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I couldn't put it down!

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I have never read a novel by Michael Ridpath before, but I have to say that after reading Amnesia he has become one of my favourite authors. I became instantly intrigued as to Alastair's past and the atrocities he had forgotten after his fall, although I could never have guessed the path his story would take! I loved the organisation of the chapters, which allowed the reader an insight into Alastair's youth and also set the scene for the character of Clemence to come to prominence. The developing relationship between the two provided a heartwarming element to the narrative, as they worked together to try and piece together Alastair's fractured memory.

The twists and turns within Amnesia are some of the best I have read in a while, and were completely unexpected. As the story progressed, and Alastair and Clemence got closer to finding out who killed Sophie, I found myself unable to put the book down! The final chapter in particular had that 'shock-factor', with a final turn which stunned me into silence. It had a clear plot from beginning to end, moved at the perfect pace for the reader and finished with such a clever ending that it made me want to read it all over again.