Monday, February 01, 2016

Where the Memories Lie by Sibel Hodge

What would you do if 25 years after last seeing your best friend you learn that she may very likely be buried under your garage? Add to that piece of unnerving and shocking news the fact that it is a family member admitting to such a horrific crime.

Olivia is quite content with her comfortable, smoothly running life. She has a husband whom she adores, a precious twelve-year-old daughter and a fulfilling career as a nurse. Little did she know that her life would soon unravel when a routine visit to her father-in-law, Tom, at the local nursing home takes an unexpected turn. Tom, who suffers from Alzheimer’s, is becoming increasingly agitated as a result of the overwhelming guilt now haunting him. He confesses to Olivia that he killed her high school girlfriend all those many years ago. Tom is one of the nicest and kindest people Olivia has ever known. Could this possibly be true? Or is this the ramblings of a confused and frail mind? His story has its share of inaccuracies but he is steadfast in his insistence of knowing where the body is buried. Although conflicted, Olivia feels she has no choice but to go to the police. And with that fateful decision she uncovers hidden family secrets and deception that may destroy the family she so dearly cherishes.

I loved all the twists and turns Sibel Hodge managed to weave into her imaginative plot. As details were uncovered I’d target one particular character as being the guilty party, but then a sudden turn of events would soon have me eyeing another as a culpable suspect. It’s one of those page turners where putting the book down is nearly impossible. As the story unfolds and the tension mounts, Hodge skillfully leaves the reader right where she wants them at the end of each chapter -- hanging at the edge of a cliff.

You can find Where the Memories Lie on the VBPL catalog. If you enjoyed this book by Sibel Hodge, you may also want to try The Bones of You by Debbie Howells.

Reviewed by Diane B.

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