Ha! Tricked you! I haven’t really gone to London, but what I love the most about reading is that I can feel like I am traveling to a new place without actually leaving home.
I recently read two amazing books that I want to share with you that happen to be based in London, England. A city I would love to visit one day, because English men are weakness of mine. LOL
Eloise Blake is on the run from a life she can no longer remember. And from a killer who will stop at nothing to protect a secret as old as time. From the award-winning author of SEASON OF THE WITCH comes a thriller about memory, identity and the murderous consequences of a quest gone wrong.
I loved Season of the Witch. You can check out my review here. This author is extremely gifted with her writing because her research is so developed. In this book, we learn about the memory molecule, PKMzeta, and the idea of erasing bad memories. The author believed that memories are perfectly stored in our brains, but that as soon as memory enters the mind, it is altered and changed by our own wants and desires. That memory is unique to ourselves. This book addresses the mystery of memory as the key to who we are.
Jack Simonette is sent to London by his father to help an old friend, Daniel Barone. Jack needs to convince Eloise that she isn’t who she thinks she is, that she is actually Jenilee Gray.
While Jack understands that Eloise is in a fugue state, refusing to remember who she really is, he falls in love with her. Can he really give up Eloise, if she were to remember her past and real identity? Someone else doesn’t want her to remember either, and will go to any lengths to end her life. Jack and Eloise’s parents are also connected to each other. It is odd and disturbing, especially when Eloise experiences flashbacks and memories that may not be her own.
This is a unique love story with a profound ending that made me want to go to London and explore the city to create new memories that I am sure I would never forget.
~We all do things and react certain ways and sometimes the reasons do lie in the past. But it is our ability to imagine the future that makes us who we are. It is our willingness to believe we can write fresh pages, despite carrying old baggage. The steps we take to make that future happen are the true indication of self.
~Eloise Blake was the echo; Jenilee Gray the original sound. Maybe that meant that she could never go back. Because an original sound can produce an echo, but an echo cannot produce an original sound.
I gave this book 4 stars and put it on my “top shelf fantastic reads” shelf on Goodreads.
****I was given an ARC of this book from Netgalley for an honest review. The quotes are from that copy.****
Beth finally has her life back on track. A job she loves, a wealthy husband and a beautiful home are a far cry from the tragedy that struck when she was nineteen. But now that her past seems firmly behind her, an old flame walks back into her life. Bringing back painful memories of a time she’s worked hard to forget, reviving a passion she tried to bury years before.
Niall is an up-and-coming artist, recently returned from success in America. Volunteering to teach in an inner-city drug clinic, the last person he expects to see is the girl who broke his heart nine years earlier. Working closely together allows their old wounds to heal, forging a deeper connection between them. One that slowly starts to burn.
As she becomes tangled up with a neglected child and her drug-addict mother, Beth finds herself drawn to Niall. But neither of them can anticipate how hard it is to tread the thin line between friendship and desire.
This book affected me in a completely different way, because I didn’t know much about drug addiction before reading this book. Beth tries to mend her past by giving back. She works as a social worker at a drug clinic, helping kids whose parents are drug addicts. When Niall comes in to teach kids about art, Beth is forced to deal with her past and the strong emotional connection she had with Niall. Honestly they both are forced to, because separately they thought they had moved on.
I loved their banter and instant chemistry. Niall Joseph is the gorgeous artist that Beth has been in love with since she was nineteen. We also get flashbacks of how they met at university and the drug use that clouded their relationship.
Excerpt from Chapter 11:
We’re are still staring at each other. My skin tingles. Every time he gets this close I have the same reaction. It’s not conscious, but the strength of my response still surprises me. I want to reach out and trace his bottom lip, touch the part where soft skin becomes moist mouth. I want to his teeth digging into my thumb as I push it inside, before he closes his lips around me.
More than anything, I want him to pull me close, meld his body to mine and kiss me like he used to. As if he had no choice.
But I’m married. I’m married, I’m married, and I’m married.
If I think it enough times maybe my body will listen….
“You’ve got a dirty mind, do you know that?” He shakes his head, but the grin on his lips tells me he’s kidding. “What makes you think I’ve got a flat full of nudes?”
His smile is infectious. It’s so easy, this conversation, the gentle teasing. “What else can you be hiding from your mum?”
He leans towards me, his dark hair falling over the side of his face as his head inclines. It brushes against my cheek as he hovers his lips close to my ear. “Maybe I’ve got a red room of pain.”
There’s something about the sentence that makes my toes curl up. I’m not sure if it’s the physical sensation of his breath on my sensitive skin, or if it’s the fact he’s saying dirty words in my ears.
Dirty, funny words.
I pull back and raise my eyebrows. “If you can afford a red room of pain in central London, you’re obviously making more money than I thought.”
“I’m not quite in the Damien Hirst ranks yet. Let’s call it an off-pink cupboard of slight discomfort.”
Beth’s live is changed by a certain child and her mother that she so desperately wanted to help and save them, but at the cost of almost losing her life and marriage. Niall’s presence also stirs up memories that both of them should have dealt with, but didn’t until now.
I give this book 5 beautiful stars and put it on my “favorites” and “top shelf fantastic reads” shelves on Goodreads.
Don’t ever underestimate the power of a good book that can take you places that you’ve dreamed of going to, learn about ideas that intrigue and surprise you, and transform your life.
I couldn’t a post about London, without featuring one of my favorite English bands. 🙂