Don Donaldson pens a gripping, psychological thriller. . .
Nothing in this mysterious asylum is what it seems.
She's being destroyed by an unknown opponent-one memory at a time.
Dr. Marti Segerson's appointment to the staff of the isolated and rural Tennessee Gibson State Mental Hospital was no accident. Years ago, Marti watched a madman, serial killer Vernon Odessa, murder her sister. Marti never forgot the horror. Never gave up on revenge.
Gibson State may finally hold the key to justice. Odessa is incarcerated within the gloomy, medieval-walled asylum. He's within her reach, but her carefully planned retribution may get her killed. Only days after her arrival, her memory is suddenly riddled with holes. Someone's carefully orchestrated mind games are blurring the line between illusion and reality.
Soon, she's not certain whether she'll get justice for her sister or become the next victim.
Don holds a Ph.D. in human anatomy. In his professional career, he has taught microscopic anatomy to over 5,000 medical and dental students and published dozens of research papers on wound healing. He is also the author of seven published forensic mysteries and five medical thrillers. He lives in Memphis, Tennessee with his wife and two West Highland Terriers.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I've been a fan of Mr. Donaldson since I discovered his Kit Franklyn books in high school. I was offered an advance copy of The Memory Thief in exchange for my impartial review. One thing that troubles me with most novels I read these days is their predictability. When a detail is mentioned, it sticks out in my head, glaring as important to the plot later, because it isn't blended well into the story itself. I did not encounter that problem with The Memory Thief. This is a page-turning thriller that kept me second-guessing my own thoughts about what was going to happen. I highly recommend it, and also any others by this author.
Review of The Memory Thief by Don Donaldson 5 stars An engrossing, complex, utterly suspenseful mystery, “The Memory Tree” will appeal to readers who like their mysteries with a lot of meat on the bones. Marti Segerson, psychiatrist, arranges to be hired at a mental institution in rural Tennessee, precisely in order to get close to Vernon Odessa, the killer who slaughtered Marti’s older sister Lee when Marti was just a child. Marti has to go through and around Administrator Oren Quinn, a scientist who is sociopathic enough to be committed himself, and who is quite possibly performing memory experiments which would be both illegal and unethical, utilizing the patients at Gibson. Convoluted but never confusing, suspenseful and emotional, “The Memory Thief” is a rereader, and a fine introduction to the novels of Don Donaldson, an accomplished and riveting writer.