Your Name: Jacob, Grade 11
Setting(Time): Modern Day
Setting (Place): Any common American town
What would you rate this book: 4 out of 5 Stars
Memory Man offers a great twist on the classic murder story, with great delivery and engaging and well - developed characters, however there are plot holes that leave quite a few questions to the reader that never really get resolved. It offers a great read with an exciting story to match.
After a tragic injury in his first professional game leaves Amos Decker without a career, he wakes up to find that his mind had been altered and been given a perfect memory. He takes up the role as a cop, but all too suddenly his gift becomes a curse when he returns home to find his family murdered. He can never forget that night, and every detail replays constantly in his head, forever. Having his life shaken up, Decker is no longer a cop and struggles to live day-to-day as a private investigator, but when a masked shooter walks into a local high school, the police force turns to Amos Decker and his extraordinary mind to help solve the case.
“I am Amos Decker. I want to kill myself. Period. End of story. He opened his eyes. Fifteen months, twenty-one days, twelve hours, fourteen minutes. Because of what he was, the clock was spinning in the forefront of his mind. That was the span of time that had passed since he had discovered the three bodies in his home, his family wiped out. And in sixty seconds it would be fifteen minutes plus the year, months, and days. And on and on it would go.”
Readers who enjoy adult or mystery novels and are looking for a change to the genre would love Mystery Man. Though there are some graphic and intense moments that may turn off or not appeal younger or less tolerant readers.
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