The Memory Game by Nicci French

About the book

When a skeleton is unearthed in the Martellos’ garden, Jane Martello is shocked to learn it’s that of her childhood friend, Natalie, who went missing twenty-five years ago. Encouraged by a therapist to recover lost memories, Jane hopes to find out what really took place when she was a child – and what happened to Natalie. But in learning the truth about hers and Natalie’s past, is Jane putting her own future at terrible risk?

Reviewed by Blackwater Valley U3A:

We thought this was well written with some interesting characters. However it is not really a thriller (back cover) and we did think that there were several things left unexplained towards the end. This led to an interesting discussion.

Star rating: ***

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3 thoughts on “The Memory Game by Nicci French”

  1. Review by New Forest – Waterside U3A Theatre and Literature Reading Group:
    An improbable murder so secondary to the main plot as to be almost incidental: what family, however complex could have written-off the disappearance of a beloved daughter as the Martello РCrane m̩nage seemed to have done. No one in our group could find any character with which they would have made common cause. Nor would any have been comfortable in a building Jane Crane designed. The endless food preparations were boringly reminiscent of the scenic passages in Walter Scott novels. Any investigative journalist would have been proud of the psycho-therapy chapters. The stark ending left everyone feeling it had been rushed to meet a deadline.
    On the plus side, once started it was difficult to lay down.
    Star rating: **


  2. Review by St Mary’s RC Parish Reading Group:
    Mixed reception. Most thought it was a very ‘commercial’ book tackling a 90s issue, ‘false memory’. However, most felt compelled to finish it – a page turner towards the end.
    Star rating: **


  3. Review by Alton Library Thursday Group
    Book provoked lots of discussion. Felt it was an okay read but not particularly inspiring. Some parts of the story were contrived, others irrelevant. Interesting twist at the end. Easy reading.
    Rating: **


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