Review: Love Water Memory

January 20, 2014 amnesia, book review, family, fiction, She Reads, trauma 1

Written By: Jennie Shortridge

Published By: Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster, PB release January 2014

Length:  320 pages

Source: Publisher/She Reads in exchange for an honest review.

Who is Lucie Walker? Even Lucie herself can’t answer that question after she comes to, confused and up to her knees in the chilly San Francisco Bay. Back home in Seattle, she adjusts to life with amnesia, growing unsettled by the clues she finds to the selfish, carefully guarded person she used to be. Will she ever fall in love with her handsome, kindhearted fiancé, Grady? Can he devote himself to the vulnerable, easygoing Lucie 2.0, who is so unlike her controlling former self? When Lucie learns that Grady has been hiding some very painful secrets that could change the course of their relationship, she musters the courage to search for the shocking, long-repressed childhood memories that will finally set her free. (IndieBound)

My Thoughts:

She Reads has once again chosen a book that draws the reader in and demands much thought and debate on what any of us would do if our memory was wiped clean.

Lucie’s character is confused and lost, so it’s easy to by sympathetic with her struggle.  When Grady her fiance shows up he makes her recovery more complex.  Immediately I had the feeling he was hiding something, and his actions were odd.  He shows up with no real plan other than to scoop Lucie up and return to Seattle.  He packs no bag and when he realizes he’ll have to stay the night he asks for no recommendations from hospital, he just starts walking and ends up in a seedy motel, just looking for a pool. 

I tried to like Lucie and Grady, but I never felt close to either of them.  I didn’t really want to root for them.  I didn’t like the way Grady seemed to just let Lucie float, not insisting on seeing a Dr, not encouraging her to find out more about her past, trying to find the path to her memory.

While the story eventually plays out in horrific discoveries of her past, Lucie is still searching I feel.

This book was just okay for me, it was a very quick read.  It’s more honest in it’s depiction of an amnesia patient, but perhaps I was just too frustrated with the main characters relationship to enjoy it.  Please visit She Reads to check out other reviews of Love Water Memory.  There are also great posts from the author Jennie Shortridge.  

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