Am reading the Southern Reach trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer at the moment being halfway through the second book. While reading the first one, got now and then my eyebrows raised at the language of the book. But the following has had me completely at a loss—I simply can't get my head round it:
"I don't remember."
Her constant use of those words had begun to grate. [...]
"Are you sure?" Of course she was sure.
"I think I would remember forgetting that."
When Control met her gaze now, it was always to the slightly upraised corners of her mouth, eyes that had a light in them so different from the last session. [...]
"This isn't a joke," he said, deciding to see how she would react if he seemed irritated. Except he really was irritated.
Google does not know such a locution. Somebody, please, parse it to me!