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Memory Man - Review

Memory Man - David Baldacci

Publication Date: Available Now from Macmillan

 

Source: Netgalley

 

Amos Decker is a former professional football player whose career was ended by a terrible hit. Now a police detective, Amos is still haunted by a side effect from the accident he can never forget. One night Decker comes home from a stakeout to find his wife, young daughter and brother-in-law horrifically murdered. Obviously scarred and nearly broken, Decker has to use his skills as a detective and his unusual brain capacity to try and catch the monster who killed his family.

 

I love David Baldacci books, he always manages to hook you straight in, twist you around some then spit you out the other side feeling like you’ve been on a reading rollercoaster. Always with the great characters and he is a really terrific storyteller.

 

With “Memory Man” Mr Baldacci has really outdone himself as far as my enjoyment of his books goes – With Amos Decker he has created a character that I have fallen hopelessly utterly in love with and oh thank HEAVENS its a new series and not a standalone.

 

So slight fangirl moment aside, Memory Man is quite a haunting and evocative thriller, taking on as it does that terrible thing a school shooting, but in this case mixing it up with a series of other horrific events, one of which is the murder of Amos Decker’s family some years ago. Something he has never recovered from, the killer having never been caught.

 

I’ll not really go into more plot detail than that – this is a typically well constructed tale from this author with his trademark writing style that is highly addictive and compelling all the way. There are twists and turns galore, but with a very authentic feel to it and the further in you get the less you will want to put it down.

 

As for Amos, well. A brilliant main protagonist, a man who is a savant, memory perfect which is not the most comfortable of things especially considering his tragic background. His observations, reactions, interactions with other people are beautifully woven giving a real sense of a man in anguish who cannot forget one single moment of it. Imagine if you will, suffering a tragedy that time can’t help heal – the memory of it will simply never fade. Then try and think how you could live with that and you have some idea of where Amos starts and ends.

 

So a real anchor around which other terrific characters ebb and flow, the mystery opens up and with every new revelation you are more and more immersed into this world. The ending was heart stoppingly good and seriously I simply cannot wait for another instalment.

 

Terrific terrific stuff! Highly Recommended.

 

Happy Reading Folks!