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The Memory Collector Paperback – 10 Jun 2010
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‘The next suspense superstar.’ STEPHEN KING
‘Meg Gardiner is an astonishing writer.’ TESS GERRITSEN
‘Riveting…a book you just can’t put down…The Memory Collector is a first-class thriller with non-stop action.’ CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
‘Meg Gardiner captivates…an exceptional follow up to her first Beckett novel, The Dirty Secrets Club.’ CAROLYN LESSARD, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Praise for THE DIRTY SECRETS CLUB:
'Author Gardiner makes every one of her characters leap alive off the page, and I personally am in love with the most compelling of them all, Jo Beckett.’ JEFFERY DEAVER
'The story just keeps coming. She is up there with Michael Connelly and Lee Child.' STEPHEN KING
‘Hitchcockian scenes of suspense will rock even the most jaded thriller reader.’ MIAMI HERALD
About the Author
Meg Gardiner is originally from Southern California, where she practiced law and taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author of five Evan Delaney novels as well as the Jo Beckett thrillers, The Memory Collector, The Liar’s Lullaby and The Nightmare Thief. She lives with her family near London.
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Jo is called to the scene of an aircraft inbound from London to help deal with a passenger who is behaving erratically. She figures out that he's got anterograde amnesia, and can't form new memories. Jo finds herself racing to save a patient who can walk and talk and yet can't help Jo figure out just what happened to him. For every cryptic clue he is able to drag up from his memory, Jo has to sift through a dozen nonsensical statements. Suddenly a string of clues arises, something to do with a superdeadly biological agent code-named "Slick," a missing wife and son, and a secret partnership gone horribly wrong. Jo realizes her patient's addled mind may hold the key to preventing something terrible from happening in her beloved San Francisco. In order to prevent it, she will have to get deeper into the life of a patient than she ever has before, hoping the truth emerges from the fog of his mind in time to save her city-and herself.
After starting this book, I realized that I have read this book before but for the life of me I could not remember what was going to happen in the end. So I re-read the entire thing and even while reading it a second time, this book kept me on the edge of my seat. The action is intense and fast paced as Jo tries to put together clues to get to Ian, who has been contaminated with an agent that causes amnesia. Ian wants to save his family and even though he can't remember what he was doing 5 seconds before he manages to keep himself on track to find his wife and son. His mission is to focus and be prepared to kill anyone you meet today. Will Jo get to Ian before he kills or contaminates others? Does he have the sample of Slick and who will die to get it?
I gave this 4 stars because the ending drags on quite a bit which I did remember when I was reading it this time. I think the book could have wrapped up without so much drama that didn't really add any quality to the book. It just made it longer. Great book and I would recommend it despite the long ending. 4 stars!
I have decided that I like heroes with character flaws best. Real flaws, not just neurotic grief like Jo's, for instance. Jo is still too perfect in my book, but if you like the super-hero type, she is your kind of gal.
Again, the story has the feel of characters fitting the plot points, which are well chosen but do not fit the characters. And it takes real imagination to create a character who has lost the ability to keep memories past five minutes. The formula is all there. Will the characters ever match up in depth and breadth? A bigger question: am I going to read another of these novels written by Meg Gardiner to see if that happens?
The premise of this story, like The Dirty Secrets Club, stretches credulity to its very limits. There are a lot of vague technical and medical references which don't hold up well under scrutiny. The second half of the book is basically one long chase scene; the problem with this is that by that point I didn't much care what happened to any of the characters.
I am not entirely sure if it's the characters in this series or if Ms. Gardiner, who skyrocketed to fame via an endorsement from Stephen King, is suffering from pressure to produce books quickly. Either way I hope that she gets back to the standard of excellence set by China Lake. I'm not even sure at this point whether or not I will buy The Liar's Lullaby (3rd book in the Jo Beckett series), which is set to be released this summer.