Love Water Memory

Love Water Memory

Love Water Memory

Title: Love Water Memory
Author: Jennie Shortridge
Published by: Gallery Books
Available on Amazon
My rating:

Jennie Shortridge had me from the opening page where a woman finds herself in the San Francisco Bay, freezing in knee-deep water wearing an Armani suit and Prada shoes and holding a Gucci bag. She has no clue who she is and how she got there. Her story captures the imagination of the media. Lucie is identified by her fiancé via a photograph shown on television.

She is diagnosed as having dissociative fugue (flight), a condition usually caused by severe emotional trauma. Is her fiancé abusive, the reader wonders. But when the gentle Grady arrives our fears are put to rest. However, it confuses Lucie all the more as she can’t recognize him at all.

He takes her back to the home they share and it is here that Lucie discovers the the person she was: unfriendly, driven, career-minded, obsessive, extremely health-conscious. Somehow she cannot reconcile that Lucie with the person she feels she is. The present Lucie is much friendlier, softer and much more interested in Grady and his family. Grady, who struggles with his own childhood demons, is in equal parts disconcerted and attracted to the new Lucie. They find themselves rediscovering and redefining their love for each other. Grady’s obsession with swimming and Lucie being found in the water and having no memory thereafter forms powerful imagery for attempts to drown or suppress painful memories.

Although the story of Lucie trying to fit the pieces back together, drags for a bit, it comes strongly back to life in the last seven chapters. Here Lucie discovers the shocking memories of her childhood that she had suppressed to become the hard and cold Lucie.

I liked the process of self-discovery and the exploration of the relationships in the book and found it hard to put down

I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book for review from NetGalley.



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About CorinneRodrigues

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  1. I had never heard of dissociative fugue so I learned something new today!

  2. Interesting !!
    I remembered 50 first dates when I read this 🙂

  3. Intriguing. is not it true how our childhood experiences shape up our present and future!

  4. Will defintely look out for this one! Thank you for thr reco

  5. G Angela says:

    Sounds interesting Corinne ! never read a story like this… there is so much to read now ..

  6. This sounds like a good book for my summer reading! Thanks for the review.

  7. **self-discovery and the exploration***
    Two ingrediants, which make me LOVE a book.
    Thanks, Corinne. Xx

  8. Wow …that really piqued my interest. Maybe I’ll pick up the book 🙂

  9. Great succinct review! Dropping by from UBC!

  10. The opening reminded me of Bourne Identity. Seems interesting.

  11. This sounds like a good read for my book club. Thanks for sharing! I’ll bring it up next month as a possible choice for the coming year. We love books that provoke a lot of discussion and this sounds like it would.

  12. That’s sounds very interesting!! I love themes like this. Will check out this book soon!

  13. This sounds like an interesting book, although if it drags in the middle, I may never make it to the end.

  14. Sounds intriguing, Corinne, and I like the name of the book, Love, water and memory, three concepts that don’t seem really related on the surface.

  15. I wonder how I would feel if I lost my memory and had to start with a clean slate. Scary.

  16. Awww! I like love stories. Nice review – you are making me pick up so many books, Corinne, one of these days you should send me a Crossword discount voucher too 😛

  17. You have kindled my interest, Corinne. I have to look for this book now. 🙂

  18. This one sounds interesting…adding it to my wishlist 🙂 It reminds me of a movie I have seen…can’t remember the name though…Adam Sandler was there in that movie.

  19. This sounds fascinating!


  20. Looks very interesting! Bookmarking it!

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