The Memorist, by M.J. Rose
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]
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!