Thanks for the Memories by Cecelia Ahern adheres to her usual style with elements of magic and love in the story, but what really made this book stand out for me was the humor and the twist near the end.
Joyce Conway remembers things she shouldn’t. She knows about tiny cobbled streets in Paris, which she has never visited. And every night she dreams about an unknown little girl with blonde hair.
Justin Hitchcock is divorced, lonely and restless. He arrives in Dublin to give a lecture on art and is persuaded to donate blood. It’s the first thing to come straight from his heart in a long time.
When Joyce leaves hospital after a terrible accident, with her life and her marriage in pieces, she moves back in with her elderly father. All the while a strong sense of déjà vu is overwhelming her and she can’t figure out why…
Ahern surprised me in this book with the hilarious dialogue, the wonderful characters, my favorite being Joyce’s father who’s entertaining in every way; the things he does and says.
I enjoyed the journey that both Justin and Joyce take throughout this book, they each have some issues that they work on while they try to figure out this mysterious connection they have for each other when they’ve never properly met.
The story is romantic, but in a edge-of-your seat kind of way. Its not too “mushy” or over the top and Ahern keeps your attention throughout. This book is one I would describe as hard to put down. A real page-turner with twists and turns along the way.
Nearing the end of the book, I thought that I had predicted the ending, but Ahern threw in a great twist that made me appreciate the story so much more. It might be a book that I read again and I don’t often want to do that since there are so many great books I have yet to read.
What book do you remember that had a great twist or a surprising (yet fulfilling) ending?