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Sarah and Valarie awake in a room, where that room is, they don’t know – and who the other one is, they don’t really know that either. The knowledge is there, then it is not. Things come and go in their minds, but mostly go. Oh, and there also happens to be a dead man lying in the room as well. It may seem like the setup of “Saw” but this plays a more psychological game than horror filled bloodletting. They don’t know what is going on, who they really are, or who HE is. Then one of them is called away and finds nothing but more questions – and The Memory Man.
Brilliantly done, this is a subtle psychological conundrum that will leave you hungry for other works penned by this author.
So...there's these two women and a dead guy in a room. Neither woman has any memory of what happened to them or how the dead guy ended up...well...dead. This seems like the set up to the joke, but the punchline is missing.
As the story progresses, you find out Valerie and Sarah's memories are further impacted upon leaving the room when they're...metaphysically summoned?...by a psychic. I wasn't sure if they were ghosts. Or...if this was just a strange story. It was really interesting, however, and kept me turning pages so I could understand what was happening.
It ends with Sarah lying to Valerie, building false memories out of random bits of information and imagination in order to comfort her only "friend" in this strange landscape. Even with that odd feeling of never getting closure, I still liked this story. It's well-written and the character dynamics are intriguing.
I love the authors writing style. In this story literally almost every word written counted towards the plot line and the ending.
A disturbing little tale one I think I would most probably be recommending to fellow authors for whom the economy of words will have the most impact.
Do not get me wrong. If you like the genre you will appreciate the plot but most of all I think this book will leave you blinking twice.
word of author Helen Smith's book, The Memory Man. And just when you think that
you've got everything figured out, another clue unfolds, but it only layers an
added depth to this story line of literary fiction. Actually, it's a body of work which I
found to be refreshing. Certainly not more of the same; it requires that a
reader have some insight of their own. I highly recommend it.