The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork
Synopsis of The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork
Vicky Cruz shouldn’t be alive. That’s what she thinks, anyway—and why she tried to kill herself. But then she arrives at Lakeview Hospital, where she meets Mona, the live wire; Gabriel, the saint; E.M., always angry; and Dr. Desai, a quiet force.
With stories and honesty, kindness and hard work, they push her to reconsider her life before Lakeview, and offer her an acceptance she’s never had.Yet Vicky’s newfound peace is as fragile as the roses that grow around the hospital.
And when a crisis forces the group to split up—sending her back to the life that drove her to suicide—Vicky must find her own courage and strength. She may not have any. She doesn’t know.
My Review of the Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork
The Passenger by Lisa Lutz
Synopsis of the Passenger by Lisa Lutz
Forty-eight hours after leaving her husband’s body at the base of the stairs, Tanya Dubois cashes in her credit cards, dyes her hair brown, demands a new name from a shadowy voice over the phone, and flees town. It’s not the first time. She meets Blue, a female bartender who recognizes the hunted look in a fugitive’s eyes and offers her a place to stay. With dwindling choices, Tanya-now-Amelia accepts. An uneasy―and dangerous―alliance is born. It’s almost impossible to live off the grid today, but Amelia-now-Debra and Blue have the courage, the ingenuity, and the desperation, to try. Hopscotching from city to city, Debra especially is chased by a very dark secret…can she outrun her past?
Review of The Passenger by Lisa Lutz
While it's not a requirement in a thriller that the reader have sympathy for the main character, I do think it makes for a better reading experience. However, it also seems to me that thrillers with Unsympathetic Girl protagonists (Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train, Girl With the Dragon Tattoo etc.) are becoming a Thing and I don't have a problem with that. I'm all for equality!
I think thriller readers who aren't bothered by moral ambiguity and don't mind a long wait for explanations will enjoy this.
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I haven't read either of those, but tbh, the second one doesn't really appeal to me too much? I DO like thrillers, but I stick to the YA ones. XD I have trouble relating to the thrillery-adult-characters otherwise. Ohhhh but the first one sounds really good. SAD. But good? And I'm loving that it underlines the "not one cure for everything", because I think that rarely comes up in mental illness books??ReplyDelete
Yes, I really liked The Memory of Light. It focuses on what is surely the hard/complex part of depression/mental illness -- figuring out how to live with it.Delete
I'm curious about The Passenger, have seen a few reviews now and I'm intrigued. Moral ambiguity- I guess I'm still deciding if I like that since thrillers like this aren't my usual go to but I've been reading more of them. I think I might give this one a try, it sounds interesting.ReplyDelete
I like moral ambiguity but still would have loved to understand this character a little better!Delete
Haven't read any of these, but I think The Memory of Light sounds right up my alley. // ▲ conundrumofcoitus.com ▲ReplyDelete
The Memory of Light sounds like my type of read. I'm getting addicted to suicide books lately (good thing or bad thing? doesn't matter, I guess). I'm also quite interested to try out The Passenger. I read and love The Girl on the Train, so maybe I'll enjoy this as well :)ReplyDelete
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In The Passenger, the MC sounds really unlikable, although I totally know what you mean about that trend. I guess I don't mind that much because of the choices that they make. The Memory of Light actually hits close to home, it sounds like it was dealt with in a realistic manner. Lovely reviews Jen!ReplyDelete
I have The Passenger to get to. I think it sounds like something I will like (hopefully!) Great reviews!ReplyDelete
Thought ful and moving sounds like its right up my alley for memory of light esp since dealing with depressionReplyDelete
The memory of Light sounds like a great read to me.ReplyDelete
If I'll have a chance, I'll defenitely give that one a try!
I like your reviews. They are short but full of informations.