The Memory Carriers

The Memory Carriers

Genre: 
5
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Pages: 
346
£8.99
ISBN:
9781849638838
Eleven-year-old Sean Robinson furiously cycled his Raleigh racing bike on a hot summer's day in the direction of Old Mill Lane. Sweat poured down his face as he reached the lane that held a strange and chilling fascination for the young boy. Did he really see a ghostly figure of a young girl in the old mill house? Twenty-five years later the same Sean Robinson, a Metropolitan Police detective in hospital with a mystery stomach complaint, is still troubled by nightmares featuring that ghostly young girl. Sean leaves hospital to convalesce with his young daughter and deeply troubled wife, whilst his colleagues try desperately to catch a brutal baby killer. Drawn back to the Old Mill House by his nightmares Sean is troubled to discover links between the ghostly young girl, his wife and a threat to his young daughter. Mike Nelson's supernatural thriller sees the detective move between the cruel streets of Victorian London and the city in the 1990's.
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Mike
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The author has worked in the Charity sector for 20 years and lives in South London. Mike has two children. He enjoys reading history, and debating all things supernatural, or having a religious theme. The author is also a student of Criminal Psychology.

Reviews

by
Miriam Smith
5
"The Memory Carriers" written by Mike Nelson has many, many layers to this supernatural story, therefore there's so much to read about - a serial killer murdering babies in the 1970's (you don't personally know the babies killed so it's not quite as disturbing as it sounds) with a possible copycat in the present day (1998) story - a character driven police procedural focusing on the horrific killings - psychological troubles due to major childhood abuse of the main protagonists wife and the main plot - a paranormal ghost story vividly set in the present day and Victorian London involving time travel. I read this book in the Scottish Highlands whilst on holiday and there were many a building that could have been related to the run down house in the story, which made me feel quite spooked at times - often checking the windows for faces - so well done to the author for making me feel like that whilst reading it!! It's evident a lot of emotional research has been carried out for the story, especially the medical/psychological assessments and also the appalling history into Victorian England's workhouses and mental asylums which made very interesting but saddening reading. I was very intrigued all the way through the book as to where the compelling story was leading - culminating in a quite an unexpected and shocking conclusion. I love the Victorian age especially London, it's truly fascinating how the poor and the paupers survived the squalor of the disgusting city streets and terrifying workhouses. The infamous and chilling Bedlam asylum was an extreme eye opener and quite distressing to read about the female abuse carried out. I particularly liked the appropriate little quotes from authors etc in between the chapters - a very clever idea. "The Memory Carriers" is a gripping, eerie and at times grizzly book, covering many genres that you can't help but enjoy. Its a highly imaginative story and I would certainly recommend it without hesitation. Mike Nelson is a talented and very descriptive writer that has put so much into this book - I just know lovers of paranormal ghost stories will really enjoy "The Memory Carriers".

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