Thursday, July 2, 2015

Remember Mia by Alexandra Burt

Estelle Paradise awakens from an induced coma after a horrific traffic accident.  When she can't remember what happened or where her daughter is, she wishes she'd died.

Berkley sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published July 7th, so you can grab a copy then.

I was almost afraid to read this book.  Estelle has a seven month old daughter who has a bad colic condition and cries all the time.  She's read all about it, used every piece of advice she gets, and the baby still cries.  It's really getting on her nerves.  She can't sleep.  She's almost certain she hears the baby crying when she's not.  How did things get so messed up?

I had a fear she might have harmed her own baby.  She had that fear, too, but she didn't remember.  The police think it's a convenient memory loss.  Her husband doesn't know what to think of her.  All she has left is herself and a small chance that her memory may return.

The psychologist she agrees to meet with for her husband's sake is an interesting person in his own right.  He doesn't force memories.  He lets her relax and go to her safe place in her mind and then asks a few questions to get things started.  She begins remembering bits and pieces.  At one point she just wishes to confess because she must have done it.  He won't let her, he tells there is more to come in her revelations. 

This is a complex story with many factors coming together to create this monstrous happening.  She gets very close to the truth herself and that's how she found herself down at the bottom of the ravine.  Now when she knows the truth, no one will help her.  Estelle is very strong character even if she doesn't think so.  And she succeeds in the end.  Not everyone can say that.

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