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The Memory Game Mass Market Paperback – 19 Jan 1998

3.5 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (19 Jan. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140271295
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140271294
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 2.6 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,326,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Electrifying.' (Harpers & Queen)

'A superior psychological thriller.' (The Times)

'Gripping.' (The Observer) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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The Memory Game is a haunting psychological thriller from the top-ten bestselling author Nicci French. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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By A Customer on 21 May 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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By A Customer on 27 May 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
With "Beneath the Skin" I knew who the killer was with the first murder, and therefore told myself smugly that I knew who the killer was in this one, too. The narrator talks too much about smoking and not eating when I wanted her to get on with the plot, but I was rewarded in the end with a real twist! No matter how much Jane talked about cooking, smoking, drinking, eating,not eating, and what she was wearing, something in the narration drove me on, and so the writers were obviously doing something right. Believe me, at times this thriller might seem not worth the trouble, but it is, and in retrospect I realize that the writers knew exactly what they were doing all along.
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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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I've read most of the Nicci French thrillers and didn't enjoy this as much as the others. Too many characters introduced at the start meant I had to keep going reading back to remind myself who they were. I didn't really engage with the story until about the half way mark, by which time with most other books I would have given up. However, you always know that a Nicci French thriller will turn out to be a corker.
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Sometimes, it's interesting to read a first work after several later ones because you can then see clearly how a writer has developed as typical features and themes emerge. Here we discover many familiar aspects: the "I" female protagonist; the strong female perspective (I still don't understand the male contribution to the writing partnership); the enjoyment of smoking, cooking and walking; the self obsession; the over-wordy, meandering, unfocussed style, the prosperous bourgeois milieu (architects, authors, book illustrators, TV producers, directors, therapists). At first, the novel seems to favour the recovery of repressed memories through psychotherapy (as in cases of child abuse or psychological trauma) but in the end these prove unreliable and the book serves as a warning against false memories. One or two weaknesses cannot be ignored. The characterisation is not particularly plausible, especially the improbable reactions of the family to the discovery of the body of the long lost daughter (OK, let's get back to the wine and the lovely mushrooms we picked this morning). A number of reviewers have praised the stunning twist at the end but it comes across as pretty feeble to me in that the killer could just as easily have been any one of three or four others.
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I tried to continue reading to the end of this book as I've always enjoyed Nicci French books, however it was just too boring.
Too many names, posh people, shallow characters, it never ended. Couldn't actually finish the book
I would have given it just1/10 but thought that was a bit mean
Very disappointing.
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If you're looking for an easy, untaxing read on the beach this summer, you can probably do a lot better than this poor effort. Repetitious, unrealistic with poor character development, I was glad to get this book finished to go on to something better.
The whole plot is built around an extended family, but the relationships within the family are 2 dimensional and barely credible. All is simplified into black and white, with no grey areas. Are families like that? I don't think so. When the daughter's body is found after she has been missing for 25 years, the family's reaction is almost like this was a minor blip thay had been half-expecting, and nothing really to get upset about! The plot goes downhill from there!
No more Nicci French novels for me!
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