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The Memory Thief


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ISBN13: 9780345530394
ISBN10: 034553039x
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In Emily Colin’s exquisite debut novel, perfect for the fans of Kristin Hannah, one man’s vow to his wife sparks a remarkable journey that tests the pull of memory and reaffirms the bonds of love.


Before Madeleine Kimble’s mountaineer husband, Aidan, climbs Mount McKinley’s south face, he makes her a solemn vow: I will come back to you. But late one night, Maddie gets the devastating news that Aidan has died in an avalanche, leaving her to care for their son—a small boy with a very big secret. The call comes from J.C., Aidan’s best friend and fellow climber, whose grief is seasoned with survivor’s guilt . . . and something more. J.C. has loved Maddie for years, but he never wanted his chance with her to come at so terrible a cost.


Across the country, Nicholas Sullivan wakes from a motorcycle crash with his memory wiped clean. Yet his dreams are haunted by visions of a mysterious woman and a young boy, neither of whom he has ever met. Convinced that these strangers hold the answers he seeks, Nicholas leaves everything behind to find them. What he discovers will require a leap of faith that will change all of their lives forever.


“Dazzlingly original and as haunting as a dream, Emily Colin’s mesmerizing debut explores the way memory, love, and great loss bind our lives together in ways we might never expect. From its audacious opening to its knockout last pages, I was enthralled.”—Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You

“In The Memory Thief, love itself is a character, able to transcend all natural boundaries to find its way home, or learn to let go. Emily Colin writes about loss with heartbreaking conviction, and yet there is a knowing sweetness at the core of this richly emotional tale. Here is a lovely, self-assured debut from a writer to watch.”—Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty

About the Author

Emily Colin lives in North Carolina with her partner, their son, two reprehensible canines, and a betta fish. In her other life, she serves as associate director at DREAMS of Wilmington, a nonprofit organization that provides multidisciplinary arts programming for youth in need. The Memory Thief is her first novel.

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Candace @ LoveyDoveyBooks, November 14, 2012 (view all comments by Candace @ LoveyDoveyBooks)
Emily Colin shattered my assumptions about The Memory Thief from the very first sentence. This novel is more than a romance with a little tragedy to shake up the plot. Colin builds the lives of these characters with such finesse and detail that feels so real I'm starting to wonder whether the story is really an adaptation of a real life experience! The Memory Thief is captivatingly written, taking perspectives from three key characters and connecting them throughout the novel with grace and continuity.

Aidan and Maddie have a bittersweet history that makes getting to know them a roller coaster ride of emotions: love, joy, grief and more feelings I couldn't begin to describe. Their story also has a complicated twist involving Aidan's best friend, J.C. J.C. proves to be a rock for Maddie when Aidan doesn't return from their big mountain climb, and to my perspective his presence was heartbreaking and hopeful all at once. His role in The Memory Thief is just one of the things that brought many tears to my eyes because he had his own issues in dealing with Aidan's loss, yet he put Maddie and her son, Gabe, before himself. The family dynamic between Aidan, Maddie and Gabe was adorable. I love that Colin gave little Gabe an unforgettable role in the plot. His occurrence, along with a couple of other characters, gave this novel a positive vibe that could have been focused with darkness and grief, instead. Gabe was one of the spearheads that helped move this story along very imperceptibly.

Another spearhead was Nicholas Sullivan, who's perspective readers will find quite enjoyable and inspiring. Nicholas' life changed as he awakened from an accident to find that he can't remember anything about himself, except for his name. While trying to place the pieces of his life back together he realizes that the memories of a woman and child and mountain climbing are the keys to the answers he seeks. I had no idea where Colin would take Nicholas's side of the story but I am thoroughly impressed with where it led. I didn't anticipate the turns that Nicholas brought about in the story, but it made me smile to see the resolution Colin employed to keep this part of the story as realistic as possible. Through all the tears and grief and anger the characters felt, I felt a strong thread of suspense keeping me glued to the pages. While I was able to see from every side of the story, I never felt as though I was waiting for the characters to play catch-up. Colin's pacing is fluid and keeps the story engaging for readers so they'll never feel lost or a loss of interest.

The Memory Thief is a contemporary novel with just a dash of mysticism, but I didn't finish the novel focused solely on the impossible events. Emily Colin didn't let the powerful love story become overshadowed or watered down by the surrounding events and actions. The beauty in her words and characters gives one much to think about, but the story doesn't loose its ability to entertain. The Memory Thief will affect me for many years to come, and I certainly hope Colin will pen another hit soon!
*Copy of the book provided in exchange for an honest review and blog tour purposes*
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Colin, Emily
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Romance - Contemporary
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