The Memory keeper’s daughter is a novel which is full of secrets. David and Norah have a perfect life as husband and wife, until one night when Norah, who is pregnant with twins, goes into labour and David, who is a doctor by profession, must deliver his children himself in the middle of a blizzard.
They have a healthy baby boy and a girl with Down Syndrome. David knows of the mortality rate of babies with Down Syndrome. He knows that keeping this child will mean that he and his family will face great troubles and loss. He entrusts the child to the nurse and begins his new life with his beloved wife and new healthy, perfectly normal baby boy.
However time passes and Norah is never able to overcome the loss of her lost baby girl, who David said died at childbirth. Her baby girl’s ignored existence by David fuels an anger in her that slowly tears down her marriage. David is left to watch as the decades old lies unravel, and he begins to truly understand the consequences of what he did all those years ago.
This book is a roller-coaster of emotions and questions. Have a read and answer the question. Was David’s decision to lie about his daughter dying the right thing to do? Yes or No?
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Dan Brown's, "The Da Vinci Code" is book two of the three part series. It is a captivating read, which really makes you question the stories behind everyday symbols we see. It is a story about how Harvard symbolist Robert Langdon receives a phone call late at night regarding the death of a renowned art curator. When taken to the crime scene he is informed by the cryptologist Sophie Nevue that he is being investigated as prime suspect to the case. The investigator, Fache does not trust him. Both Sophie and Robert understand that there is a lot more to the case of the curator’s death than is apparent. Why are there ancient symbols and codes at the crime scene? What is the wider purpose? And what does this all have to do with Leonardo Da Vinci?!
Sophie and Robert escape police surveillance, and so begins an adventure and French police chase that takes them across Europe to solve the time long mystery behind the Church and Priory of Sion, and how they are both linked to all this.
The story is narrated by a few characters, each trying to tell their side of the mystery. The hunt has begun for answers of a time long ancient mystery that, if revealed, could change the world. The characters are entertaining, and full of mystery. You can expect a few unseen twists in the story and don’t be surprised if you hear yourself say ‘no way!’
To read and understand this book you do not have to read the first book of the series, Angels and Demons, but that book is also an 'on the edge of your seat' thriller! So give this author a chance if you need a Sherlock mystery to solve.
Margot Baumann has now begun her new job in the mailroom of a large Nazi prison. On the first day, she is told that her job consists of burning the letters that come through the camp to, and from the prisoners. Young Margot is only 17 years of age when she starts her job, and very quickly learns of the reality of the camp. Where people don’t come to work, but are imprisoned to slowly and painfully die.
Amidst this dread Margot comes across a letter addressed to her! Curious, she steals the letter and opens it in the secrecy of her room. It is a love letter written by an enemy of war, who has been imprisoned in the camp. Unable to remove herself from her need to help the prisoner, Margot begins to write love letters back to this mystery prisoner. However will she be able to stop herself from developing feelings for this individual, and go against every order she has been given by her SS Commanders? Or will she do her duty as a Hitler youth and burn the letters?
Warned by all close to her that have knowledge of her secret, she continues to write letters to a prisoner at a time when the world is constantly looking over their shoulders in fear.
What will happen when she is found out? What are the consequences for treason in Nazi Germany?
This story is full of drama, suspense, and danger, you won’t be able to put it down.
Goodreads rating: 4.2