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Mortal Memory [Anglais] [Broché]

Thomas H. Cook
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1 septembre 2011
Along with Jamie and my  mother, Laura died at approximately four in the  afternoon. It was almost two hours later that Mrs.  Hamilton, a neighbor from across the street, saw my  father drive away. During those long two hours in  which he remained in the house, my father washed my  mother's body and arranged her neatly on the bed.  After that, he made a ham sandwich and ate it at  the table in the kitchen. He drank a cup of coffee,  leaving both the plate and the cup in the sink. He  didn't pack anything, because he left with  nothing. He didn't reenter either Laura's of Jamie's  room. He made no attempt to clean up the frightful  mess that had been made of them. And yet, for no  apparent reason, he remained in the house for a full  two hours. What had he been waiting for?
--Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

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"A haunting tale.. [that] defies  expectations... [with] an ending that is both surprising and  devastating."--Chicago Tribune

  "Harrowing... Terror builds and the ending to this chilling  study... is a dizzying  jolt."--Publisher's Weekly

"Haunting... Don't pick this up unless you've got time  to read it through... because you will do so  whether you plan to or not."--Alfred Hitchcock  Mystery Magazine --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

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  • Broché: 320 pages
  • Editeur : Quercus Publishing Plc (1 septembre 2011)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 184916035X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849160353
  • Dimensions du produit: 12,9 x 19,7 cm
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 4.5 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (2 commentaires client)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 un vrai thriller, bien angoissant et prenant son temps 1 février 2014
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Pour les pères de familles sans cauchemar. Sombre atmosphère bien rendue de façon très cohérente tout au long du récit.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Deroutant 17 novembre 2012
Par Claire
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Cet auteur est hors pair dans sa facon de decrire les sentiments humains. De plus ses fictions sont si souvent, helas, trop reelles.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Plan to spend th wwhole day reading this one.... 29 mai 2000
Par Karen Bierman Hirsh - Publié sur
Because you will NOT want to put it down! I can't think of anything to say about this amazing, edge of your seat, desperately want to read ahead for clues novel by Thomas Cook without giving anything away.
This story is typical a Cook novel in the fact that is takes place in the present and the past - the adult and the child must look back in the past to truly live life in the present. Mortal Memory focuses on Stephen Farris, a happily married man and successful architect with a gruesome past that he has successfully buried for many years until author Rebecca Soltero contacts him about his father.
As a child Stephen's father murdered his siblings and his mother - then cleaned his mother's body, ate a ham sandwich and left. He waited two hours alone in his house with the bodies of his family - all except for Stephen. What was he waiting for?
Stephen must dredge up his past for author Rebecca to make peace for himself. This a stunningly well crafted thriller as well as an amazingly unique story. One that continues to make you think long after you have finished the book. A plot that the reader will mostly likely remember for some time to come. One of the best thrillers I have read in ages.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Intense 24 mars 2002
Par mellion108 - Publié sur
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In Mortal Memory, Thomas Cook focuses on Steven Farris, a 40-something suburbanite who lives with the knowledge that his father murdered his mother and two siblings. Now an adult with his own family, Steven seems to live the perfect life until Rebecca enters. She has set out to write a novel about men who murder their families, and she wants to find out what Steven remembers about his own family. This causes Steven--who narrates this first-person tale--to dig far deeper into the psyche of his dead family; it turns out that he remembers much more than he thought. In the act of remembering, will Steven learn that the sins of the father revisit the son?

But what pushed his seemingly mild-mannered, gentle father into such a barbaric act?

Cook writes with a dreamlike quality; at times, I felt like I was wading through a dream, knowing in some ways how it would turn out but unable to wake up. His words are haunting, and this is a disturbing look into the secret world of a "normal" family. I thought I had the story all figured out, but I was truly surprised by a couple of twists along the way. I was unable to pull away from this novel and even dragged it along on vacation with me in order to finish it. This is worthy of valuable reading time. Don't expect a cleanly wrapped up ending; Cook's story here is a bit too complex for that. However, the writing is excellent, the story is compelling, and the characters get under the skin. Read this one!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Maybe his best 15 mars 2000
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An amazing psychological story. Cook always keeps me guessing but I really didn't get this until the end. Great writing, great insight into good and evil and how difficult it can be to see the real evil that's right in front of you. Things are not always what they seem to be, don't assume anything. I think that's the real message of this great story.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Quite A Book 20 octobre 1997
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This is quite a book, with one of the most original premises anyone is ever likely to adopt.Without betraying any of the details of the story, the real action consists of the narrator slipping helplessly into a midlife crisis of his own as the result of his initially voluntary, then complusive, exploration of his father's crime. The character study is intense and unforgettable; it is not possible to leave the book unfinished. I give the book a 9 because some of the plot twists seem slightly artifical. (I can't say more without betraying the plot). The gradual darkening of the central character's life is expertly done, and moves the book close to mainstram stuff. The quality of prose is infinitely superior to most mystery fiction. (While there is little if any direct humor in the text, I was amused to note that the author has set the action at an address on MacDonald Drive. The allusion to the well-known Green Beret family murderer in a book with this theme can hardly be coincidental.)
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Introspective look at a family history 24 juin 2008
Par M Elliott "a reader from TX" - Publié sur
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that ended in tragedy, this is not as engaging or intriguing as some of Cook's other works which I've loved (Blood Innocents, Places in the Dark, Into the Web). Other reviewers have commented that it drags and I agree that it does, a bit, mainly because almost all of it is internal reflection from the main character, Steve Farris, whose family was murdered when he was nine by his father, who then disappeared. Farris' recollections of his family and their life together are reminiscent of sessions with a psychiatrist and when the character Rebecca is first mentioned I'm sure that's who she will turn out to be.

The main trouble with this book, I think, is that it contains so little warmth; the chill of the past is present in Farris' current life and overlays everything in it, so that he appears to feel no joy in his wife, his child, his work, or his friends. Even his connection to the mysterious Rebecca has no life. It's as though Cook wrote a novel that turned out to be a dirge.

There are some twists, apparent to anyone paying attention (right there in print on page 148 of the edition I read). But the greater mystery is how and why this family came to this end. Cook's strength as an author is that he knows there are things beyond understanding, even when explained. Such is, in a way, the subject matter of this book.

Cook always writes well but Mortal Memory is not his best work. His characters are too distant; it's difficult to care about them. And what should be a powerful story is somehow diminished by a narrator who seems emotionless and detached. Too, it strains credulity that he remembers in great detail days and moments from his childhood which should have been quite ordinary, and, therefore, forgotten by a nine year old. Yes, he is supposed to be a senstive boy, attuned to the dysfunction of his family, but memory in this case is too apparently a necessary author's device.

Not sorry I read it but it won't stay with me, as some of Cook's other works have done.
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