Where The Memories Lie by Sibel Hodge

This was a very intriguing book which begins with a confession to murder. Olivia’s father-in-law tells her that he has killed someone but that he didn’t mean to do it. Straightforward case for the police you might think but no. Tom is suffering from late stage Alzheimers and his confession is rather muddled. Initially, he doesn’t get the name of the victim correct, leading the family to believe that this is just another confused story. However, when he reveals where the body is buried and the police do find a body there, it is clear that this quiet, gentle respected former businessman has been involved in something awful many years before.

I found Olivia’s dilemma in this book very real. She didn’t know whether to believe her father-in-law’s confession, as his dementia often caused him great confusion. Anyone who has watched a loved one suffer from this cruel condition will recognise the symptoms experienced by Tom and empathise with the sadness of slowly losing the person they once were. It’s quite topical really, as we have read in the media recently about alleged child abusers and ex-Nazis who have dementia and whether they should be prosecuted given their unreliable memories. Olivia knew if she went to the police that this could have serious repercussions for her family. But she also knew that this could be the key to finding out what happened to her friend who left the village 25 years ago.

There is always a sense of foreboding in this book, the feeling that something worse is to come, that more secrets are to be revealed. And there are certainly plenty of twists to justify that feeling. I thought I had it all worked out at various points and but I hadn’t! This is a book that will keep you guessing and turning the pages right up until the end. And questioning what you might have done in the same situation.

My thanks to the publishers, Thomas and Mercer, for the chance to read and review this book via Netgalley. It will be published on Tuesday 22nd September 2015 and you can pre-order a copy here: Where The Memories Lie

Book description

Twenty-five years ago Katie ran away from home and never came back. But now she’s suddenly reappeared in her best friend Olivia’s life—in the form of a chilling confession. Olivia’s father-in-law, wracked with guilt, says he murdered her all those years ago. Tom suffers from Alzheimer’s and his story is riddled with error and confusion. Except for one terrifying certainty: he knows where the body is buried. As Olivia and the police piece together the evidence, they are left with one critical question. They have a crime, they have a confession, and now they have a body—but can any of it be trusted?

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