Title: The Memory Chamber
Author: Holly Cave
True death is a thing of the past. Now you can spend the rest of eternity reliving your happiest memories: that first kiss, falling in love, the birth of your children, enjoyed on loop for ever and ever.
Isobel is a Heaven Architect, and she helps dying people create afterlives from these memories. So when she falls for Jarek, one of her terminal – and married – clients, she knows that while she cannot save him, she can create the most beautiful of heavens, just for him.
But when Jarek’s wife is found dead, Isobel uncovers a darker side of the world she works within, and she can trust no one with what she finds…
The Memory Chamber is a thrilling and original story which vaults the reader into a world that is terrifyingly close to our own, where we can avoid everything we fear – even death itself. But can we ever escape the truth?
The Memory Chamber is an entertaining novel with a really interesting premise – what if you could create a ‘heaven’ for after you die, suited to your own tastes and only including the happy times? Isobel, a ‘Heaven Architecht’, creates just that for clients – and one day meets someone she instantly connects with, Jarek – but is everything as it seems?
The world inside The Memory Chamber is built thoroughly and convincingly by Holly Cave, and you can actually imagine such a world one day becoming reality (and potentially a scary time, as shown in the book). The characters are mostly likeable and the confusion at times around who is one whose side, and who is who they seem to be, adds an element of confusion and mystery to the story. There’s a definitely sense of everything shifting as poor Isobel discovers one thing after another, and finds herself in a tricky situation herself!
I don’t want to give too much away about this but it’s definitely an interesting read (/listen, as I had this on audiobook) centering on various important themes that I, and readers no doubt, can relate to. The narrator reads the story really well and I enjoyed listening to this through Audible – it’s great to have something interesting to listen to whilst walking to work/ driving/ doing the washing up etc!
I’d definitely recommend The Memory Chamber for anyone who likes a story with a bit of an original twist.
Many thanks to Holly Cave for providing an audiobook version of this novel, on which I chose to write an honest and unbiased review.