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Saturday, December 21, 2013

THE MEMORY PLOT BY D.W. CARVER

 
 
 
BOOK BLURB
 
Two years after the car crash that killed her family, mental health counsellor Jill Garvin’s memories of the events surrounding the tragedy are beginning to resurface. And with them, a painful and ugly secret that will shatter the way Jill views her late husband. The threat of reality may be more than Jill’s fragile mind can handle. But handle it she must, because a much darker force is at work: a man who would do anything to keep her past a secret, including destroy the new family Jill has found for herself.Two years after the car crash that killed her family, mental health counsellor Jill Garvin’s memories of the events surrounding the tragedy are beginning to resurface. And with them, a painful and ugly secret that will shatter the way Jill views her late husband. The threat of reality may be more than Jill’s fragile mind can handle. But handle it she must, because a much darker force is at work: a man who would do anything to keep her past a secret, including destroy the new family Jill has found for herself.
 
 
MY REVIEW 
The Memory Plot by D.W. Carver is a 2013 Musa Publishing publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

I started this book without realizing it was part of a series. I believe I would read the book published before this one at least. I had the feeling all through the book that I was missing pertinent information about what was going on. I didn't know who to trust and who not to. Some of the main characters could have been trusted, but I didn't know that because I didn't know the back story.

Jill has lost her memory after a car accident wipes out her entire family. Now she is responsible for her niece, Sarah. Jill's husband, Paul, had been guilty of treason and there are some serious concerns that Jill will have a sudden memory recovery and then some people will be in big trouble. Jill lives on the edge coping with her memory problems, taking care of Sarah, who has had a very rough life, and worrying about the people who want to see what she remembers . She is a definite liability and getting to her is priority number one.

Thankfully, Jill does have a good guy in her life. Creel's job is to look after Jill and Sarah. The job turns personal when he and Jill begin a romance.

There is a great deal of intrigue and betrayals. The writing is sharp and the dialogue is real. These are some really bad guys, but that isn't all they have to worry about. Occasionally, Jill as severe nightmares and sometimes she has a memory come back. Most of these memories are quite traumatic.

The reader will have to be very strong and able to read about very adult themes involving child abuse and other very disturbing topics.

This book is recommended to those that like hard edged emotional thrillers and it could appeal to those that enjoy psychological thrillers as well.
Although I have not read the previous books in this series, I could still follow the plot and enjoy the book. As stated earlier, I do think I would have had a better understanding of things if I had read about Jill's husband and specifics in that situation and how she came to know Creel.
Other than that this is still a taut suspenseful read and despite some very graphic descriptions I could have done without, this was a good read.
Over all an A-
 

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