Friday, April 4, 2014

The Memory Child by Steena Holmes

When Brian finds out that his wife, Diane, is pregnant, he is elated. He's been patiently waiting for twelve years to become a father. But Diane has always been nervous about having children because of her family's dark past. The timing of the pregnancy also isn't ideal - Diane has just been promoted, and Brian is being called away to open a new London office for his company.

Fast-forward one year: being a mother has brought Diane a sense of joy that she'd never imagined and she's head over heels for her new baby, Grace. But things are far from perfect: Brian has still not returned from London, and Diane fears leaving the baby for even a moment. As unsettling changes in those around Diane began to emerge, it becomes clear that all is not as it seems.

A woman's dark past collides head-on with her mysterious present in this surreal and gripping family drama.

  I really loved reading this book; it seemed at times that it was a true story more than a work of fiction. I loved how I could almost see myself as the main character “Diane” and being in her situation. The way the story unfolds and is told I believe will help anyone who reads this book to follow along easier and not get confused. Each chapter tells which character’s viewpoint the story is being “told” through and gives a general date (month and year).  I had a hard time getting into “Brian’s” character; I felt like he was hiding something throughout the entire book and that he seemed too good to be true. When I was on the last chapter of the book I was really surprised by the ending. I thought I had figured the story out a little more than ½ way through the book, but I was really surprised by the ending.  

    I was really sympathetic to Diane’s situation and felt bad that she couldn’t remember everything that had happened to her. I felt sorry for her that she ended up in a mental hospital and that she couldn’t remember her husband dying.  I think however, that it was her way of coping though to think that “Brian” had left her instead of him dying. I was really surprised by the ending; I thought it was going to end much different than it did. 

     I think Ms. Holmes did a wonderful job with this book; just when the reader thinks they know the entire story then the author is able to give a twist to the end of the story. I think mainly women will like this book especially because  I think quite a bit of women will be able to relate to this story. I really liked reading this author and I plan to read more of her books; I highly recommend this author to other readers. I give this book and Ms. Holmes an “A+.”

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  Tiffany

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