The Memories We Bury by H. A. Leuschel #BookReview #BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources #4.5*

 

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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.

 

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Gripping and a Bit Creepy!    stars 4.5

 

So much going on in this book, and it offers a lot of food for thought . . .

Lizzie is a music teacher; after a whirlwind romance to Markus, they marry and soon after Lizzie finds herself pregnant. Her time at home is made so much easier by the close presence of their neighbour, Morag, who offers friendship and help. When the baby arrives, Lizzie begins to feel her life is not her own any more . . .

Wow! This is both gripping and a bit creepy at times. Either way, once you begin reading you’ll find you need to keep going! This author gets right under the skin of her characters and takes her readers right along with her. With chapters narrated by both Lizzie and Morag, it was easy to put myself in both their places – but who to believe? Was everything really as it seemed on the surface or were their darker elements at work? I couldn’t wait to reach the end of this one and, believe me, it was worth getting there! Another cracking read from H. A. Leuschel; a little different to anything else out there and quite mesmerising! Definitely worth a hearty recommendation and 4.5*.

My thanks to the publisher for my copy and to Rachel’s Random Resources for my place on this tour; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

 

Tags: women’s psychological fiction
  • Format: ebook
  • Size: 327 pages
  • Publisher: EKT Selection
  • Publication Date: 17 April 2020
  • Links: Goodreads
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Have you ever felt confused or at a loss for words in front of a spouse, colleague or parent, to the extent that you have felt inadequate or, worse, a failure? Do you ever wonder why someone close to you seems to endure humiliation without resistance?

Manipulators are everywhere. At first these devious and calculating people can be hard to spot, because that is their way. They are often masters of disguise: witty, disarming, even charming in public – tricks to snare their prey – but then they revert to their true self of being controlling and angry in private. Their main aim: to dominate and use others to satisfy their needs, with a complete lack of compassion and empathy for their victim.

In this collection of short novellas, you meet people like you and me, intent on living happy lives, yet each of them, in one way or another, is caught up and damaged by a manipulative individual. First you meet Tess, whose past is haunted by a wrong decision, then young, successful and well balanced Sophie, who is drawn into the life of a little boy and his troubled father. Next, there is teenage Holly, who is intent on making a better life for herself, followed by a manipulator himself, trying to make sense of his irreversible incarceration. Lastly, there is Lisa, who has to face a parent’s biggest regret. All stories highlight to what extent abusive manipulation can distort lives and threaten our very feeling of self-worth.

 

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