The Memory by Lucy Dawson

Genre: Psychological Thriller
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 4/5

About The Book

She’ll never forget… I’ll never forgive.
People always notice my daughter, Isobel. How could they not? Extraordinarily beautiful… until she speaks.
An unsettling, little-girl voice, exactly like a child’s, but from the mouth of a full-grown woman.
Izzie might look grown-up, but inside she’s trapped. Caught in the day it happened… the day that broke her from within. Our family fell apart that day, and we never could pick up the pieces.

My Thoughts

This is a twisted story mixing two families, something happened which changed the past of both of them and now it’s time to confront the past and tell the truth… ready to discover The Memory?
I have to say that I was a little bit confused with this story, it was slow paced and didn’t happen much in the beginning, and in the last pages everything happened too quickly… I was a little bit in shock with the ending, not that I didn’t like but it was a little bit rushed.
The story is told between Eve and Claire; Eve is selling her house and starts a new life with her grown up daughter. On the other side is Claire, she is buying Eve’s house, but doesn’t know her or her links with her husband… She will discover a lot of secrets and lies that will make her to see her husband and his family with new eyes.
I didn’t like much either of the two protagonists, one is too compliant and the other is too much obsessive, this makes the story a little bit weird, I would like to think that if I am too controlling with my son someone would say something to me, like Eve has done all her life to her daughter… On the other hand, if my husband loses all our money gambling I would not move to another city to keep him happy, sorry, neither of the situations are like something I would believe, but I suppose in this story they worked.
What really surprised me of the book was the magic that was involved in it, there was nothing too explicit, but you never knew what was really happening involving bad luck or something else, that made the story darker and gripping.
This is a different story to read, I am sure you’ll be glued since the first page and want to know more about the characters and what they are hiding!

About The Author

I’ve been writing psychological suspense novels since 2008, when my first bestseller – His Other Lover – was published. I write full time (mostly on the playroom sofa) from my home in Devon, where I live with my husband and children. Before that, I used to edit a magazine for six to twelve year old girls for a living, making absolutely no use whatsoever of my psychology degree from Warwick University, but it was a lot of fun.
I’m addicted to writing about the extraordinary things that can happen to ordinary people – stories that jump in at the deep end, with a gasp. When readers take the time out to let me know they’ve stayed up all night because they couldn’t put the book down, it makes my day.