Book Review: The Amnesia Project by Barbara Winkes

I really enjoyed this book. There were several reasons - the story was different, the writing was up to the challenge of the complex plot and the timeliness of the central thesis. I have Barbara Winkes books on my Kindle but haven’t read them yet. They’ve climbed up the to TBR (to be read) pile now. As ever, there are no spoilers in this review.

Four women go to New York. Three friends - and the teenage sister of one, that they get “made” to take with them. Only three return. The impact on the three friends is huge and the author nicely develops the complex plot and the timeline. The story switches between several points of view  but at no time did I lose track of who’s head I was in. There are a few minor typos, but they won’t spoil the story at all. The characters are credible and although at times I was irritated by some of them and their actions, this was because I was becoming invested in the story.

Paige is the teenage sister who doesn’t come back from the fateful trip. The night before she disappears among the crowded streets,  she comes out to Dani and kisses her. Dani pushes the teenager away because of their age difference and also because Dani isn’t actually out to anyone. She had planned to tell her friends on their big trip but then the disappearance of Paige changes everything.

The plot develops into a race along thriller, which somehow reflects the current American political situation. Dani cannot give up on Paige because of the young woman making the pass. Dani also  feels she should have taken more care of the teenager in the aftermath. Alice and Joy go their own way and all the lives are changed but Dani’s maybe more than most.

4 star book review of The Amnesia Project by Barbara Winkes on Planet NationIt is difficult to describe the plot and the way you are enmeshed in the narrative with giving too much away but suffice to say the story has depth, is well written and set at a good pace. There are parts where you race along and then it slows down and you’re thinking - no don’t slow down I want to know what happens next! The ending is satisfying and when you close the book, you’re left thinking about the ideas covered. I recommend The Amnesia Project if you’re getting a bit bored with pretty girl meets pretty girl, they have a stumble, and then it all works out. This is definitely not that… this is a world where you cannot trust anyone. Perhaps even those closest to you.

Do yourself a favour and give it a read, I’ll be checking out my other Barbara Winkes books in the next few weeks.


In the summer of 2013, three young women and a teenage girl take a trip to New York City…Only three of them return.

Paige’s disappearance marks deep incisions in the women’s lives, impacting friendships, relationships and careers. Joy retreats. Paige’s older sister Alice seeks solace in alcohol. Dani vows to leave no stone unturned, feeling guilty and conflicted after seventeen-year-old Paige revealed her crush to her shortly before she vanished. More than a decade later, Dani uncovers the shocking truth.

About the Author

Barbara Winkes writes suspense and romance with lesbian characters at the center. She has always loved stories in which women persevere and lift each other up. Expect high drama and happy endings.

Discover a variety of genres, serial and standalone. Women loving women always take the lead.

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