The Memory by Lucy Dawson #Bookouture #Netgalley #Bookreview


Length: 340 pages

Please note that the cover image leads to a universal Amazon buy link for the book

What they say: I look down at her, lying fast asleep – always my little girl, and so beautiful. She gives a low moan as her head turns restlessly on the pillow. It reminds me of the soft growl of a cornered animal. Where is my poor child? What is she dreaming?

People always notice my daughter, Isobel. How could they not? Incredibly 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.
I know why my daughter is the way she is. There’s nothing I could have done to save her… is there?

An unputdownable psychological thriller about families and secrets, perfect for fans of Gone Girl, Shalini Boland and Lisa Jewell.

The Review: 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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