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Margaret Pinard

Author of The Keening (Remnants)

4 Works 11 Members 1 Review

Works by Margaret Pinard

The Keening (Remnants) (2015) 5 copies
Memory's Hostage (2013) 3 copies
Dulci's Legacy (2014) 2 copies

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Set in England in 1883, Memory’s Hostage tells the story of a woman who awakens in a rich man’s house with neither clothing nor memory. The mystery deepens as family histories collide. Police hide the woman but, lacking knowledge of who she was, she determines to become a new person with skills and purpose. Sometimes those skills might reveal her past. Sometimes they lead to her future. And sometimes she’s being led by strangers waiting with evil intent.

The twists and turns of this story take readers from Yorkshire to Scotland and beyond, with business and government interests, hints of scandal, and even anarchist plots! It’s all simply told with an omniscient narrator and convincing period detail, all following a classical path of increasing tension. The devious use of hypnotism (a new science, sometimes called mesmerism), and the determined investigation of a hapless policeman all lead eventually to a satisfying resolution, with various characters left to their own new devices at story’s end.

The novel’s long but a fairly quick read. While covering some dark themes it’s innocently told, never devolving too deeply into emotions or social concerns. Hints of human trafficking remind the reader the world still hasn’t changed—the users of people still abuse, and a strong enough woman can become free.

Disclosure: I met the author and bought a copy.
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