Sunday, 1 June 2008
Today I'm reviewing
'The Memory Keeper's Daughter'. by Kim Edwards.
I'd read many reviews on this book before starting it. Consequently, I was very keen to read it. I don't want to include any spoilers here, so I'll be brief with the plot. A doctor delivers his wife of twins one night. One of the babies , a girl has Down's Syndrome but otherwise appears to be healthy. Due to his own past experiences of disability he hands this baby to the nurse to take into care and explains to his wife that the child had died. A horrendous act of betrayal is continued throughout all their lives.
Imho this book shows the value of human life, and dignity that disabled people should receive.
After saying that I was a little disappointed as I found that the story slowed down in the middle. I felt after the first hundred or so pages that I guessed what the ending would be and I was impatient to reach it. A good book, but I didn't find the 'Wow' factor that many reviews discovered.
This book completes my Spring Reading Challenge.