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The Memory Child [Format Kindle]

Steena Holmes
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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.

Biographie de l'auteur

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.


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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1263 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 221 pages
  • Editeur : Lake Union Publishing (18 mars 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00FG6AF4Y
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Beautiful and brilliant 30 juin 2014
Par balage
Format:Format Kindle
Masterpiece. The tension to the avoidable tragedy is built up so brilliantly that you actually can't wait for it to happen.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A terrifying and suspenseful read. 20 mars 2014
Par Jackie - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
The Memory Child by Steena Holmes is a very well-written women’s fiction suspense novel dealing with postpartum psychosis, the rare illness that can include rapid mood swings, delusions, hallucinations, paranoia, strange beliefs, and sometimes, infanticide.

Diane and Brian are going to have a baby, but Diane is terrified; her mother smothered her infant brother and committed suicide as a result of postpartum psychosis. Brian is an amazing, loving husband, extremely excited for the birth of his first child, while Diane is more than a little hesitant, and actually considers an abortion. Fast-forward one year: Diane has had her baby, is completely enamored of her child like most normal mothers, but… why hasn’t Brian returned from his business trip?

The story is told in alternative perspectives between Brian, during Diane’s pregnancy, and Diane, following the birth of her baby, Claire. Supporting characters include a nanny that Brian hired for Diane prior to his business trip, as well as Diane’s younger sister.

It is clear very early on that something is seriously messed up, and we do not know what could have happened. I had ideas early on – in fact, I was almost convinced at one point that I had guessed the ending, and I was fairly confident because I read a lot – but I am happy to report that I was wrong. Why does everyone act so off around Diane? Where is Brian, the husband-of-the-year?

The writing was very good. I have never read anything by Steena Holmes, and did not know what to expect. She gives the reader a good mind-eff with this one. Highly recommended, with an ending I did not see coming. The pacing was perfect, and the end satisfying.

Only four stars, because there is something at the end I personally wanted done a little differently, but that didn’t affect the readability of this novel at all. Fast-paced and hard to put down, The Memory Child is a must-read for anyone that likes a little bit of mind-effery with their family drama.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Genuinely Confused by All the Positive Reviews 7 avril 2014
Par jh1234 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
All of the glowing reviews convinced me to read this, but now that I have I'm left wondering if those reviews were written by the author and/or her loved ones. Though I don't normally leave negative book reviews (books are so often a matter of taste that I don't usually assume that my lack of enjoyment means it has no merit), "The Memory Child" was so incredibly bad that I feel like I have to share my honest opinion in the hopes that I can prevent other readers from wasting their time and money.

The premise is interesting enough (postpartum psychosis), but that's the only nice thing I can say about it. The writing is really terrible. It is full of cliches, more cliches than I would have thought possible for a single book. Then there's the purple prose. It feels like something written by a high school freshman for a creative writing assignment. The characters are thinly drawn. At no point do these seem like real people. The plot is somehow both untidy and predictable. Just really awful, the whole thing.

I feel for the author. I know that writing a book is not an easy task. But I am incredibly irritated by those reviewers who have been gushing over the book. We all rely on honest reviews to help guide our purchases and after having read this book I really can't imagine that anyone without a personal stake in the book's success would describe this as "very well written" or "suspenseful" or anything but amateurish.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Holy...emotional read 19 mars 2014
Par Jenn H - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I always know when I'm going to read a Steena Holmes story my emotions are going to get jerked around.

If you're a fan of her Finding Emma books - realize this is not this is not like the Emma books. At all.

There were times when I found it really hard to like Diane and yet I totally sympathized with her. It was the same for me with Megan in Finding Emma. It takes considerable writing chops to pull this off. The story grabbed me from the beginning and dragged me through an emotional maze. Realize that when you're about to get a not-easy to read book. This is not a light book and it will sit heavy upon your heart. I don't mean that it bad way. I love emotional books. I love when they hit me in the soft spot and squeeze and squeeze. And The Memory Child did exactly that.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I gave up sleep to finish this book. 26 mars 2014
Par The Every Free Chance Reader - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
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. =)

As reviewed by Melissa at Every Free Chance Book Reviews.

(I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Emotionally gripping yet Suspenseful Read 21 mars 2014
Par The Book Diva Reads - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Brian and Diane seem to have the perfect relationship. They've been married for 12 years and both enjoy their chosen careers. Brian's in a job that requires him to travel a minimum of 30 weeks each year. Diane is a workaholic in a career that she loves. Her hard work has definitely paid off because she's just been named CEO of her company. Although Brian and Diane have discussed having a child, Diane is wary of pregnancy due to her mother's history with postpartum psychoses. A pregnancy at this time in her life is the last thing she wants. Brian is ecstatic at the notion of becoming a father. Can this loving couple resolve their issues and make the transition from a loving couple to a loving family of three?

I found The Memory Child to be a fast-paced read. I kept turning the pages to find out how things end. The story is revealed in alternating versions as told by Diane and Brian. I had some difficulty at first resolving the two different Dianes portrayed in the story. The antepartum Diane is a headstrong (yet not stubborn), resolute and a hardworking career woman and loving wife. The postpartum Diane is emotionally fragile and seems to be overly afraid of everything. However, as I continued to read the two seemingly different Dianes gradually merged into one.

The Memory Child is not a happy story, but it did provide a fascinating glimpse into postpartum depression and the more severe postpartum psychosis. I really liked and came to admire the antepartum Diane and Brian, and empathized with their postpartum difficulties. I wasn't overly thrilled with the nurse/nanny character Nina but came to like her by the end. The Memory Child has been described as a gripping family drama and it is exactly that. If you enjoy well-written, intense stories about survival mixed with family drama and romance (yes it is possible to have romance even after 12 years of marriage), then you'll definitely want to add The Memory Child to your reading list. You may also want to keep a box of tissues handy.
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