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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.

    3 of 3 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.

    2 of 2 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Dickson, TN, United States 05-25-15
    Amazon Customer Dickson, TN, United States 05-25-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Predictable"

    Boring and very predictable. What is with writers these days. They don't have an original thought of their own.

    1 of 1 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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    mama rock 07-11-15
    mama rock 07-11-15

    laura m rock.

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    "Awesome !"

    Keeps you gripped until the very end ! Well done and read Read it and thank me later

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    Kimberly L. Long 07-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A bit slow at first, but a great story overall"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    gayla mettler adkins 06-17-15
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    "Wow!"

    A great mystery, with twists and turns along the way. Can't wait for more from Nicci French!

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  • MarieLouise
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    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.

    11 of 13 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
  • Rose
    7/20/15
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    "Grabbed Me Initially"

    I have read books by Nicci French before but this is my first audiobook of hers. I was initially grabbed by the story line but soon began to suspect where it was going. Having said that, it was still a good story, I just felt it lacked the suspense. There were a couple of characters that felt a bit superfluous to the storyline and didn't really serve any great purpose. However, this has not put me off listening to other books by the same author

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mick
    Blackburn, United Kingdom
    6/23/15
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A M Gill
    5/28/15
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    "Very dull"

    Boring, too many characters and about 8.5 hours too long. Do not waste your time.

    0 of 0 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
    uk
    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

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