Mostert has created the premise of this story with an almost utopian stance towards the subject of memory and its possible developmental future in science. Combine that with a murder and a girl, who has no idea who she used to be, and you have quite a good plot.
The real question is whether Jenilee or Eloise is the fugue state. If the new identity appeared due to trauma and will disappear when the trauma has been dealt with, then who is to say the actual trauma didn’t happen a long time ago and perhaps she became Jenilee in a fugue state when she was very young.
Eloise is haunted by memories, but not her own memories. They have been placed in her like some storage facility with cheap rates. She shies away from the truth and a solution, because she knows it means she will have to let go of Eloise and return to being someone she doesn’t even remember.
Even Jack is reluctant to help Jenilee return, but holding on to the fugue state called Eloise will not bring either of them any closer to the truth or her trauma. The truth is connected to their family members and a secret society of brilliant minds.
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.