Saturday 26 April 2014

Book Review - The Memory Tourist

Reading has kind of taken a backseat for me at the moment, and that's something I'm a little bit sad about to be honest.

Once upon a time, in the not so distant past, I could easily read a book within a day or two, put a review together about it and then be well on with my next book, no problem at all, but I seem to have totally lost my mojo at the moment.

It seems that there isn't enough hours in the day for me to fit in everything I need to do, and unfortunately, it's reading that has taken a back burner for the time being.

This isn't something I consciously chose to do either - I really love putting my feet up and settling down to get lost within the pages of a really fantastic story.

Nope - it is not ideal...not ideal at all.
Especially for a lady who is supposedly part of an amazingly fabulous book club and currently has five authors sat waiting on me to review their books.


I really do need to get my book-worm head back in the game - and pronto.

But I have made a start - honestly - I really have!

And to prove this fact, and because I haven't done anything like this on my blog in a while, I thought I would share a review with you of a book I finished just last night.

This book is by a brilliant first time author, it costs just £2.94 on Amazon and judging by this story, I can 100% see lots more coming from this guy.

Fingers Crossed anyway.

The Memory Tourist
Glenn Haigh

This is the story surrounding the lifelong friendship of an extremely close, but very different group of friends, delving into their lives and looking at how they each cope with, deal with and move on from a horrible, life changing tragedy.

Dee Winters has always perceived herself to be "different" from the rest of the world, but with the love and support of her best friend Garth, she has faced her fears head on, surviving and overcoming everything with Garth's guidance, support and unwavering faithfulness towards her never faltering.

That is of course, until Dee stops being the "elephant in the room" and evolves into The Memory Tourist.
Now it is her time to be everything to Garth that he was to her - and a whole lot more besides.

But as The Memory Tourist, will Dee ever be detected?

Will she go un-seen, being able to trawl through her loved ones memories - be they of the past, present or the future?

Will Garth ever be able to forgive Dee for the blame he places on her for carrying out her seemingly selfish, unthinkable acts?

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absolutely loved this story.

It had me gripped from beginning to end and I found that it had every single element that you would expect from a brilliant book:

~ Rich, descriptive text which paints elaborate pictures in your mind

~ Lovable, lifelike, un-perfect, realistic characters that you immediately gel with and who you really feel as though you know

Extremely strong, thought-provoking language which really takes an amazingly strong hold of your emotions.

I found the plot of the story fantastic too - it has such a lovely, comforting concept.
The idea that the souls of those we love remain with us, even after death, with no-one ever being lost, not forever, is so beautiful, and is so lovingly captured within the pages of this book that I was actually really disappointed to have finished it.

I wanted it to go on and on.

Throughout the reading of this story, there were moments I found myself actually laughing out loud and other moments where I had tears of utter sadness running down my face.

The descriptions really are that strong - they grab hold of you and pull you into their plot.
As a reader, I find this very important because I want to be able to feel as though I am an actual part of the story, almost as though I am able to interact with the characters and really experience what they are feeling, not just feel like a passive spectator simply looking in.

And for me, this book certainly ticked that box.

There is also a real "gasp in shock" twist at the end of the story which had my mind reeling a little bit, but it was fab - you really can't ask for anything more.

I found The Memory Tourist a truly heartwarming, beautiful, 100%-must-read story and I can't wait to see what is next from the author.

A Real Five Star Story

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