Author: Elisabeth De Mariaffi
Rating: 2-3/5 stars at DNF
I received this book from the publisher, Titan Books in exchange for an honest review. This in no way effects my opinion on the book.
I Remember You is a Thriller set in the time soon after the war. It is an eerie and dramatic story following the life of Heike, a German survivor from the war living in what I assume is some part of the US with her new husband, Eric and small son, Daniel. It has a promising and interesting storyline and a brilliant prologue but after that the book for me went sour.
Firstly, I found the way the dialogue to be written to be very clunky and confusing. There is no use of quotation marks like you usually find in books, instead it it just written in with everything else, only a hyphen at the beginning to mark it as speech but even that is inconsistent.
Secondly, the characters are bizarrely linked and Eric in particular is infuriatingly horrible. The relationship between Heike and her Son is touching and adorable but Heike and literally everyone else seems awkward and bizarre. Eric and Heike have a terrible relationship, Eric is aggressive, spiteful and seemingly very little interested in who is supposed to be his wife and quite ignorant to those of his family. I did not like him AT ALL and this hate severely marred my enjoyment of the book from the off.
I made it about 100-120 pages into the book before I had to give it up for a loss cause. I won’t be giving it another go in the future as I tend to do with books I don’t finish or didn’t fully enjoy. I really cannot get past the weird writing style and horrible horrible characters. The story though, as I say, is really very interesting and I would recommend you pick it up if only for that. My pet peeves may be no mind to you.