Welcome to the penultimate stop on The Memory Chamber blog tour! Thank you to Holly Cave and Quercus for having me, this book was really original and a great read.
What if, when you die, you could spend eternity reliving your happiest memories in your own personal heaven? Isobel is a Heaven Architect, helping to create people’s afterlives from their best memories. When she falls for a client – terminal and married – her grasp on her senses starts to loosen. Then, when her lover’s wife is found dead, Isobel must uncover the darker side of what she does, and the man she loves.
The Memory Chamber contains a fascinating and original concept: creating personal heavens for people to live in after they die. With some very immersive world-building, Holly Cave addresses some important ethical and philosophical themes, wrapped up in an engaging story.
I was actually expecting something different from this book. The synopsis sounds like a sci-fi thriller, when really it is essentially a romance novel, in the form of a murder mystery in a sci-fi/utopian setting. It was unusual, for sure, and a very interesting idea. However, I struggled to connect with Isobel, which prevented me from experiencing the book on an emotional level. I didn’t like her; I didn’t dislike her. Considering that the story is based around people having strong feelings for each other, I found myself distanced from it.
The story was lacking something to make it impactful, but is memorable for it’s original concept nonetheless.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Thanks for reading, and be sure to check out the other stops on the tour!