The Memory by Lucy Dawson tells a story of how the past damages the present, secrets and lies, all with a touch of the supernatural. I was caught up in this thriller and finished it within days.
Eve and her daughter, Isobel live in Fox Cottage with it crumbling around them. She is desperate to leave and start a new life but Isobel and the past are holding her back. An incident from Isobel’s childhood has traumatized her and she is still stuck as very much a little girl in a beautiful adults body with the voice of a child. Eve, herself has things she has done that she is not proud of but her first priority is her damaged daughter. Eve thinks she knows her daughter but even Isobel has secrets.
Claire, Tim and Rosie buy Fox Cottage with the idea of renovating it. However, the past comes calling for them as well as secrets and lies become exposed. Claire is thrown into a situation she’s not prepared for as she is the only one (except her child) that does not have the shared trauma of that day when they were 7 years old.
I was NOT expecting the ending. Great psychological thriller with a subtle supernatural twist. 4/5.
Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for this eArc copy for an honest review.