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Buried Memories Paperback – March 31, 2014
About the Author
Kelli Owen was a reviewer for fifteen years and editor of some of the biggest names in the genre for over ten. She has been to countless conventions, participated on dozens of panels, and spoken at CIA headquarters in Langley regarding her writing. And they still don't know what genre to put her in...
She's not a horror writer in the traditional sense. Rather than throwing blood at the page, she prefers to let it soak in slowly. Creepy, moody, atmospheric, and quiet are her favorite ways of getting under your skin. And she will. With a smile.
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This novella started out with a bang, and ended with a great line.....the problem for me was that the middle didn't sustain the tension as well as it could have. We begin with our main character, Ben, who is undergoing hypnosis to cease smoking. His Dad--the only family he has--is dying of lung cancer in a nearby hospital. The trouble begins immediately when the hypnosis sessions begin to give Ben troubling flashbacks about a girl named Becca, and a car racing in her direction, just after she falls off her bike. These "memories" begin to permeate his everyday existence as more and more memories begin to surface in his mind.
All of this takes on a whole new meaning when Ben decides to change his hypnosis sessions in order to help him retrieve the rest of these memories. This is where the story felt a little weak, to me. Ben keeps alternating between different courses of action, without really committing to anything at all. I don't want to give away any of the plot, so I'll just say that I felt his character should have been a little more....decisive, at this point.
The ending was somewhat predictable to me, but I absolutely loved the line that the novella closed with. That one sentence had me suddenly thinking about things in a whole new light, and I loved the "twist" of the gut I felt inside after reading it. I am really enjoying Kelli Owen's writing style as of late, and plan on picking up some of her longer works this week.