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Tell Me An Ending by Jo Harkin


Tell Me An Ending by Jo Harkin
UK Publication: 12th May 2022
Reviewed by: Book Worm
Rating: [★★★★]

This ARC was provided by Random House UK (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.

One word review – Compulsive

Synopsis from Netgalley: What if you didn’t have to live with your worst memories?

Across the world, thousands of people are shocked to receive an email telling them that they once chose to have a traumatic memory removed. Now they are being given the chance to get that memory back.

For Mei, William, Oscar and Finn there is a piece missing, but they’re not sure what. And each of them must decide if the truth is worth the pain, or better left unknown.

For Noor, who works at the memory clinic Nepenthe, the process of reinstating their patients’ memories begins to shake the moral foundations of her world. As she delves deeper into the programme, she will have to risk everything to uncover the true human cost of this miraculous technology.

An exploration of secrets, grief, identity and belonging – of the stories we tell ourselves, and come to rely on, Tell Me An Ending is a sharp, dark and devastating novel about the power and danger of memory.

My Thoughts: Wow that was a wild ride the only thing that stopped me reading this in one sitting was the fact the hubby made me go to bed as I was exhausting myself.

Without giving away spoilers this book looks at the moral issues behind erasing memories, who would want to do that, why would they want to do that and what are the possible issues with doing that. It also explores how much our memories make us who we are and how can we live with or without recalling certain experiences.

The story neatly covers several scenarios looking at the who, the why and the issues surrounding the whole idea. It looks at the whole operation from the point of view of the patients, their families and the doctors who perform the surgery. As with anything that can make people rich and can be used for ill as well as good the warning from the story is very much be careful what you wish for.

Who would like this? I would recommend this to those who enjoy a story that makes you think, who likes spotting narrative links and who enjoys a fast paced mystery story where the truth is hidden from the characters themselves.

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