Memory Man by David Baldacci

Well, Fall has arrived and with it, our first windstorm. Thankfully not a bad one. In the Pacific Northwest, we rarely get close to hurricane or tornado status, but we do have some blustery days. And, of course, hubby had just cleaned up the yard. Now it’s covered in fir needles and branches. That should keep him out of trouble for a couple days. 🙂 With all this stay at home time, I’m working hard on my romance series, set in a small town on the Washington coast. And…I’ve released the prequel to the Earth Legacy Fantasy series. For more information about that, click here.

For this month’s reading, the challenge was a thriller or mystery book. I’ve never been much for gory stories and I get way too freaked out at thrillers. It took me 10 years to finally watch Poltergeist and I had to sleep with the lights on for a few nights afterwards. Lol.

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I ended up choosing a murder mystery from one of the masters, David Baldacci. And wow, am I glad I did!

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What It’s About:

Amos Decker’s life changed forever–twice.

The first time was on the gridiron. A big, towering athlete, he was the only person from his hometown of Burlington ever to play in the NFL. But his career ended before it had a chance to begin. On his very first play, a violent helmet-to-helmet collision knocked him off the field forever, and left him with an improbable side effect–he can forget nothing.

The second time was at home nearly two decades later. Now a police detective, Decker returned from a stakeout one evening and entered a nightmare–his wife, young daughter, and brother-in-law had been murdered.

His family destroyed, their killer’s identity as mysterious as the motive behind the crime, and unable to forget a single detail from that horrible night, Decker finds his world collapsing around him. He leaves the police force, loses his home, and winds up on the street, taking piecemeal jobs as a private investigator when he can.

But over a year later, a man turns himself in to the police and confesses to the murders. At the same time a horrific event nearly brings Burlington to its knees, and Decker is called back in to help with this investigation. Decker also seizes his chance to learn what really happened to his family that night. To uncover the stunning truth, he must use his remarkable gifts and confront the burdens that go along with them. He must endure the memories he would much rather forget. And he may have to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Memory Man will stay with you long after the turn of the final page.

My Thoughts:

That last line is so true. This story will stay with you for a long time. I got so into it, I read it in 24 hours, and I rarely, if ever, do that. Baldacci is amazing at crafting the ins and outs of unfolding a mystery with unerring perfection. Wow. I rarely read this type of story, but I’ll read more of his books. Yes, this was my first Baldacci book. But it won’t be my last. Wow. Wow. Wow. A high recommend from me.

Stay safe! Stay healthy!

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