by S. Patrick Morin
~ Kirkus Reviews
Gerry Burns, a former U.S. Marine and Iraq war veteran, walks into a police station one morning and confesses to the murders of several local residents, but the only thing is, Gerry can’t remember killing any of them. Diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD ), Gerry has not only has lost the ability to control his actions, but also his ability to remember. Flashbacks from the war haunt Gerry’s daily life with increasing and alarming regularity. The trauma of losing friends in battle, the fear of rocket attacks during the night, and the anxiety of bombs exploding on the side of the road all contribute to the psychological strain consuming him. With a flip of the switch Gerry can turn any one of these emotions on and just as quickly turn it off. The only problem is he can’t control when or where it happens.
Gerry and his wife, Ashley, leave military life and relocate to a sleepy New England town so Gerry can attend college. Soon thereafter, Gerry runs into two local hooligans and leaves them bloodied and broken. Problem is, Gerry doesn’t remember a thing. Ashley is convinced PTSD is responsible for Gerry’s actions, but Gerry disagrees. When one of Gerry’s study partners goes missing, then his former boss, Gerry begins to worry. At first glance it appears nothing more than a coincidence, but as more people with ties to Gerry disappear, he starts to think otherwise, especially when the two locals he beat up turn up dead.