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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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.
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.
Boring and very predictable. What is with writers these days. They don't have an original thought of their own.
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.
This was a good story but not the best I have read from this author.
I would read another Nicci French novel.
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!
I would just think I had things figured out and then suddenly I would get a surprise. Great plotting!
The look into the past and the surprises make this one a bit like reading a Kate Morton book.
This is the only one I have listened to but I enjoyed it very much. I would like to hear more from her.
As I was listening, I thought the plot was a bit slow. With two hours of audiobook left, I had no idea where the author would take the story, but it became quite intriguing towards the end!
The book creates a great story from an interesting neurological subject - the accuracy and inaccuracy of human memory and its role in crime investigations.
The narration was lovely.
I am at that half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lol
I didn't read the print
I loved this book!It is full of intrigue and mystery.Janes friend Natalie went missing 25 years ago.Her remains are dug up by chance and everyone is a suspect in what happened to her.Jane plays sleuth.
Harriet Walter was excellent for narration.
"I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com."
"Hard to care by the end-usually love Nicci French"
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.
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.
Probably the final scene.
I really would rather watch paint dry than sit through the film of this book.
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.
"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.
"very good if a little predictable"
Good story and well written and very well narrated sort of Guessed what was going on quite early but maybe that's because I have read about the subject, Don't let that put you off and overall it was quite excellent.
Boring, too many characters and about 8.5 hours too long. Do not waste your time.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
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