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The Memory Child

Narrated by: Amy McFadden
Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
4 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)
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Summary

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.

©2014 Steena Holmes (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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Never Expected

I obviously liked the write-up and reviews of this book because I bought it twice. Once for my kindle and once from Audible. I enjoyed going between the two with them syncing all the time.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. All the way through I had questions that remained unanswered and certainly never expected the ending.

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  • BookedinChico
  • 14-01-15

The build up is what keeps it from being 4 stars

Good and the twists at the end we're really good but the build up made me think this wasn't going to be a mystery or thriller. The pacing was a bit slow.

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  • Jessica McGinnity
  • 19-12-18

A predictable story, yet still an emotional read.

A predictable story, yet still an emotional read.

I chose the audiobook for a long drive, it kept my attention, but within the first paragraph I began pricing the storyline together, and by the halfway mark I saw the ending.

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  • Debra Fein
  • 13-12-18

Mothers and Babies

I was as enjoying the book until the last two chapters. I like Steena Holmes writing, in some of her other books. I wish novels would be written about postpartum depression that didn't end with the baby being dead and the mother crazy. There is such a thing as triumphing over the odds.

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  • Reader7347
  • 26-02-18

OK story, decent performance

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was an OK story to listen to while doing tasks. I missed some of the story but didn't feel like it was detrimental to the plot.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Better plot/story editing. There was a lot of repetition and exposition. Parts of the story dragged on.

Which character – as performed by Amy McFadden – was your favorite?

I liked the "Brian" character slightly better as he seemed more realistic.

Could you see The Memory Child being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Could be a movie with better editing. The concept is compelling but the writing needs more polish.

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  • Ginger
  • 24-02-18

Moving


This is not my typical type of book. Not sure why I got it, but I am so glad I did. This story makes you realize how fragile life can be, how easy it is to lose touch with reality. Brian and Diane’s story is moving, unsettling and gripping. I had a hard time putting it down

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  • Barb
  • 01-08-17

dufficult to put down

amazing story. well written. so captivating, surprising. loved it. narrator did a great job. i didnt want it to end.

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  • TERESA
  • 17-07-17

Wow

What a powerful story. Tears for sure
Narrator i love. As always she does a wonderful job

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  • Elle Knowles
  • 01-07-17

Beautiful story

Kept me guessing till the very end. Heartbreaking story of mother and child. A must read.

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  • CHRISTY STEWART
  • 23-06-16

Ugh

Worst narration ever. Over done, over acted. Almost ruined the book for me. Story was good.

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  • annie
  • 01-07-15

So so

I predicted ending in first few chapters. very slow paced. almost didn't finish