Memory Watcher, The MP3 CD – Audiobook, July 11, 2017
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Autumn's stalking of the family who adopted her child is a gut-wrenching and heart-pounding exploration of a very disturbed woman's psyche. Is she a forlorn mother desperate to reconnect with her child? Is she a delusional woman obsessed with a non-existent perfection? Autumn's bizarre fascination and Daphne's constant struggle to maintain her family create the perfect blend of mystery, suspense, and intrigue. The author keeps you guessing, and I never saw the twist coming!
Daphne is a woman who puts her perfect life out on social media for everyone to see. Her adoring husband, her three perfect children, and her lovely house. Of course, her husband is rich, handsome, a wonderful father, and terribly in love with her. Her children are precocious, well behaved, and darling. And she keeps a perfect house, cooks delicious, healthy meals and and always looks perfect. At least, it seems so.
Autumn comes from a troubled background and tries to model herself on the women she follows on social media. She had been searching for her precious little girl for three years and finally found her. Her precious Grace is Daphne's oldest child. She chooses a boyfriend whose house backs up to Daphne's and moves in with him so she can watch her little girl grow up. But all is not as perfect as it seems. And Autumn is not going to let her little girl grow up in an imperfect home.
Whew! This story kept me going. It twists and turns and twists again. The story moves at a good pace and draws you in, deeper and deeper. It kept me guessing and interested all the way through. As thrillers go, this is a good one! Try it. I think you will like it.
In this day an age where everything is out there for all to see, we show the beautiful perfect highlight reels of our lives. Who needs to see all the flawed parts of us? That's not what everyone wants, right? But what happens when you are mistaken and everything you know turns out to not be what it is? That is this story. We have flaws. We are all imperfect, but no one needs to know that.
"It's always sunny on Instaface, even if that sun is artificial."
Daphne has the "perfect life" with her husband. She is the stay at home mother to 3 children. Everything she does is 'Martha Stewart' perfect. Beautiful home, perfect husband and children that love her. She can do no wrong. FLAWED....
Then we have Autumn. She seems to be a little off from the get go. She is the neighbor that wants the perfect life and so she goes out and gets it. It's easier said than done, but she seems to fill the role of the perfect girlfriend next door. FLAWED....
But all isn't as it seems on the surface. Dig deeper.
"The darkness naturally hides the things we don't want to see."
Looking for something a little twisted and dark and perhaps a bit sinister? Minka developed a great plot with a nice flow to the story. Everything proceeds at a great speed and the characters you want to hate, but can understand them in their own way. They are all put in one another's paths to get to the here and now. The ending could of wrapped up a little bit better, but honestly, it was all a good twist. I would definitely recommend this thriller of a book to someone looking for a little suspense.
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The premise being social media based was quite clever and it made me chuckle because it was so true to life. I didn't see Graham and Marnie as a realistic pairing but it didn't spoil the ride for me. I loved the writing style and I loved being drawn into the story. Great read.
So we have Autumn, who watches closely the family that adopted her daughter - she insinuates herself into every part of their lives. But sometimes golden lives hide dark secrets as Autumn is about to discover.
For the most part I was highly fascinated by this one, especially the characters. Autumn is a chameleon, she fits the people she is with or tries to. Hints at a not so wonderful childhood just increase her mystique and her voice is strong and engaging. You do fall for her and her determination to protect the child she gave up, plus the story is twisted as you like. The surrounding characters are equally engaging, Daphne the perfect wife whose perfection falters as the story goes on, Graham the wonderful husband who is not so wonderful. Ben, Autumn's long suffering boyfriend who loves her but doesn't really understand her and Marnie the edgy, unlikable sister of Ben who peripherally causes all sorts of shenanigans.
Overall then a great tale well told, a bang through page turner - but for me not without it's faults. The ultimate resolution, whilst yes utterly unexpected (bonus points) fell a little flat for me because of it's nature. Say no more, we don't do spoilers here. Also Grace, the daughter, showed such promise as a psychologically intriguing character, but ultimately that went nowhere and didn't tie up well with the ending, this I did find disappointing. I feel more could have been made of the relationship between Grace and Autumn, the nuances were there and then completely ignored within the context of the finale which was vaguely frustrating.
Even having said all that though, the writing was great, the storytelling for the majority well plotted and having an ending that I didn't expect was indeed a good selling point. It means I am going to get this authors next reads, perhaps as this was her first those little things that did frustrate will come out, Minka Kent has a talented and intuitive eye for building characters readers will relate to and love/hate, this in and of itself is something I look for in this genre so I'm sticking with it.
A solid 3* showing huge potential.
This is a good story with interesting characters and is very much set in the here and now as the characters use the app 'instaface', allowing the story to delve into how people use social media to create personas that aren't real. The story flips between each character and has a tight and well paced plot, however the big twist and reveal at the end did feel very rushed and not quite in keeping with the rest of the book.
I did enjoy it though and would recommend it
The story focussed on two main characters and flicked from one perspective to another. It showed how social media can be used to present a certain “persona” for the outside world, which may not be entirely true.
I didn’t feel a connection with any of the characters at all and guessed quite accurately what was going to happen in the end.
I did find myself gripped by the storyline and I was desperate to get to the end and see if I was right.
I would certainly read another book by the author.
I look forward to the next book by this author.
When I saw there was 30 minutes to go to end of book i knew I would be disappointed .
What was the trauma Sarah has been through, was it real or imagined who was Autumn was she real, is she dead . How did Graham Cole with his 3 children?
These are all left hanging but not enough for a second book its a shame but I've lost interest and probably won't revisit this author.