The Memory Game Book Summary and Study Guide

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A skeleton is found in an unusal place in the garden at the Martellos' house. It is presumed to be Natalie, the missing daughter, who disappeared 25 years ago during a summer party.
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Jane, who was Natalie's best friend at the time of the disappearance, is in the middle of divorcing a member of the Martello family, while still trying to remain a solid member of this entertaining busybody family. She finds herself seeking out the help of Alex-Dermott Brown, a psychoanalyst, to see why she is having feelings of emptiness. Alex engages Jane in weekly meetings to see if the repressed memories he believe to exist will surface.
The review of this Book prepared by Jenn Moss

The Memory Game is a flash back & forward look at the life of Jane Martello. Her childhood friend, Natalie, was murdered over 20 years ago & her body is discovered at a family reunion. Jane is divorcing Natalie's brother & the novel unfolds as Jane starts to retrace her life & her interaction with the family. This invariably leads to discussions about Natalie. The family had always believed she had run away but now have to face up to her murder & who did it. As Jane remembers things about her past, she realises she holds the secret to what happened to Natalie. Her revelations are startingly.
The review of this Book prepared by Donna Maroz

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   50% Special suspect?    -   relative Murder of certain profession?    -   "All in the family" murder Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   "All in the family" murder    -   solving long-past murder Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings of fear/loss/inadequacy Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   artist    -   engineer Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   British


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK City?    -   Yes City:    -   London Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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