That's the premise of Jordyn Redwood's latest "Love Inspired® Suspense" novel Fractured Memory. Julia Galloway lost so much the night she was attacked by a serial killer known as "The Hangman"; her memory of the event and the days that followed, her security, her parents, who perished on the way to the hospital to see her the day she was nearly murdered. It's not surprising, then, that this latest development sends her into a tailspin emotionally.
Meanwhile, US Marshal Eli Cayne, the cop who found her then and helped her recover, is the one who delivers the bad news to her. Struggling with the attachment he formed to her (unbeknownst to her), he weighs his feelings for her against his obligations as a marshal to not get too emotionally involved in the case. Naturally, they develop a relationship forged by the many perilous scenarios they find themselves in. (It wouldn't be a "Love Inspired ®" book if they didn't.)
From the beginning, the story goes into overdrive, as the two protagonists are thrust into one potentially deadly situation after another. There are also plenty of opportunities for Julia, a pediatric nurse (as is the author), to utilize her medical expertise or relate events in the story to her past patients. The apparently gorgeous Colorado landscape (I wouldn't know; I've never left my home province of Ontario) provides the perfect backdrop for danger and romance both. Faith also plays an important part in the character's lives; God is an ever-present source of strength for them when they call upon Him.
Regrettably, I have a confession to make; I knew who done it (or rather, who was going to done it) almost immediately; several hints dropped throughout were easy to follow. That doesn't usually happen with me, and I'm unsure whether that's a common feature of a lot of these short novels or just this one. So that kind of took the wind out of my sails. But aside from that, it made an enjoyable read; I started and finished it in one afternoon.
Jordyn Redwood cleverly juggles a myriad of twists and turns to paint a picture of the kind of healing and hope we can find in God and each other when we begin to trust again. Fractured Memory reopens old wounds with a crisis and sees it through to the end.