- File Size: 2855 KB
- Print Length: 122 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Chisel Imprint (October 8, 2016)
- Publication Date: October 8, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01K82OKJG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #872,286 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Blood Stained Memories: A World of Gothic: United States Kindle Edition
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This story was reminiscent of the film Momento for me, in that Helena Abigail wants and needs to discover the truth behind her fathers death and upon entering into her childhood home she gets flashbacks and memories that return out of order in which she begins to unravel and piece together to eventually lead her to the truth.
I found the characters to be interesting separately but a little flat and disconnected when together, but the story was intriguing and gripping and I loved the mystery of it. It was great solving the mystery along with Helena as her memories were revealed and more evidence was found. I even admit to being on the edge of my seat in the last pages of the book.
I would recommend this story to romance/mystery readers as it is an interesting and unique take on the genre.
I voluntarily reviewed this advanced reader copy and I have not been compensated in any way.
This is the story of Helena Abigail Evans-Ross and the memories that she can’t remember of the night her farther was murdered. All she remembers is her Aunt smacking her face and pulling her away from the scene when she is found with a bloody letter opener, and her farther is lying glassy eyed with a deep stab wound to his chest.
Upon returning to the house that she was taken all those years ago, she finds the people she left behind, they all have their own stories to tell, and will reveal vital clues to her as her memories are uncovered. Will she ever find out who killed him? Will she find out what she has feared all these years that she was the one? The story will be revealed in the end and it will keep you guessing all the way through.
In my opinion, this book has earned 3 stars for making me curious enough to read to the last page. It had a good plot full of mystery and I was truly interested in the characters and what had happened within those cold stone walls and I did want to journey into the depths to unearth the secrets in each of their minds.
I felt that this book had so much potential but never really got there. It has an amazing cast of mysterious characters, each of whom has their own hidden secrets that need to be revealed. Each character has secrets that have laid dormant for years and no one seems 100% certain about anyone, every one is suspicious and every one is suspect.
The story brings us back to the childhood home of Abigail Evans, Edgemere. A dark and dreary stone castle with interesting yards and mazes of tunnels. Abigail has returned in hopes of remembering who was involved in her father’s death and why. She has vague memories of the past but none so strong as when she returns to the site of the crime.
This story has been mostly written in present with flashbacks to the past. The author moves between the present and the memory flashbacks of Abigail very quickly and although this can be a useful method to let the reader in on the memories, it generally left me dazed and confused. I found myself having to go back and reread where we were in the present when the flashback hit because there was no re-entry into the present, the text just continued forward. Perhaps others would not mind this style, but I found it hard to follow.
Nearing the end of the story, I felt like things were looking up and the drama was getting intense. Things were falling into place, memories were sorted, culprits were identified and mysteries were being unveiled. And then it stopped, the book was over. The Epilogue was written and I felt cheated out of a great ending.
This may be your style of book as many people have read and enjoyed it. It wasn’t exactly my cup of tea.
Using flashbacks scenes throughout the story as memories flood Abby’s mind, she and readers begin to piece together a mystery surrounding the murder of her father and the secrets that have contributed to the fates that have befallen several residents of Edgemere.
This was a well-crafted tale that felt like reading a game of clue. Who done it? With what? And most importantly, why? Adding to the mystery was a budding romance and a bit of trauma from the past that will have readers wanting to know more about this cast of characters.