The Memory Thief by Rachel Keener

The lives of a runaway who burned down her trailer, and a “Holy Roller” with a shameful secret intersect with life-changing ramifications.

The Memory Thief started out strong, but didn’t sustain my interest throughout. Rachel Keener does a great job depicting a world very unfamiliar to my own, but at times her prose is just a bit too much, taking me out of the story. I felt like some of the plot elements were overly familiar, and the direction of the story somewhat predictable. I really connected with Hannah at the beginning, but she underwent quite a sea change halfway through the book, and I just disengaged from her story.

Many thanks to Hachette Book Group for the review copy.

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