Main Characters with Memory Loss
Amnesia

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Oblivion
Peter Abrahams

ABRAHAMS

Waking up in a hospital with much of his memory missing, Nick Petrov, a private investigator renowned for his ability to reclaim stolen children, pursues clues about his own life and discovers a link to a haunting murder case.


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Inferno
Dan Brown

In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces—Dante’s “Inferno”—as he grapples with amnesia, a chilling adversary and an ingenious riddle.


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Half-Past Dawn: A Thriller
Richard Doetsch

DOETSCH

Waking up with suspicious injuries and no memory of the previous night, attorney Harper Keller is horrified to discover that he has been reported murdered and that his wife is missing.


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The Memory Collector
Meg Gardiner

MYS GARDINER

Forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett is called to the scene of a plane inbound from London to San Francisco. A passenger is behaving erratically, offering Jo cryptic clues from a shattered past: something about a missing wife and son…a secret partnership gone horribly wrong…and, most alarming, a deadly biological agent that no one can stop.


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The Raw Shark Texts: A Novel
Steven Hall

HALL

Waking up in an unfamiliar place, unable to remember who he is, and attacked by a force he cannot see, Eric Sanderson discovers he is being hunted by a psychic predatory shark that may exist only in his mind but soon starts making some very real appearances in his world.


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You Don't Want To Know
Lisa Jackson

ROM JACKSON

After spending the past two years in and out of Seattle mental institutions, unable to remember the details of her son’s disappearance, Ava returns home and, secretly visiting a hypnotist, discovers that her son may still be alive.


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Anybody Out There?: A Novel
Marian Keyes

KEYES

When Anna Walsh—who has a perfect job, life, and husband in Manhattan—wakes up in her family’s house in Dublin badly injured and with no memory of what has happened, she returns to New York to find clues to her memory loss and the disappearance of her husband.


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Remember Me?: A Novel
Sophie Kinsella

KINSELLA

Awakening in the hospital after a car crash believing that she is a single, twenty-five-year-old sales associate, Lexi discovers that she has lost three years in her life and she is married to a handsome millionaire, but her perfect new life soon begins to go awry.


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The Bourne Identity
Robert Ludlum

LUDLUM

A shooting victim, suffering from amnesia, finds himself with a Swiss bank account in the name of Jason Bourne, a professional assassin being manipulated by a top-secret American government organization to kill his arch rival, the dreaded Carlos.


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What Alice Forgot
Liane Moriarty

MORIARTY

What would happen if you were visited by your younger self, and got a chance for a do-over? Suffering an accident that causes her to forget the last ten years of her life, Alice is astonished to discover that she is thirty-nine years old, a mother of three children, and in the midst of an acrimonious divorce from a man she dearly loves.


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The Art of Forgetting
Camille Noe Pagan

NOE PAGAN

Preferring a meek and unassuming role in her personal and professional arenas, Marissa Rogers is forced to reevaluate her choices when her once-domineering best friend loses her memory in an accident, causing Marissa to confront painful shared memories.


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The Housekeeper and the Professor
Yoko Ogawa

OGAWA

A strange relationship blossoms between a brilliant math professor suffering from short-term memory problems following a traumatic head injury and the young housekeeper, the mother of a ten-year-old son, hired to care for him, in an enchanting novel that explores what it means to live in the present and to be part of a family, albeit an unusual one.


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Pursuit
Karen Robards

ROM ROBARDS

Directed by her boss to meet with the first lady in Washington, D.C., rookie lawyer Jessica Monaghan barely survives a high-speed car crash in which the first lady is killed, a tragedy after which amnesia-stricken Jessica begins to suspect that the crash was not an accident.


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The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes
Marcus Sakey

SAKEY

Waking up half-drowned on an abandoned beach with no memory of who he is, a man stumbles on a BMW and assumes the identity of the person whose papers and clothes he locates inside, soon finding himself targeted for the man’s alleged activities.


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The Song Remains the Same
Allison Winn Scotch

SCOTCH

Waking up in the hospital as one of two survivors of a horrifying plane crash, Nell struggles to recover from her ensuing amnesia with the help of family, friends, and memory-jogging music before realizing that the stories she is being told do not feel accurate.


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Honor Thyself
Danielle Steel

STEEL

Falling victim to an explosion in the heart of Paris, legendary film and stage actress Carole Barber awakens, only to have lost her memories of herself, her career, and her family, and must struggle to put the pieces of her life back together.


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The Shadow of Your Smile (Deep Haven Novels)
Susan May Warren

INSPIR WARREN

After 25 years, Noelle and Eli Hueston are contemplating divorce. But then an accident erases part of Noelle’s memory. Though her other injuries are minor, she doesn’t remember Eli, their children, or the tragedy that has ripped their family apart.


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Before I Go to Sleep: A Novel
S. J. Watson

WATSON

Memories define us…so what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Without her husband’s knowledge, Christine, whose memory is damaged by a long-ago accident, is treated by a neurologist who helps her to remember her former self through journal entries until inconsistencies begin to emerge, raising disturbing questions.


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Hot Mahogany: A Stone Barrington Novel
Stuart Woods

WOODS

Hired by his CIA boss to protect his older brother, an Army intelligence operative who is suffering from amnesia, Stone Barrington learns about his charge’s talent for restoring antiques and his links to a haunting event in Vietnam more than thirty years earlier.


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