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With a fan base spread across continents, any book written by David Baldacci gets publicised much before it hits the stands and the expectations from each are boundless.
Baldacci began writing stories as a child, when his mother gave him a notebook in which to record them. With Absolute Power, he came into the limelight in 1996 and since then there has been no looking back. To date, Baldacci has published 29 best-selling novels for adults as well as four novels for younger readers.
Memory Man, takes the readers into the world of Amos Decker, ex-football star and ex-cop living in Burlington. Due to an accident during NFL play outs, Decker comes out gifted with hyperthymesia and synthesia – he never forgets anything and he can see time in colour and pictures, just like rewinding a movie, thus the name Memory Man. It’s this very gift that changes his life path years later, to the point of no return. With his family brutally murdered in the safe confines of their home, Amos Decker finds himself in a situation where grief and guilt push him down into the abysmal degradation. A year and a half later, when a person admits to those murders, it kickstarts a series of events that shake Burlington and it’s residents. Decker has no choice, but to team up again with his former colleagues and the FBI to get to the bottom of the heinous game which took away his loved ones and of which he becomes an unwilling player.
Memory Man is superbly written and difficult to put down. Each character links the plot together in a fantastic manner. The story line is engrossing and each scene and character comes to life as one reads along. There is no need to follow Nancy Pearl’s Rule of Fifty, beacause this book gets one hooked on from page 1 and the pages keep turning with a thirst to find the answers and fit all the pieces of the puzzle.
Memory Man is a stand alone novel, but I do hope I get to see more of Amos Decker in the future. One cannot but help, marvelling at Baldacci’s ability to make the reader want more, even after the book ends. If you are a Baldacci fan, this book will only make you a more ardent fan and if this is your first Baldacci, then get ready for many more sleepless nights as you start reading his previous novels.