Shattered Memories

Shattered Memories

by Susan Harris


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ISBN-13: 9781634220606
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: 06/16/2015
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 9 - 18 Years

About the Author

Susan Harris is a writer from Cork in Ireland. An avid reader, she quickly grew to love books in the supernatural/fantasy genre. When she is not writing or reading, she loves music, oriental cultures, tattoos, anything Disney and psychology. If she wasn't a writer she would love to be a FBI profiler or a PA for Dave Grohl or Jared Leto.

Susan Harris is the author of Shattered Memories.

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Shattered Memories 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
obiebookworm More than 1 year ago
Alana McCarthy is found guilty of murdering her family. Spending much of her prison time wondering what would possess her to kill off the family that she loved, Alana only wishes that she could remember what really occurred during that horrendous event. At least Daniel Costello, her psychologist, holds out hope that by releasing her suppressed memories, she may be able to prove her innocence. Alana has also forgotten that Daniel happened to be her boyfriend prior to her drastic life change. But with only two and a half months left before she turns 18, Daniel has to find a way to trigger Alana's memories and expose the truth before she is executed. SHATTERED MEMORIES is a futuristic story with a Romeo-and-Juliet twist. Debut author Susan Harris introduces readers to the 2030s, a world steeped in a mix of Irish history and a dystopian environment. Zeroing in on Alana and Daniel, her principal characters, Harris uses split first-person narratives to open windows into the mindsets of these lovers and to develop her well-rounded cast. Among her list of characters is a small but definitive choice of colorful protagonists and brutally malevolent antagonists. While the supplemental characters carry their distinct qualities in their own right, these qualities are also cleverly used as foils to expand Alana's and Daniel's traits to their full extent. Another exceptional feature of Harris's plot is the way she has chosen to shape her chapters. While alternating between Alana's and Daniel's accounts and related flashbacks, Harris includes chapter subtitles that reflect lyrical quotes from various Indie, alternative, and folk rock bands and soloists. Examples include Paramore, Muse, YouMeAtSix, Jack Savoretti, Charlie Simpson, Evanescence, Bring Me the Horizon, and a whole slew more that Harris also lists on her website, Truly, if readers really want to get the full effect of Harris's plot, they should either play the correlated chapter tunes as background music, or prior to delving into the chapters. Replete with un-clichéd everything, including cliffhanger chapter closures and breath-stopping ticking-clock scenarios, SHATTERED MEMORIES is one immensely gripping read that is earmarked to be an award-winner. Originally posted on Anita Lock, book reviewer
EGRGRY More than 1 year ago
Full review and more available at: ***** My Thoughts: With as many books as I read these days, it isn't often that I finish one and my immediate thought be "I have to re-read this novel'. The way most books are written, I read it once and I've got it, no need for a rehash. Then I met Susan Harris. You know those films you see where the ending is completely twisted and it changes the entire film, only to leave you re-watching the entire movie so that you can revisit the plot from a new angle? That was Shattered Memories, and man, I'm telling ya, it was phenomenal. The plot of Shattered Memories is really hard to describe without giving away major plot spoilers, but I can liken it to reading inside a crystal prism. Each transparent face may seem clear, but a change in perspective will alter the reality. You can't escape until the very last page. It's incredible. I'm very familiar with stories that involve memory loss (it's a very common literary trope right now), but none have been executed in the fashion that Harris has with Shattered Memories. While sometimes I found the flashbacks a little boring, in the end, each individual episode plays into the final product, leaving me to only wonder what Harris' creation process entailed when crafting this unique story. The plot did not leave me disappointed in any capacity, in fact, I would have been thrilled with another 100 pages! One of the great parts about this novel was it's small cast. Harris created a huge world, but didn't rely on dozens of characters to tell her story, it was very intimate and each character was carefully crafted to create the biggest punch in the storyline. Our MCs Alana and Daniel were created with the greatest care. Their characters are perfectly flawed and full of everything that I look for in leading roles. The side characters of Conners, Jaysen, Afisa, and others helped to ground the story to make it as realistic as possible. While I guessed the identity of the villain from the moment we met them, I still really enjoyed the heart-stopping conclusion that left me agog. I did not see the ending coming! I've read many, many dystopian novels (they're a favorite of mine), yet I don't think I've seen any as thought provoking and groundbreaking as the setting created by Harris. Unlike others, this history isn't bogged down with technological advances, it's based in history, politics, and real world events: the true way a dystopian society with develop. The entire, intricate, history that Harris has laid out, creates the perfect setting for a novel so full of suspense and paranoia. Shattered Memories was unique in so many aspects, but the one that stood out the most to me was the various themes portrayed throughout the novel. It's such a deep read. Nothing is as it seems and if you're taking everything at surface level, you're definitely reading it wrong. In a futuristic society (not completely out of the question), what kind of lives will the average citizens live? Harris crosses genres in a very 1984-meets-The Hunger Games kind of way to bring us a dystopian society that scares the daylights out of me. Throw onto that themes of love, family, death, abandonment, and survival, you've got a story to rival any others on your bookshelf. As you can clearly see, I loved each and every page of this thriller. It was equal parts thought-provoking and suspenseful and so reflective