What if you could touch an object and know its memories? Sense those feelings without even picking it up? You would feel joy and love, sadness, anger, or worse. Evelyn has spent a long time building up her walls to defend herself against the angry memories. When she meets Harriet, she avoids her at all costs. She doesn’t want to get to know another memory collector, especially one like Harriet, who takes collecting to hoarding levels. But Harriet comes with a promise, and it might just help Ev with her defenses.
Ev and her sister Noemi had an idyllic childhood, for a time. But now it’s just her and Noemi, and she doesn’t know how to let hold of the tight control she keeps. This journey is as much about her relationship with Noemi as it is about the relationship between Ev and Harriet. The book is incredibly descriptive, to the point that it dragged at times for me and when things felt repetitive. The book left me wanting more when we got to the ending.
The way Neville wrote makes it a believable skill that people could have. It was a bit of whimsy, especially when things got heavy. I loved the storyline, and the characters, even Noemi, whom I didn’t much care for. I loved watching the relationship between Harriet and Ev develop. Evelyn had spent so much time being afraid it was a pleasure watching her grow. There are a lot of emotions in this book. It is an enjoyable read from start to finish. Thank you, Atria Books, for sending this along.
The Memory Collectors is available for preorder on Amazon for $11.99, it releases March 16th.