"You've been captive far too long," she whispered. "So I'm releasing you."
The universe was bathed in white light, and as I touched the azure and ruby stars dancing above my head, the crack within me split and fractured into madness.
I felt the shatter. But I was powerless to stop it.
A.E. Hayes wakes up in a bright hospital room on the afternoon of August 24, 2010, with no idea of who she is or what has happened to her. When her doctors begin saying words such as “traumatic brain injury” and “retrograde amnesia,” she realizes that she cannot remember anything at all – including the man sitting beside her who claims to be her husband.
Guided by numerous doctors, hospitals, trauma units, her husband, a mysterious person known only as Starlight Boy, and an equally mysterious voice inside her head that tells her to seek the truth, Hayes sets out to uncover the answers about her rare condition. But is her amnesia truly all there is to her story? Through various sources, Hayes must learn about her startling and often traumatic past – and how that past may permanently alter the future.
Raw and riveting, Shattered: Memoirs of an Amnesiac leads readers down a path of darkness, mystery, and redemption – where heroes are often villains, fiction routinely gives way to fact, and how, ultimately, the truth can be both the disease and the cure.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Just imagine waking up one day and having no recollection of your life. It's a great storyline for a soap opera or medical drama. But to the author it was a brutal reality. In a conversational tone Hayes presents her life story – from the trauma in her past which ultimately led her on a journey through the mental health system in the US to the person that she is today. As both the victim and the villain in her own life, she takes the reader through a whirlwind of emotions as she fights to get her life back. It's difficult to anticipate what twists and turns that Hayes's life will take. One thing for sure - her life is a testimony to the statement that truth is stranger than fiction. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants an inside look at the reality of amnesia and the issues that it creates for not only the amnesiac, but for his/her support system, too. The best part about this book is the way Hayes faces her obstacles and overcomes them. With the unwavering support of her husband, family and friends, she emerges victorious.