When Dr. Robin Lund researches a new drug for dementia sufferers on her lab chimpanzee, Chelsea, she begins to suspect that this drug enables Chelsea to experience ancestral memories encoded in her DNA. Robin begins taking the drug herself and what she learns is both stunning and dangerous: her mother is not who Robin thought she was and a man her mother once knew wants Robin dead. As Robin embarks on a journey of self-discovery, she receives increasingly serious threats. At the same time, Chelsea realizes what she’s missed by living her entire life in a cage. In the end, Robin finds her mother and also finds a sanctuary for Chelsea.
Plot: Florence’s book moves along ferociously fast. The disturbing ebb and flow of the effects of Mem-G and its addicting nature are mirrored in the plot structure.
Prose: Florence’s prose is clean, flows clearly, and feels poetic at times. However, occasional grammatical errors can be distracting, especially those concerning tenses. The dialogue and narration also contain more than a slight tinge of foreshadowing.
Originality: Remember Me is a unique thriller that offers a fresh take on the scientific-experiment-gone-wrong trope. While some aspects of the book may remind readers of the works of Michael Crichton, the novel is well put together and quite a page-turner, with relatable and sympathetic characters.
Character Development: The cast of characters in this novel is relatable and will make readers feel compassion, resentment, and perhaps personal affinity.
Blurb: A deliciously twisted thriller.
Date Submitted: May 12, 2018