pull a Stephen King (The Dark Half). But I was wrong thank goodness, and when I found out the who and the why of it all, I was flabbergasted. The last couple of chapters are real eye openers, and will show you just how this book just screams to become a series. Actually, since the last chapter does set this up to be a series, so I hope the author does get the chance to do so.This book actually gives you something to ponder; more than just the mystery…you may walk away wondering what YOUR life would be like if you could never forget the minutest detail of your life and all that passes by you.You may finish this book, but as odd as this may sound, this book isn’t finished with you.*ARC supplied by publisher.

  • Lewis Weinstein
    2019-04-11 01:00

    The first criterion for a 5***** rating is whether I wanted to keep reading; I really wanted to keep reading this one. The 2nd is whether I cared about the main character, which I did, despite his many serious flaws. Amos Decker is fascinating, and several other characters were also quite interesting. The plot line is a little stretched, but generally holds up, with some surprises along the way. The main strength of the book, however, is how Baldacci portrays what goes on inside Decker's seriously disturbed brain. Some reviewers objected to the repetition but I thought that was one of the main strengths of the book.

  • Ali
    2019-04-16 07:48

    Great ReadDavid Baldacci is a great story teller. His characters are always interesting. This was a great story despite Amos Decker losing his family. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

  • Lisa Jameson
    2019-04-16 02:06

    What a disappointment. I have read most of his books...this one was a big disappointment! Amos Decker is a former NFL player turned cop. A hit on the head that ended his football career also altered his brain in such a way that he has a photographic memory. His wife and family are brutally murdered and Amos falls apart...until someone shows up at the police station 16 months later to claim responsibility for their deaths.The story has promise, but ended in a clustered mess. The perpetrator who commits truly hideous crimes against him and other innocents was a victim! He ends up taking responsibility for the brutal murder of his family because he used a "trigger" word?!!!!! Seriously, wth?! If you want an honest thriller that isn't a pandering mess? Read Brad Thor. This one isn't worth your time.

  • Steven Walle
    2019-03-24 00:48

    I enjoyed this book. David Baldacci takes us through a complicated ceries of murders. The detective who is handling the case suffers from a brain injury from his days in the NFL. He died twice on the field and when he was revived for the last time he was a completely changed man. He now suffers from something called Hyper Thymaside which means is unable to forget anything he experiences and an other disorder which causes him to see things in colors and numbers. While dealing with this he must figure out who is responsible for the murders of his family and a mass killing at a local highschool.Baldacci keeps you at the edge of your chair and ready to turn page after page to see what happens next. Enjoy and Be Blessed.Diamond

  • Rachel Hall
    2019-04-11 01:57

    As a Sean King and Michelle Maxwell groupie it was with the continuing appearances of The Camel Club that saw me end my relationship with David Baldacci, consequently it has probably been four years since I last read his thrillers. I therefore had mixed feelings about encountering the eponymous 'Memory Man' and the rather unique proposition that he poses. On the basis of this first meeting with Amos Decker, a complicated but endearingly man who has had a raw deal in life and this enthralling outing, Baldacci has won me back onside! Memory Man may have been a slow starter for me, introducing a baggage encumbered hero and an unlikely entry into an ongoing investigation for a man considered 'damaged goods', but once it got into its stride with the premise clear, Baldacci went into full throttle! The "suspend disbelief" disclaimer is a proviso with every thriller, but the improbable medical condition acquired at twenty-two-years old by Amos Decker takes this to another level. Admittedly Baldacci puts this into context by explaining the odds and the unlikelihood of specifically acquiring the given traits as opposed to being born with them. Decker's backstory might take some time to get your head around but it is worth putting in the effort and his ability makes him the person most attuned to casing a crime scene.Amos Decker, long-term resident of Burlington has seen his life flash before his eyes several times in his forty-two-years. The first time at the inception and finale of his brief foray into a career as a pro footballer with a collision that saw him stop breathing twice on the field and thereby becoming a medical miracle. Specifically developing hyperthmesia and synesthesia which in layman's terms correlates with an almost photographic memory, exceptional power of recall and processing, not least seeing in colours. Altogether more humane qualities of sympathy and empathy might had regressed somewhat but after the devastation that decimated his family life he has spiralled into a harrowing cycle of caring less and less about his own life. Fifteen-months ago wife Cassie, soon to be ten-year-old daughter Molly and brother-in-law Johnny Sacks were all slaughtered in his own home with the means of murder different for each of them. From that point on Amos Decker's career as a detective was doomed, foreclosure on his home reducing him to a life on streets as an overweight and bedraggled loser. Eeking out a paltry living turning low-ball private investigative work, it is the information that a man had walked into Burlington PD and confessed to all three murders of his family in the first-degree that presents a barrage of question surrounding the motive for his family's murder. From this point Decker's former boss sanctions his role as a consultant to the Burlington police and sets him to work on a school shooting at Mansfield High School, primarily to keep his focus off his family's demise, the suspect and staying well clear of any trial. Having attended Mansfield as a student himself, Decker knows the school well and it is yet another incident closely connected with his own life.Several seismic discoveries raise the stakes to another level however and Amos Decker is suddenly the centre of another nightmare when it is firstly discovered that the killer of Decker's family has returned to the original crime scene and left a very personal message for him, referring to Decker as 'bro' and taunting him about being slow to catch onto events. With clear indications that the killer is not the man that has confessed, Sebastian Leopold, Decker puts his mind to work. The subsequent ballistics analysis after the mass murder at Mansfield reveals that the weapon used was the same one as in the murder of Decker's wife, Cassie. As another encrypted message is discovered, it becomes all the more clear than this is someone with personal business with Decker. Reprising his relationship with partner, Mary Lancaster, a gum chewing, chain-smoking mother of one with plenty of her own problems this pair make an unlikely team but crucially have history on their side. Lancaster brings limited benefits to the team and makes little impact on the spiralling case, but as the murders continue and all point to Decker, rookie journalist Alex Jamison becomes an even more unlikely consultant to the FBI on the case. All eyes are fixed though on Amos Decker though and to my mind, the secondary characters all appear rather disposable.The basis of the motive behind the chain of events though becomes glaringly obvious at around two-hundred pages in and it will most definitely not take an FBI Special Agent to work out what is is all leading to. Sadly it seems pretty left-field and doesn't stand up to stringent scrutiny but as always, this is a slick thriller where the ride matters more than the reality. The convoluted backstory and precarious motive detract, but with a good man at the centre and a true underdog coming back to fight another day, I am keen for a repeat encounter. A truly enjoyable read but three stars reflects the bizarre justifications of the perpetrator and the swift acceptance of a very green reporter and the ease with which she became integral to events whilst Decker's partner, Detective Mary Lancaster, was marginalised.

  • Jb17112
    2019-04-18 07:07

    2.5. Ludicrous and ridiculous plot that gets worse as the book goes on. Reminds me a bit of James Patterson (not a compliment) although he is a better as a writer.

  • Milo (BOK)
    2019-04-17 23:42

    The Review Can Also Be Found Here: https://thefictionalhangoutsite.wordp...David Baldacci has always been an author whose work I have wanted to read more of but he keeps putting out too many novels for me to stay on top of. He’s of the same breed of the likes of James Patterson, John Grisham and Lee Child, thriller writers who churn out at least one new book each year and you always know what you’re going to be in store for, a fast paced, quick read that more often than not, will be at the very least entertaining. Whether it’s part of a long running twenty book series or a new one, like Memory Man, these authors will keep you hooked from page one to the end of the book for the most part. The author himself may be hit and miss for me and I have never found his books too brilliant, but having only read the first King & Maxwell book as well as the first Will Robie novel, there’s always something more to explore and Memory Man, the start of a new series centred around new protagonist Amos Decker, is one of them.Decker himself is an interesting character who didn’t originally start out life as a Private Investigator. He was in fact the only person to come from Burlington, his home town, to ever reach the level of professional football, however, with the very first play, a collision knocked him off the field for good and left him with an unlikely side effect, the ability to remember everything, which naturally, two decades later, has disastrous consequences when he returns from his day job as a Police Detective to find his wife and daughter murdered after a break-in. Winding up on the street after quitting his job, he’s now a P.I, and has been for a year. When he is pulled into a horrific murder at a school that brings his hometown to his knees, Decker is called into the investigation which may have terrifying ties to his wife’s death.Baldacci’s characters are often pretty strong and easy to get behind. Decker is a well-crafted main character and you quickly find yourself wanting him to succeed, even if he is still cut from the same mould as your stereotypical lead men in thriller novels, however his unique ability allows a somewhat fresh take.The plot is pretty fast moving as per normal and it even ranges into the creepier elements at times, creating a great, plot twisting mystery that deals a plot that seems ripped straight out of the headlines, a school shooting. The mystery is successfully presented and will really keep you guessing until the reveal, which is fairly satisfying and is wrapped up well allowing for the start of a series to come. Yes, some of the plot twists may be fairly unrealistic for a slightly grounded novel but if you can put that aside, Memory Man still remains a fairly engaging read that is pretty intense indeed.Now onto the negatives. The characters themselves, the supporting cast, are totally generic and forgettable. You get a stereotypical obsessive reporter type character and a couple of generic sympathetic police officers. Only the villain is fairly developed, but everything else feels bland but that more often than not is the problem when the writer decides to focus entirely on one character as we don’t get any other perspective than Decker throughout the novel. They don’t really add anything to the book and you get the feeling that Decker would have been able to do pretty much everything that he did without their involvement, which is a shame, because Baldacci has proven that he can create powerful, compelling secondary characters in the previous novels that I’ve read.So on the whole, Memory Man is a solid start to a new series from David Baldacci. It’s an addictive, engaging read that will keep you hooked from start to finish but at the same time, there are a few problems here and there. It’s not perfect. But am I going to read the next novel in the series? You bet I will.VERDICT: 7.9/10

  • Marla
    2019-04-16 02:57

    I really enjoyed this book. David Baldacci is one of my favorite authors and he did not disappoint me with this one. I really felt sorry for Amos Decker. His story made me stop and think about what really is happening with some of the homeless out there and why they are homeless. The murders were brutal and there are some twisted and sick people out there. Unfortunately Amos is one who has been affected be twisted people. David does a great job of not letting the reader know who the killer is, he hides clues and slowly releases them. This really kept my attention and I found myself sitting in the parking garage at work finishing it because I wanted to know what happened. I couldn't wait to get home to finish. If you like murder mysteries then pick this one up.