Ali is persuaded by her friends to try out an online dating
website. What’s the worst that could
Waking bruised, bloodied and with no memory of the previous
night’s events seems pretty bad, but not being able to recognise your own face
in the mirror was probably not even on the list.
A diagnosis of prosopagnosia, a condition where
facial recognition and memory is impaired, gives her the why but does nothing
to help her remember or understand the events that led to her impairment and
makes everyday life a living nightmare.
How do you know who to trust, when you can’t be sure you even know who
It’s hard to even imagine how living with such a condition
would affect you in normal life but the supposed violent attack adds another dimension.
Jensen describes both the medical and
emotional impact of prosopagnosia with clarity and sensitivity but also harnesses
its limitations to forcefully drive home an omnipresent tension, and it’s not
long before it becomes clear that Ali’s fears are completely justified.
This is a book that starts slowly, even though the alarm
bells start ringing as soon as 'blind date', 'online dating', and ‘it’ll be really
good for you’ make an appearance. It
builds up pace quickly though, and you will be racing through the helpfully
short chapters like a rat through a maze, hitting one blind alley after
another, not unlike Ali.
If you’ve read Jensen’s other books you know what to expect
and then some.
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