(AD) Good Morning. Today I bring you a review for the novel Tell Me An Ending by Jo Harkins.
Across the world, thousands of people are shocked to receive an email telling them that they once chose to have a traumatic memory removed.
Now they are being given the chance to get that memory back. For Mei, William, Oscar, and Finn there is a piece missing, but they’re not sure what. And each of them must decide if the truth is worth the pain, or better left unknown.
For Noor, who works at the memory clinic Nepenthe, the process of reinstating their patients’ memories begins to shake the moral foundations of her world. As she delves deeper into the program, she will have to risk everything to uncover the true human cost of this miraculous technology.
This is one of the rare types of books that doesn’t give too much away in the blurb. I was instantly attracted to the premise put forward and I have to say that it did not disappoint. I am not a book crier, I don’t get overly emotional about characters and I can count the number of times a book has made me cry on less than one hand but Tell Me An Ending did make me cry.
It was an incredibly thought-provoking read which left me questioning the morality behind such a concept and what would I have done in similar situations. The writing was well-paced and the characters were diverse and interesting. My only gripe is that I would have loved to see a more certain ending for a couple of the characters, rather than being left with some ‘what now?’ questions but it didn’t take away anything from the book itself, I just felt invested in what happened to them down the line.
This is the sort of book that would suit anyone, regardless of their preferred genre. It is one of the best books I have read so far in 2022.
About The Author
Jo Harkin studied English Literature at university. She daydreamed her way through various jobs in her twenties before giving in and becoming a full-time writer.
She published four real literary fiction novels under a pseudonym, before deciding to follow her passion and move into speculative fiction.
Her focus is ‘what if’ stories with an emphasis on human lives. She lives in Berkshire.
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