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Twenty-five years ago Katie ran away from home and never came back. But now she’s suddenly reappeared in her best friend Olivia’s life—in the form of a chilling confession. Olivia’s father-in-law, wracked with guilt, says he murdered her all those years ago. Tom suffers from Alzheimer’s and his story is riddled with error and confusion. Except for one terrifying certainty:Twenty-five years ago Katie ran away from home and never came back. But now she’s suddenly reappeared in her best friend Olivia’s life—in the form of a chilling confession. Olivia’s father-in-law, wracked with guilt, says he murdered her all those years ago. Tom suffers from Alzheimer’s and his story is riddled with error and confusion. Except for one terrifying certainty: he knows where the body is buried.As Olivia and the police piece together the evidence, they are left with one critical question. They have a crime, they have a confession, and now they have a body—but can any of it be trusted?...

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Where the Memories Lie Reviews

  • Sue
    2019-06-08 06:57

    I really enjoyed reading Best seller “Look Behind You” and “Trafficked: The Diary of a Sex Slave“. Then when I heard about British Author Sibel Hodge’s new mystery/thriller, “Where The Memories Lie” I knew I had to read it. Sibel Hodge is a very talented writer that writes from a mix of genres, including romance, mystery and thrillers and young adult.“When the memories lie, sometimes it’s best to let the truth stay hidden.”This is the story about a man who takes his secrets to his grave. Nadia, Ethan and Chris had all lived in an old barn that Olivia’s father-in –law, Tom had renovated. Then when Tom got Alzheimer’s, Ethan, an architect married to Olivia, a part-time nurse and teenage daughter, Anna bought the house from him. When things became more difficult to handle, Tom was moved to a Nursing Home.Olivia’s sister-in-law, Nadia, an accountant and office manager for the Tom’s business is married to Lucas, a pilot, and parents to a teenage daughter, Charlotte.This story is told by Olivia…her thoughts…her discoveries…her decisions.Twenty-five years ago Katie ran away from home, leaving a note and never came back. But now she’s suddenly reappeared in her best friend Olivia’s life. Olivia’s father-in-law, confesses that he murdered her all those years ago. Tom suffers from Alzheimers and his story is based on memory flashes and confusion. But he knows where the body is buried! “It was an accident”As Olivia and the police piece together the evidence, they are left with one critical question... Who would do such a thing? But more important, how could they believe someone suffering from Alzheimer’s to be telling the truth?This was a fast-paced book that was a little slow at the beginning, but soon took off and held my interest till the end, with lots of twists and turns and revelations. I will definitely continue to read more by this author.People can all make terrible mistakes, mistakes they must live with. And sacrifices are made to save the family. “How far would you go to protect the ones you love.”Many thanks to the author, publisher and Netgalley for the ARC. Much appreciated.

  • ReadAlong With Sue
    2019-06-12 03:52

    Sibel Hodge can really weave a believable story. I know we reviewers say a lot of Cliches but this really is a "cannot put down" book. It really gets under your skin and keeps your attention. The trouble was, each time I thought 'another chapter then bed' I got to the end and was saying this until dawn broke and I was so tired the next day. How can you get up and leave a film that your'e watching part way through?Well, it was the same for this.When someone suffers from Alzheimer’s, how do you know what they are saying has any weight behind it?So when someone with Alzheimer’s says “It was an accident”, does that person refer to something now, the other day, last week, last year or is it all in their minds?Tom is the one with Alzheimer's that is now in a home. His family go to visit him often.This story is mostly told from Olivia's perspective, what is happening, what she thinks and what she feels. She takes charge on many decisions, she has morals, she wants the truth, but just what IS the truth.Basis.Katie left home over 25 years ago saying she was never coming back.She had split from her boyfriend as they were young and he didn't want to settle down but she did. There's a body and Tom knows where, he has Alzheimer's how would he know?Can Olivia just walk away and take no notice?She tells her husband who just do not want to believe it. Its not true, his father was a gentle kind man. He wouldn't harm a fly. It can't be him.Katie left a note, she's not dead, shes gone...shes in hiding she could have changed her name right?Olivia cannot let it rest.The rambling's of Tom haunt her and she has to do something, after all, how can she not.This is a well thought out constructive plot that kept my attention all the way through without wavering one little bit.I really love and enjoy the way this authors writes her stories, she is definitely on my top list of authors.This isn't the only book I have read from this author and definitely won't be the last.ABOUT THIS AUTHOR Bio: Sibel Hodge is the author of No. 1 Bestseller Look Behind You. Her books are International Bestsellers in UK, USA, Australia, and Germany. She writes an eclectic mix of genres, and she's a passionate human and animal rights advocate. Her work has been shortlisted for the Harry Bowling Prize 2008, Highly Commended by the Yeovil Literary Prize 2009, Runner Up in the Chapter One Promotions Novel Comp 2009, nominated Best Novel with Romantic Elements in 2010 by The Romance Reviews, Runner Up in the Best Indie Books of 2012 by Indie Book Bargains, Winner of Best Children's Book by eFestival of Words 2013, Winner of Crime, Thrillers & Mystery | Book from a series in the SpaSpa Book Awards 2013, Nominated for the 2015 BigAl's Books and Pals Young Adult Readers' Choice Award, Readers' Favourite Young Adult - Coming of Age Honourable Award Winner 2015, and New Adult Finalist in the Oklahoma Romance Writers of America's International Digital Awards 2015. Her novella Trafficked: The Diary of a Sex Slave has been listed as one of the Top 40 Books About Human Rights by Accredited Online Colleges. Website:

  • Jan
    2019-06-25 02:59

    3.5 starsI didn't feel this played out as a 'gripping psychological thriller' as its marketed to be, but more as a compelling mystery/whodunit revolving around a tight knit family that has the rug pulled out from underneath them in the least suspecting way.Tom, aging father of 3, has Alzheimer's and is in a nursing home. During a visit with his daughter-in-law Olivia, he blurts out 'I killed her. I had to do it to protect my family'. With these words the story unfolds, taking you on a journey into the past where things just don't add up, and long buried secrets start to unravel. When a body is discovered, Olivia is put in the position of asking herself 'how far will I go to protect my family?’While I enjoyed the simplicity of this story, it did fall a bit flat for me. With a short list of characters it wasn't too difficult to narrow down the suspects, and there just weren't any moments that really surprised me.This is my first read by author Sibel Hodge but it certainly won't be my last as I really did enjoy the easy, simple pace of this book and she did a great job of giving life to the characters.My thanks to NetGalley, the author and publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • Diane S ☔
    2019-05-29 02:03

    3.5 Tom was an honorable man, a man who always put his family first, a man who would do anything for his family, a man who now suffers from Alzheimer disease and lives in a nursing home. He is now saying that he murdered a young woman, many years ago, but how seriously should he be taken? A solid story about a decades old tragedy, many secrets and a family in crisis. When Jenny left all those years ago it was presumed, aided by the note she left, that she had run away. But how far did she get? The difference between lies told to deflect and lies told to protect. I enjoyed the moral aspect of this too, as some characters struggle with a most difficult decision. Loved the two young girls, Anna and Charlotte, their reactions to everything happening was very real. ARC from Netgalley.

  • Michelle
    2019-05-29 03:00

    Olivia Tate's father-in-law has advanced dementia. He gets confused alot and will oftentimes get agitated as different scenarios spark unpleasant memories. So when Tom starts talking about being haunted by the ghost of Georgia, a woman he says he killed, his nurses and family believe he must have saw something on the news that triggered his nightmares. But after his repeated murmurs to Olivia she decides to check things out. Turns out Georgia is alive and well. But then he claims it was not Georgia he killed but Katie, Olivia's best friend that ran away and hasn't been seen for over 25 years. Is he confused again? Does this man who lovingly raised his three kids alone have it in him to take someone's life? Is it worth dredging up the past and potentially ruining the Tate family name? What about the children? What will this legacy mean for them? Olivia finds herself at a crossroads where she must decide whether she is "walking on the wrong side of the right line or the right side of the wrong line".

  • Elaine
    2019-05-26 01:42

    I really enjoyed Look Behind You and so was really looking forward to getting stuck into Where the Memories Lie, the author’s latest psychological drama. The description hooked me. Tom, an old man suffering from Alzheimers Disease “confesses” to his daughter in law Olivia that he murdered her best friend Katie who suddenly disappeared 25 years ago, with everyone believing she had run away from home. Anyone who has ever known someone suffering from the condition will know that in amongst all the usual things that they say, when they don’t remember their nearest and dearest but have vivid memories of their schooldays, they can very often “fixate” on one thing to talk about, and that thing usually will not make sense to the person they are talking to. However, you cannot shake off the feeling that there is some truth in what they are saying and that is exactly what happens here. Olivia is like a dog with a bone. Should she do the right thing and speak to the police despite knowing that if there is some truth in what Tom is saying, then it could tear her whole family apart? Just how far will she, and anyone else for that matter, go in order to protect their family? What lies will they tell, what secrets will they keep and what would they prove capable of doing? In any event Olivia just cannot let the matter drop.The story does take a long while to really get going. It wasn’t until around about the halfway mark that I started to get gripped by what was going on. It is completely narrated by Olivia and that contributed a lot to the slowness. Olivia has a very gossipy style and it is a lot like sitting on the sofa with an old friend who is filling you in on what has been happening lately, complete with all the digressions that usually accompany such friendly chats. I wanted to shake her at times and scream “just get to the point, woman”.I also had a few misgivings about what happened when everything finally came to the boil. I really don’t think that the police would arrive at a property in the morning, dig up the garage, find the skeleton and take it away and leave before the schools finish for the day. I am sure they would take days and there would be white tents up, people in white cover suits and lots of police tape all over the place protecting what would essentially be a crime scene. Similarly, where was the media? This would have been quite a large news story with a big press presence, but there was not one reporter to be seen, in fact nobody seemed to notice what was going on. If this had happened in my village, everyone would have known about it and found an excuse to walk past the house as often as possible. Dogs would have been absolutely shattered with the amount of extra walks suddenly on offer and the village shop would have been packed out with people wanting information along with their milk.On the whole though, this is a read that really kept my interest, certainly for the second half, and is worth picking up. Did I guess what had happened? Yes, but in amongst quite a few incorrect guesses that I made throughout the read. Many thanks to the publishers via Netgally for the review copy.

  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    2019-06-07 06:41

    Sibel Hodge's Where The memories Lie is an enthralling look at the impact of personal disaster upon relationships. What does it take to break the trust between a married couple, the trust in a family unit, and once broken, can that trust be repaired?'I used to think that everything was black and white. Crimes should be punished. People shouldn't tell lies. Not big ones anyway. Not important I've-just-killed-someone-lies. But then I'd never been in this situation before.'Tom is the patriarch of a close knit family. Suffering from Alzheimer's and hospitalised for his own safety, he reveals to his daughter-in-law, Olivia, that he killed someone. While Olivia loves and trusts Tom, he would do anything for his family, she can't leave his confession alone. She has to 'know' if what he says is true, or if it is just the confused ramblings of a demented old man.What Olivia does not realise is that what she is about to learn may tear their close family unit apart. And what is she going to do with the truth when she finds it?The characterisation in this book is superb. Olivia is torn by indecision, wracked by guilt at what she is doing to her family, suspicious of them all (and she accuses them all in turn), but she cannot stop. She has to learn the truth, no matter the consequences.When I started this book I had no idea how good it was going to become. From a mediocre beginning blossoms an enthralling mystery that had me rooting for Olivia's quest for the truth at the same time as I was telling her to 'pull back', and 'think what you are doing to your family'.Thank you to NetGalley and publishers Thomas and Mercer for a digital ARC of Where the Memories Lie in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

  • March Shoggoth Madness The Haunted Reading Room
    2019-06-11 06:07

    REVIEW: WHERE MEMORIES LIE by Sibel HodgeAn engrossing, can't put it down, mystery, WHERE MEMORIES LIE deals as much with human emotions as it does with its actual, very tangled mystery. It also paints a compelling portrait of an Alzheimer's sufferer, and the pain for both patient and loved ones. It's a terrible thing to see memory shrivel and fade, as the adult children, in-laws, and two grandchildren of Tom Tate experience. A man who acquitted himself wonderfully as a long-time single father, an efficient businessman, a compassionate human, Tom is now a shadow of himself. But it is his very condition which results in inadvertent confessions, lifting the veil of secrets buried a quarter of a century, and ripping apart the family he was always committed to protect.

  • Andrea
    2019-06-03 23:42

    I give this book 3.5 rating,really disappointed with this book as it was loved her book look behind you.still going to read more of this authors books.

  • Bill Kupersmith
    2019-06-18 06:39

    This book is an ideal test of your skills as a literary detective. Usually when I suss out the perpetrator in a mystery story, I dock the book a star for being so simpleminded or derivative that even I can figure it out. At the other end of the spectrum are authors who also lose a star because they bury the clues so deeply that you’ll never spot them, @ least I’ll never. Not the mention authors who out & out cheat by withholding essential information from the reader. Unlike them, Sibel Hodge plays absolutely fair. If you pay scrupulous attention to what you’re told, you will be able to figure out the solution, but shouldn’t find it obvious. Just challenging enough for satisfaction when you get your own solve. Olivia, the narrator, sometimes jumps to conclusions, but of course she would. You have to be more astute than her on occasion.Making an Alzheimer’s patient a principal character & major suspect is tricky. On the whole I found Tom believably portrayed but just a bit too good to be true. Sometimes dementia pts offer very accurate information & whilst their short term memories are shot, their recollections of the more distant past can be spot on. So it’s not surprising that Tom should be able to tell us what happened 25 years ago. Unfortunately, those memories are too often accompanied by bizarre delusions & false memories, as the wonderful ambiguity of the title, Where the Memories Lie, brings out. But for the sake of the plot we accept Tom as a reliable informant, though there’s a lot he doesn’t tell us. The police would obviously love to put him in the frame, only his mental status renders Tom immune to prosecution.Best of all for me is the narrator. Olivia is supposed to be a nurse, & I believed she was, not just because we get a few technical details, but because she thinks & feels like a real caregiver. She finds herself faced with major moral & ethical issues, & it is very moving to watch her using feelings & relationships as guideposts, rather than deontological judgements & categoric imperatives - or even worse, ‘legal reasoning’! As I was listening, I felt sometimes that the story lost momentum & a lot of time was spent on interactions between the characters that did little to advance the plot. But @ the finish we see the importance of Olivia’s relationships as the core of her spiritual & moral formation, particularly her love for her 12 y/o daughter Anna. The time we’ve spent with Olivia is critical to understanding her choices, which to me felt absolutely loving & right.It was pleasant as well that we have here an old-fashioned mystery story that depends on characters & clues rather than jumping into thriller mode with a serial killer attempting to slice & dice the narrator with a panga or strangle her with a garrote. Instead Olivia faces the much more interesting and exacting test of discovering her own spiritual values & following them to places she’d never imagined she would have to go.

  • Maria
    2019-05-30 23:41

    Wow. There's a few hours of my life I won't get back. I wanted this to be thrilling. But it was amateurishly written. And Spoiler Alert ... the ending was ridiculous and not beliveable. And I don't mean in the, wow didn't see that coming; how exciting way. It's like it was unfinished. Are we supposed to believe the police suddenly stopped looking? I can't understand the great reviews. To each his own of course, but there's alot better fiction out there to read. Just a bad, bad novel.

  • Judy Collins
    2019-06-10 23:49

    A special thank you to Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Sibel Hodgereturns followingLook Behind You,with WHERE THE MEMORIES LIE —a psychological intense suspense of dark family secrets, confessions, betrayal, and lies—how far would you go to protect the ones you love? Beware:Be mindful of those holding your secrets.Alzheimer’s could get you faster than a snitch in jail, or a white collar corporate whistleblower! I N T R I G U I N G !Hodge explores the power of the secrets people keep-the darker, hidden facets of our lives, and what happens when they come to light.Tom,an amazing kindhearted man and father, renovated and converted an old barn twenty-five-years ago into a family home. He had owned a successful construction company, Tate Construction and his goal was to see his family content and happy. A loving father to Nadia, Ethan, and Chris, residing with their dad until they left home. When Tom developed Alzheimer’s, Ethan and daughter-in-law, Olivia purchased the house from him. Olivia loved the rustic and country theme with exposed brick, earthy tones and cozy charm- a place of solace, where they lived in the small village with their twelve-year-old daughter Anna. None of the family wanted to move Tom to a nursing home; however, Tom almost blew up the house one day, while leaving the gas knob on and lighting his pipe. After Nadia did her research, they found the nicest home and Tom ended up at Mountain View Nursing Home. Every timethey saw Tom, he seemed to shrink inside himself more. Once a tall, solidly built, active man, he was not stooped and colorless and bony. Tom suffers from a ravaging disease of Alzheimer’s. Olivia a nurse, knows the worst thing is the slow, steady relentless progression of a disease that would eventually be fatal. From the initial stages of attacking the part of the brain where memories are formed. Then it spreads to different regions of the brain, killing cells and compromising function. The damageto the areas where emotions are processed then makes it harder for patients to control moods and feelings. Next it wreaks havoc on the senses, evening causing hallucinations and delusions, and erasing the oldest and most precious memories of a person. In the last stages it destroys the area of the brain responsible for regulating breathing and the heart. It will be horrific for each of their family members to watch a person they love change into someone else. Changing them from kind and compassionate to vicious and bitter. From calm and happy to angry and spiteful. Heartbreaking.However, what Oliviadid not anticipate was an alarming confession! Tom confesses he murdered someone to protect his family. Why is he confessing now, unless it is his blurred mind speaking, which is quite common? A secret to protect his family until the Alzheimer’s made it impossible to stay hidden? Told from Olivia’sPOV, we learn about a missing Georgia Walker. What is she supposed to do with this confession? Surely he is delusional. They would laugh her out of the police station if she went to them, and what about her family? She cannot let this drop, as she has to find out more about this mystery. However, later she finds out Georgia is alive and well, and she is relieved. When she informs Tom of this news, he then says, it was not Georgia, it was Katie Quinn. Olivia’s best friend! He says he had to do it and he buried her. Katie went missing some twenty-five years earlier. Katie had been eighteen.There had been the letter she had addressed to her mom and dad. They thought she just ran away and would turn up later. Maybe she had left for reasons, and surely Tom had not killed her, or there would not have been a letter. Olivia knew she did not have a good home life, with two alcoholic parents. She had been the adult in the family, carrying a tremendous load. Her boyfriend, Chris(Olivia’s brother-in-law), had been working for Tom at Tate Construction, at the time as a builder. Katie dreamed of a life with him and a family. The pressure was too much for Chris to be settled down and he was not ready, and finally ended things. Oliviahad always felt guilty for not been there for her friend. She has to find out what happened to her. How do you find someone who wants to stay hidden? Google becomes Olivia’s best friend. Did Katie leave of her own free will? She has to find the letter. She then remembers things about her friend – had she been sexually active or sexual abused? Had her father, Jack sexually abused her, and was the letter a cover up? She has to open Pandora’s Box. A full investigation is underway, and more secrets surface. They find the body. Each clue and secret to surface, is more alarming than the previous.Why would her father-in-law admit to killing and burying Katie? This was insane, mad, crazy, right? They lived in a small village, and what if this word got out? She has to protect the family. Could her father-in-law have been involved with Kate? His own son’s girlfriend? A gripping mysterysuspense, as we revisit the time twenty-five years ago. Everyone is a suspect, and Olivia is in the middle of the investigation, suspecting everyone—from Tom, her brother-in-law, even her own husband. Could Katie have turned to Tom, when Chris dumped her? The more she digs, the more she finds out about her best friend. Could Katie be buried under their garage, and if so, who killed her and why? Maybe Tom was covering for someone else to protect them. When the unspeakable happens, Olivia is blamed for bringing up Tom’s secret. A family is destroyed. Her husband Ethan will never forgive her. Their once-happy family is unraveling, piece by piece. Wow, more shockers, more surprises, and twists and turns—was Katie more conniving and sly than anyone suspected? Right or wrong. Are some secrets left buried? When I first read the description and started the book, I thought it would be similar to Paul Cleave’s Trust No One(with the thoughts of an Alzheimer’s patient, recalling a murder he may or may not have committed).BTW, I recommend. However, WHERE THE MEMORIES LIE,delivers a twist so unique—brilliantly crafted. So much more than a story of an Alzheimer’s patient and father. Even though the story begins with the doubt of suspicion with Tom’s confession— the whodunit, begins to slowly unravel like a dark seed sprouting throughout the family, as it infests their lives one by one, a web of deceit, suspicion, and doubt; trusting no one. The author keeps you guessing if Tom was really protecting someone else. This is where the book shines and hums, as the burden is passed along to other family members. What will they do with the newfound information? A choice. There are so many suspects; motives, clues, and things to lose. Everyone is guarding something. Secrets of the past. Was Katie a liar, manipulative, a thief, or toxic? Or was she just desperate, young, alone, and vulnerable, doing what she had to do, to survive; desiring a better life? Even though I fancied, Look Behind You,WHERE THE MEMORIES LIEwas much richer, bolder, and thought-provoking, as Hodge delves into the emotions, lives, and feelings of each character, especially Olivia with doubt, fears, and suspicions-second guessing everyone around her. The title tellsa story with many layers—the strong bonds of family. Where do the memories lie? Are they stored in a box, waiting for something to jar them loose from their secret hiding place? Hodge grabs you and hooks you with a riveting page-turner from page one to the end----finding yourself glued to the pages into the wee hours of the morning. “Truth and lies. Justice and complicity. It is an impossible choice. Is there a hazy line between right and wrong? Life is messy. There is no black or white, only blurred shades that intermingle and co-exist. What if you had the power to destroy the lives of those who mean more to you than anything in the world?”So much more herethan a chilling psycho-thriller --- a complex, rich, poignant tale of ties and bonds of family, relationships, and lengths they will go to protect those they love. (with added mystery and intrigue). The novel could have taken so directions, and the way it was played out was clever. Really enjoying her subject material, crossing several genres. My only negative would be a different front cover, as feel it does not convey the true value of the book. Fans of Liane Moriarty, Diane Chamberlain, JoJo Moyes, Lisa Jewell, Carla Buckley, and Jane Greenwill enjoy the complexities! When I began the book, I really had not anticipating enjoying so much, exceeding my expectations, finding myself rushing to get back to the saga. You do not get bogged down, her writing is fresh, and crisp with events so realistic and scary, they could happen to anyone. Well-developed characters; Loved the inspiration behind the story. Bloody good! JDCMustReadBooks

  • Joanne Robertson
    2019-06-24 04:45

    I absolutely adored Sibels last book Look behind You which was her first psychological thriller so i was rather excited to get a copy of her new one from Netgalley but also rather nervous! Would Where the Memories Lie live up to my expectations? I am please to say that it did!Olivia lives an idyllic lifestyle with her husband Ethan and daughter Anna. Ethan comes from close family but his father Tom is now in home as he has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. When Olivia visits him one day, Tom stuns her by admitting to a murder but is it a symptom of his disease causing this confession or is it a moment of lucidity? Olivia is about to find out.This played out as a family drama with a suspenseful twisty plot where I thought I had it all figured out but I was wrong! Olivia comes across as a rather neurotic and naive character but this certainly lends itself to the plot even though you want to shake her at times! There are elements to the story that will divide the reader especially the moral choices and dilemmas that the family have to face.This is a great escape of a book that I read in a couple of sittings but it is easy to pick up and put down without losing the plot so to speak!Looking forward to more of the same from this author in the near future.I received a copy of this book via netgalley in return for an unbiased review.

  • Joanne Fish
    2019-06-22 23:39

    A memory to forgetI read the few reviews that were available and most all thought this was a great book. I could only get to Chapter 5 before I was done with it. I then read the epilogue and the author asks the reader a moral question. I started off liking the characters and the plot but it became clear we could lose multiple chapters and not miss anything. It started off at a good pace and then became cumbersome. I didn't need a whole chapter about a beach picnic. I wanted to get back to the plot. The other chapters continued the same way. Boring. It was also getting boring the way the author kept painting this family as moral, strong, cohesive. Yes, it did have some cracks but that was expected and part of the story. The whole moral of the story is that families aren't always what they seem, what would you do to protect your kids, what lies would you tell to do it. And then the last sentence in the epilogue, the authors moral question to the reader. Really? This book is more preaching than mystery. Well not read her again.

  • Lesley
    2019-06-18 02:43

    this took me too long to get through because I had trouble keeping my interest and I felt the ending was too easy.

  • Joseph - Relax And Read Reviews
    2019-06-24 02:54

    Holy Moly! This book is absolutely one of the best psychological thrillers I've read in a long time. As soon as I read the blurb, I knew this was going to be a cracker of a thriller... just not this good!"Every action has a reaction. Every deed has a consequence. There's always a price to pay."Family secrets can be destructive. They wedge a boulder between those who know them and those who don't.​ When exposed, as happens in this book, they test a family's bond to the limit, shattering lives and relationships in the process.Alzheimer's is a terrible disease affecting the brain and bringing about hallucination​s, delusions and confusion. So,​ how much reliable a confession made by a person suffering from this disease can be? ​Tom, Olivia's father-in-law, stuns everyone when he confesses to have murdered Olivia's best friend Katie, twenty-five years before. But that can't be true! The old man, has always been a gentle giant who wouldn't even kill a spider or a mouse, let alone a person. So why is he coming out with this absurd story now? Could he really have killed Katie all those years ago? Or is he just imagining everything in his confused state? But if so, how does he know where the body is buried? Thanks to Sibel's beautiful and flawless prose, reading this book was extremely enjoyable. Pages just flew by. As I was reading, I kept telling myself "Oh this is just brilliant!", especially when I reached some mind-blowing twist or turn. A well-thought out, clever plot, unwavering suspense and tension from start to finish and chapters ending in cliffhangers kept me pinned to my kindle until I had practically devoured the whole book. All characters, dialogues and locations are very realistic and vividly described. I felt as if I was there in Olivia's kitchen or in Tom's room at the hospital with the other characters. I admired and loved Olivia for her relentless determination to seek the truth. The author takes us inside her head as she tries to understand what had really happened twenty-five years before. The final twist was totally unexpected. The ending - the cherry on the cake. While it closes the story quite satisfactorily it is also a very debatable one. You have to read the book to the end to understand what I'm referring to.Overflowing with secrets, lies, deceit and betrayals this book is simply amazing and I highly recommend it. Impressive Job Sibel. Well Done!! Warning Tag: Once you start reading, you won't be able to stop!With thanks to the author, the publishers and Netgalley for allowing me to read this book in exchange of an honest review.

  • Vastaa gorgij
    2019-05-27 06:52

    #وقتی_خاطرات_دروغ_ميگويند كتابي كه اول خيلي دست كم گرفتمش و با خودم فكر كردم حوادثش برام قابل حدس زدنه!وقتي شروع كردم به خوندن و كمي پيش رفتم حس كردم نميتونم كتاب رو زمين بذارم،نه فقط داستان جذاب،بلكه هوش نويسنده كه جملات كوبنده و هيجان انگيز رو در سطر آخر هر فصل نوشته بود و منو مجاب ميكرد كه فصل بعدي رو هم بخونم،كه البته همين روال باعث شد به رغم تمام مشغله اي كه داشتم كتاب رو زود تموم كنم...نكته قابل توجه ديگه كوتاه بودن هر فصل بود كه باعث ميشد هر فرصت كوتاهي كه پيدا ميكردم يه فصلش رو بخونم و برام خوشايند بود.نكته بعد داستان جذاب بود،يني تمام حدس هايي كه ميزدم كاملا اشتباه بود و منو حسابي به چالش كشيدسبك مورد علاقه من جنايي معمايي هست و اين كتاب نماينده بسيار خوبي براي اين سبكه و من هنوز بعد از خوندنش شوكه ام.

  • Connie
    2019-06-15 02:46

    Source: I downloaded this book via Kindle Unlimited. Cost: Free Title:Where the Memories Lie Author:Sibel Hodge Genre:Suspense, mystery Overall Rating:4 stars I didn't expect much from this book, I never do when it comes to Kindle Unlimited books, I don't know why. Also this book is a bit out of my comfort zone, but this book really drew me in. Katie ran away 25 years ago, and her best friend hasn't thought about her since, until her father in law admits to killing her. At first, she just writes it off as his dementia talking, however, he knows exactly where the body is...Olivia takes it upon herself to uncover the truth of what happened all those years ago, did he actually kill her best friend? This story was well written and it had a beautifully complex plot but it flowed brilliantly. Olivia's determination and commitment to finding out what happened was actually really interesting and for once, it didn't annoy me because she knew when she was overstepping the mark.

  • Lynn Mccarthy
    2019-06-24 05:59

    Tom is a man that lives with alzheimer's in a nursing home he is a man that always puts his family first.One day while his daughter-in-law is visiting him he confesses to killing a young women 25 years ago. Is it his Alzheimer's talking or can it be true what to think, so she decides to find out for herself somebody must of missed the women.This book has plenty of twists and drama to keep you reading.Thank you netgalley and the publisher for a chance to read this book.

  • Mandy
    2019-06-08 02:56

    Very poor - characters had no substance and main character was dreadful. The plot was ridiculous and so much of the dialogue felt contrived. Really glad to finish this one and move on to something better!

  • Susan Hampson
    2019-06-15 01:02

    Author Sibel Hodge tackles a very difficult and sensitive topic with a lot of people, a member of the family suffering from alzheimer's. The struggles of the family, left in a world of reality with every day problems, knowing that when they visit they may not even be recognised. Then she throws a spanner in the works when confused and frightened Tom confesses to killing a young woman 25 years earlier and burying her body. So should Olivia, his shocked daughter-in-law, believe him or put it all down to his condition.? At the least the family would be more than devastated at the thought of it, but if it's true she knows it will tare them apart. Olivia though can't let it go, so after having a very upsetting discussion with her husband Ethan, she has to find out herself, after all someone can't simply disappear without being missed can they? What a tremendous story this is. Sibel Hodge writes about alzheimer's sensitively and truthfully in the story, with snippets of Tom's life before he became ill. A loving caring man that brought up 3 children on his own after his wife died. Now a frightened man that lives in the nightmare world of alzheimer's or a killer that needs to confess before he dies? I want to thank Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read and review this book.

  • K-BRC
    2019-06-21 07:01

    I didn't want to finish this book. It worried me that I might not like what I found out. Does dementia free memories so secrets are exposed? If these memories are real, would the kids and the rest of the family be able to handle the dark secrets? Would I conceal the truth to protect the family in a similar situation? I was twisted up in knots. I woke with the story invading my dreams and just had to know who did it. I love it when the writer gives me this creepy feeling. Then I wonder who I know that holds deep, dark secrets? How does one carry the weight of keeping the family's secrets? Will the truth always come out? It's a quandary. But wherever memories really do lie, they could be very dark and deadly in the mind of Sibel Hodge. I've loved the full spectrum of tales that escape from this author's mind and find their way into her books. That's why I always beg for a chance to read an ARC: I get a chance to see if the author maintains consistent quality writing. I was not disappointed this time-definitely not disappointed: it's a terrifyingly realistic psychological thrillers that disturbed my peace for a number of days and still has me looking at friends and family members in a slightly different light.

  • Richard
    2019-05-25 23:40

    Great idea for a novel with an historic murder and how that may unravel in the lives of a family.Tom the elderly patriarch is slowly dying before his families' eyes with the mind changing, personality altering and brain destroying condition Alzheimer's disease. So amid all his dementia how lucid was he when he becomes agitated by a murder in his past?The story is told in the first person and it to is this person; Tom's daughter-in-law that the confession of a historic crime is made. For me this is the restriction of the story as it is told only from her perspective. Therefore much of what happens is quite predictable and can only develop along certain lines of her decisions and personal investigation. Indeed the police seem to have to disclose far too much imformation to her to keep the story going.It is about relationships within families and broken trust. It is thought provoking and disturbing at times but it failed to capture my imagination fully and I found the story laboured at times.

  • Irene
    2019-06-23 06:58

    Not quite a 4 star rating - 3 1/2. Olivia's best friend (Katie) runs away over 20 years ago and no one ever hears from her again. Father-in-law Tom is in a nursing home suffering from Alzheimer's and confesses to a terrible deed. From that point on there is no stopping Olivia as she is like a missile intent on finding out what happened to Katie. I liked the story, the way it was written, how you were led to think different things at various times, but it was a bit too long with lots of unnecessary domestic trivia. Olivia was meddlesome, irritating with her assumption that she was always right. If she was so concerned about Katie why didn't she start looking a lot earlier! Plus she often treated her 12 year old daughter as if she were about 5 years old. I liked this book enough to try others by this author. I was given this ARC in exchange by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Agnes (BeaderBubbe)
    2019-05-27 02:58

    How Far would you go for a loved one?Great story of a family with a secret kept to protect the family but it all comes out 25 years later. Katie ran away from home and was never heard from. But now Olivia’s father-in-law, Tom, who also has Alzheimers says he murdered her all those years ago and he knows where the body is buried. Follow the story of what Olivia feels she must do to make it all right....or does she??

  • Tom Elder
    2019-05-28 01:38

    Sibel Hodge.Brilliant.WHERE THE MEMORIES LIE.How well do you know your friends & family. After Katie disappeared 25 years ago she reappears again in her best pals life in the form of a confession by her friends father in law Tom. He suffers from Alzheimer's and says he murdered Katie all those ago.The author has an uncanny ability to keep your attention no matter what genre she is writing.5* 27 August 2015.

  • Betty
    2019-05-26 23:42

    Olivia's father-in-law is in a nursing home suffering from Alzheimer's. Olivia is well aware of the ravages of the disease since she is a nurse. She visits him frequently but she is shocked one day when he adamantly declares that he killed someone. Where the Memories Lie will keep you guessing long into the night and just as soon as you think you've figured it out...think again!

  • rachel • typed truths
    2019-06-06 06:55

    Review copy provided by Thomas & Mercer for an honest review.Full review to come asap.

  • Norrie
    2019-06-10 06:04

    So, a family secret, you say? Blurted out by a frail Alzheimer’s patient? Would you really take everything at face value from someone who only last week was under the impression that he’s Gregory Peck? The story had potential, but imagine you stumble upon this secret in the man’s diary. The one he’d written when he was still at full mental capacity… Now that, I could get into.This book is not really a suspenseful thriller, more a story about a tight knit family and the lengths they would go to protect those they love the most. How far would you go to keep a secret that could destroy your family? Would you ignore all your values and beliefs if they were not suitable anymore? Maybe you are one of those people who is a firm believer of giving out the highest possible sentence to criminals. But if it’s your child on trial? Would that make a difference?We see the plot unfold from Olivia’s point of view. She’s Tom’s daughter in law, and potentially one of the most annoying characters I came across in recent months. As a nurse, I expected her to be the voice of reason, but as the outsider so to say, of course she had to be the one who triggers all the digging into the past. It just didn’t seem that plausible to me, purely because of the way she found out about the secret.As we go along, the uneasiness grows, accusations fly around and everyone seems suspicious. Olivia is off the rocker, and the most painful of it all is that she doesn’t use her brain. You want to accuse someone? Fine, but at least don’t show all your “evidence”.The end twist was nicely done, and I’m actually happy with the resolution. Is it a bit far fetched? Maybe. But I’ve learnt watching all those true crime documentaries is that people are capable of anything.More reviews like this on my blog.

  • Marie
    2019-05-29 03:51

    This was a fairly good mystery/suspense novel. I enjoyed it for the most part; Some good thoughts. But the foul language rather spoiled it for me.