Is he mad? Am I mad? Who is actually insane here? What the hell is going on? Oh NO he didn’t! Did he? Wait… what? What the hell just happened?
That was the dialogue in my head while reading JT Lawrence’s The Memory Of Water!
It’s one of the most memorable-mess-with-your-head books I’ve read in a while!
Slade Harris will do anything for a story, including murdering the woman he loves.
Slade doesn’t think twice about jumping out of a plane or conducting disastrous love affairs to gather material for his work, but his self-indulgent life is catching up with him. Stumbling through his late thirties hopeless and a little drunk, Slade has a dazzling, dangerous idea which will change his life forever. It’s going to be Slade’s ultimate story … and all he’s hoping for is to survive it.
Initially I struggled to get into the book, mostly because I found Slade’s self destruction and downward spiral worthy of a big fat snot klap. But the more he spiralled, the more the story sucked me in.
The way JT wrote this book, you can feel the story building and building. You know something HUGE is going to happen and you brace yourself as you turn each page to find out if this will be the page where the story truly reveals itself, where you will know what the hell is actually going on.
At one point, I honestly started to doubt Slade’s sanity. I was convinced I was reading about one man’s slide into insanity for the sake of his art.
BUT….. the ending…..
That’s pretty much all I’m prepared to say about that because I won’t spoil it for you. But oh my word, as the story wound towards the ending, I found myself annoyed with the author, then annoyed with myself for believing she would end the book that way, to astounded by the actual, final ending.
This is the first JT Lawrence book I have read and I am hooked. What a unique, unusual read. I promise you, if you read it, you may think you know what is actually going on, but you won’t! It’s a real page turner!
Disclaimer – I was given a copy of the book in exchange for a review.