Unchained Memory by Donna S. Frelick is a book that will appeal to a variety of tastes. Romantic suspense is how I would first classify it. But then there is the mysterious unexplained that smacks of aliens and science fiction. And it is all wrapped up in contemporary United States setting – mostly.
The night Asia Burdette suffered unimaginable loss, she blacked out. She cannot remember three hours of her life. Therapy has not helped and Dr. Ethan Roberts is her last hope. His therapy is designed to help her remember, but it has the unfortunate side affect of attracting unwanted attention.
In therapy, Asia relives the life she led during the missing three hours. Definitely non-dream like, the memories are full of minute details, emotions, and people Asia does not know. These sessions have an intensity that really grabbed at me and it was at that point that I was hooked. Dr. Roberts has no explanation for it, but he has seen something like it with a previous patient, Ida.
While Asia and Ethan are involved in a patient/doctor association, they are also developing feelings for each other. Both have suffered loss and both come from not-so-good relationships, so they are able to easily connect. However, professional ethics keeps them apart. But when Asia and Ethan are on the road after visiting Ida, and when the men in black show up to try to abduct Asia, the relationship begins to parallel the complication of the rest of the story.
While their relationship runs very hot and quite cool, Ethan, in true hero form, never stops believing in Asia and never gives up on her.
Asia and Ethan are forced to go on the run to avoid, well, they don't really know who they are avoiding. How did the men in black find them? Someone is behind this intrigue, but Asia and Ethan don't know who they can trust. I knew who they couldn't trust. The bad guy was pretty predictable. I don't know if that was intentional or not. On the other hand, a surprise in the form of help for Asia and Ethan does show up at the end. I like surprises!
From the moment the men in black showed up, until the very end, the book became a non-stop flurry of action, suspense, emotion, and passion. Oh, it was good before that point, but it became a rollercoaster ride in the second half of the book.
Unchained Memory is a perfect blend of contemporary romance, suspense, and mystery with enough of the unexplained to call it Sci Fi. The romance is intense and the action is very edge-of-your seat! To take a thrilling trip to the unknown without leaving planet earth, you might consider reading Unchained Memory.