Megan Collins is the author of the absorbing new novel, BEHIND THE RED DOOR. Get more info about the book here.
Memory isn’t foolproof. Like a shiny surface growing duller the more that we touch it, reality is distorted by the act of remembering. Often we recall experiences through the lens of our emotional state at the time, certain moments brightened for us, while others are cast in shadows. And sometimes, if the experience is traumatic enough, memories can go missing altogether.
Such is the case in my latest thriller, Behind the Red Door, in which the protagonist struggles to uncover memories long since buried in the hopes of saving a missing woman. Since suspense novels often revolve around some sort of trauma—a murder, an abduction, an assault—they are particularly ripe for characters who have forgotten harrowing experiences. Here are seven novels with muddled memories at the center of the mystery.