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Mémoire infidèle (original 2001; edition 2010)

by Elizabeth George, Dominique Wattwiller (Traduction), Jacques Martinache (Traduction)

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Title:Mémoire infidèle
Authors:Elizabeth George
Other authors:Dominique Wattwiller (Traduction), Jacques Martinache (Traduction)
Info:Pocket (2010), Poche, 980 pages
Collections:Fiction, Your library, To read
Tags:ebook, suspense, policier, série Barbara Havers & Thomas Linley

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A Traitor to Memory by Elizabeth George (2001)



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When I first started reading this book and realized the density and detail of the prose, I reset my expectations that it was a regular police procedural and put it in the category of a literary mystery a la Peter May. To make it a story that had a central mystery to solve, but would be primarily about the victims or the people close to the victims. I even thought it might be more about the investigators, but that didn’t happen as much. At first, this approach worked and I got to the halfway point before I started to lose patience. I didn’t skim, at least not much (Gideon’s damn dream descriptions did me in though!). Reading some earlier reviews of the book, it is unusually long for George and for this series, so I’ll probably read more of them. I liked how she wrote and the complexity of the crime (although I did peg Sonia’s murderer early on).

So yeah, it is very long, somewhat repetitive and there are a lot of characters to keep up with, but I liked it and there were some gems in there like this one - “We grind against each other, then, which is probably the way it happens when a man and a woman are trying to preserve a connection that’s already been severed. And in that grinding, we wear each other away until what we had is so distant a memory that we can no longer sift through the discord of our present to locate the harmony that defined our past. And it ends.” ( )
  Bookmarque | Nov 17, 2016 |
A detailed British mystery centering around the family of a violin protegy. I found it a satisfying read. ( )
  wareagle78 | Feb 3, 2014 |
Beautifully convoluted mystery delving into the roots of a violin genius' sudden inability to play. The story is structured around the diary of the blocked genius as he digs through his history for the psychiatrist. Plot strands take the reader into murder, which of course involves Detective Inspector Lynley and Barbara Havers duo, so beloved by her fans. Fascinating study of the impact of exceptional talent on the rest of the family. ( )
1 vote Helen.Vanderberg | Nov 2, 2013 |
Some reviewers thought this was dull, but I was quite impressed with her educated portrayal of traumatic amnesia. ( )
  afinch11 | Aug 23, 2013 |
Een goede thriller, een plezier om te lezen. Bij toeval was deze week ook de verfilming van dit boek op TV, ik had dus goede mogelijkheden om boek en film met elkaar te vergelijken. Tijdens het lezen heb ik dat dan ook gedaan en ik was verrast door het aantal wijzigingen en weglatingen in de verfilming. In feite was het een ander verhaal met een andere ontknoping. Toen ik de verfilming bekeek, twijfelde ik of ik het boek zou uitlezen. Nu ben ik blij dat ik het toch heb gedaan.

Het is een thriller waar je je hoofd goed bij moet houden. Veel verschillende personen die allemaal hun eigen redenen hebben om zich te gedragen zoals ze doen. In het begin lijken de gebeurtenissen als los zand aan elkaar te hangen, maar naarmate het boek vordert en je, met Lynley en Havers meer te weten komt over de slachtoffers en de achterblijvers, wordt het langzaamaan duidelijk wie de dader is.

Het boek heeft een zeer verrassend einde, ik vond het nogal droevig. De dader is gepakt, dat wel, maar wat erachter aan komt... Voor mij is dat echt een geval van 'het lot'. De persoon probeert iets goed te doen, maar door omstandigheden doet hij juist iets wat niet goed is.

Ik heb er tamelijk lang over gedaan, het is ook een dik boek, maar het was de lange zit wel waard. Een aanrader voor de liefhebbers. ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Mar 31, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0553582364, Mass Market Paperback)

Families can be monstrous and their secrets dangerous, as New Scotland Yard detectives Thomas Lynley and Barbara Havers have discovered. The pair are puzzled that the Hampstead police need their help investigating the vehicular murder of a middle-aged divorcée, until they find evidence that one of their own superiors once knew the dead lady very well indeed. But the circumstances of Eugenie Davies's murder appear to center on her children: Gideon, a famous violinist now undergoing psychoanalysis for his sudden inability to play, and the long-dead Sonia, a disabled baby whose drowning death was shrouded in secrecy for her virtuoso brother's sake--at the insistence of their father, Richard--but also trumpeted in the press as the infamous "nanny murder" of its day. The nanny, Katja Wolff, has recently been released from prison, having never spoken of the night Sonia drowned. Lynley, Havers, and their colleague Winston Nkata know that whatever secret Katja Wolff has been hiding must be the cause of Eugenie Davies's death, but before they can find out what it is, another deliberate hit-and-run occurs in their own backyard.

The suspects are many: Wolff; Eugenie's most recent suitor; her ne'er-do-well brother; Gideon's longtime mentor, who kept in contact with Eugenie in the years after she abandoned her husband and son; and a gentleman of many monikers who boarded with the family at the time of the drowning. Even Richard Davies, the dead woman's ex-husband, is under suspicion. But it's violinist Gideon Davies's quest into his family's past, undertaken to save his career, that sets the book's events in motion. His own telling of the story runs parallel to the author's own voice but is time-shifted. Along with the details of the police investigation, this paints a disturbing picture of what happens when the truth is obscured and a child's normal instincts sublimated.

A Traitor to Memory is massive, and it's hard not to spot a few flaws in a plot so complex. The dual narratives force abnormally slow reading, the motive for one murder and two near-murders is inexplicably glossed over, and many doughty Lynley/Havers fans will still wonder by the end what exactly happened in Sonia's bathroom. Yet Elizabeth George orchestrates the family-secrets theme like a maestro, and at least one of the second-chair players--such as Katja Wolff's beautiful, scarred lover Yasmine Edwards--may be a rising star in the series. George's fans will no doubt find this 11th entry in the series worthy of a standing ovation. --Barrie Trinkle

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Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley risks his career when Eugenie Davies is brutally murdered and discovers that she had been tied to an old murder investigation that could possibly involve his superior, Superintendent Malcolm Webberly, and as Tomas and his partners search for the truth, they must delve into dark secrets and passions of a prominent family to catch a killer.… (more)

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