The Memory Thief
Before Madeleine Kimble’s mountaineer husband, Aidan, climbs Mount McKinley’s south face, he makes her a solemn vow: I will come back to you. But late one night, Maddie gets the...more
"Listen," he says. "I swear I'll come back to you, all right? I promise I will come home."
Madeleine (Maddie) is married to Aidan and they have a young son, Gabriel. Aidan is a mountain climber, but dies in an accident on Mt McKinley. On the same day, Nicholas has a motorbike accident and wakes up in hospital with no memories of his own, but he can remember Maddie and a mountain-climbing accident.
This is more women's fiction than romance, but it does contain romance. A lot of romance actually, as...more
First of all, the dialogue. No one talks like these people. All of the conversations felt so stilted! And Gabe? He's supposed to be 4...more
Strong words when I've only granted it three stars -- but I was gripped by this (surprised me, too.) -- and by the end, I was sort of furious about what actually happened.
SO! Aidan (mountain climber) is married to Madeline (writer), with child in tow. They are a great big smooshy nest of love, but in a realistic way. If you happen to be a beautiful and woman with no need for a job who is married to a beautiful and rugged adrenaline junkie who loves poetry.
Which I am.
So it fit i...more
Problem is the avalanche. Reason why I wanted to read this book is because we were traveling up the hill to Paradise at the top of Mt. Rainier in Washington state when the guards had just closed the road we were on due to an avalanche. We waited a bit of time before we could tra...more
And so Emily Colin’s debut novel, The Memory Thief, lives up to Vonnegut’s re...more
Mountain climbing enthusiast Aidan Kimble informs his wife Maddie that he is leaving their Colorado home for a climbing expedition on Mt. McKinley in Alaska. Maddie has bad premonitions and pleads with Aidan not to go, but he promises her that he will come back to her and their four year old son Gabe. Unfortunately the climbing expedition has disastrous results, Aidan is killed in an avalanche, leaving his best...more
I saw someone describe this as a mountain-climber's romance novel, or something along those lines, and it's not far from the truth. Soft porn would be another way to describe it, though there IS other story. There is a LOT of sex in this book, all of it described out. It can be skipped and you don't miss anything of the story, however. I...more
trattengono tutti i dettagli che avevo dimenticato...
Il libro che ho appena terminato, “La memoria incancellabile dei sogni”, è una delle letture più intense e riflessive in cui mi sia imbattuta.
Spesso mi capita di preferire libri poco conosciuti, come è successo con il libro di Emily Colin, leggo senza preconcetti e aspettative, come se fossi la prima a leggere il libro,la sola spettatrice di questa storia densa di sentimenti, quasi sur...more
Aidan and Maddie get married and have a boy Gabriel, when Aidan decides to climb Mt MCkinley's south face. Maddie has a prenomination and begs Aidan not to go on the trip,but he convinces and promises h...more
This first novel of Emily Colin caught my attention when I read a review in the Star-News of Wilmington, North Carolina. She is a local author, and based part of the book here.
While I was reading this story, I jotted down words that ran through my head when I would take a break from reading. They were: intriguing, addicting and heartbreaking. This novel stretches your imagination to impossible limits. You can feel the bite of the ice and snow, and exhilaration of being at the peak of an impo...more
What defines the contours of a soul? Memory? The loss of it? Where we put our forks in the kitchen? Who we love? How hard we fight to come back to them?
These are just a fragment of the questions I began asking myself as I read Emily Colin's debut novel, THE MEMORY THIEF. This is a novel about people who have lost themselves and the story of how they find themselves again. A tale of grief, of letting go, but most importantly, of love.
In this novel, most of what they've lo...more
Maddie warns her husband Aidan that he shouldn’t go on this latest climb. There might be severe consequences. Aidan chooses to go on the climb anyway. While on the climb something happens. Over in another part of the country Nicholas is recovering from a car accident, but does not remember anything. Nicholas wakes up with someone else’s memories. Ma...more
Aiden is a mountain climber. He is killed in an avalanche at the same time that Nicholas is in a motorcycle accident. Nicholas wakes u...more
Maddie is dealing with the loss of her husband. In her own way, she has been preparing for this day for years, as he was a mountain climber and they had lost friends in various accidents before. Somewhere in the back of her mind I think she knew it was only a mat...more
The cover has really grown on me.
This book far exceeded my expectations. I thought that I would get confused with three different narrators, but each of them had such a distinct voice, so it was easy to pick up where I left off without getting confused. The three different points of view benefitted the book rather than degraded it. The main characters felt real to me, and I really connected with them. I was hooked throughout the entire book. Through backflashes, switching points of view, and str
Maddie Kimble fell in love with a climber. Six years into their marriage, he’s still seeking the rush of the next big mountain. But for some reason, she has a premonition that this time is his last. Aiden dismisses her pleadings for him not to go and promises her he will come back to her. He didn’t promise he’d be alive.
After Aiden is buried under an avalanche, Maddie struggles with what’s left: raising her four-year-ol...more
Incredible love story...2 warnings:
1) don't let your silly kids sneak-film you bawling. You won't remember anyone exists except for Maddie & her world.
2) get this book when you can either pull an all-nighter or sneak it at work. You will not want to continue with your life until you find out what happens in theirs.
Kudos to Ms. Colin for a debut that should de...more
The Memory Thief is told from three points of view...
Aidan, the gorgeous, thrill seeking rock climber that is out to climb every mountain he possibly can while at the same time winning Maddie's heart.
Maddie, the pretty writer that Aidan first sees while hanging upside down from a tree branch.
When Madeleine Kimble’s husband Aiden dies in a mountain climbing accident, Maddie can only think of his earnest promise to return to her and their young son. Aiden’s best friend J.C. feels great remorse over his inability to save him, but J.C.’s grief is also seasoned with the guilt of loving Maddie through the years. Meanwhile, across the country another young man wakes up in a hospital and finds that his memories have been wiped clean, and replaced with haunting dreams of...more