2013 Book Reviews

The Memory Game by Sharon Sant

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‘If there is a hell, I think maybe this is it.

Weeks after fifteen-year-old David is killed by a speeding driver, he’s still hanging around and he doesn’t know why. The only person who can see and hear him is the girl he spent his schooldays bullying.

Bethany is the most hated girl at school. She hides away, alone with her secrets until, one day, the ghost of a boy killed in a hit-and-run starts to haunt her.

Together, they find that the end is only the beginning…

The Memory Game is a ghost story like none you’ve seen before.’

When Sharon asked me if I would read a review a copy of her newest book, I couldn’t get it fast enough. I discovered Sharon’s work this year, The Sky Song Triology, Runners, and a few other short stories also. From the first book, there was one thing I have been certain about, and that is Sharon is very special. Sharon is incredibly talented and this book is her best work yet.

From the very first page Sharon draws you in, shatters your heart leaving you a sobbing mess, finally leaving you feeling warm and fuzzy!

Before I wrote this review I actually read it a second time, instantly. I needed to, this wasn’t a book I could move on from as easily as I do others.

David is dead, but his ghost lives on. Looking down at his dead body with no-one in sight to help, he heads off home, he doesn’t know what else to do. There, he sees his mum frantic with worry that he isn’t home. He has to watch the police tell his mum that he is dead. Then watch as his mum blames herself and fret over their last words to each other, they had argued.

Not being able to stand seeing his mum so distraught, feeling lost and helpless he decides to go to school. There he watches an assembly and desperate for someone to notice him goes on stage and acts silly. Of course no-one notices David, his a ghost.

But, one person does, Bethany, the shyest, quietest and most non-existent girl in the school. This causes David, who wasn’t the nicest boy when alive, to slightly terrorise her in the assembly. To which she of course faints in shock.

David is there for a reason, he just hasn’t worked out why yet. With Bethany’s help they try to figure out together why David hasn’t yet moved on. The seemingly bad boy and the local misfit, find friendship in the most unlikely of circumstances and help each other in ways they wouldn’t of done had David been alive.

This book was an absolutely outstanding and heart-wrenching read.

I honestly cannot praise Sharon enough, her work is sheer brilliance and she deserves so much success.

This will be available September 1st and it’s without doubt one to read with tissues and chocolates.

Thank you Sharon for giving me the absolute pleasure of allowing me to read this.

Here is the link for the book:

http://amazon.co.uk/dp/B00EU7R1GA

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