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The Memorist

The Memorist, November 2008
by M.J. Rose

MIRA
464 pages
ISBN: 0778325849
EAN: 9780778325840
Hardcover
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"This exhilarating thriller plumbs the depths of the human soul."

Fresh Fiction Review

The Memorist
M.J. Rose

Reviewed by Melissa Kammer
Posted December 8, 2008

Thriller Arcane

Meer Logan has been plagued with fragments of an elusive memory since she was a child. The episodes would always be accompanied by a melody that she could never quite replicate, and a vision of a box that she would draw over and over again. Her father always believed that she was remembering her past lives while her mother insisted that they were false memories. Now that she is grown, Meer is quite content to forget about those haunting visions; however, her father has found a box in Vienna that looks quite like the one she used to draw. Is this the box that plagued her childhood? What secrets does it contain?

Meer has little choice but to see what mystery the box holds for her. Once in Austria, she follows the clues left in the box by Beethoven himself. She is quickly led into a puzzle that perhaps only she can solve, and the prize is a memory tool, a flute that has the power to unlock past lives and possibly destroy mankind. While she is out following her path, David Yalom, a journalist, is plotting revenge. His family was murdered in a terrorist attack, and he wants to make a statement. Since Vienna is hosting a conference with many high-profile people making an appearance, the philharmonic concert is sure to be well attended and the perfect target for his plot. As the concert draws nearer, David and Meer find themselves in a situation neither of them could have foreseen. What will be the repercussions? Will they be doomed to forever repeat the past?

M. J. Rose has written a brilliant thriller. She seamlessly weaves the past with the present to create a mesmerizing and suspenseful tale. This incredible story has many subplots going on and Ms. Rose balances them beautifully to bring them together for quite an explosive evening. I was so enthralled with this tale that I had to keep reading to see how all the pieces of the puzzle were going to fit together. THE MEMORIST is a truly breath- taking novel that conquers the concept of reincarnation in an extraordinary way. I would count this as one of the best thrillers that I have ever read.

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SUMMARY

The dreads are back
As a child, Meer Logan was haunted by memories of another time and place, always accompanied by the faint strains of elusive music. Now the hand of the past has reached out again in the form of a strange letter that sets her on a journey to Vienna to unlock the mystery of who she once was.

With each step she comes closer to remembering the connections between a clandestine reincarnationist society, a lost flute linked to Ludwig van Beethoven, and David Yalon, a journalist who understands all too well how the past affects the future.

David knows loss firsthand--terrorism is a reality that cost him his family. He's seen every solution promised by security experts around the world--and he's seen every solution fail. Now, in a concert hall in Vienna, he plans to force the world to understand the cost of those failures in a single violent act. Because those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it...


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