Memory's Hostage

Memory's Hostage

by Margaret Pinard


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In the England of 1883, the MacFarlane family has earned a reputation for being titans of the rail, coal, and textile industries. Elder brother Henry toes the line in all respects but younger brother Horace has allowed a shadow to fall on their spotless record with his dalliances with the ladies.

However, young Horace's escapades are shoved into the background when a much larger scandal lands on the MacFarlanes' doorstep, or in this case, their bathtub.

When a young woman is found with not a stitch of clothing nor a shred of memory in their house, the MacFarlanes must keep it secret while scouring their history and hers for any clues to why she was placed there.

With nothing to tell the police, the young woman is consigned to a private recovery until the mystery of her identity can be unraveled. Unfortunately, the police investigating her case run into multiple threads of blackmail, a secret agent of Her Majesty's Government, and an anarchist plot, all while trying to pierce the mystery. Can she trust the policeman on her case, Detective Barton? Or his superior officer, Sergeant Ragby? What about the MacFarlanes themselves, who seem to have something to hide...

Surrounded by people who may or may not be allies, she must find someone she can trust. Ultimately, she will have to choose whether to reinvent herself and move on or dive back into her past to find out who she is. With so many parties interested in her memory, the question becomes:

What does she know?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780989850667
Publisher: Taste Life Twice
Publication date: 12/26/2016
Pages: 334
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Margaret Pinard has spent her first few decades traveling the globe in search of adventures to incorporate into her writing, including living in the lands of the Celts, the cities of European fashion, and several 'dolce far niente' Mediterranean cultures. She resides in Portland, OR. Memory's Hostage is her first novel.

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SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
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.