Suspense and secrets are woven together in this engrossing fiction debut by Kim Fay. The Map of Lost Memories takes readers on a daring expedition to a remote land, where the search for an elusive treasure becomes a journey into the darkest recesses of the mind and heart.
In 1925, the international treasure-hunting scene is a man’s world, and no woman knows this better than Irene Blum, who is passed over for the coveted curator position at Seattle’s renowned Brooke Museum. But she is not ready to accept defeat. Skilled at acquiring priceless, often illicitly trafficked artifacts, Irene is given a rare map believed to lead to a set of copper scrolls that chronicle the lost history of Cambodia’s ancient Khmer civilization. Such a find would not only restore her reputation, it would be the greatest archaeological discovery of the century.
As Irene travels from Seattle to Shanghai to the Cambodian jungles, she will encounter several equally determined companions, including a communist temple robber and a dashing nightclub owner with a complicated past. As she and her fellow adventurers sweep across borders and make startling discoveries, their quest becomes increasingly dangerous. Everyone who comes to this part of the world “has something to hide,” Irene is told - and she learns just how true this is. What she and her accomplices bring to light will do more than change history. It will ultimately solve the mysteries of their own lives.
Couldn't make myself care about the characters or even finish the book. The main characters were all self-absorbed and flawed in uninteresting or distasteful ways. Too bad, because the plot would have been interesting, but the characters couldn't handle the heavy lifting of moving the story along.
Young female who grew up in a museum (without credentials) is kicked to the curb when she hopes to step into an important role in the organization. Stung by the rebuff, she decides to leave the museum to prove herself to the establishment. She flounces off on an expedition to locate certain undiscovered antiquities in Asia. She has insider information on the location, but requires the help of a mysterious drug-addled woman who is reluctant to participate in the venture because of an evil, controlling husband. Unfortunately, I didn't get much farther into the book after the two clueless women bumble into a messy solution to the husband's roadblock to the expedition. Just couldn't make myself care enough for the characters to keep slogging through the story.