• 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?Bryan Pierce is an internationally famous artist, whose paintings have dazzled the world. But there’s a secret to Bryan’s success: Every canvas is inspired by an unusually vivid dream. Bryan believes these dreams are really recollections?possibly even flashback from another life?and he has always hoped that his art will lead him to an answer. And when he meets Linz Jacobs, a neurogenticist who recognizes a recurring childhood nightmare in one Bryan’s paintings, he is convinced she holds the key.Their meeting triggers Bryan’s most powerful dream yet?visions of a team of scientists who, on the verge of discovering a cure for Alzheimer’s, died in a lab explosion decades ago. As his visions intensify, Bryan and Linz start to discern a pattern. But a deadly enemy watches their every move, and he will stop at nothing to ensure that the past stays buried.
“… 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
Good afternoon and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Memory Painter by Gwendolyn Womack. I’d like to send a huge thank you to the author, TLC book tours and the publisher Picador for giving me the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review of it.
The Memory Painter is unlike anything I’ve ever read before. It is about a young man who makes a living as a painter. At a young age he began to have dreams or visions of the entire lives of people. He ends up meeting a woman one afternoon who he has this strange connection to and after a series of coincidences finds that they may have a far deeper connection than he ever would have thought. They end up on a journey that is romantic, thrilling and also very dangerous spanning centuries of lifetimes.
I can’t say enough great things about this book. I enjoyed it so, so much. Once I cracked it open, I couldn’t put it down. I flew through it in a day. It’s definitely a time travel read but time travel through a very different avenue than what I have read before. The concept was really interesting and I enjoyed that while there was a strong romance plot, there was also a historical fiction vibe and also a thriller vibe running through the narrative.
I loved the writing. It was gripping and just beautiful. I loved how the story was delivered to us, in alternating perspectives from our two main characters but also in journal entries and in memories or their dreams. This was totally unique and new to me, it made the story just so much fun and interesting to read.
For me, this book was intoxicating and super entertaining. It gave me some great feels! I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a good read that you will just fly through and enjoy. I enjoyed it SO much! This is the book I needed to get me out of my recent reading slump so I can get back on track! Wonderful book, worthy of a full five star rating!
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.