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Jinx Kingsley, photographer, alienated from her wealthy and megalomaniacal father and her screwed-up stepfamily, is engaged to be married to Leo Wallader. She wakes up wounded in hospital one day with a shaved head and no memory of the car crash that got her there or the several days preceeding it. Since Jinx's last remembered moments, her betrothed has dumped her for her best friend, Meg, and they've both dissappeared without a trace -- foul play is suspected, but nobody knows for sure. Dr. Protheroe (the exceptionally stubborn and frustrating psychiatrist), Jinx, and various other family, friends, enemies and investigators try to sort out what happened to Jinx, and to Leo and Meg.
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Meanwhile Dr. Protheroe and Jinx war with one another about whether she needs or wants his professional help, neither of them knowing whether or not Jinx has committed murder, or whether she was the intended victim.
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Jinx Kingsley is admitted to a hospital room with amnesia, but eventually she regains her long term memory. The police come in to ask her why she tried to commit suicide, but she is vehement that she would never do that. She has can't remember the last few weeks, so they remind her that she is still under suspicion for her fiance and best friend's murders. She asks why she would do that and is told that her fiance broke off the engagement to be with her best friend. She tries to remember this after the police leave and remembers not being upset by the fact that Leo and Meg were together. She thinks it is someone else who was in love with Meg.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 45%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 25%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   depressing/sad How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70%    -   90% Special suspect?    -   investigator him/herself Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   "All in the family" murder    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect    -   Big focus on forensic evidence Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, American    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   amnesia Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   photographer Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   descript. of breasts Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--swords/knives Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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