Degrees of Losing by Shan Purcell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Casey Mitchell lives in Manchester, she is in such a place in her life that she just wants to exist. She uses alcohol and sex as a way of blotting out the constant images that plague her every day.
Casey has Hyperthymesia, perfect recall or a memory which plays back her past life like a movie in her head. Ask her what happened on any day in her life since she was twelve and she can tell you what she wore, what she ate and what was said. You might think this is a brilliant gift, just imagine how it would help you get through exams. But for Casey it’s horrific, she hates the constant movies, reliving the pain and hurt of relationships and her family life.
She’s attending the hospital where she undergoes tests into her condition when she meets Joe. He’s a larger than life character, fun and intriguing, but a man also in need of help. He’s got amnesia and is desperate to find out who he is. Quite the opposite to Casey, one can remember all their past, but wants to forget and the other would love to remember all his past. What can they teach each other?
This story drags you in from the first and appealed to my own instincts to help others. Joe can help Casey which pleased me, but Joe is a strange character, one that is supposed to leave you unsure. There’s lots of emotion in this book and it left me with many more questions about life.
This review is on conjunction with Brook Cottage Books and based on a free copy given to me for the review.
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Degrees of Losing by Shan Purcell book description
What would life be like if you could recall every detail of your entire life? Casey has hyperthymesia, a rare condition which means that she has perfect recollection of her past, a burden which imprisons her in her memories. There is no joy in the present, no thought of the future; only the inescapable past playing constantly in her mind. Then one day she meets Joe, a man without a past. Or is he? Together they find a present, which has the potential to save them both but also forces them to confront a future that challenges their love of life and each other. Degrees of Losing is a story about love and loss, memory and time, and what it means to be somebody.
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