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The Memory Child (Memory #1)

3.49  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,067 Ratings  ·  425 Reviews
When Brian finds out that his wife, Diane, is pregnant, he is elated. He's been patiently waiting for twelve years to become a father. But Diane has always been nervous about having children because of her family's dark past. The timing of the pregnancy also isn't ideal - Diane has just been promoted, and Brian is being called away to open a new London office for his compa ...more
Paperback, 221 pages
Published March 18th 2014 by Lake Union Publishing
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Oct 18, 2015 Deanna rated it it was amazing
The Memory Child was a great psychological drama that I read a few years ago. I was thankful that I was on holidays as I was immediately engrossed in this story and didn't want to put it down. I finished it in one day.

Brian and Diane have been happily married for 12 years when Diane becomes pregnant. Brian is ecstatic at the news however, it doesn't seem to Diane like the right time to have a baby. They are both doing very well in their careers and she doesn't see how a child would fit into the
Apr 27, 2014 Sharon rated it it was amazing
Brian and Diane have been happily married for the past twelve years and both have successful careers. So when Diane discovers that she is pregnant it should be the happiest day of her life, but it isn't. For Diane the timing couldn't be worse as she has just been promoted at work and she has no idea how or where a baby is going to fit into her busy life. She also worries about the tragedy that took place when she was younger and if this could affect her when she becomes a mother.

Brian couldn't b
Mar 29, 2014 Boogenhagen rated it did not like it
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Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
Did I enjoy this book: You know how sometimes you drink too much and end up with a knot in the pit of your stomach the next morning – not because you’re hung over, but because you’re certain you’ve embarrassed yourself in some unforgiveable way? Yeah. You know. Your heartbeat is erratic, your breathing is all breathy and weird, and for some reason you’ve got the tingles even though you’re certain none of your limbs are asleep. It’s not a freight train, but there’s certainly something loud and un ...more
Brian and Diane were extremely happy and successful in their lives – Brian was one of the top IT consultants in his company and Diane had just been promoted to CEO of her company. They were still deeply in love, and had been married for twelve years, when suddenly Diane discovered she was pregnant. The panic this created in her was intense – the worry about her past and her family’s history, but also her career – she had no time to have a baby in her life.

But Brian was ecstatic – a baby, their b
Apr 09, 2014 Marcia rated it it was ok
There really is no surprise to the ending. There are 3 basic components to the "surprise". One, I knew even before I read the first sentence; I knew from the book title. One I was 98% sure of from the second chapter. The third is simply how the first two came about and it's not much of a surprise either- basically a coin toss. This book was a disappointment.
Kelly Hager
Mar 10, 2014 Kelly Hager rated it it was amazing
This review is going to be fairly vague so as to avoid any sport of spoiler.

I had read Steena Holmes before (her Finding Emma and Emma's Secret duology) and very much enjoyed them. This book is completely different. (Well, all three are incredibly well written, so that's the same, but beyond that? Completely different.)

When I was a few chapters in, I was pretty sure I knew what was going on.

Nope. COMPLETELY off base.

What I CAN tell you is that Diane's past is dark. The kind of dark that makes h
Julie Orman
Mar 20, 2014 Julie Orman rated it liked it
Good story, kept me interested, but this author (at least the Kindle e-book version) desperately needs either a new editor or a proofreader. A generous three stars. Again, intriguing story, but the grammar and style errors drove me wild.
Jennifer Donovan
Jan 21, 2014 Jennifer Donovan rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copies, 2014
I received a review copy of this book.

I've read one other book by Steena Holmes. I like that the books tend to be "clean" and suspenseful, dealing with real-life contemporary issues, though perhaps they are a bit out of the box, such as this one which deals with a woman's fear of having a child due to her own mother's post-partum psychosis which resulted in her killing her newborn son and then herself.

Because of that, Diane knew that she did not want to have children, at least biologically. She
May 31, 2014 Nenette rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I would like to rate this higher because of the theme, but it was overly dramatic for me (and I love drama!). It was too dramatic, it bordered on fake. The title itself was a giveaway, and about a quarter into the story, my hunches were confirmed.

This is a story about postpartum psychosis. I had a mild case of postpartum blues myself after I gave birth to my first child - what with my mother and even my mother-in-law, both hovering over me - so I can somehow relate. The story is a different one
A upwardly mobile couple, married for twelve years, find themselves with a baby on the way. While the husband is ecstatic, the wife is full of doubts. Not only because of the changes it would mean to their lifestyle, but because there is a history of postpartum psychosis in her family. Her mother committed suicide after smothering her infant son.
This is one of the most sensitively written portrayals of postpartum depression/psychosis I have read. Steena Holmes invests the reader in her charact
Sep 08, 2014 Sue1958 rated it it was amazing
I have been a fan of Steena Holmes since discovering the first book I have read by her, Finding Emma.

I was really looking forward to reading this book. The title interested me, as did the cover. I read the blurb and I was hooked in.

As soon as I opened the first couple of pages I could tell this was going to be a book I was going to enjoy, after all, intriguing title, have read a book by Steena Holmes before, the blurb sounding great.

I just love how this authors gets right inside the characters h
Mar 10, 2014 Stacie rated it liked it
Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Steena Holmes hits once again with another powerful topic. I read this book in one sitting, refusing to go to bed until I was done as I was that captivated. Since page 1, I had this underlying sense of dread that something wasn't quite right and even though I had a hunch early on what was occurring, I could not put this book down. Holmes kept me interested and though I knew what was going on before the main character did, I felt everything
Susanne Strong
May 09, 2014 Susanne Strong rated it did not like it
This might be one of the most predictable books i've ever read. It wasn't even very interesting. I only finished it to see if i was in fact correct in my assumptions about the book. I almost gave it one star but the writing wasn't atrocious so I decided to give it two. And it was a fast read, so I'll give it that. I finished it in 3.5 hours. That said there were no surprises at all even though the review boasts a "surprise ending." The main character isn't likeable. Diane is shrewish and unkind. ...more
The Memory Child by Steena Holmes is a very well-written women’s fiction suspense novel dealing with postpartum psychosis, the rare illness that can include rapid mood swings, delusions, hallucinations, paranoia, strange beliefs, and sometimes, infanticide.

This is a topic that is quite difficult for me to write about. My mother has a variety of mental problems, and it is believed that she experienced postpartum psychosis following my birth. Note: There is a difference between postpartum depressi
Feb 05, 2015 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I didn't see this book coming. It is thought provoking, sometimes sad and well put together. I felt so in sync with Diane. I think most of us who've had children have a bit of postpartum blues. It's natural and we move on. Diane is different. I don't want to give away any of the plot. But, the characters were so interesting and the book so well plotted that I actually felt like I was looking into their lives. I knew there was something up, but couldn't quite figure out what it was. This is a sup ...more
Deborah Blanchard
Apr 28, 2015 Deborah Blanchard rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Steena Holmes has captured the very essence of postpartum psychosis. This book is an absolutely riveting read. It draws you in from the first page and does not let go till the end. This is a book that will keep you thinking for a long time to come. It is a heart wrenching portrayal of postpartum depression/psychosis. The characters are well developed and the book flows effortlessly throughout. It is powerfully written and exquisitely executed. I highly recommend this book to all. This is a book ...more
Mar 18, 2014 Elaine rated it it was amazing
This is a book which I thoroughly enjoyed. I don’t want to talk about the plot if I can help it, because I really don’t want to spoil anything for the reader as it is one of those reads that the less you know at the start, the more enjoyable it is. It is a psychological drama in which the central character Diane is a new mother. Right from the start you know that something is not right in Diane’s world and you have a pretty good idea what that something is – and you are supposed to think that wa ...more
Lilac Wolf
Mar 11, 2014 Lilac Wolf rated it it was amazing
From Lilac Wolf and Stuff

What a ride! This was by far the most terrifying book I've ever read. And I can't even tell you what happens. Just trust me.

You've got a high powered couple expecting their first child. Brian is over the moon, Diane is understandably nervous. She never wanted to have children. But they are clearly in love and it's a happy time. But once Diane has the baby with her she is happy, except that Brian is off in London. Luckily she has her nanny.

The story jumps from Diane's per
Hannah Fullmer
I received an advanced reader's copy of The Memory Child from the publisher through NetGalley.
In a nutshell, I gave this book 3 stars for solid, decent writing, but I would rate it 3.5-4 stars for enjoyment. Here's why:
The Memory Child is the story of Diane, a new mother of a gorgeous daughter named Grace, and loving wife of her high-powered husband, Brian. Brian and Diane have both had successful careers, and Diane initially was ambivalent about the changes that being a mother would bring to
May 25, 2014 Danielle rated it it was ok
I'm 60% finished with this book and hating it. Diane is a thoroughly unlikeable character, whether in her present deranged persona or in the past, in her business mode. (I'm assuming she's deranged; haven't solved that "mystery" yet.) Brian seems to be a 12 year old's fantasy of a man: utterly selfless, putting his wife ahead of him in all instances. Ptui. Totally without personality or character.

He's missing in the present; the baby - I think - is a doll; the nanny - I think - is a psychologis
Sep 14, 2015 Mami rated it liked it
The author did a very good job leaving hints throughout ... I started figuring things out about 30% in, and pretty much figured out the whole scenario about half-way through. So yes, a very predictable story ... No shocker. But I still cried a little at the end. Nicely done.
Jul 20, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book from start to finish. I did kind of figure out part of it but I think that may have been the point. It was such a good story for any woman that has ever lost a child. The hardest thing to ever go through is carrying a baby and then having to let it go. This story touched on that spot on and was done in such a touching way. It brought tears to my eyes no doubt.

When it finally did tell what happened I was not expecting it to be the way it was. It honestly made me cry for Diane.
Sandy Neill
Mar 04, 2014 Sandy Neill rated it it was amazing
I received this book to read and review.

It was very hard for me to put this book down. It captivated me and drew me into each of the
characters. The ending wasn't quiet what I thought it would be and it did make me
cry, but still, if an author can make me cry and feel all of these emotions while
reading their book then in my opinion she is a very good writer.
Sep 11, 2015 Traci rated it liked it
Recommended to Traci by: Coffee and a Good Book group read
Shelves: 2015-reads
What happens when you take two ambitious, career-driven people and throw a wrench or two into their perfectly planned life? Diane hates change and has a difficult time coming to terms with it, but given enough time she comes around and makes it work. Brian welcomes change with open arms and enthusiasm, unless he feels it is going to affect Diane negatively. He rarely second-guesses his decisions, whereas Diane tends to play the "what if" game whenever change is on the horizon. Brian is very awar ...more
Apr 05, 2014 Sharon rated it liked it
Brian and Diane have been married for 12 years. Both have good jobs, and are still progressing in their careers. They have always agreed that they would have children after 10 years, so when Diane finds out she is pregnant, they are initially overjoyed.

Diane starts to panic because of her family history - her mother suffered from post-partum psychosis and as a result there was a terrible tragedy when Diane was little. Terrified she will follow in her mother's footsteps, Diane has to come to ter
Apr 02, 2014 Jessica rated it really liked it
I started this book around 6 pm, and i finished it a little more than six hours later.

Although I knew something mysterious was going on... Something wasn't quite adding up, mostly for our lead character, Diane - - I couldn't quite say what it was. I had my theories, but didn't know how they were plausible, so I kept reading because I was so intrigued. I needed to see how my theories played out... Because I just knew I had to be right... Or did I?

Diane finally has the baby she and her husband B
Having a child changes everything. But it can’t change the past. It doesn’t bring a husband home when he’s miles away. And it certainly doesn’t make going out to work as a busy professional any easier.

There’s a secret waiting in Steena Holmes’ novel, The Memory Child, where go-getter Diane has fallen deeply in love with her baby, the wonderful Nina stands ready with help and support, and husband Brian is due home any day. Ghosts of childhood haunt Diane’s hopes, and fears for her small child’s f
Sandy Neill
Mar 04, 2014 Sandy Neill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book to read and review.

It was very hard for me to put this book down. It captivated me and drew me into each of the characters. The ending wasn't quiet what I thought it would be and it did make me cry, but still, if an author can make me cry and feel all of these emotions while reading their book then in my opinion she is a very good writer.
Sara Freitag
Mar 01, 2014 Sara Freitag rated it it was amazing
I received this book to read and review.

Yes 5 Stars! I finished it a few hours ago and it still is with me. Tugs at your heart through out the book! It is clean book and it is dealing with issues that happen in real life to real people. I have read her other books and I just love her writing! Thank you Ms. Holmes for yet again another amazing book.
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NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Author - Steena is the author of the heart wrenching Finding Emma series.

The Word Game was included in the Top 20 Novels to be Written by Women in 2015 by Good Housekeeping.

Her latest novel - The Word Game won the 2015 USA Books Award for Best Fiction and her novel, The Memory Child was a finalist in the same category.

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