The Memories We Bury by H. A. Leuschel #BookReview @HALeuschel


Cover: The Memories We Bury
by H.A. Leuschel

 

The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

An emotionally charged and captivating novel about the complexities of female friendship and motherhood.

Lizzie Thomson has landed her first job as a music teacher, and after a whirlwind romance with Markus, the newlywed couple move into a beautiful new home in the outskirts of Edinburgh. Lizzie quickly befriends their neighbour Morag, an elderly, resourceful yet lonely widow, whose own children rarely visit her. Everything seems perfect in Lizzie’s life until she finds out she is pregnant and her relationships with both Morag and Markus change beyond her control.

Can Lizzie really trust Morag and why is Markus keeping secrets from her?

In ‘The Memories We Bury’ the author explores the dangerous bonds we can create with strangers and how past memories can cast long shadows over the present.

Genre(s): > Mothers & Children Fiction
> Women’s Psychological Fiction
> Psychological Fiction (Kindle Store)
Series: n.a.
Length: 314 pages
Release date: 2020-04-17

 

Teaser


‘It was so hard to live up to her expectations, Morag. I just wanted her to love me…’ I said, pausing to consider my train of thought.

‘Yes, my dear, yes …’ I’d looked at Morag, astonished that for once she’d not offered more than a perfunctory answer. ‘You’ll find out soon enough how difficult it can be to bring up a child.’ That last sentence came out as even more of a surprise.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Lizzie, freshly married, moving in next door to Morag, a retired nurse.

With The Memories We Bury”, H. A. Leuschel has created an intense and thought-provoking story that kept me glued to my Kindle. Helene Leuschel introduces her characters as the story proceeds; I suddenly realised that I knew them quite well – or at least I thought I knew them. The main characters are complex – as well as believable. The story has a good flow; it certainly will not leave you unaffected. Not everyone will have the ‘Been there, done that.’ feeling, and they still will have goosebumps on their arms.

This is a book for you if you like compelling stories, psychology, and food for thought.

Highly recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV First person – past tense (Lizzie and Morag in their chapters)
Language :mrgreen:  (appropriate)
Violence :mrgreen:  (none to speak of)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (decent)

 

About the author

Helene grew up in Belgium where she gained a Licentiate in Journalism & Communication, which led to a career in radio and television in Brussels, London and Edinburgh.

She now lives with her husband and two children in Portugal and recently acquired a Master of Philosophy with the OU, deepening her passion for the study of the mind. When she is not writing, Helene works as a freelance journalist and teaches Yoga.

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about “The Memories We Bury”?  Or – if you did not yet read “The Memories We Bury – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

 

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