The Memory Keeper’s Daughter starts out as an interesting book. The story is different and you want to know what happens next. The story revolves around a young couple and their troubled marriage. Why troubled? The wife delivers twins one snowy night and though one of them is healthy, the other has Down’s syndrome. So the husband decides to give the child away and tells his wife that the child is dead.
The plot is good. The writing is good. The characters are good. But that’s about it. It is not great. It is good. Kim Edwards writes beautifully and captures you with her descriptions of the characters and their surroundings, the snow, the world, the grief and the small moments of happiness. You sympathize with one character until you get the point of view of the other. No one is completely wrong, but no one is completely right either. That’s the best part. No character in the book is an angel, everyone has their flaws.
The book moves at a slow pace, and at times you might just wish that the pace quickens and something big and sudden happens. The descriptions, though beautiful, are too much. As I was reading the book, I got the feeling that I might get bored of the descriptions, in which case I would put the book down. And although that did not happen, the descriptions slowly got boring and it became work to read them.
So in the end, the book is good and even interesting. But it is not a book I would read again and it is not a book I would strongly recommend. I don’t regret reading it at the same time I didn’t thoroughly enjoy reading it. And that’s all there is to say.