The Dead Girl in 2A isn’t actually dead, she is just about to be. That is what Clare tells Jake who is sitting next to her on the flight to Denver.She might not have been so open with a stranger, but she has this odd sense she knows him from somewhere. Jake has the same feeling of recognition and is equally unable to place her, but then both of them have trouble with their memories. Neither can remember their childhood and struggle with little details in short-term memory.

They go their separate ways at the airport, while Jake goes to meet his ghostwriting client and she heads off to her planned suicide. Now why Jake did not hang onto Clare like a limpet, trying to dissuade her from her intention to commit suicide is beyond me, but folks do some inexplicable things in this book. We soon learn Clare and Jake have more in common than first class seating and trouble remembering as Elle finds Jake to warn him that he and Clare are both seemingly victims of a medical experiment that has gone awry.

I loved Carter Wilson’s “Mister Tender’s Girl” so much that I was eager for The Dead Girl in 2A. I found the story compelling and kept reading to the end. I  liked Jake and Clare even though I thought they made some ridiculous choices, such as joining a medical trial or letting Clare wander off to kill herself. Wilson knows how to tell a compelling story.

My problem with The Dead Girl in 2A is the level of conspiratorial complexity was just too much for me. I don’t like James Bond either.

I received an e-galley of The Dead Girl in 2A from the publisher through NetGalley