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Searching for Forgotten Memories

By Debbie De Louise

My new mystery, Memory Makers, involves the search for a memory. Lauren Phelps, the main character, experienced a trauma as a young child when she and her older sister, Patty, were kidnapped. Lauren escaped, but her sister was killed. Since that time, twenty-five years ago, Lauren has been haunted by images of a “shadow man,” the person who killed her sister. In an attempt to recall his face, she volunteers for a clinical trial of a new memory drug. For Lauren, recovering this memory will avenge her sister and assuage her survivor’s guilt. It will also help heal the pain that caused her parents to divorce, her father seeking solace in futile suicide attempts and her mother finding religion.

Do you have any memories you’d like to recall? How far back do you remember? Can you remember your childhood or only the days/events that meant something special to you? In my book, the doctors treating Lauren tell her that most people filter out their day-to-day memories in favor of those that created the strongest emotion in them be it joy, pain, sadness, or fear. Do you agree?

People who suffer from dementia, Alzheimer’s, and PTSD have special trouble remembering the past or recognizing people and places that should be familiar. For dementia and Alzheimer’s patients, some of whom are described in the book, the short-term memories are the most difficult. These patients have better recall of events further back in their lives. For PTSD sufferers like Laura, their memories are blocked by the experience they encountered, a protection against an overload of feeling.

While I have no professional experience with memory disorders, both my parents suffered from them. My father died from Alzheimer’s at 79. My mother developed dementia in her mid-eighties and died at 90 when, like my father, her memory issues progressed to the point where she forgot how to control certain bodily functions including swallowing.  I’m also no authority on clinical trials, but I researched them and spoke to a few people for information. The scenario I created in my book, however, is purely fictional.

Does the clinical trial of the new memory drug prove effective on helping Lauren recall the face of her sister’s killer, or does Lauren discover the identity of the “shadow man” after she begins receiving threats from him? Pick up or download a copy of Memory Makers to learn the answers to these questions.

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About Debbie De Louise


Debbie De Louise is an award-winning author and a reference librarian at a public library on Long Island. She is a member of Sisters-in-Crime, International Thriller Writers, the Long Island Authors Group, and the Cat Writers’ Association. She has a BA in English and an MLS in Library Science from Long Island University. Her novels include the four books of the Cobble Cove cozy mystery series: A Stone’s Throw, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Written in Stone, and Love on the Rocks. Debbie has also written a romantic comedy novella, When Jack Trumps Ace, a paranormal romance, Cloudy Rainbow, and the standalone mysteries Reason to Die and Sea Scope. Her latest book, Memory Makers, is a medical thriller. She lives on Long Island with her husband, Anthony; daughter, Holly; and three cats, Stripey, Harry, and Hermione.

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