*Originally published 2015/10/08
The Memory Man (Amos Decker: #1) Written by David Baldacci
2015; 405 Pages (Grand Central Publishing)
Genre: mystery, suspense, thriller, psychological
(I received an ARC from NetGalley).
Amos Decker has already died twice – once on the football field that ended his pro-ball career and left him with a side-effect of never being able to forget anything; then as a detective he comes home to find his wife, young daughter and brother-in-law brutally murdered and is unable to forget any details. A year later, Amos is now working as a PI and a man has come forward to confess to the triple homicide. Before the police can delve into this investigation there is a shooting at the school. If Amos wants his family’s case solve he must join forces with his former partner and boss and use his special gift.
Right off, I enjoyed The Memory Man’s unique plot. It really made the suspense pop off the page along with good writing. Amos is already a favourite character and I am so excited this will be a series. Baldacci not only writes characters that are interesting, realistic, memorable but also characters that are endearing and familiar. While you could read this as a standalone thriller suspense I doubt you will as Baldacci sets up the series and has you clamouring for more Amos Decker. I am keeping this review short so that I do not reveal any spoilers.