Afternoon everyone. I hope you’re all good and having a lovely Saturday. I’ve had another busy few days so later posts for you today, starting with a review on the blog tour of The Memories We Bury by H.A. Leuschel. This is a creepy and unnerving story that will keep you turning the pages to uncover the secrets within…
book blurb & info
An emotionally charged and captivating novel about the complexities of female friendship and motherhood
Lizzie Thomson has landed her first job as a music teacher, and after a whirlwind romance with Markus, the newlywed couple move into a beautiful new home in the outskirts of Edinburgh. Lizzie quickly befriends their neighbour Morag, an elderly, resourceful yet lonely widow, whose own children rarely visit her. Everything seems perfect in Lizzie’s life until she finds out she is pregnant and her relationship with both Morag and Markus change beyond her control.
Can Lizzie really trust Morag and why is Markus keeping secrets from her?
In The Memories We Bury the author explores the dangerous bonds we can create with strangers and how past memories can cast long shadows over the present.
Published on: 29th July 2020
Formats available: Paperback & eBook. Available on Kindle Unlimited
Ok, so this is one of those books where I’m not going to summarise my version of the story as I don’t want to give anything away; one of those that it’s hard to write a review for without including spoilers!
What I will say is that this is a compelling, unnerving read with some interesting, complex characters. It covers family complexities, obsession, manipulation, love, trust and friendship; as well as how we lock away memories that we want to forget……
I felt sorry for Lizzie throughout the whole book. She’s had a tough time and things didn’t seem to get any easier for her despite the support around her. Markus was one of the characters I didn’t like; he sucked me in at the beginning but then the way he behaves definitely made me angry. Other than those two I’m not saying anything else about the others!
The plot was brilliant. I did find it a little slow to start with and I wasn’t sure whether I was going to get into it, but it picked up and I was sucked in! Leuschel does a fantastic job of getting you on board with Lizzie so you’re really not sure who you can trust, who is telling the truth and if the stuff happening is really happening! The things that do happen throughout will get your brain ticking and will definitely creep you out at times. There were a few questions I had that I didn’t feel were answered, but that’s probably down to my own interpretation.
The story is told from the two main perspectives of Lizzie and Morag, and as you read on. the story unravels more and more about their pasts, their secrets and the memories they’ve buried. All of which will keep you turning the pages!
Overall, I enjoyed this and would definitely love to read more by Leuschel in the future. If you’re looking for an unnerving, psychological read then check this out! Recommended by me.
about the author
Helene Andrea Leuschel gained a Master in Journalism & Communication, which led to a career in radio and television in Brussels, London and Edinburgh. She later acquired a Master in Philosophy, specializing in the study of the mind. Helene has a particular interest in emotional, psychological and social well-being and this led her to write her first novel, Manipulated Lives, a fictional collection of five novellas, each highlighting the dangers of interacting with narcissists. She lives with her husband and two children in Portugal.
Organised by: Damppebbles
Thanks to Emma for inviting me on to the tour, and to the author and publisher for gifting me with a copy of the book. All views and opinions are my own.
I’ll be back soon with my next post of the day so see you soon!
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