Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Picador (July 5, 2016)
What if there was a drug that could help you remember past lives?
What if the lives you remembered could lead you to your one true love?
What if you learned that, for thousands of years, a deadly enemy had conspired to keep the two of you apart?
“hang on for a wild and entertaining ride around the world and through the centuries back to ancient Egypt” Library Journal (starred review)
“Gwendolyn Womack’s tale dazzles.” US Weekly (Standout Spring Novels)
“A sweeping, mesmerizing feat of absolute magic…” M. J. Rose, New York Times bestselling author of The Witch of Painted Sorrows
“The guy-meets-girl story as you’ve never heard it before…A mind-explosion of a journey ensues that involves time travel, mystery, love, and a whole lot of plot twists.” Refinery29
“A page turner that will keep readers up late into the night. Readers who love adventure, romance and fantasy will love this book” The Vancouver Sun
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About Gwendolyn Womack
Gwendolyn Womack began writing plays in college and majored in Theatre at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. She received an MFA in Directing Theatre and Film from California Institute of the Arts and currently lives in Los Angeles with her family. The Memory Painter is her first novel.
Our Review by Felita Daniels / 332 Pages
This book packs so much into it, there’s something for everyone. Some of the elements included: science, adventure, mystery, suspense, time travel, art, reincarnation, Steampunk, romance and history. This is the author’s first published novel and it is impressive. The early chapters are captivating.
The middle may have suffered from including just one or two past lives too many. I had accepted the premise of what Bryan as going through and learning or absorbing. So more examples slowed down the action of what happens now, in the present, to these two characters, Bryan and Linz. The pace of the ending or wrap-up seemed rushed. It does have a lead in for a sequel. Some readers may feel they were left hanging a little. There are lots of novels that are structured this way in today’s book market, you probably already know your preference for closure or if you like being ‘teased’.
Overall, a very interesting of blending of romance and time travel with a bit of science on the side.