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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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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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Par Claire le 17 novembre 2012
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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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Pour les pères de familles sans cauchemar. Sombre atmosphère bien rendue de façon très cohérente tout au long du récit.
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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 Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
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.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Dark thriller 7 mai 2013
Par Jaykay - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Thomas H Cook writes great books. This is a well written, psychological thriller that I found hard to put down. It is a dark tale about Steve Farris who was just 9 years old when he lost his family in a moment of madness. His father took a shotgun and gunned down his mother, brother and sister while he was at school. His father then walked out of his house and disappeared. Now decades later Steve is recanting his few vague memories of that day and the months that preceded the murders. It is a depressing tale, but one that I couldn't stop reading.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Intense 24 mars 2002
Par mellion108 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
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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Par Plum80 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Very very interesting book by one of my favorite authors....Thomas Cook
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Perfect story-telling 12 mai 2015
Par Mrs Bridge - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Complex and interesting from start to finish. Thomas H. Cook takes the reader for a great ride. I love all his books!
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