Amnesia Fiction

These compelling reads feature characters with memory loss. And it’s usually for a bad reason…

The Stranger in the Mirror by Liv Constantine
Hiding the fact that she has no memory of her past from her fiancé, Addison, a survivor of a tragic accident, cannot shake the notion that she may have done something very, very bad.

Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson
An amnesiac attempts to reconstruct her past by keeping a journal and discovers the dangerous inconsistencies in the stories of her husband and her secret doctor.

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
Alice Love is twenty-nine years old, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine her surprise when, after a fall, she comes to on the floor of a gym and discovers that she’s actually thirty-nine, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce.

Behind the Red Door by Megan Collins
When a woman goes missing for a second time, Fern is positive that she knows her, despite having no memory of her first famous kidnapping and equally famous return, 20 years ago – a kidnapping that happened just outside Fern’s hometown.

We Could Be Heroes by Mike Chen
Jamie woke up in an empty apartment with no memory and only a few clues to his identity, but with the ability to read and erase other people’s memories – a power he uses to hold up banks to buy coffee, cat food, and books.

Central Park by Guillaume Musso
Alice, a fierce and respected Parisian cop, wakes up on a Central Park bench with no memory of the night before, handcuffed to a complete stranger – a musician named Gabriel.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Spending the summers on her family’s private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer.

Forgotten by Cat Patrick
Sixteen-year-old London Lane forgets everything each night and must use notes to struggle through the day, but she “remembers” future events, and as her “flashforwards” become more disturbing, she realizes she must learn more about the past lest it destroys her future.

Six Months Later by Natalie Richards
When Chloe fell asleep in study hall, it was the middle of May. But when she wakes up, snow is on the ground, she can’t remember the last six months, and everything in her life is completely different.

Her Here by Amanda Dennis
Elena, struggling with memory loss due to trauma, accepts a bizarre proposition from an estranged family friend: she will search for a young woman, Ella, who went missing six years earlier in Southeast Asia by rewriting her journals.

The Damage by Caitlin Wahrer
Nick wakes up in the hospital after a violent attack with no memory of what happened. When his attacker disputes what happened, Nick’s brother Tony will do anything to help him – leaving Tony’s wife asking: does she really know what her husband is capable of? Or of what she herself is?