Jacket for 'Amnesia'


UK - Corvus


By Michael Ridpath

Published May 2017

How would you feel if you woke up in hospital not knowing who you were?  And then you discovered that you had, in fact, killed the only woman you had ever loved?


It is 1999.  Alastair is a doctor in his eighties, living in a cottage by a loch in Scotland.  He wakes up in hospital having fallen and hit his head, inducing almost total amnesia. A young student, Clémence, the great-niece of a French friend of his, is looking after him.  In his cottage, Clémence finds a manuscript entitled Death at Wyvis. She reads the short prologue which describes a murder by someone who is clearly the old doctor. The victim is Clémence’s French grandmother, Sophie.


Clémence decides to read the book to Alastair, taking them on a forced march down memory lane which reveals both the horrors of his life, and the answers to Clémence’s confused and secretive childhood. But as they dwell on the intriguing mysteries of the past, people are closing in on the cottage who are willing to kill to make sure that the old man’s secrets stay forgotten.