Dr. Lloyd Copeland is a leading neurologist, professor and researcher who is on the verge of making what he hopes to be a huge breakthrough in the medical world. Lloyd devotes his study, when he is not devoting himself to premed students in the bedroom, to researching a cure for memory disorders such as dementia. He is content with his bachelor lifestyle, his work and cultivating his ego, as well as his laboratory mice. As quickly as the world and a lifetime of more promise seems ready to emerge for Dr. Copeland, events take a turn for the worst and nothing in the doctor’s life will ever be the same as a result.
The Art of Forgetting starts off a bit slow, but this does not mean that the content is boring in the least. Rather, the story skips around a bit, incorporating snippets from the past that will prove to be very interesting later in the novel. When Erin Kennedy, an old neighborhood friend of Lloyd’s from his childhood is reintroduced into his life, the stage is set for the drama to unfold. The sexual tension and chemistry is undeniable between the two and when it is discovered that Erin has accepted a job on the hospital medical ethics board where Dr. Copeland works, things really begin to get interesting.
The deeply personal and somewhat controversial research that Lloyd is performing, humanely, on lab mice, takes a horrible nosedive when one of the mice ends up dead. The lovable lab assistant, Kaz, is devastated and this seemingly unimportant event sets off a chain reaction that does not shine lightly on the doctor. The new Chief of Staff, Dr. Lasko, is shrewd, cruel, and cunning and has had it out for Dr. Copeland since day one. Copeland’s research is suspended, he soon is, allegations and threats are made and people close to Lloyd begin to turn up dead.
As the drama unfolds, Dr. Copeland becomes extremely likeable and the series of events – while incredible at times – are plausible, intriguing and dramatic. The relationship between Lloyd and Erin is high charged and well developed and Palmieri has a quick and interesting writing style. The book is not bogged down with medical terms or procedures and it was fun to read a novel that is outside of my normal genre. This medical suspense novel was easy to follow, full of interesting characters and ideas and a plot that moved along nicely.
Lauren Cannavino is a graduate student, freelance writer, wine lover, and avid reader. Random musings can be found over at www.goldiesays.com.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Peter Palmieri. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.