The Memory Watcher by Minka Kent
It is hard to believe that The Memory Watcher by Minka Kent is a debut novel. Woah, I was seriously impressed.
Ten years ago, Autumn Carpenter gave up her baby for adoption. And one day, she magically finds her on Instaface. (Picture Instagram!). The reason I phrase it that way is that we don’t know how she located her. We just know that she did.
By way of Instaface, Daphne and Graham McMullen have the picture-perfect life, with the picture-perfect children, in the picture-perfect house, complete with the picture-perfect dog.
Daphne McMullen is exhausted, stressed, and frustrated. She struggles with Grace’s behavioral problems while taking care of her two younger natural borne children. Graham is gone a lot, so she bides her time minding her “lifestyle” Instaface account, which has thousands of followers. Including Autumn Carpenter.
Autumn observes the McMullen life. The parts their lives that Daphne shows, anyway. She watches her little Grace grow up. That is until Daphne takes a break from Instaface and deactivates her account. Autumn practically falls apart.
Minka Kent wrote a fantastic novel with alternating views, Autumn and Daphne. I’m not sure which one is slightly off-kilter than the other, but both viewpoints were interesting, for sure.
I particularly enjoyed Autumns view of McMullen life from the outside versus McMullen life from the inside. Other things I enjoyed were the “voices.” Minka Kent did an incredible job of giving each a distinctive voice. Sometimes I find it hard to follow books where multiple main characters think and speak similarly.
Honestly, the only reason for 4-stars is the ending. Don’t get me wrong; it wasn’t bad. In fact, it was good. The twists happen throughout the book, so there wasn’t much of a twist at the end, which is fine. But without a twist, I think the ending needs a little more fanfare or pizazz.
I DID like that the ending leaves an opening for a follow-up book. I’m not sure if that is Minka Kent’s intention; however, I would love to read more about the character in question.
The Memory Watcher is a stunning book by a brilliant author. I am looking forward to reading more by Minka Kent. 4-stunning-stars.