2020, Book review

Book Review: The Memories We Bury by H. A. Leuschel @HALeuschel

About the book

An emotionally charged and captivating novel about the complexities of female friendship and motherhood, from the author of Manipulated Lives.
Lizzie Thomson has landed her first job as a music teacher, and after a whirlwind romance with Markus, the newlywed couple move into a beautiful new home in the outskirts of Edinburgh. Lizzie quickly befriends their neighbour Morag, an elderly, resourceful yet lonely widow, who’s own children rarely visit her. Everything seems perfect in Lizzie’s life until she finds out she is pregnant and her relationship with both Morag and Markus change beyond her control.
Can Lizzie really trust Morag and why is Markus keeping secrets from her?
In The Memories We Bury the author explores the dangerous bonds we can create with strangers and how past memories can cast long shadows over the present.

The Memories We Bury is available to purchase now – Amazon

My thoughts

It’s a tough old business being a new mum, it’s even tougher when you’re husband isn’t really supportive and you have no family to help out. In The Memories We Bury the author explores motherhood and the vulnerability it can bring.

Lizzie Thomson didn’t have a particularly good childhood, her mum wasn’t a loving mother and her Dad never really stood up for her but after a whirlwind romance with Markus, Lizzie is happy, moving to a new home with her husband and life seems good.

Morag who is a widow lives on the same street as Lizzie and the pair form a nice friendship. Morag’s lonely, her children don’t visit often and they have never blessed her with grandchildren so when Lizzie announces she is pregnant, Morag is more than happy to step in and help in any way she can.

Lizzies husband Markus is utterly useless when it comes to being a dad or a husband for that matter so it was easy to see why Lizzie was eager for Morag to help out. It’s exhausting being a new mum and Morag seemed to be a blessing in disguise to start with. It’s soon quite obvious how unhinged Morag is though.

I found myself totally gripped with this story, it had me turning the pages needing to find out what happened next. I really felt for Lizzie, she just wants to be loved and needs to be loved. She obviously didn’t know how manipulating Morag could be or her background and it was a tense read.

The story is told in alternating chapters so we get both women’s point of view and I thoroughly enjoyed the way it’s written. It’s quite a dark read but the author has done a fantastic job of showing how memories can shape our lives and how being a new mum is an anxious time. I loved the way we really get to know the characters, their backgrounds and as they develop throughout the story they feel so real.

The Memories We Bury is an addictive read, it’s so easy to lose track of time while reading it and it’s a story that you have to continue reading, I NEEDED to know what was going to happen. Thoroughly enjoyable and one I’ll be highly recommending.

I’d like to say a big thank you to the author for my review copy of The Memories We Bury for an unbiased review.

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