Wow - what a thrilling yet emotional read. The Memory Child by Steena Holmes is an incredibly well-written suspense novel dealing with postpartum psychosis, while not a happy story it did provide a fascinating glimpse into postpartum depression and psychosis.
Diane and Brian are going to have a baby, but Diane is terrified. Brian is a loving husband, extremely excited for the birth of his first child, while Diane is more than a little hesitant, and actually considers an abortion. Fast-forward one year: Diane has had her baby, is completely enamored with her child like most mothers, but… why hasn’t Brian returned from his business trip? I found The Memory Child to be a fast-paced read. I kept turning the pages to find out how things end. The story is revealed in alternating versions as told by Diane and Brian. I had some difficulty at first resolving the two different Dianes portrayed in the story. The antepartum Diane is a headstrong, resolute and a hardworking career woman and loving wife. The postpartum Diane is emotionally fragile and seems to be afraid of everything.
It is clear very early on that something is seriously messed up, and we do not know what has happened. Highly recommended, with an ending I did not see coming. The pacing was perfect, and the end satisfying.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1255 KB
- Print Length: 221 pages
- Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (18 March 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00FG6AF4Y
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #90,554 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)