The Memorist, by M.J. Rose

by Jessica Anderson on January 19, 2009

in Book Events, Fiction, Giveaways, Review Copy, Reviews

I received this book for free from the publisher. All content and opinions are my own.

Welcome to today’s stop on The Memorist blog tour!  That’s M-E-M-O-R-I-S-T, not M-E-M-O-I-R-I-S-T.  The Memorist is the second in a thriller series by M.J. Rose.

Meer Logan has always been haunted by the memories of someone else and the ellusive music that accompanies the memories.  She has devoted her life to the study of false memories and to the study of music, hoping to rid herself of the dreads caused by these episodes.

Her father, Jeremy Logan, on the other hand, has devoted his life to the study of Jewish mystical beliefs and to recovering Jewish treasures.  He believes Meer is remembering her past lives.  Ever striving to help Meer, he finds a gaming box Beethoven gave to his closest friend – the same box Meer has drawn obsessively since childhood.  The box possibly holds the secret to the location of one of the memory tools.

David Yalom is a journalist who earned three Pulitzers from his reporting on terrorism.  His career, though, cost him everything he loved and now he’s at a crossroads with his memories.

Malachai Samuels is a child psychologist who has helped hundreds of children suffering from past-life memories, but he hasn’t been able to help Meer.  When he hears of the gaming box and its possible connection to a flute that can aid recollection of past lives, he knows he must do everything he can to decipher the clues and find that flute.

The box is in Vienna, and all of the characters find their way there too, hoping to find the flute and make peace with their memories – past lives and present.

This was a fast-paced, intriguing, well-researched thriller.  Though the general genre was firmly established by The Da Vinci Code, The Memorist is very original – due in large part to the reincarnationist background.  Fun details about Beethoven’s life and the romps through the historic sites of Vienna had me hooked.  Though there are dozens of characters in several eras, I had no trouble following along with the clipping pace.  

There were a few things that bothered me, like the stale description of what it feels like to sink into a past life memory.  Also, I felt like some of the characters were a little too flat.  That being said, this book accomplishes what it sets out to do – to entertain.

The Memorist, by M.J. Rose [rating:3]

To read an excerpt of The Memorist, visit this link.  To view a reading guide, visit this link.

GIVEAWAY. Ms. Rose and TLC Book Tours were kind enough to send me a paperback copy of The Reincarnationist and a hardback copy of The Memorist.  One lucky reader will win both books!  To enter just leave a comment on this post with a brief statement about whether you believe in reincarnation or a collective unconscious.  Post about the giveaway and leave a link in the comments for three extra entries.  Random.org will select a winner on Friday, January 23, 2009 at 4:00 p.m.  Good luck!

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Suey January 19, 2009 at 12:18 pm

Okay, put me down for this one! These books sound really interesting.

I don’t think I believe in reincarnation, though the idea is extremely intriguing and makes for great stories. As for the other, collective unconscious, I don’t even know what it is!

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Karin January 19, 2009 at 8:08 pm

I don’t want to enter to win – I already read the book – but I didn’t think it was flat at all, I really thought it was an A list original and really well done.

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Amy btw M January 20, 2009 at 1:06 am

I would like to be entered.

I don’t believe in reincarnation, but if I did I’d like to come back as a sea turtle. I hear they have long lives. I don’t know what collective unconsciousness is either. Did I miss something?

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Kim January 20, 2009 at 8:42 am

These books sound like fun. Please enter me in the drawing.

I don’t believe in reincarnation but a collective unconcious is an intriguing idea to me (if I understand what it is). I assume it means that we’re all connected in some spiritual (is that the right word?) way. I like that idea and I can believe in it to a certain extent.

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Cheryl F. January 20, 2009 at 10:43 am

I don’t personally believe in reincarnation or a collective unconscious, but I enjoy reading about the concepts and find them fascinating :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!

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Lisamm January 20, 2009 at 12:18 pm

Great review! I’m glad you found the book entertaining. Past lives is a fascinating thing to think about. Thanks for participating in the tour!

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Teddy January 20, 2009 at 2:02 pm

I would love to win! I’ve entered just about every raffle out there and so far no luck, but I will keep on trying.

I didn’t use to believe in it, but the more I witness and feel I think that it is valid. I use to watch Crossing Over With John Edwards and I really think he’s for real.

I blogged about your giveaway here:

http://teddyrose.blogspot.com/2009/01/this-weeks-giveaways-galore_17.html

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Erika Carrubba January 20, 2009 at 3:19 pm

Please enter me this book sounds so interesting.

I am not sure I believe in reincarnation. I would like to but everyone seems to want to come back as a butterfly or cat and well someone has to be the snake.

Also I blogged about it at http://kissmybook.blogspot.com/2009/01/simple-pleasures.html

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violet January 20, 2009 at 11:52 pm

Please enter me, I have been wanting to read her books.
And yes, I do believe in reincarnations. I have seen and heard quite a few incidents and after reading books by Dr. Brian Weiss I believe in them even more.

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Gwendolyn B. January 21, 2009 at 7:19 am

I WANT go believe in reincarnation, but I don’t. A collective unconscious is not something that seem a lot more likely to me. Regardless, I really would like to read M.J. Rose’s books — thanks for the chance to win a copy!
geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

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Shelley January 21, 2009 at 12:18 pm

I don’t need to enter because I just read and reviewed this one, and I have the Reincarnationist on the bookshelf. I have to agree with you I did get a little tired of hearing about the metallic taste in her mouth! It seemed a little repetitive. About the characters being flat, I just don’t expect them to be otherwise in a thriller like this. If characterization went deeper, it might cease to be a page turner, and I think that’s why readers choose this type of book from time to time. It has more of a movie feel to it.

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reeva January 21, 2009 at 10:46 pm

i havent read this but i’d love to. thanks for the opportunity to win by offering such a generous giveaway. i do believe that the soul never dies

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Cristina Alves January 22, 2009 at 3:20 pm

Reincarnation is a nice perspective… but I don’t quite believe it :)
I would like to enter the giveaway, and I linked it on my blog
http://acrisalves.blogspot.com/2009/01/memorist-reincarnationist-giveaway.html

Thanks
(acrisalves AT gmail DOT com)

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MJ January 22, 2009 at 6:44 pm

Please enter me. I don’t believe in reincarnation…except my Dad had pet crows when I was young and at his funeral a flock flew up in a tree at the cemetery and stayed there.(this was in January 200.) In November 2007, my son was injured in a shotgun accident. as I sat at Duke during his surgery, a crow flew up on the windowsill outside the 2nd floor window I was sitting beside. He sat there for hours until we were called to talk with the surgeon after the surgery!!!!

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