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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (6 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141034130
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141034133
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nicci French is the pseudonym for the writing partnership of journalists Nicci Gerrard and Sean French. The couple are married and live in Suffolk. There are eleven other bestselling novels by Nicci French: The Memory Game, The Safe House, Killing Me Softly, Beneath the Skin, The Red Room, Land of the Living, Secret Smile, Catch Me When I Fall, Losing You, Until It's Over and What To Do When Someone Dies, all published by Penguin.

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'Electrifying.' (Harpers & Queen)

'A superior psychological thriller.' (The Times)

'Gripping.' (The Observer) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The Memory Game is a haunting psychological thriller from the top-ten bestselling author Nicci French. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 April 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I chose this book simply as a crime novel with a good writing style in the first few pages, but it turned out to be much more substantial and satisfying than that, while remaining exciting to the end. By about halfway through one realises that it is "about" the nature of memory, and specifically recovered memory syndrome, but it goes on being a good crime novel with a sympathetic and believable central character. The dilemma at the heart of recovered memory syndrome - that one doesn't want to dismiss the reality of terrible things happening to young people who subsequently wipe out the trauma, but also that the recovered memories rely on the possibly unreliable memories of just one individual - is portrayed very movingly. There is a real twist in the plot which is psychologically quite persuasive. An exciting read that leaves you with something to think over afterwards.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 May 2001
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Having just devoured 'Beneath the skin' by the same author which is absolutely brilliant I was really looking forward to losing myself in this book. I couldn't really do that- I couldn't really get into these characters at all, couldn't get into what should have been the emotions of the book. For instance when someone's daughter has been missing for 25 years and suddenly a body is found in the family's garden you would expect devastation but all the characters didn't seem to show the highly charged emotion I expected it all seemed very shallow. I really like to LIVE a book whilst I am reading it but this one just had me feeling like I was skimming the surface somehow. It's a shame because 'beneath the skin' is really mindblowing. I've just started 'killing me softly' and that also seems as though it is going to be a real treat. With 'the memory game' I just couldn't get the interest going really and sometimes it was a chore to pick it up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wondereyes on 29 July 2010
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This is one of the few books I found engaging from the very first page and couldn't put down. Some reviewers have commented that no family would hide this kind of secret and act 'normal' but I don't think that's necessarily true. At no point does the author suggest this is a normal family (and let's be honest: who's family is normal?), in fact the very tension underlying the relationships seems to be the key that prompts the heroine, Jane, into her search for the truth and to walk away from her marriage. It's as though by removing this bandaid on her life she can truly see the dynamics of her family for the first time. I also found her character very appealing. She is clearly on the brink of a breakdown yet describes her situation with great wit. Some of the passages I found hilarious, some were truly chilling. It's a great mix and highly entertaining. So why not more stars? To be honest the ending fell flat on its face. The tension had been building and I was expecting a high-octane thriller finale. Rather disappointingly I had a strong suspicion who the murderer was early on in the book, and my own background in memory research meant I was never going to be convinced by the 'repressed memories' Jane recovers in her therapy. And in part my own knowledge probably clued me up to where the book was heading. This is a wonderful book for a beach read or winter afternoon but it's no literary classic. So kick you shoes off, get a cup of tea...and enjoy it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By milmol on 30 Jan. 2012
Format: Paperback
I definitely count myself a Nicci French fan but do find some books better than others. This was on the 'lesser' end of the scale for me. The biggest problem for me was the number of characters in the extended family in the book... Something I often struggle with and obviously not a problem for everyone! I felt that there needn't have been so many and it did make it a bit heavy going for me at times. Also, for me personally, the overall situation and characters felt quite difficult to identify with (wealth/class). That's not always a bad thing, but in this case it always felt like a barrier to me really 'getting into' the novel.

Some elements were also left unresolved ...
For instance, I wanted to know if Alan had known all along or just realised when the diary was found... Maybe this is intended to be left for the readers' own interpretation, or maybe I missed something?
Would there not have been more objection/uneasiness on the perpitrator's part of the building work being proposed for that exact spot??

Strangely, I have to say that I did thoroughly enjoy reading it, but now looking back over it I think it did become a chore in the end. I felt the 'twist' coming, and although I didn't get it spot on, it makes me feel that the book was probably a bit predictable.

A "good read" but nothing much more for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Pope on 21 Aug. 2009
Format: Paperback
I've read Nicci French before and liked their books, though I'm not terribly keen on their titles. I hadn't realised that this was their first foray into writing but now I know this, I am not surprised.

I agree with a lot of the previous negative reviews on here about character development. The extended family was so, er, extended that it was easy to get lost and know who was who. They would have done better by focusing on fewer characters and developing them further. Jane - the main character - wasn't exactly likeable but I didn't find her totally unsympathetic in her quest to find out what had happened to her murdered friend 25 years ago. The therapy sessions seemed a bit of a joke to me though, as someone else commented. If that was hypnosis, then it was poorly done.

I am not sure what to make of the book but to say I found it intriguing yet frustrating in equal measures. I couldn't put it down but the ending baffled me a little and I felt somewhat cheated by it. If you are a newcomer to French's work, then I agree that skipping this won't be a tragedy.
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