The novel examines the impact of our childhood on our psyche and shows how we can be drawn to certain people as adults because of our experiences. Loneliness and vulnerability draw together Morag, a pensioner, and Lizzie, a young mother. Morag desperately wants to be a grandmother and will go to any lengths to achieve her need to fulfill this gap in her life. Lizzie yearns to receive the security and love of a mother. ‘All I ever wanted was to be loved.’ Morag explains, ‘What united us was the basic human need to escape being alone.’
This novel is unnerving yet compelling. I had to discover Morag’s secrets because the clues were presented in such a tantalising manner. Leuschel positions the reader inside of these characters' minds and empowers them to fit together the pieces of their characters.
Lizzie was damaged by her childhood. A cruel mother told her ‘she was not enough’ for her thus developing insecurity and need. Morag identifies this ‘little bird in need of care’. Morag’s ‘eyes shone darkly’, and I had to ensure Lizzie would be safe. The two perspectives work very well because I completely understood the motivations of the characters, but the tension kept me completely hooked.
I loved the way this novel made me think about the possible outcomes even when I wasn’t reading the book. The Memories we Bury also made me reflect on how we can make judgements about people and fill in the gaps incorrectly because we apply our own experiences of life. It is fascinating the way Leuchel shows how our own memories are always ready to ‘pounce’ and we can’t ignore them.
‘I’d been convinced that you could pick up your memories and bury them deep in the ground…But they cannot block certain memories of your life because they are the very building blocks that shaped our behaviour patterns.’
This is a powerful, sensitive and clever novel written in a controlled and absorbing style. The characters actions and dialogue are built with precision and not one single word is wasted. You may just learn something about yourself or others when you read this novel.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1176 KB
- Print Length: 315 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: EKT Selection Ltd (17 April 2020)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B084SN5KV7
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 2 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #946,843 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)