The Memories We Bury by H.A. Leuschel

Thank you to the author, publisher and Love Books Tours for the digital copy of this book in return for my honest opinion.

Here’s the blurb: An emotionally charged and captivating novel about the complexities of female friendship and motherhood.

Lizzie Thomson has landed her first job as a music teacher, and after a whirlwind romance with Markus, the newlywed couple move into a beautiful new home in the outskirts of Edinburgh. Lizzie quickly befriends their neighbour Morag, an elderly, resourceful yet lonely widow, whose own children rarely visit her. Everything seems perfect in Lizzie’s life until she finds out she is pregnant and her relationship with both Morag and Markus change beyond her control.

Can Lizzie really trust Morag and why is Markus keeping secrets from her?

In The Memories We Bury the author explores the dangerous bonds we can create with strangers and how past memories can cast long shadows over the present.

Here’s my review: This book evoked long forgotten memories for me of the early days as a new mum, the feeling of helplessness and realisation that I was responsible for this beautiful tiny human (I’ve done ok, she’s made it to 13 with an 11 year old brother too!). In those early days I think I would have accepted help from anyone provided they had a kind smile and weren’t wielding an axe. So I can understand why Lizzie was so grateful for the help of the overbearing Morag. Her husband seems a textbook narcissist and I kept willing Lizzie to see through him but again, I can see why tried to ignore the feelings of doubt and frustration about him.

There’s a feeling of unease and anxiety as little by little the wool is pulled away from Lizzie’s eyes and from the perspective of Morag’s world too, the reader is able to see too just how right those suspicions were. I loved the parts written in Scottish dialect and thought of my lovely Scottish friend when Morag says she was having a “wee blether,” since Charline introduced me to that delightful term in her blog, Blether About Books.

A plot of insidious paranoia and unease, I’d recommend this to fans of Girl On The Train. 4 stars from me!