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Memory Man by David Baldacci



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.


About artikaaurorabakshi

Artika Aurora Bakshi Artika Aurora Bakshi is the author of three well-acclaimed children’s books,My Little Sikh Handbook, My Little Sikh Handbook 2: Ardas, My Little Sikh Handbook: Travel Journal, and an anthology of stories, Hold On To Me. Her first story, set in Amritsar, during the pre-Partition period, All She Had Left, was published on Story Mirror. She co-manages, a manuscript help and book review site. Her passion for reading has led her to helping other writers with their manuscripts. She comes from a family of lawyers and has a master’s degree in International Banking & Finance. Currently based in Sri Lanka, she teaches Commerce and History on a part-time basis at an international school and enjoys being part of the literary scene in Sri Lanka. A regular at the Galle Literary Festival and other literary events in Sri Lanka, Artika’s articles and book reviews have featured in the Daily Mirror, Daily News, The Ceylon Chronicle, and various blogs, such as,,, She was actively involved with SAARC Women’s Association of Sri Lanka and was President of the Association in 2016. An avid reader, Artika runs an online book club with a membership base of over 600 members. Her quotes are featured under soul.nightingale on Instagram and on Soul Nightingale by Artika Aurora Bakshi on Facebook. Artika is also working on her fourth children’s book in the My Little Sikh Handbook series and a second anthology of stories for adults. You can reach Artika at .

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This entry was posted on May 5, 2015 by in Book Reviews and tagged , .
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