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Reviewed by Emma Megan for Readers' Favorite
The Insistence of Memory by Susan Quilty is a remarkable science fiction novel that revolves around a memory machine. It follows a young widow, Joanne, who learns about her husband's secret from her best friend, Eleanor. Eleanor knows from her own husband that he and Jeff (Joanne's dead husband) have built a machine in the basement, which he thinks is a huge discovery as it records memories and plays them back in people's minds. However, Andy (Eleanor's husband) plans to use this memory machine for selfish reasons. But Eleanor fears for both her husband and Joanne, and she knows how dangerous this memory machine could be for both of them. But will Joanne listen to Eleanor and get rid of the machine, or will she keep it to replay her husband's memories, risking her well-kept secret from the past being revealed?
Through intense dialogue and debate on how malleable our memories can be, Susan Quilty makes readers question their own minds, thoughts, and memories. Even though this is her first novel, Susan has successfully written a masterpiece. The Insistence of Memory is a cleverly constructed novel, well researched as it contains real memory facts. It's an unsettling stunner about how we cannot trust our own memories as they are constantly influenced by new experiences. I was quite impressed by Susan's ability to explore the ethics of sharing memories and the validity of any shared memory. The Insistence of Memory by Susan Quilty is intriguing and fascinating, with a perfect balance between science fiction and mystery. It left me thinking about my own memories and their validity.