#BlogTour #BookReview – The Memory Chamber by Holly Cave (@QuercusBooks @HollyACave)

memory chamberYOU ARE GOING TO DIE.
YOU CAN PRESERVE A HANDFUL OF SPECIAL MEMORIES FOREVER.
WHICH ONES WOULD YOU CHOOSE?

True death is a thing of the past. Now you can spend the rest of eternity reliving your happiest memories: that first kiss, falling in love, the birth of your children, enjoyed on loop for ever and ever.

Isobel is a Heaven Architect, and she helps dying people create afterlives from these memories. So when she falls for Jarek, one of her terminal – and married – clients, she knows that while she cannot save him, she can create the most beautiful of heavens, just for him.

But when Jarek’s wife is found dead, Isobel uncovers a darker side of the world she works within, and she can trust no one with what she finds…

The Memory Chamber is a thrilling and original story which vaults the reader into a world that is terrifyingly close to our own, where we can avoid everything we fear – even death itself. But can we ever escape the truth? 

Published 22nd February 2018 by Quercus (UK)  

Oh. My. God did I love this book or what?  The Memory Chamber is exactly my kind of dystopia/speculative fiction which I rarely come across or get a chance to pick up these days. Ones with glimpses into a not so distant future, where the sinister comes from what starts out as a way of making life (or in this case, death) better. The ones that make you think, and the ones that seem not so far fetched after all.

Isobel is a heaven architect – her job involves creating heavens for people when they die in a kind of augmented reality. The process is achieved through the extraction of memory neurons soon after death. It’s Isobel’s job to work with clients to plan their heaven before they die, picking and choosing their favourite memories to live and relive for all eternity.

I’m sure I caught something briefly on the news or some other program recently along similar lines – about the increasing possibility of preserving memories or personalities after death. Now, the science of the whole thing admittedly goes right over my head, but The Memory Chamber as a concept seemed to me highly plausible. I had no difficulty believing that we as humans would go down a path of selling ‘heavens’ after death if the technology was there to make them.  While it’s set in a future where technology has advanced, the book isn’t so far away or all that much more different from our own world to be alienating.  There are hints at treatments and medicines we don’t yet have access to, driverless cars and superior communication devices but in all honesty, the overall setting is familiar. I found it so credible, and so chilling!

There’s a thriller element to this book, which I found gripping. It stands out not only due to the original concept used to solve it, but the high emotional involvement this book triggered in me. As Isobel is put in an impossible position, I felt I was riding the tide of fear, loyalty, disbelief and betrayal along with her as everything she believes in crumbles around her and she faces both personal and professional ethical dilemmas.

Right from the very start, The Memory Chamber had me hooked. Holly Cave’s writing is beautiful, almost spellbinding as she builds Isobel’s world so convincingly. I struggled to put it down, and when I did, I was thinking about it and eager to get back as soon as possible. An evocatively imagined near future with a sinister and chilling twist, I recommend this book thoroughly!

(I read an advance proof courtesy of the publisher)

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Weekly Wrap Up – 4th March 2018

This week can only be defined by one thing – SNOW! I’m sure we’re all fed up of it now here in the UK, ours has now turned from a pretty thick blanket to half melted brown slush and lumps of ice. Eurgh. Hope everyone all managed to stay warm and fit some extra cosy reading in!

I read three books this week – all thrillers! It would’ve only been two but thanks to the weather, my day shift was cancelled today and I’ve spent the morning reading Clare Mackintosh’s new book. I really thought I had this one sussed, but she still managed to shock me with an incredibly twisty ending! My review will be up on the blog during the week and you can buy it yourselves from Thursday 8th March 2018!

I also had a good old book sort out on Thursday and managed to completely update my Goodreads shelves, organise my diary and rearrange the shelves into months. March and April are extremely busy with some amazing books to read – here’s my March to be read pile (which doesn’t even include ebooks!)

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This week I have FOUR blog tours stopping by!

And despite the #BeastFromTheEast bringing lots of services to a stand still, my good old postie still managed to get through the snow with some amazing #Bookpost – here’s some of the new books that made their way to my shelves this week

Happy Reading! 

WWW Wednesdays – 14TH February 2018

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Taking On A World Of Words to record and share our weekly reading.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?  

Currently Reading   

bring me backA young British couple are driving through France on holiday when they stop for gas. He runs in to pay, she stays in the car. When he returns her car door has been left open, but she’s not inside. No one ever sees her again. 

Ten years later he’s engaged to be married; he’s happy, and his past is only a tiny part his life now. Until he comes home from work and finds his new wife-to-be is sitting on their sofa. She’s turning something over in her fingers, holding it up to the light. Something that would have no worth to anyone else, something only he and she would know about because his wife is the sister of his missing first love.

As more and more questions are raised, their marriage becomes strained. Has his first love somehow come back to him after all this time? Or is the person who took her playing games with his mind?

 

Recently Finished 

Four friends. Twenty years. One powerful secret. Everyone remembers where they were on story of our lives31st August 1997, the day Princess Diana died.

Sophie, Emily, Amy and Melissa certainly do -– a beautiful cottage in Southwold, at the start of an annual tradition to have a weekend away together.

Every year since, the four best friends have come back together. But over time the changes in their lives have led them down very different paths. And it’s when those paths collide that the secrets they’ve been keeping come tumbling out.

One Day meets Big Little Lies in this unputdownable read about four friends, one long-buried secret and the histories we all share.

 

Reading Next  

memory chamberYOU ARE GOING TO DIE. 
YOU CAN PRESERVE A HANDFUL OF SPECIAL MEMORIES FOREVER. 
WHICH ONES WOULD YOU CHOOSE?

True death is a thing of the past. Now you can spend the rest of eternity reliving your happiest memories: that first kiss, falling in love, the birth of your children, enjoyed on loop for ever and ever.

Isobel is a Heaven Architect, and she helps dying people create afterlives from these memories. So when she falls for Jarek, one of her terminal – and married – clients, she knows that while she cannot save him, she can create the most beautiful of heavens, just for him.

But when Jarek’s wife is found dead, Isobel uncovers a darker side of the world she works within, and she can trust no one with what she finds…

The Memory Chamber is a thrilling and original story which vaults the reader into a world that is terrifyingly close to our own, where we can avoid everything we fear – even death itself. But can we ever escape the truth?  

 

Happy Reading!