The Memory Thief

The Memory Thief

A Novel

eBook - 2012
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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 devastating news that Aidan has died in an avalanche, leaving her to care for their son--a small boy with a very big secret. The call comes from J.C., Aidan's best friend and fellow climber, whose grief is seasoned with survivor's guilt and something more. J.C. has loved Maddie for years, but he never wanted his chance with her to come at so terrible a cost. Across the country, Nicholas Sullivan wakes from a motorcycle crash with his memory wiped clean. Yet his dreams are haunted by visions of a mysterious woman and a young boy, neither of whom he has ever met. Convinced that these strangers hold the answers he seeks, Nicholas leaves everything behind to find them. What he discovers will require a leap of faith that will change all of their lives forever.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2012]
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780345535580
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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laurendouglass Jan 30, 2019

The Memory Thief  is the debut novel by North Carolina native Emily Colin. The story is basically Into Thin Air + Ghost but without Whoopi Goldberg, which is unfortunate because her presence might have helped.  I didn't hate this book but I certainly didn't love it. Colin's writing is at her best when describing the character's mountain climbing and out of body experiences (remember, I said it was like Ghost). I found her dialog less compelling.  I also felt all three main male characters were much more engaging then Colin's female lead, Madeleine.  She seemed flat and this hurt the book's rhythm as the plot and resulting romantic tension hinge on all three of the male characters being in love with her. That being said, I did find myself up late one night wanting to finish the book, so I think I can recommend it to lovers of romantic fiction and poignant family drama.

Or you could read Jennifer Lowe-Anker's memoir Forget Me Not, where she has a premonition about her mountain climbing husband dying in an avalanche.

grandquilter Dec 01, 2013

Love and loss story that may be predictable but with a twist. I liked the story for what it is.

LaughingOne Jun 18, 2013

I tried to read this. I read 100 pages and I just couldn't get into it. I gave up. It just pushed my limits too far. I went to the end of the book and read the last few pages. Oddly enough, it ended pretty much like I thought it would. So I know the ending without having to plow through the rest of the book. It definitely is not for me, but perhaps you'll like it.


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