The Memory Collector (Jo Beckett) Hardcover – 11 Jun 2009
Book 2 of 4 in the Jo Beckett Novels Series
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About the Author
Meg Gardiner is the author of The Dirty Secrets Club as well as five novels in the Evan Delaney series.
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18 February 2014
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This is a good thriller with plenty of plot ramifications. It is a bit confusing and frustrating at first because you don't know the point of it all. It's hinted at but not revealed early enough to stop the frustration - if I'd been reading it as a book I'd have peeked ahead to get a sense of what was happening but once it got going it was non stop action. It's well worth a read.
17 April 2012
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Having read other books by Meg Gardiner I knew that I was in for a good read. But, how could anyone be a 'memory collector'? Was this going to be full of psychology which I wouldn't understand and even in the first few pages, I still wasn't sure of the genre. It soon became clear and the premise was a bit scary. A genetic modification to a substance which could adjust the memory cells in humans and one group wanting to control that for its own ends. The twists and turns in the story, the characters, everything about this book advises me to recommend to other readers. This was a good buy from Amazon for my Kindle.
22 April 2013
Forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett is a " psychological autopsy" specialist - if cause of death is unclear she will "profile" the victim's life to see if she can come up with a verdict, be it suicide, natural or other. I found this to be an interesting premise and a unique one (The first in the series is "Dirty Secrets Club" which somehow passed me by, but that did not detract from my reading pleasure in this novel and I will be visiting Jo's first case shortly!) and was looking forward to diving in, especially as the book was a gift from someone who knows a good book when they see one! I was not disappointed. In this case, Jo is asked to profile a still living subject - Ian Kanan - who having caused havoc while on a flight is found to be unable to form new memories - Ian insists he has been poisoned and having escaped from custody, is considered a danger to both himself and others. People who were on the flight with him begin to succumb to the same problem, and it becomes clear that there is a lot more going on than at first appears. Its scary stuff as the possible causes for the situation begin to emerge. I loved Jo Beckett as a character - she has depth and an intriguing back story (which I may well discover more of when I head backwards in time!) and she has a collection of supporting characters around her who add to the enjoyment of the read (I especially love Jo's next door neighbour!) and give the story more than one dimension. All in all a brilliant read and I look forward to more in this series. I should probably check out the "Evan Delaney" books as well because one of my favourite things in the world is discovering a great author who has a back catalogue I can dig myself into - Better late to the party than never arriving. Enjoy!
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I really struggled with the first half of the book but once I got into it was ok. The story is quite good but its just the start that makes it so hard to get into!
This book said as good as Tess Garritsen or your money back - well I need a refund & a time machine so I can get back the time I spent reading this pile of rubbish.Read more
Forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett is called to assist when an ex-soldier, Ian Kannan, loses control on a flight to San Francisco and has to be restrained.Read more