The Memory Collector Paperback – 6 Sep 2018
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Praise for The Memory Collector:
‘Full of heart and written with winning sincerity’ Daily Mail
‘A poignant yet uplifting story’ Woman & Home
‘A hard read at times, but this is ultimately an uplifting story. 4.5****’ The Sun
‘Bursting with emotion’ Woman
‘Poignant and uplifting… a thought-provoking story most certainly worth reading.’ My Weekly
Praise for Fiona Harper:
‘Touching, uplifting and emotional―I was pulled into this moving story of a woman questioning love, and finding herself’
‘This book tore my heart into tiny pieces, then put it back together and made it fly.’
‘This is a pure joy’
‘An engaging and thought-provoking read’
‘What an absolutely brilliant book’
‘A bittersweet roller coaster ride into the past; unexpected, perceptive and a little bit heart-breaking. Essential reading'
‘A thought-provoking and compelling story that sent my imagination into overdrive. A must-read!’
V Family Fun
‘Funny, emotional and extremely absorbing.’
Love Books Group
‘A love story like no other I've read.’
‘There are books that entertain, and then there are books that change you.’
‘I’m worried I won’t find another book this year that leaves me feeling this way.’
CMIL, Amazon reviewer
‘Unique and quirky’
‘Intriguing, sophisticated, astute… Something a little different and very satisfying.’
‘This book blew me away!’
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Our main character Heather, has had anything but a ‘typical’ and happy childhood. She grew up surrounded by clutter. Outside, her family home looked just like every other, but inside, every little space was dominated by her mother’s hoarding of anything and everything! As a result of this, she was bullied at school and her father left the family home – whereas her older sister opted to go with him, Heather stayed with her mother.
Now, even with her mother passed away, she is still affected by her childhood; she’s a loner, avoids being sociable, lives in her very clean and minimalist flat and has an incredibly strained relationship with her sister, as well as one or two other hidden secrets. She also has a spare bedroom with boxes and boxes of her mother’s items that are firmly locked away. But when Heather’s sister asks for a family photo, she eventually has to venture into that room, and when she uncovers some newspaper clippings of a rather traumatic event that had apparently happened in her childhood, which she seems to of completely blocked out, she starts to wonder if this is why her mother was so dysfunctional? Is this what started her hoarding? Will this information free Heather? And so begins her quest to find out more…
Like a flower, The Memory Collector slowly but surely blossomed into something quite beautiful. The author slowly stripped away the layers of Heather’s life, letting the reader understand who she is, why she’s like she is and what really happened to this family. I’m rather fond of stories where objects tell a story or ignite a memory (probably the reason I was first drawn to this novel) so I particularly liked how the ‘Then’ chapters started with an item of her mothers that then told us a story of how that item conjured up a particular childhood memory for Heather; the clues all fitted well with the ongoing present storyline, being slotted in by the author when they needed to be and altogether building a larger picture of what had happened in her childhood.
This novel is part mystery and part romance. It deals strongly, but sensitively and realistically with the life of a hoarder and mental health issues. Heather was a wonderfully crafted character who you come to really care about and really root for; I wholeheartedly felt her pain and struggles and the impact everything had had on her and her family. I’m glad she had her sister and neighbour, Jason, for support when she finally opened up. Jason, was not only a wonderful little escape for Heather, but also for me, as the story needed those little sparks of light amongst the darkness.
The Memory Collector is a story that dosen’t need to be rushed; it’s pages deserve to be thought about and savoured. It’s poignant, thought-provoking and unique, and I can’t imagine anyone getting to the end of this novel and not wanting to de-clutter their home!
Anyone reading this, who had a troubled childhood would possibly relate to this.....very humbling
An award winning novel from an author that has an outstanding gift for conveying the hidden depths, thoughts and emotions of her characters.