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The memories we hide book review

The memories we hide was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and my opinions are my own. 

Book: The Memories we hide 

Author: Jodi Gibson 

Publication date: 3 September 2019 

Genre: contemporary 

Rating: 5 STARS 

Synopsis: 

Can you trust your memories?

Laura Murphy thought she could, but that was before she returned home.

When 27-year-old Laura returns to her hometown ten years after the tragic death of her boyfriend, Ryan Taylor, she isn’t prepared for the nostalgia and memories that resurface.

While caring for her ailing mother, Laura discovers an old newspaper clipping suggesting there may have been more to Ryan’s death than first thought. Despite her determination to put the past behind her, Laura becomes compelled to find out what happened that fateful night. 

As she begins delving into the past, Laura reconnects with childhood friend Tom Gordon, and they begin to unravel the blurred lines of truth and memory. But, unbeknownst to Laura, Tom is hiding a secret that could change everything, including destroying any chance of the future with Laura he’s always dreamed of.

Will Laura have the strength to confront what is revealed, or will Tom’s secret unlock memories that hold a truth no-one is prepared for?

Dealing with the complexities of friendships, love, depression and the consequences of secrets and split-second decisions, The Memories We Hide is a compelling story exploring how memories can’t always be trusted but how they can set you free. 

My review 

I’m not going to lie for the first 25% of the memories we hide I was like meh just a normal contemporary novel that’s an okay read. I put it down for a week and didn’t really think about it again until I looked at my planner and realised that my deadline was coming close. I picked it back up and started reading. Let’s just say my opinions changed one hell of a lot. 

This story explores themes such as grief, trauma, friendships, relationships and moving on from the past. 

We follow Laura as she heads back home after ten years due to her dying mother and while she’s there she comes face to face with the things and people she purposefully ran away from ten years ago including her best friend Tommy. 

The memories we hide jumps perspectives between both Laura and Tommy in both the past and the present. I really liked the way Jodi jumped between perspectives in a clear and concise way by making our characters look back at memories and we follow the memory as if it is happening in the present. 

I truly loved this story and loved seeing how all of these characters dealt with their grief and the trauma of the past. It truly does show how different people are affected and deal with their emotions.

After reading this story I have realised that I can’t run away from my past but I need to square my shoulders and face the demons and trauma of my past.

If you are looking for a hard hitting contemporary novel that explores depression, grief and trauma this book is for you. 

About the author 

Jodi Gibson is an Australian women’s fiction author of both contemporary dramas, and light-hearted romantic comedy. She lives on a mini-farm with her husband, daughters, two golden retrievers, one horse, eight chickens and a cat who rules over them all.

Jodi has been making up stories in one way or another since she was young. However, it wasn’t until recent years and after wearing many career hats, that the desire to get the stories out of her head and onto the page, won her over. In 2019, she realised her dream releasing her debut contemporary drama novel, The Memories We Hide.

When she’s not writing, you’ll find Jodi with her nose in a book, or in the kitchen baking and dreaming of her next travelling adventure.

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