Tabula Rasa by Kristen Lippert-Martin
**I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review**
Sarah Ramos…or is that really her name? That’s what they call her, and since she doesn’t know any different, she assumes that MUST be her name. All she does know for sure is that her attire consists of a backless hospital gown, she is undergoing some medical treatments in a remote secure facility she refers to as The Center, and she’s supposed to getting a “fresh start” after her medical procedures are complete – the Tabula Rasa, or blank slate. But when the facility starts have mysterious black outs, Sarah starts wondering what they are really trying to take away from her – just her memories, or her future.
When Sarah is given a mysterious and unauthorized baggie during one of the black outs from a stranger in the dark containing three clear gel capsules, she begins to start questioning why and where she is in this facility. After taking one, Sarah starts having reenactments that flash through her head like memories…accept this is the first she remembers seeing the images that flash across her mind. Then she finds the odd clothing underneath her bed, she trusts her instincts and hurriedly puts them on…just in time, as the facility begins to be overtaken by a helicopter and gun fire. So Sarah does the only thing she knows for certain she is supposed to do – she runs, and tries to survive.
And when she meets up with “Pierce”, she decides to start making her own decisions and she ends up sticking with him as he seems to have an inside view into what is happening with the attack and who is doing the attacking. Together, they start researching and investigating what the facility really is, who is running it, and who could possibly want to attack a facility with some PTSD patients in it looking for a clean slate…but is that really all that’s going on? That is what Sarah is determined to find out. And as she begins getting more and more of HER memories back in the form of the flash visions, she starts to piece some of the details together. And as her and “Pierce”, really Thomas as she later finds out, spend more time together, a special bond is formed. He vows to protect her and get to the bottom of the who and what is really going on in The Center – and the most important…the why.
I really enjoyed the action and intrigue that was constant from page 1 of this book. Once Sarah’s adventure gets going, it never stops. It’s like her whole life unfolds before her in a period of two days. There was a little bit of romance, a LOT of action, and conspiracy all loaded into this story. It was very well written and thought out exploration of what happens when a doctors vision and science gets pushed too far.