Twenty million in diamonds missing.
Kate Sawyer, a cop in witness protection, holds the key.
If she could only remember.
Early-onset Alzheimer's clouds the past. Stem cell therapy is working to clear it.
But time is running out for Kate.
One night finds a dead man in her bathtub with a note stuck in his pocket.
I know what you've done.
Her cover blown, Kate runs, the clock is ticking. People close to her are being killed.
Shadowy memories tease her. Some she recognizes. Others don't seem familiar at all.
Running from people she can't remember, dogged by a past lost in the haze, Kate discovers no one is who they appear to be, perhaps not even herself.
AN INTERVIEW WITH DEBORAH COONTS
After making a name for yourself in another genre, why switch genres now?
My first series featuring Lucky O'Toole is a light, romantic mystery series. At the time, my life was pretty dark, so I enjoyed the laugh-out-loud snark of Lucky and her pals.
But, now life is a bit brighter and I find the darker side, my love of thrillers calling to me. I've always loved thrillers, especially psychological thrillers, medical thrillers, women in jeopardy chase books, that sort of thing. Fast-paced storylines with deep, well-rounded characters--I wanted to add my name to the list of writers who have delved deep into these waters.
You're a lawyer, so why the medical tie-in?
I've always been a science geek. When I first went to college, medical school was my target. Alas, life got in the way, but it didn't dim my interest in the field. And today, technology is honing a sharp edge in the medical field raising lots of possibilities for cures. But where there is a good use there is also a bad use--the yin and the yang. Nothing ever comes without a price. Great for storytelling.
PRAISE FOR After Me
"Fantastic! Coonts combines her trademark strong characters and clever plotting with one of the freshest concepts in suspense--a heroine with early onset Alzheimer's who literally can't remember why everyone wants her dead. Buckle your seatbelt for a wild ride!" - Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"A firecracker of a thriller--with an ingenious premise, non-stop suspense and terrific writing. But it's the heroine who makes this such a winner--a heart-breakingly damaged loner who's got 'soon-to-be-a-major-motion-picture' written all over her." - Hank Phillippi Ryan, Anthony, Agatha, and Mary Higgins Clark award-winning author
"Everyone who loves Deborah Coonts's Lucky series knows that she is a master of the humorous mystery; now everyone will watch Coonts make her mark in the darker world of suspense. After Me hooked me from page one. After Me is the hallmark of a great thriller: strong voice, twisting mystery, and a compelling heroine." - Allison Brennan, New York Times bestselling author
"Relentlessly paced, After Me is the compelling quest of a woman's inspiring quest to survive...and a haunting reminder of the great truth: we are what we remember. It's Coonts's most gripping book yet." - Vicki Pettersson, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author
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After Me by Deborah Coonts is non-stop suspense from beginning to end. Kate Sawyer is a former NYPD undercover cop, living in Portland, Oregon in the Witness Protection Program and undergoing experimental stem-cell treatment for a genetic case of early-onset Alzheimer’s. She knows she was badly injured badly in an operation that went terribly wrong, but that is about all she knows. She comes home one night to find a dead man in her bathtub, and a note that says I know what you’ve done. What has she done? You can never quite get your footing in After Me, because Kate can’t get hers. You see everything through her perspective, and it is in turn sad and funny and hopeful and frustrating and scary. With no memory all she has are her feelings, but can she trust them? What about the people who say they care for her? Do they? She believes she’s done a bad thing and that she is therefore a bad person. Kate uses her phone as her lifeline, recording events and facts so she can learn them again every day. And she writes the things she so desperately does not want to lose on her body with a Sharpie. Kate’s world seems so small and heart-breakingly bleak and hopeless. But as the danger increases, we begin to see a toughness in Kate, a determination to find out who she is and what she has done, and some hope. The medical treatments seem to be working, but her memories are shadowy, and she isn’t even sure they are all her own memories. After Me is relentlessly paced. Because Kate’s memories are so small you see how much of life is shaped by what we remember, and that makes everything feel small and close and very unsettling. The action just won’t stop; you are constantly anxious about what will happen to Kate next, and if the people she has come to trust and care about are friend or foe. Did she do something terribly wrong, or is she the victim here? I highly recommend After Me. It’s an excellent story that I did not want to end. I’m looking forward to a sequel, another story like this from Deborah Coonts – or this would make a great motion picture. Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Most of us routinely comment that we wouldn’t know what to do without our phones. In the case of Kate Sawyer that comment is more truth than the claims of an over-technologized society. The victim of early onset Alzheimer’s, Kate is the first person, truly unreliable narrator of Deborah Coonts’s new thriller, After Me. Her phone is her lifeline, how she remembers things, how she tries to piece together who she was to determine who she is now. Coonts takes readers on a wild ride as the events of Kate’s past collide with the events of her present. The pieces are masterfully woven and revealed, the reader experiences them as Kate does and sees them through her eyes. After Me is a masterful thriller. The reader is kept guessing right along with our heroine. Though she is an unreliable narrator because she can’t remember, she is trustworthy because she relays what is happening in her head to the reader as she understands it. I was hooked from the very beginning. Coonts crafts a story you both don’t want to end and can’t wait to see what happens next. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this novel.
This first book in what I hope will become a series was “After Me” by Deborah Coonts – I loved it!! I had read the summary for the book and thought what an original idea and so fascinating – an undercover cop with the NYPD who has had a takedown go terribly wrong, twenty million in missing diamonds, and now the cop is exhibiting signs of early onset Alzheimer’s and can’t remember what went wrong. She is now living in Portland, under another name and in the Witness Protection Program. Her new name is Kate Sawyer and she is undergoing experimental stem cell therapy to try to reverse the effects of the Alzheimer’s. WOW! Talk about an original plot line! The plot, the characters, the writing were all wonderful. There is suspense, humor, some violence and an investment in the story so that you don’t want to stop reading. I read the first half of the book as soon as I had access to it. I FORCED myself to not finish the book as I knew if I did I would be disappointed the next day when I would not have the rest of the book to finish – I think this will make sense to most readers – you are reading an outstanding book and want to finish it, but also want to prolong the pleasure of reading the book. I can only hope that Ms. Coonts will write a sequel to this book. I have read and loved all of Ms. Coonts other books about Lucky O’Toole and the Las Vegas Adventure series (which are also great and should be on your TBR list) and she has an easy to read writing style that pulls you in and doesn’t let go.
This is an amazing story with an unusual storyline. A rare case of early onset Alzheimer's, dirty detectives, family; all woven into one unique story. I read it one sitting. Deborah has outdone herself. Lucky is good but Kate shines.
My new favorite author. Outstandingly written. Insight into a disease no one wants to consider for themselves.
This is my first advanced reading copy review i really sppreciate this opportunity however, excluding a bit more humor in the Lucky Series, i dont see much difference in genres (could be my ignorance) i like the main character very much i just didnt really get a feel of suspense or thriller it was kind of slow sarting but i found it to be a very good mystery