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The Memory Child [Kindle Edition]

Steena Holmes
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When Brian finds out that his wife, Diane, is pregnant, he is elated. He’s been patiently waiting for twelve years to become a father. But Diane has always been nervous about having children because of her family’s dark past. The timing of the pregnancy also isn’t ideal—Diane has just been promoted, and Brian is being called away to open a new London office for his company.

Fast-forward one year: being a mother has brought Diane a sense of joy that she’d never imagined and she’s head over heels for her new baby, Grace. But things are far from perfect: Brian has still not returned from London, and Diane fears leaving the baby for even a moment. As unsettling changes in those around Diane began to emerge, it becomes clear that all is not as it seems.

A woman’s dark past collides head-on with her mysterious present in this surreal and gripping family drama.

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About the Author

Steena Holmes grew up in a small town in Canada and holds a bachelor’s degree in theology. She is the author of eleven novels and novellas, including Finding Emma, for which she was awarded a National Indie Excellence Book Award in 2012. She currently lives in Calgary with her husband and three daughters, and loves to wake up to the Rocky Mountains each morning.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1263 KB
  • Print Length: 221 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (18 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FG6AF4Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,037 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Author of the new heart wrenching BestSeller "Finding Emma", Steena is a woman who believes that 'in the end, everything the passions of your heart'. Steena's life revolves around her family, friends, fiction and chocolate.

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She took those passions and made them a dream come true by pouring her heart into each of her stories.

Her newest release - FINDING EMMA is a heart-wrenching story of when devotion borders on obsession, a mother must choose between her family and finding her missing daughter.

Reviews for Steena Holmes:

"Finding Emma is a heartbreaking story of a mother's journey of hope...captured by the emotion and depth of the characters from the beginning."

"FINDING EMMA may be the most heart-wrenching and heart-warming book I have ever read...Tense, emotional and realistic it will ring your emotions dry."

"The Master will keep you on your toes from the first page." ~Sizzling Hot Books

"with easy-going style and the sizzling scenes were oozing with passion..." ~The Romance Reviews.

"With hushed secrets and thrills on nearly every page ... a must read in what is the hottest genre of novel going today." ~Kevin Edwards

"riveting...tapped into her inner Stephen King." ~Leeann Baker

Check out my Nephilim Arise series with "Sexy as Sin". "Sensual by Design" coming soon.

Also out:
Cabin Fever
Hot for Cowboy
Devil Unknown
Chocolate Reality

Check out Steena's steamy/erotic novellas under her pen name Anya Winter:
under the Masquerade Series:
The Master
The Mask

under the Secret Desires Series:
The Blindfold
Pearl Drops

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting subject 5 April 2014
By sheila
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As a midwife it is a condition I have encountered. But for me, the whole scenario was much too obvious from very early on in the book. I was hoping (from the previous reviews) for some amazing twist at the end, but I was disappointed.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Did Holmes miss an opportunity? 13 April 2014
By Laura smith TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I had loved Steena Holmes previous 2 novels, Finding Emma and Emma’s Secret. They were full of great characters and I especially loved the relationship between Emmy and her grandfather Jack. I therefore dove at The Memory Child desperate for more of the same from Holmes.

The book opens with Diane and her newborn daughter Grace who, in the absence of her husband Brian, is living with her nanny and ex nurse Nina. We join them on Diane’s first day back at work in her high powered job only one month after the birth of her daughter. Immediately there are sinister undertones such as the mysterious pills Nina keeps dishing out to Diane, the disinterest she has for her charge and the noteable absence of any communication from Diane’s husband Brian. Underpinning all this foreboding is the story of Diane’s mother who whilst suffering from post partum psychosis took the life of her baby and herself and Diane’s fear the same thing might be happening to her.

This dark undertone continues throughout the whole book and builds us up to the big reveal near the last 10%. This would have been a great reveal if I hadn’t already figured out the big plot twist about 5 chapters earlier and so was just biding my time. I felt the element of surprise had been ruined and I also felt the ending was a little rushed from the point the plot was revealed.

I feel deeply with this book that what was set out to be a story of post partum psychosis actually missed a huge opportunity to tell that story. Instead, and this is difficult to detail without ruining the book for those who haven’t read, the events which happened to Diane become the explanation more than being a tale of post partum psychosis.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely loved it 18 Mar. 2014
By read-along-with-sue TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I have been a fan of Steena Holmes since discovering the first book I have read by her, Finding Emma.

I was really looking forward to reading this book. The title interested me, as did the cover. I read the blurb and I was hooked in.

As soon as I opened the first couple of pages I could tell this was going to be a book I was going to enjoy, after all, intriguing title, have read a book by Steena Holmes before, the blurb sounding great.

I just love how this authors gets right inside the characters heads.

Brian is over the moon that his wife Diane is pregnant. Diane is into her carer though and finding it hard to adjust to even wanted this baby. She also has a dark family secret that comes out in this book showing how the past can very much mould us. And our future.

I can't say too much about the book and storyline as it would be giving too much away. Its not as straight forward as it seems. I'd put this down to a book verging on a huge big twister of events.

When Brian has to go to London, Diane tries to reach him with sent photo's of their daughter Grace, yet Brain never replies.

All is not what it seems though and although halfway through the book you KNOW some things are just not adding up, and little sentences are being dropped here and there, at times you don't realise that the clues are there. Nothing is at straight forward as it seems, you've been warned!

I just ADORED this book. I REALLY did.

Would I recommend it? Hell yes!
Would I purchase it? definitely YES.
Would I recommend it to family and friends? Most definitely AMEN TO THAT!
***I was given this book to read by Amazon Publishing for an honest review***
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable 22 Mar. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was disappointed with this book. I enjoyed Finding Emma and the reviews for this were good. However I found it predictable, the romance was a load of slushy nonsense and they were so co dependant from the word go it was scary. Post natal depression is as serious thing. It could have been better shown in a more real setting, this s a fairy story.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read 19 Mar. 2014
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This is a book which I thoroughly enjoyed. I don't want to talk about the plot if I can help it, because I really don't want to spoil anything for the reader as it is one of those reads that the less you know at the start, the more enjoyable it is. It is a psychological drama in which the central character Diane is a new mother. Right from the start you know that something is not right in Diane's world and you have a pretty good idea what that something is - and you are supposed to think that way, the author leaves the clues there for you. You are immediately drawn in, wanting to know if you are right, and if so, why - what exactly happened? It is a story told from two sides, that of Diane in the present, and that of her husband Brian over the past year and it is not until the two stories converge that you find out exactly what happened. Even then, I was left thinking "Oh, so that is why X said Y to Z!"

It is a dark intense read that grips you from the start and really entices you in to Diane's world. The author gets right inside her head so that at the end of the read you are left feeling quite wrung out. It is a really good, addictive read, one that once you start, you just have to finish it in one go. It is a story that will certainly stay with me.

I love psychological dramas centred around women and their relationships and family, and this one certainly ticked all the boxes. A highly recommended read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good story .. Couldn't put it down
Published 12 days ago by Jean
4.0 out of 5 stars unusual read
Quite disturbing to read,hard going sometimes as I could not get my head round it at times.
However it all came together in the end.
Published 1 month ago by Sue Buxton
5.0 out of 5 stars Memory Child.
I read The Memory Child and gave it 5 stars.
Published 1 month ago by Lynda A Rowe
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that's hard to put down.
This is definitely a book that is difficult to put down. I would have preferred it to have no bad language and I think it seems unnecessary, however I loved the storyline.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ... more than once wish it could have had s happy ending. Recommend...
Heart wrenching story made me cry more than once wish it could have had s happy

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2.0 out of 5 stars didnt enjoy this book as it was very obvious from early ...
didnt enjoy this book as it was very obvious from early on exactly what the storyline was and it only got more depressing the further on I read!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing to like or admire
I generally stick with books and try to find some redeeming features. This was the first book recommended by Amazon that I thought a true waste of my money and time. Read more
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