A Traitor to Memory (Inspector Lynley Series #11)

A Traitor to Memory (Inspector Lynley Series #11)

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Traitor to Memory (Inspector Lynley Series #11) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
He made his public debut at the age of six and a half and almost two decades later former child prodigy Gideon Davies remains internationally renowned for his music. One day just before a performance, the music vanished and Gideon could no longer even play a simple note. After a complete neurological work up that showed no physical cause, his doctors recommend a psychiatrist.

Following several intense sessions over the next few weeks, Gideon concludes that he suffers from repressed memories. He did not remember that he once had a sister Sonia who suffered from Down¿s Syndrome before being killed by her nanny when she was two. While Gideon struggles to adjust to his recollection, his mother who deserted the family years ago is murdered in front of the London home of a man who one lodged with the Davies family when Sonia still lived. DI Inspector Lynley and Constable Havers begin an investigation to keep the surviving Davies kin safe even though it means digging deep into a family¿s darkest secrets.

Elizabeth George has written a monster sized, yet fascinating police procedural that allows numerous subplots to fully develop and characters to feel both real and complex. Unlike their usual appearance where Lynley and Havers play center court, Gideon is the star of A TRAITOR TO MEMORY. Although it takes a while for the meat of the plot to be served the soup and salad is as tasty as the delicious main course. Ms. George provides sub-genre fans with a psychological look at a family in crisis wrapped inside a strong police procedural that will bring the author much acclaim. Set aside a few days and enjoy.

Harriet Klausner

Tigerpaw70 More than 1 year ago
Book 11 in the Inspector Lynley series "A traitor to Memory" is a complex novel, large in scope and one that encompasses the psyches of many of its characters. Unlike the previous novels, Lynley and Harvers take a back seat to let Gideon be the star. I will be brief in my summary; this story is intricate and over 1000 pages, it includes hidden agendas, secrets in the closet and a fair amount of danger. It opens with the death of Eugenie Davis in a deliberate hit and run "accident". Superintendent Malcom Webberly asks Detective Constable Barbara Havers and Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley of New Scotland Yard to collaborate in the investigation of this gruesome vehicular homicide. Webberly has a special interest in the victim, twenty years earlier; he was the lead investigator in a tragic bathtub drowning of a two year old girl, daughter of Eugenie Davis. Their new investigation leads them to a wealth of suspects and early on they discover solving the present murder requires them to revisit and solve the nagging unanswered questions on Eugenie's daughter's untimely death... Meanwhile, Gideon, an accomplished violinist also Eugenie's son, is struggling to overcome his sudden brain freeze and inability to play. His therapist takes him through his childhood memories and has him record them in a journal in an effort to stimulate hidden secrets. Unfortunately, this long drawn-out affair offers little to the plot; the never-ending chapters are wordy and considerably slow paced. This novel is not your usual Ms. George murder and police procedural mystery. It attempts to delve deeper into the human psyche and explores the delicate side of memory frailties, the make believe lies we tell ourselves and the bonds formed within a dysfunctional family. Although it basically remains a whodunit, it is not as captivating as her previous novels. The twists and turns create confusion instead of intrigue and suspense, seeing the whole picture becomes a challenge. The plot has many loose ends, threads were started and dropped, and characters disappeared in limbo leaving a void in continuity. Lynley and Havers played a small role in this investigation and I missed the camaraderie between them and the chemistry they always bring to Ms. George's novels. There is a difference between 1000 long pages and 1000 exciting pages...need I say more.
screener More than 1 year ago
Nothing more to be said, except too, too much sex!
Anonymous 8 months ago
This story had a lot of contradictions to it. I found myself struggling to continue to read it but once I started I felt I had to, at the very least, finish it. I've enjoyed all of her books, but this one was a stumper. I kept thinking, did she actually write it herself? Or did some ghost writer write it and she put her name to it? I'll read another of her books and hope they're better than this one. Everyone deserves a bad one now and then.
dixierc More than 1 year ago
I wasn't thrilled with this format. I found it way too laborious to keep up with. I've read all of the previous Inspector Linley books, but because of the above, cannot recommend this one.it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Way too long and involved. Not anywhere as good as others by Georgfe that i have read. I did what I have rarely done. I put it down unfinished.
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Liesl Istre More than 1 year ago
This was my first book I'd ever read by Elizabeth George......I fell in love and read ALL her books. She is my favorite author. I grab up her books the moment they are released.
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BJinTX More than 1 year ago
This was one of those books I could not put down. There are so many small stories in here that your emotions switch from happiness to sad to being mad.I felt sorry for violinist and what he was going thru and the pressure he was under from his father. Ms. George did a great job with all the characters and their "skeletons in their closets". The ending was fantastic!
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whoizme88 More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed Elizabeth George's books. They have been a little uneven but this particular book is a good read for me. I enjoy the fact that she carries many of the characters from one book to the other and the characters grow on you. They become like old friends as you read from one book to the other. This one is an excellent read and is about one of the main characters, Detective Inspector thomas Lynley, though other normal characters are found in the book also. Mystery readers will enjoy this one. J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'Isms'"
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read several of George's books and have found them enjoyable. They have always been concise and in the end everything is tied up in a clever way. This story was a disappointment. It needed more editing and structure. For example, why Ms. George felt the need to describe in one long paragraph how Lynley hung up his coat at the St. James home...who cares. After asking her readers to commit to a 1000+ page book, she owed it to us to offer a better ending. It seemd that her publisher was nagging her to finish the manuscript, or she just got tired of the entire thing. BIG disappointment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am generally a fan of George's, but this book was a cumbersome clanking ripoff of Kate Atkinson's brilliant Behind the Scenes at the Museum, with none of the delicacy. I was almost embarrassed for George.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my first Elizabeth George book. The first 500 pages seemed to move along swiftly and were rich with characters, character development and intrigue. But the last 500 hundred pages were laborious and tedious. I stuck with it simply because I wanted resolution to all that I had invested my time in - surely the end is worth the effort. Instead, the end was a true disappointment - it's as though Ms. George simply became tired of the process involved in pulling together 1000+ pages. Too many characters were intimately involved in the plot and even after 1000 pages, she just didn't know what to do with them all. There is no resolution to the characters' plight and the end just didn't mesh with the intent of the first 999 pages. Had it been condensed into 500 pages, I think I'd feel less robbed of a true literary experience, but still disappointed.