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Mister Memory by [Sedgwick, Marcus]
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This macabre fantasy follows a trail of blood across Europe over 50 years...Stylish, thrilling and fast, you needn't be a horror fan to enjoy this. (Sunday Mirror)

Classy, elegant and gripping... A novel for a chilly night with a cup of tea and a warm blanket where you start reading and then go on and on, unable to stop. (John Ajvide Lindqvist, author of Let the Right One In)

A LOVE LIKE BLOOD manages to play with vampire tropes while lifting the novel to stranger, more compelling heights. A great read. (Joe R. Lansdale, author of EDGE OF DARK WATER)

Utterly engaging and intelligently written... It has quite a cinematic feel to it with its dramatic settings and fast-paced mystery. A must for fans of sharp, fast-paced thrillers to intrigue and disturb (in the best possible way). (A Case for Books)

This is a genre book (of whichever genre you choose, although I know which side of the fence I'm on) of great distinction and quality. Marcus Sedgwick has produced a galling amount of high quality children's and teen reads in a short career that shows no sign of relenting, nor of losing his way as he steps into the adult market. In my first mental draught of this review, before I'd read it, I was imagining myself saying 'there must have been something in the water in the Sedgwick household' to make him such a confident, firm and competent writer. But no, it has nothing to do with water - it must be in his blood... (The BookBag)

The style is much like a Victorian ghost story with the expectation of horror building with every page, drawing the reader in... I was enthralled. (Our Book Reviews)

A Love Like Blood features some unforgettable settings-suffice it to say that Charles' travels take him far beyond the squalor of Avignon-as well as pitch perfect pacing, a canny combination of genres, and smoothly flowing, sophisticated prose. Expect suggestive, sensory storytelling on the sentence level, then... and as I said at the outset, little things like this can pack a proper punch. As does A Love Like Blood. (Tor.com)

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In Paris, at the end of the nineteenth century, a man with a perfect memory murders his wife. But that is only the start of the story... A dazzling literary mystery from prizewinning author Marcus Sedgwick.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2453 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1444751980
  • Publisher: Mulholland Books (14 July 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B017KDA8ME
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #267,774 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By J. Mcdonald TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 July 2016
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I rather enjoyed this intriguing turn-of-the-century tale by Marcus Sedgwick - a new author to me, but one I will look out for in future.

Set in Paris, this murder-mystery quite effortlessly evokes the period and draws the reader into it's clever premise, that of a character with hyperthymesia who apparently commits a murder in an open-and-shut case; as the young detective Petit and independently, the psychiatric doctor Morel begin to dig deeper into the events of the crime and Marcel Després` curious memory condition, a much bigger case emerges which has implications at the highest levels of French policing and security.
Sedgwick's prose flows well and I found this novel rapidly became a page turner; it was well plotted in the main and only the rather over-contrived ending let it down for me, otherwise this would have had a five star rating.
As it is, this was a good and absorbing story with plenty of unforeseen twists, a nice period feel overall and good characterisations, with the rather hapless Marcel as it's central figure.

A fast, worthwhile read, despite my reservations about it's closing chapter - an entertaining and well-researched novel.
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By Hande Z TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 July 2017
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I am not sure which came first, David Baldacci’s ‘Memory Man’ or this book, but the idea of a man with a comprehensive and infallible memory must have been inspired by one or the other. I have not read Baldacci’s book so I am not certain how he creates his character, but Sedgwick’s Marcel Despŕes is a fascinating character. A man who remembers everything he sees (and not see – for he remembers what it was like in his mother’s womb) and recalls everything to its smallest detail.

Then he is charged for the murder of his wife but is sent to an asylum instead of standing trial. Who committed him to the asylum, and why? A young police inspector tries to find out. The psychiatrist in the asylum stands in his way, initially, but later becomes his ally. They discover that the murder was not what it seems. A big scandal is being hidden. A scandal that will threaten the lives of all three men.

Sedgwick keeps the reader riveted to the book from beginning to end, and there are twists aplenty. The many fascinating characters who appear, who are the villains, and who the heroes? This is a detective story laced with philosophical questions about consciousness and ethics. It is also a marvelous story of inevitability of fate.
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Marcel Despres has a perfect memory. He remembers absolutely everything he has seen or experienced in the most intimate detail. This could be thought of as a major advantage over a normal person but in fact, as is demonstrated, it is a huge burden.

This mystery is set in France in the second half of the 19th century. It’s less than a hundred years since the revolution which still casts its shadow over society.

Marcel is held on the suspicion of murdering his wife. The inspector investigating his case and the doctor responsible for his welfare make a strange but ultimately effective alliance. As adversaries they work together towards the same dreadful conclusion. However, the murder of a seedy club artiste turns out to be just the tip of the iceberg. Before the story reaches its conclusion the lives of all involved will be either irrevocably altered or truncated.

The plot mixes history and fiction. The characters are well drawn and develop as personalities as the plot progresses. The story has pace and inexorably builds the tension towards a climactic finish. It’s very well written and is one of those rarities – a story where the reader will care about what happens to the main protagonists. On the back cover a comparison is drawn with Suskind and Zafon. Although of a similar ilk this story shapes its own character and stands alone without the need for any such comparison.

It deserves every one of the five stars and is a serious but entertaining piece of fiction which is well worth reading more than once.

mr zorg

Breakaway Reviewers received a copy of the book to review.
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Fin de siècle Paris, and Marcel - a cabaret artist with an eidectic memory - shoots his wife (a sometime dancer and model) when he catches her in flagrante...

Marcel is promptly moved to an asylum, where he is an object of fascination for Dr Morel, who is an alienist looking to make his name in the new field of psychiatry. Inspector Petit of the Sûreté, charged with investigating the case, is frustrated at this unusual move, and continues to dig into the case, exposing the seedy underbelly of Paris as well as conspiracies and cover ups...

This is a well written and engaging novel which not only has a solid crime mystery at its centre, it has lots to say on the subject of remembering and forgetting, love and loss, and what it means to have a soul. It is a deceptively simple and easy to read book for one that covers such big thoughts.
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What a strange melange; I wasn't sure if the author was trying for a mix of 'Murders at the Rue Morgue' and The West Wing!! Edgar Allan Poe is perhaps most in evidence, but corruption in high places is hardly new. As someone who could do with a little more memory, it's interesting to think how life would be made more complicated if one couldn't forget anything - what a mish-mash our thoughts would be!! It could be enough to send you mad - which leads me to another comparison - American Horror Story Asylum, though with more erudition and less actual horror. I cannot deny that I had problems working out where it was going, but in the end, I was glad I had read it. Think of it as a modern day Victor Hugo!!
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