Image of The Memorist


Image of The Memorist

Doing justice to the scope of this epic effort is impossible. Suffice it to say that several subplots combine to create a fascinating, subtly nuanced story that readers will find impossible to put down.

As a child, Meer Logan obsessively drew what appeared to be a treasure chest. When questioned, she said she'd seen it "before." Now that her father, Jeremy, has found the box -- which once belonged to Beethoven's beloved -- Meer is about to discover if she was remembering a previous life. Visiting Jeremy in Vienna, she's besieged by visions of the past, always preceded by the same haunting music. Could an ancient "memory flute," once entrusted to Beethoven, be connected?

A letter hidden in the box seems to suggest the possibility, offering clues to its whereabouts. Then a murder and the theft of both box and letter indicate something even more disturbing: Meer and her father aren't alone in seeking the flute, and their adversary is willing to do whatever it takes to get to it first. (MIRA, Nov., 544 pp., $24.95)
Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer