Title: The Hidden Memory of Objects
Author: Danielle Mages Amato
Date Started: March 30
Date Finished: April 1
Format: Hardcover from my shelf
Megan Brown’s brother, Tyler, is dead, but the cops are killing him all over again. They say he died of a drug overdose, potentially suicide—something Megan cannot accept. Determined to figure out what happened in the months before Tyler’s death, Megan turns to the things he left behind. After all, she understands the stories objects can tell—at fifteen, she is a gifted collage artist with a flair for creating found-object pieces. However, she now realizes that her artistic talent has developed into something more: she can see memories attached to some of Tyler’s belongings—and those memories reveal a brother she never knew.
Enlisting the help of an artifact detective who shares her ability and specializes in murderabilia—objects tainted by violence or the deaths of their owners—Megan finds herself drawn into a world of painful personal and national memories. Along with a trusted classmate and her brother’s charming friend, she chases down the troubling truth about Tyler across Washington, DC, while reclaiming her own stifled identity with a vengeance.
This book was…odd. It’s sort of murder mystery/paranormal/historical fiction. The Hidden Memory of Objects focuses a lot on Abraham Lincoln’s assassination and all the artifcats that were associated with that horrific event. But it also deals with Megan Brown’s brother’s death that appears to be a suicide, but really isn’t. The book has a slow start – and I mean really slow, I literally reformatted some of my old blog posts for five hours before really getting into this book. It takes a while to get used to that Megan’s ‘sightings’ of her brother weren’t all in her head that there was a reason for them and she wasn’t going crazy. Once you realized that we were doing with a superpower here, it was actually quite an interesting read.
I really liked the character of Eric – Megan’s former friend from elementary school that she hadn’t talked to since his father’s death. He was there for Megan and even though he thought she was crazy at first with the visions, once he actually saw them in person he jumped on board the superpower train real quick. Which was good. Megan really needed him. Nathan was very well written too. I found it interesting that Amato described everything about his character except the color of his skin. I had no idea, until Megan went with him to his house that he was black. I even went back and re-read the passages where he was introduced and described to see if I missed something, but I didn’t. Wowza. Anyway, I really liked his character too. Despite thinking that Megan was trying to grieve and that’s why she was seeing this ‘visions’ he still keeps coming back to hang out with her. And I have to admit the whole coy boyfriend thing was really cute.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. Despite the slow start and brief moments of insanity, I really enjoyed this book. It was a nice twist on YA with basically history, paranormal, romance, and mystery thrown in.
Bookshelf worthy? I got this book in a book subscription box and I’m kind of glad that I did. I don’t think I would have read it otherwise.