‘You are going to die. You can preserve a handful of special memories for ever. Which ones would you choose?’
I am struggling to believe that this is a debut. Holly’s writing is addictive, her storyline creative and characters believable. I was nuts about this book from the very first chapter, and I urge you all to jump on the bandwagon.
‘True death is a thing of the past. Now you can spend the rest of eternity re-living your happiest memories: that first kiss, falling in love, the birth of your children, enjoyed on loop for ever and ever. Isobel is a Heaven Architect, and she helps dying people create afterlives from these memories. So when she falls for Jarek, one of her terminal – and married – clients, she knows that while she cannot save him, she can create the most beautiful of heavens, just for him. But when Jarek’s wife is found dead, Isobel uncovers a darker side of the world she works within, and she can trust no one with what she finds…’
You could feel the chemistry between Isabel and Jarek upon their first meeting. The pent up energy bouncing off of each other leading them into dangerous territory. It isn’t the best of situations to have met which is perhaps why they became so reckless, they know it is their final chance…
You definitely get a feel of Holly Cave’s scientific background throughout the narrative, but not too much so it overwhelms you. It is like a fun science lesson of what the future might be like… imagine being able to create your own heaven through memories!?
Isabel is an efficient, eager character who loves her job. I found her likeable as she tries to do what she believes is the right thing. So when she goes on the run as a potential murder suspect, her life goes a bit pear shaped… where can she go from here?
This is an incredibly unpredictable book. You think you know where it is going but then Holly changes tact, dropping in a few red herrings here and there, leading you on a fast paced reading frenzy to get to the ultimate moments in this high concept piece of fiction. Well done, Holly!
‘Humans are unpredictable creatures… especially the dying ones.’
Thank you so much to Lizzie and Alainna at Quercus for sending me a copy of this ‘one of a kind’ novel, and for inviting me onto the Blog Tour – your support of us bloggers is phenomenal.
‘The Memory Chamber’ is available to buy now from all good retailers – so buy and enjoy!