An emotionally charged and captivating novel about the complexities of female friendship and motherhood.
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, whose 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 a well-written and compelling psychological thriller. At times I found it to be a bit of a slow burner but I couldn’t put it down.
Lizzie thinks she has it all when she marries Markus, who she thinks is the man of her dreams. Before long she falls pregnant but it would appear that this was not part of Markus’ plan. Once the baby arrives their relationship doesn’t quite go as planned and he shows his true colours – a patronising, arrogant and selfish individual who really made my blood boil. Lizzie doesn’t seem to be able to see past him and makes excuses and accepts how badly he treats her which both angers and frustrates me as I willed her to get a backbone and make him accountable.
The story centres around Lizzie and Markus’ neighbour Morag who becomes extremely interfering when the baby is born. The relationship between Morag and Lizzie is complex and very much controlled by Morag who is twisted and conniving. As the story progresses you learn a lot about Morag’s life and things start to make more sense.
Overall, I enjoyed ‘The Memories We Bury’ and will most definitely be looking out for more of H.A. Leuschel’s work.
About the Author
Helene Andrea Leuschel gained a Master in Journalism & Communication, which led to a career in radio and television in Brussels, London and Edinburgh. She later acquired a Master in Philosophy, specializing in the study of the mind.
Helene has a particular interest in emotional, psychological and social well-being and this led her to write her first novel, Manipulated Lives, a fictional collection of five novellas, each highlighting the dangers of interacting with narcissists.
She lives with her husband and two children in Portugal. Please find out more about Helene at heleneleuschel.com or on Facebook and Twitter.
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