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The Memory

Narrated by: Clare Corbett
Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (402 ratings)

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Summary

A haunting domestic drama about families and secrets, perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, Shalini Boland and Lisa Jewell.  

She’ll never forget...I’ll never forgive.

People always notice my daughter, Isobel. How could they not? Incredibly beautiful...until she speaks.   

An unsettling little-girl voice, exactly like a child’s, but from the mouth of a full-grown woman.   

Izzie might look grown up, but inside she’s trapped. Caught in the day it happened...the day that broke her from within. Our family fell apart that day, and we never could pick up the pieces....

©2018 Lucy Dawson (P)2018 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Well paced and gripping thriller

All through the book we're given hints of mysteries that we hope will be explained later, and this alongside a gentle flow of actual revelations, so there's never a flat bit.

The ending moves at a very fast pace and I found I had to concentrate so as not to miss something.

The story is about Tim and Clare who move from the London area to buy an old property in rural Shropshire, and also about Eve Parks and her daughter Isabel who are selling the property to live in a smaller place nearby.

Mainly the book revolves around the relationships between and among the people in the two families and their Shropshire neighbours. Quite a clever plot really. It does involve Voodoo, black magic and similar things, so maybe not one to listen to in the middle of the night on your own. Balancing the supernatural we have Clare a partly trained psychologist who is sure there must be a rational explanation for everything.

Good narration by Clare Corbett. Great range of voices.

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  • Helen
  • United Kingdom
  • 05-02-19

Outstanding Gripping Characters and Narration

Memory is a greatly well written book but what makes the audiobook come to life is the narration, here Claire has brought each individual character to life, her range of voice and regional accents is fantastic keeping your ears tuned in to the book all the way through.

The story is well constructed, each character is depicted in depth, there is a nice unexpected sinister twist towards the end which finishes it all of nicely.

It’s not a supernatural thriller as described in other reviews although there are small references to voodoo dolls, symbols and the occult, it’s not the emphasis of the story.

Family secrets, life changing event, friendship, deep genuine love, fear, gossip, jealousy, all the ingredients which make for a gripping listening experience.

I really enjoyed this one, there were no zoning out moments during listening, I had to rewind if I wasn’t paying full attention to listening as I didn’t want to miss any of it.

Full five stars from me.

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Amazing

This was the srory that gripped me at every turn. Absolutely brilliantly written and read. I couldn't stop listening.

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  • Sarah
  • East Yorkshire
  • 24-01-19

What a belter!

This creepy little number was my first Lucy Dawson and it won’t be my last! I finished it in 2 days and thought it was a brilliantly paced and narrated thriller, and I loved the psychological / supernatural touches. It was one of those books that has you thinking - It’s him.... no it’s her.... It’s definitely not a ghost..... but maybe it could be a ghost?.... is it that person AND a ghost?... nope it’s 100 percent him.... or her.... all within the space of one chapter. Great fun!!

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Compelling Read Lacklustre Ending

What a great read, the story was full of twists and turns and you really had no idea what was going on throughout this well written novel. I did not guess or predict the ending but that was probably due to the fact I was expecting a better and more elaborate finale.

Clare Corbett read well however I found myself disliking Tim from the start as her 'voice' for him was so similar to Glenn from Fiona Barton's The Widow I found myself getting confused.

Overall, it is definitely worth the monthly credit but I would be reluctant to spend £30 on the download.

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intriguing right to the end

loved it. the structure of the book was perfect and made for compelling listening. great characterisation

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Bit of a twist

I liked the characters in this book, I found the voice of Isobel to be a bit jarring tbh but it was needed I think to help the listener realise the mental condition of her. I enjoyed listening but wouldn’t give it a rave review. I actually wanted it to end differently and was half expecting a twist right at the end. An ok book but not a page turner

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Read beautifully

Enjoyable story. Not as much suspense as I'd like but nicely written. Would read another by the same author.

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Keeps you guessing until the end.

This story was full of suspense - not only within the story, but within the style as well- ghost story? supernatural? dysfunctional families? unrequited love? A very good listen! Incredibly well written. Beautifully narrated.

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Great book

Really enjoyed this book. Kept me quiet for hours. But the narration was something else. Clare Corbett has the ability of making it seem like about 10 different people are narrating - she is so good at the different voices. Bad narration puts me off what may be a good book, but this one was fantastic, thanks, in no small part, to the narration.

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  • tguza
  • 05-01-19

Kept hoping it would get better

Too many characters, slow, was hoping it would all build up to a great ending, but just really strange. I’ve adored all Lucy Dawson books up until this one.

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  • S. L. Cutler
  • 26-03-19

Occult Heavy

This novel could have been interesting but the storyline is weaved with spiritism throughout. Supernatural themes are very popular now but I personally do not enjoy reading this genre of novel. I know there are other readers who don't either and I think reviews should be more descriptive about the content of novels.

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  • Karen Ross
  • 03-01-19

Is it over yet? Yawn....

Is it over yet? Yawn....
I struggled to get through this one. I am writing this midway through; sometimes I do this. So far, somewhat disappointing, which surprises me. I like author Lucy Dawson. As usual, narrator Clare Corbett is at her best. I am continuing on for now. The subject matter is about as unusual as anything I’ve listened to via Audible. There are so many twists and turns, I got dizzy. I have high hopes with this book. More to come... not one of the best, but nit the worse either. As this one continues, it grabbed my attention back and I finished it, the ending was very different indeed and not my favorite.

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  • Eve
  • 03-02-19

Good but NOT a thriller

This was quite a good book, but in no way a thriller. I ended up liking it because the end was powerful. But for the first 6 hours I kept waiting for something to happen.

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  • addictedtoamazon
  • 09-01-19

Lots of potential, but...

I enjoyed this book; however, it seems like it just came to an end too quickly. There could have been so much more story, but it seems like the author just got lazy and felt like finishing it too soon.

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  • Zoe
  • 12-02-19

Disappointing

The twist was okay. Aspects of the ending are unexplained. I was thoroughly underwhelmed; don’t let the blurb inform your expectations for this one.

The narrator was incredible though; 5 stars for her.

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  • YOANKA
  • 09-01-19

What a thrilling book!

I was hooked from the very Beginning! I couldn’t stop listening. If you are interested in the super natural this is a great book. Though it’s not quite what it seems. The end will totally surprise you. I love books like this, that keep me guessing! The narrator was also great! A must listen.

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  • Claudia Loza
  • 16-12-18

Difficult to put down.

I did not expect the ending! I loved the way the characters were developed. the story unfolded slowly and at times I was confused as to genre of the story for a moment I thought this was a semi-horror. However, the end put everything into perspective.

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  • Jules
  • 12-12-18

Excellent

I really enjoyed this book, very interesting and the narrator was really really good and captured the characters well.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-05-19

Pretty Creepy! Really enjoy it!

It's not my favorite by her but I still really liked listening to it! I definitely got a little creeped out a few times.

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