The Memory

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 17 Dec 2018

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What a story!! I had no idea what was going on....no idea what was going to happen or how it was going to end....but it was brilliantly done! I loved all the characters, even the flawed ones, the storyline was brilliant and the twist at the end was not at all what I would have expected. It was so good I read it in less than 24 hours which is good...I loved it and needed to know what was going on. I found myself willing my day away so I could come home and finish the book!! Absolutey worth picking up if you see it ....amazing 😍
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The book was going so well and it was really creepy at times and then the ending happened.. I am not sure which one I find scarier. 🙈🙈 But overall, I loved it !!
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This is the first Lucy Dawson book I have read.
I have to say I was a bit confused at the beginning. However, i just wanted to keep reading one more chapter. I was hooked after the first chapter.
Really enjoyed it. I had no idea what to expect from this. I had no idea what was going to happen.
Kept me guessing till the end.
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The Memory is a engrossing thriller that has a lot of twists. The book is well written and has great characters. This is a great book to read for the year.
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Creepy, well-written and intriguing. A little slow in places, but definitely worth a read. Recommended.
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I wasn't sure what to expect with this novel but wow I was not disappointed. Each page drawing me in further and further from the heart stopping beginning to the traumatic unveiling.
I am most definitely recommending this book.
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I confess that I tend not to read the blurb about books and go by the front cover. This allows me the freedom to be immersed in the book without any preconceptions about the plot or characters.
This book totally surprised me. From the very first chapter, I was on edge and in shock, and I pretty much stayed in that way until the final page.
The children in a small town are traumatised when their martial arts teacher gets a pellet gun and starts shooting them. One mum, Eve, calls the police who shoot the man dead. But the ramifications of this event leave a lasting memory that continues to affect them all 30 years later.
In the present, Eve is trying to sell her house, having never been happy there. She shows potential buyer Claire around and they seem to get on well. But Claire’s life is turned upside down when her husband Tim admits that he has lost all of their money through an investment that went wrong. Tim’s parents offer to buy Eve’s house for the young family so that they have a place to live and Claire reluctantly accepts.
The initial rapport between Eve and Claire is shattered when it is revealed that Tim used to date Eve’s daughter Isobel.
The narrative throughout the book is split between Eve and Claire so we are able to see both viewpoints and devleop sympathy and empathy towards both women.
There are lots of spooky instances through the book which were unsettling for the characters, especially in light of the trauma they had experienced as children, and I was unsure whether there was a supernatural element to the plot but all was revealed by the end…
The revelations at the end of the book were completely unexpected and made me re-think my opinion of all the events of the book. Great finale!
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Thankyou to NetGalley, Bookouture and the author, Lucy Dawson, for the opportunity to read a digital copy of The Memory in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion.
What an amazing story!!! It was  a gut wrenching, emotive, nail biting ride. 
The storyline was well thought out and written with well developed characters. I loved it.
Well worth a read.
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Emotional , gripping , page turner . Keeps you guessing until the very end , highly recommended if this is your genre .
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*thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

3 stars.

What made this 3 stars and not 4 was the ending did disappoint me a bit as I was expecting this huge shock to happen, which didn't. In fairness though, I dont remember being told that there was ment to be this huge shock ending so its just me that was expecting it. I think also that because I was unfortunately not prepared for it to be PTSD triggering, that did unsettle me as well. I wish I had of had a warning about that. Maybe its just certain people with PTSD that will find this triggering and not everyone who has it will react the same way. I'm just saying that it did trigger me.

The story though was interesting the whole way through. It had my attention and while I wasn't overly hyped up to keep reading more and more, it was still a good read and I am glad I was given a chance to read it. The story is told by 2 female narrators, Eve and Claire and how their stories become intertwined. I didn't really like either of them the more I read about them. At the beginning I did, until I got to know them a bit better. The character Isobel was interesting. I often had questions about her and found myself wanting to know more. She was a character type that I haven't come across often and she was told so well. I liked Adam as well. He was rather sweet and the ending with him.... well..... that wasnt expected but I won't be giving spoilers so enough said. 

Overall, I did enjoy this for the most part and yeah, if it sounds like a story you would enjoy I would suggest you read it.
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The story started with a bang-a young widow and mother of seven year old Isobel,  being asked out by a sports teacher we know straight off is horrendous, telling her she should be grateful for the request and that her husband is gone and she needs to move on. Her obviously refusal angers him and things begin to get out of hand. Fast forward nearly thirty years and what happened that day has caused a ripple effect, Eve, now older (obviously, sorry!) has lived in the shadow of that day, not fully sure she's not to blame for what went down which has caused her now grown daughter to retreat into herself.

From the start we realise that there is something different about Isobel, but for me she was the true chill factor of this book, alongside the house they live in, which was something from the past and creepy as heck! But I'm totally digressing here!

Eve has the house for sale and we soon meet the next people to be dragged into Eve and Isobel's lonely existence, a lady and her family who come for a viewing which had me inwardly screaming 'don't buy the house!' The interconnection between the two families ensues.

Funnily enough, while this is a supernatural kind of tale (one that I don't really read usually so excuse the review) the bit that made me a bit 'come on' was more the decisions that led them to the house and them staying in the house at all, really. Also it slowed for me a little in the middle but then built again to a good ending.

A creep out book which I note is on audible so actually in a way I'd love to go back and listen to it for added atmosphere as for me it really was such an atmospheric read! Thanks so much to Bookouture for the book in return for an honest review.

Rating: 4/5
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I actually don’t know what I think of this book; I feel quite passive about it. Some parts had me thoroughly hooked and somewhat on edge, and then others just annoyed me. The book contained a lot of mental health concerns and I feel that there was little support for it throughout which I found a little frustrating; perhaps this is a reflection of real life though. Overall, I could take or leave this book.
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A wonderful book and quite scary in places! An amazing read with such a good plot that captures the imagination and has you on the edge of your seat. From the first to last page the story captures your interest and each word brings the reader to a startling conclusion. Have bought another book now by the same author. A good read for anyone who enjoys a gripping story that you just can't put down!
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This is a creepy psychological thriller, and is a real.belter of a thriller, with quite an emotional twist!
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I enjoyed this book and it kept me wondering what was going to happen next. I liked the mystical and magical aspects of it, but also that it never became overwhelming. It never became supernatural, but there was always that undercurrent of something "other" happening. I liked that it was never really clear if the girl was really so affected or if her mother did have a part in her condition and that ultimately, it didn't matter.
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Isobel has had a traumatic childhood. Her Father dies unexpectedly in a car crash & shortly afterwards she is part of a group of children who have a terrible experience. Her mother, Eve, has done her best over the years but Isobel bears the deep psychological scars from her early years. Now Eve must sell the family home, Fox Cottage, which brings complications.

This book is written from two points of view – Eve, Isobel’s mother & Claire. Claire is the woman who buys Eve’s rambling home from her under difficult circumstances. I did like this style of writing with two different points of view. At times we see the same event but through the two women’s very different eyes.

There is a lot going on in this book – I wonder if perhaps there is too much.We have Eve, Isobel & Isobel’s boyfriend Adam with all their difficulties. Isobel is obviously deeply disturbed particularly about leaving their home, Fox Cottage. Eve is struggling with Isobel’s needs whilst trying to sell Fox Cottage & come to terms with Claire & her family who are buying it – there is a lot of history between the two families – I will say no more! Add into that the situation with Claire, her husband & her parents-n-law who all seem to be pulling in various directions with differing agenda. Although I did keep track of it all I wonder if the book would have been better without quite so much going on? The author could then have added more depth to one particular strand.

On the whole this was a good book which I enjoyed. The beginning is gripping but things started to get more complex after that. I am not sure that the author was able to do justice to all the issues raised in this book.

I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley.
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Lots of twists in this story and a  bit creepy but well worth reading. . Another good book from Lucy Dawson
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A fabulously dark and creepy psychological thriller.  Well written with believable characters and plenty of twists and turns.  An ending I didn't see coming.  Highly recommended.
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Thank you Bookoture and NetGalley for the ARC.

I liked this book though Wasn't exactly what I expected. That being said - I didn't see the ending coming at all. I thought I knew, then I thought I knew again. Then I got to the end. I would say check this one out.
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Great book with a great storyline. Not what I was expecting at all so was a nice surprise. Easy to read and good characters in there too.
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