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The Memory Game | [Nicci French]

The Memory Game

When a skeleton is unearthed in the Martellos' garden, Jane Martello is shocked to learn it's that of her childhood friend Natalie, who went missing 25 years ago. Encouraged by a therapist to recover lost memories, Jane hopes to find out what really took place when she was a child - and what happened to Natalie. But in learning the truth about her and Natalie's past, is Jane putting her own future at terrible risk?
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Publisher's Summary

The Memory Game is a haunting psychological thriller from the top-ten best-selling author Nicci French.

You remember an idyllic childhood. But your memory is deceitful. And possibly deadly...

When a skeleton is unearthed in the Martellos' garden, Jane Martello is shocked to learn it's that of her childhood friend Natalie, who went missing 25 years ago.

Encouraged by a therapist to recover lost memories, Jane hopes to find out what really took place when she was a child - and what happened to Natalie. But in learning the truth about her and Natalie's past, is Jane putting her own future at terrible risk?

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    Candice Osage, IA, United States 08-22-13
    Candice Osage, IA, United States 08-22-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Boring"

    I agree with the last reviewer, in that this story was pretty boring. The main problem I had was the fact that it really didn't get into much of the mystery until the very end of the book. The rest of the book was just too detailed about everything outside of the actual plot. It wasn't until the very end of the book that the story got back on topic and discussed the plot. Too much detail about off-topic stuff and not enough plot.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ricki Brown 05-05-15
    Ricki Brown 05-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Favorite find in a long time!!"

    Just when you think it's not possible to shock you more, and you've figured everyone out... That's when the characters you've grown to love, leave your head spinning yet again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie CROWN POINT, IN, United States 03-18-15
    Laurie CROWN POINT, IN, United States 03-18-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Not the best Nicci French"

    This was a good story but not the best I have read from this author.
    I would read another Nicci French novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    GW 07-09-14
    GW 07-09-14 Member Since 2012

    I enjoy mysteries, science fiction, Stephen King, and some fantasy novels. Now and again I like a biography and a bit of history. No romance!

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    "Surprises with every turn of the page"
    What made the experience of listening to The Memory Game the most enjoyable?

    I would just think I had things figured out and then suddenly I would get a surprise. Great plotting!


    What other book might you compare The Memory Game to and why?

    The look into the past and the surprises make this one a bit like reading a Kate Morton book.


    Have you listened to any of Harriet Walter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the only one I have listened to but I enjoyed it very much. I would like to hear more from her.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon 08-21-13
    Sharon 08-21-13
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    "Boring!"

    I've seen plows that didn't drag as much as this story. I still don't know what the point is.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lonnie Lehi, UT, USA 05-11-15
    Lonnie Lehi, UT, USA 05-11-15 Member Since 2008
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    "A little less than okay"

    I love a good story with a twist at the end, but this one was morally reprehensible. Couldn't the author think of any other relationship for the main characters than what she came up with? Seriously?
    Also, I'm always amazed that talented writers can't think of any better way to express themselves than using the "f" word over and over again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Peter and Katherine 04-24-15 Member Since 2012

    Adventure and suspense please!

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    "Bla bla bla"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This story is just a bunch of rambling about the mundane lives of a group of people who think they are very important and special but one could care less about. I regret listening to it.


    What was most disappointing about Nicci French’s story?

    It was terribly unimaginative. The characters were hollow and I was never encouraged to care a bit about any of them or even who the killer was. No one in the story even really seemed to care about the victim or that she was dead, let alone be all that interested in who did it - so why should you? The ending seemed thrown together at the last minute in an attempt to add a twist. The only satisfaction it gave was that the book was finally over.


    Have you listened to any of Harriet Walter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The narration was good but couldn't make up for the story.


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  • MarieLouise
    Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
    12/17/13
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    "Hard to care by the end-usually love Nicci French"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really time worth spent. The story seemed implausible, as if it was merely a vehicle for the authors to examine the concept of false memory syndrome. The characters weren't likeable, particularly the main character, Jane.


    If you’ve listened to books by Nicci French before, how does this one compare?

    Not good at all. I kept listening to it because I'd always enjoyed Nicci French books in the past so hoped it would get better. It didn't really.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Probably the final scene.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    I really would rather watch paint dry than sit through the film of this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm glad I've listened to other Nicci French books and enjoyed them immensely. If this is your first Nicci French book, don't let it put you off the authors - everything else they've done has been first-rate.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Martha
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    "Long drawn out but worth it.."

    Not the best Nicci French story, taking longer to play out the narrative than others, but worthwhile if you stick with it. Excellent narrator.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • debbieg
    5/21/15
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    "Brilliant narrator. Compelling story"

    This is the first Nicci French book I have read and the first narrated by one of my favourite actresses. Couldn't stop listening to it. There were a couple if big holes in the plot but nevertheless I enjoyed it and now want to read more from the author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S. Murdoch
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    5/19/15
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    "Very good, thought provoking"

    Very good story...provoking thoughts about therapy, memory and how to deal with the past. First hour quite stilted..exacerbated by narrators style-but actually that then added to how the story developed. I dont think we were supposed to warm to the main character as she is so reserved..but that does not detract from the story. I recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Derek
    HULL, United Kingdom
    5/2/15
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    "Warms up nicely"

    Good plot well narrated with a slow burn. I enjoyed this, it is just the right length to keep you with it and avoids the tedious narrative that beguiles some novelists.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cat
    4/25/15
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    "I really wanted to enjoy it, but I found it slow."

    It was ok. I listen while walking my dog so it was easy to persevere with. There were chapters or sections that feel completely redundant and I found myself groaning at some of the more superfluous parts. Good twist at the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wendy Wendy
    4/24/15
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    "A really really good yarn"

    This was a new author for me and a daily deal so thought I would give it a whirl!
    The story has a good pace a beginning middle and end and then some.
    Listened right to the very last second !
    Think the female audience would prefer it.
    Was brilliant company whilst doing chores & I shall listen to this author again
    The narrator was terrific. Lovely diction and dialect with a good flow of her voice and a great Queens English sound.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Norma Miles
    4/22/15
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    "A mirror image."

    .Strange to say, I enjoyed this audio book. Strange because this is not the type of fiction I would normally prefer and I also try to avoid female narrators finding their voices irritating. over time. However, in this book, for me Harriet Walter's reading is what made the story so engaging. She really became the main protagonist whose search to discover what happened to her friend 25 years previously is the basis for the novel. A body is found in the grounds of the house during an extended family gathering. it is that of her missing friend, the daughter of the central family. She had been strangled and buried , but why? And by whom?
    All that happens is written from a first person perspective as she tries to piece together the memories of her friend and, in particular, the last time she was seem. But she can't remember clearly : it has been too long. As she feels her life crumbling around her, she seeks help and slowly her remembrances clarify even if her personal life does not.
    I found the main storyline rather tedious and predictable, but the characterisations were excellent and Ms. Walter's interpretation held my attention throughout. However, i think that, had I been reading the printed book , i would have become bored fairly quickly.
    Would I recommend it? As an audio book, possibly As a written work alone, no.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • sugarmax
    4/20/15
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    "Outstanding"
    Where does The Memory Game rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's one of the best. Thoroughly enjoyed it. The bad reviews worried me a bit but I don't know what they're going on about. Great listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anne
    Drumshanbo, Ireland
    4/19/15
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    "Compelling"

    This is a good story. It kept my attention throughout. I was disappointed by how the ending was presented to us. I saw it coming, which is unusual for me, but the way it was revealed left me feeling deflated. It is an exciting book though and would be good company for long journeys or boring housework.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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