Unchained Memory (Interstellar Rescue Series Book 1) by Donna S. Frelick – Review by Francis O’Sullivan

Unchained Memory ( Interstellar Rescue Series Book 1)Unchained Memory by Donna S. Frelick
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Unchained Memory is the first book in Donna S. Frelick’s Interstellar Rescue Series. It is a gripping story, following Asia as she unravels the mystery of the night she lost three hours, as well as her family and home.
Dr Ethan Roberts is dedicated to helping people who are relying on delusions of alien encounters to cope with trauma. When Asia comes to him with vivid dreams that tell of an extra-terrestrial life as a slave known as 1408, he begins to question whether she could really be delusional, leading him to reconsider some of his past patients.
Unchained Memory intermingles scenes from Asia’s dreams (or memories?) with her current life as she works through therapy to try and make sense of that night. The narrative in the present switches between Asia’s first-person perspective and a third-person over-the-shoulder perspective of Ethan. There were a few points where I found this confusing but mostly it was clear.
There’s plenty of suspense in both the past and present timelines – how will 1408 escape from her slavery? Will Ethan be able to help Asia? Who is the man in the white Impala and what does he want? Will Asia and Ethan be able to resist each other for the sake of their doctor-patient relationship?
For me, this is a five star book. It’s different, interesting and entertaining. I’d recommend it to fans of sci-fi and romance who are interested in alien abductions and love big, intertwining mysteries.

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