The Memory Child
written by Steena Holmes
published by Amazon Publishing
Why did I pick this book: I participated in the blog tour hosted by BookSparksPR. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
Did I enjoy this book: You know how sometimes you drink too much and end up with a knot in the pit of your stomach the next morning – not because you’re hung over, but because you’re certain you’ve embarrassed yourself in some unforgiveable way? Yeah. You know. Your heartbeat is erratic, your breathing is all breathy and weird, and for some reason you’ve got the tingles even though you’re certain none of your limbs are asleep. It’s not a freight train, but there’s certainly something loud and uncomfortable ricocheting around inside your skull cavity. Eating day-old sushi or smelling that thing in the back of your refrigerator sometimes creates the same effect.
That’s what this book is like. It’s brilliant. It’s terrifying. I was mostly nauseous the whole time I read it, but I promise you I gave up both food and sleep to finish it, and so should you.
Would I recommend it: I just did.
Will I read it again: I’m going to go with an utterly honest “maybe” response… it depends on the status of my mental health next time I consider it. =)
About the book – from Goodreads: When Brian finds out that his wife, Diane, is pregnant, he is elated. He’s been patiently waiting for twelve years to become a father. But Diane has always been nervous about having children because of her family’s dark past. The timing of the pregnancy also isn’t ideal – Diane has just been promoted, and Brian is being called away to open a new London office for his company.
Fast-forward one year: being a mother has brought Diane a sense of joy that she’d never imagined and she’s head over heels for her new baby, Grace. But things are far from perfect: Brian has still not returned from London, and Diane fears leaving the baby for even a moment. As unsettling changes in those around Diane began to emerge, it becomes clear that all is not as it seems.
A woman’s dark past collides head-on with her mysterious present in this surreal and gripping family drama.
About the author: Steena Holmes grew up in a small town in Canada and holds a bachelor’s degree in theology. She is the author of eleven novels and novellas, including Finding Emma, for which she was awarded a National Indie Excellence Book Award in 2012. She currently lives in Calgary with her husband and three daughters, and loves to wake up to the Rocky Mountains each morning.