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The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
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Aug 20, 2007

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bookshelves: family-tragedies
Recommended for: women who love to literally sink into a wonderful story
Read in August, 2007

It doesn't happen too often that I stick with a paperback book of more than 500 pages up to the very end. Now, having closed the final page I feel satisfied, calm and yes, a little bit proud of myself.

Still, especially compared to real masterpieces I have read, there were certain parts in this book described in great detail, while I would have preferred Kim Edwards to rather get into details at other, different parts.

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Take Phoebe's life, for example. We do get quite an insight on how hard life has been for Caroline, although: what about Phoebe's viewpoints on all the things going on around her? Sure, Edwards does offer some dialogues once Phoebe is a grown-up girl, in love and convinced that she wants to spend her future with Robert - but how was growing for her in her earlier years?
Interesting - certainly, Edwards had her good reasons for picking out the adolescence of both children to make us readers get to know them better.
Also, I would have wished to see Norah being confronted with the truth while David was still alive. A part of me found it somehow unfair that Norah and Paul were not able to ask all those questions, to confront David with their anger and disappointment.
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All-in-all, though, I definitely enjoyed the fluent storytelling of Edwards and how the story developed. I felt deep respect for Caroline, the fights in her life while my absolute favorite character in this book was: Al.

I would recommend this book to women with time on their hands, who are willing to let themselves fall and sink into this beautifully told story.
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message 1: by Jessica (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:10PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Jessica Overall, I liked this book too. I was a bit disappointed towards the end. It seemed like the author rushed to tie things up.

message 2: by Pinkbullets (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:12PM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Pinkbullets * * * SPOILER * * * *
I fully agree - like mentioned above, I had the feeling that Kim Edwards could not think of a good way to let the confrontation happen while David was still alive.

Honestly, I felt pretty disappointed that David never had to explain to his wife and son why he had done it - and have to deal with their reactions.

Also, the moment Norah got to meet her daughter was not described as much in details as I would have wanted it. Other parts of the book, though, gave us a great lot of insight.

All-in-all, it was a good read. Maybe Edwards should let us pre-read her books in the future before releasing them ;)

Cathy I think Al was the best too , although his disposition changed after he got hurt

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