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A strained mother-daughter bond. An experiment with memory implantation. Someone who doesn’t want them to remember. New York Times bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars series Sara Shepard teams up with Ellen Goodlett (author of the Rule duology) for this sci-fi thriller perfect for fans of Inception and Blake Crouch’s Recursion.


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A strained mother-daughter bond. An experiment with memory implantation. Someone who doesn’t want them to remember. New York Times bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars series Sara Shepard teams up with Ellen Goodlett (author of the Rule duology) for this sci-fi thriller perfect for fans of Inception and Blake Crouch’s Recursion.

30 review for Memory Lane

  1. 5 out of 5

    R

    Mother and daughter, Cassie and Alex respectively, took part in a scientific memory transfer with Alex being the recipient. The memory that was transferred involved Cassie’s life when she was the same age as Alex was presently, 21. This was also the time period in which Cassie was pregnant with Alex. But for some reason Cassie couldn’t remember explicit details. Those memories were always a bit fuzzy until the memory transfer began to take effect and Alex slowly began to see what her mother expe Mother and daughter, Cassie and Alex respectively, took part in a scientific memory transfer with Alex being the recipient. The memory that was transferred involved Cassie’s life when she was the same age as Alex was presently, 21. This was also the time period in which Cassie was pregnant with Alex. But for some reason Cassie couldn’t remember explicit details. Those memories were always a bit fuzzy until the memory transfer began to take effect and Alex slowly began to see what her mother experienced so many years ago. It was not what either women expected. The memory transfer storyline was very interesting and intriguing. During the course of the story, as the memories evolved, you didn’t know who to believe or what to expect. But a sense of danger always seemed to be present. This was a very well written thriller that will hold your attention from start to finish. An ARC was given for an honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Trisha

    "Any new invention seems impossible until it becomes a part of everyday life." This was an interesting story about a mother and daughter going on a road trip to remember shared memories - memories that the mother shared with the daughter through a new mind-meld type technology. The daughter knows little of her mom's life before she was born and she'd love to know more. But the story felt very light. I'd have loved more before story and more depth in-between. I think there's a lot of potential to r "Any new invention seems impossible until it becomes a part of everyday life." This was an interesting story about a mother and daughter going on a road trip to remember shared memories - memories that the mother shared with the daughter through a new mind-meld type technology. The daughter knows little of her mom's life before she was born and she'd love to know more. But the story felt very light. I'd have loved more before story and more depth in-between. I think there's a lot of potential to really get to know Alex - the daughter. I didn't buy her need to control or her doing so much for her mom because she seemed to know very little about her mother in general. And she seemed to have this endless supply of money for only working part time. However, the story was short, fast paced and definitely kept me wondering what was going on. I didn't love it but I did find it interesting. An e-ARC was provided to me by the author and publishing via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion regarding the book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    M. Reads

    Sara Shepard is always a yes for me. Even when it’s sci-fi which I don’t read too often. I think this book was okay. The story was pretty well done, but it wasn’t mind blowing. I think the ending was what ruined it for me, leaving me wondering if there will be more. It was a good start, but I think it could have been so much better. Perhaps it’s because I’m not a sci-fi fan, but this book just seemed like it was meant to do more but all of the things didn’t pan out the right way. Just little bit Sara Shepard is always a yes for me. Even when it’s sci-fi which I don’t read too often. I think this book was okay. The story was pretty well done, but it wasn’t mind blowing. I think the ending was what ruined it for me, leaving me wondering if there will be more. It was a good start, but I think it could have been so much better. Perhaps it’s because I’m not a sci-fi fan, but this book just seemed like it was meant to do more but all of the things didn’t pan out the right way. Just little bit and pieces of the story that were just brushed aside and never answered fully. I didn’t like the characters a lot either. Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    This is a very interesting read that has left me with a lot of questions, but in a good way. Alex is indulging her mother Cassie by doing an experimental treatment with her. Alex will get her mother’s memories imported to her brain to experience her past and maybe solve why Cassie is the way she is. The embark on a Roda trip to trigger the memories. What unfolds is a crazy trip, where Alex questions what she sees and experiences and leaves her confused and questioning her mother even more. Just w This is a very interesting read that has left me with a lot of questions, but in a good way. Alex is indulging her mother Cassie by doing an experimental treatment with her. Alex will get her mother’s memories imported to her brain to experience her past and maybe solve why Cassie is the way she is. The embark on a Roda trip to trigger the memories. What unfolds is a crazy trip, where Alex questions what she sees and experiences and leaves her confused and questioning her mother even more. Just when you think you have it all figured out the book pulls out a twist and you question things even more. I like how this is a bit of sci-if thriller, it’s clearly set in some future, without mentioning it, but with all this brain tech and only self driving cars with city limits. It’s a super quick read and I was really surprised by it, but I think stretching it out would have made it repetitive and a lot less thrilling than it is now. I think there could be a sequel, but if the authors don’t write one that is fine as well. Sometimes being left with some questions is why makes story even better. *ARC received in exchange for a voluntary and honest review*

  5. 5 out of 5

    Fierymermaidbooks

    This was my first audiobook! I think it was the perfect one to start with though! I am a mega fan of all things sara shepard, so when I saw the opportunity to get a copy to review, I had to get it!💖 I loved how original this story was! I can honestly say I haven’t read anything like it before! I love how it’s Alex (the daughter) experiencing Cassie’s (her mother’s) past through her mother’s memories being implanted into her head! Alex thought she would be receiving the memories of Cassies road tr This was my first audiobook! I think it was the perfect one to start with though! I am a mega fan of all things sara shepard, so when I saw the opportunity to get a copy to review, I had to get it!💖 I loved how original this story was! I can honestly say I haven’t read anything like it before! I love how it’s Alex (the daughter) experiencing Cassie’s (her mother’s) past through her mother’s memories being implanted into her head! Alex thought she would be receiving the memories of Cassies road trip, which was supposedly the best time of Cassies life, but she received so much more. I love how you can never guess the truth! Every time you think you know what is going on, the story shifts and a new memory is uncovered! This story is a must read for fans of mystery and suspense! I guarantee that the ending will leave you speechless! I cannot wait for season 2!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Valerie | starrynight.reads ✨

    *Thank you to Netgalley and Serial Box Publishing for an advance readers copy in exchange for an honest review* 4 stars. This is the story of Alex and her mother Cassie and the road trip they embark on to recall memories transferred to Alex from Cassie from many years ago. Alex and Cassie are a part of this scientific study that implants/transfers a mothers desired memories into their daughter. Cassies desired memory was from the time in her life when she was pregnant with Alex at the age of 21. *Thank you to Netgalley and Serial Box Publishing for an advance readers copy in exchange for an honest review* 4 stars. This is the story of Alex and her mother Cassie and the road trip they embark on to recall memories transferred to Alex from Cassie from many years ago. Alex and Cassie are a part of this scientific study that implants/transfers a mothers desired memories into their daughter. Cassies desired memory was from the time in her life when she was pregnant with Alex at the age of 21. But everything starts to go awry when Alex starts recalling the memory differently to how Cassie remembers it. The thing that drew me into this book originally was the memory transfer aspect which I think was interesting and was done well. I didn't know what to expect of the plot but I was definitely invested and was keen to figure out what was happening. I was not expecting and didn't see the plot twists coming and was definitely surprised. This was a quick and easy read and I would definitely be intrigued to read a sequel or continuation of this if they released it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    All my reviews can be found at: http://jessicasreadingroom.com ~~~~ This review will appear on my site on January 6, 2021. ~~~~ Please Note: I am not even sure how many pages Memory Lane is as it is a kindle copy and doesn’t list the page numbers; Amazon and Goodreads also do not have the number of pages listed. There is also some confusion as to the publication date. Both Netgalley (where I received my arc) and Goodreads have the publication date as January 13, 2021 while Amazon shows the publicati All my reviews can be found at: http://jessicasreadingroom.com ~~~~ This review will appear on my site on January 6, 2021. ~~~~ Please Note: I am not even sure how many pages Memory Lane is as it is a kindle copy and doesn’t list the page numbers; Amazon and Goodreads also do not have the number of pages listed. There is also some confusion as to the publication date. Both Netgalley (where I received my arc) and Goodreads have the publication date as January 13, 2021 while Amazon shows the publication date of December 21, 2021. Personally, I am more inclined to go with the release date on Amazon, so I received a very advanced copy of Memory Lane. Needless to say, my thoughts reflect the current arc I read and not any future versions which might have changes. There are also two covers showing, and I know which one I prefer! My Review: Memory Lane is a serialized novel of 8 episodes/chapters in one short novel. It centers around mother and daughter Cassie and Alex. They are at odds, but Cassie convinces Alex to go on this latest experiment to earn money. Alex accepts and it is actually a memory transfer. Cassie’s chosen memories are implanted in Alex and then they go on a road trip which triggers Cassie’s memories in Alex’s head. But soon other memories begin to flash for Alex, including ones that Cassie has no memory of. Soon Alex does not know who to trust. This is a very quick read that keeps going the whole time! The ending was quite unexpected, and I hope there is a continuation of this serialized novel. I really enjoyed reading this one. Many thanks to the publisher Serial Box for granting me an arc to read and review via NetGalley.

  8. 4 out of 5

    taketwolu

    Fast paced, but slow to reveal. We follow the story of Alex (daughter) and Cassie (mother). Cassie isn’t the most motherly -- often too busy dealing with her own painful past and vices. Alex, however, is sensible, level-headed, and yearning to learn more about her father’s past. One day, the two check-in for a mother-daughter study focused on memory which may hopefully help Cassie heal from her past and give Alex the answers she needs. Dr Novik performs a memory transfer from Cassie to Alex and s Fast paced, but slow to reveal. We follow the story of Alex (daughter) and Cassie (mother). Cassie isn’t the most motherly -- often too busy dealing with her own painful past and vices. Alex, however, is sensible, level-headed, and yearning to learn more about her father’s past. One day, the two check-in for a mother-daughter study focused on memory which may hopefully help Cassie heal from her past and give Alex the answers she needs. Dr Novik performs a memory transfer from Cassie to Alex and suggests the two recreate the trip from Cassie’s memories in order to start transferring them. I liked seeing the little moments where Cassie and Alex seemed to bond over. It was interesting to compare past memories with the present -- I kept trying to piece everything together and find the truth behind any discrepancies. Each fading memory left me in suspense with more questions than answers. The buildup was pretty good, but the ending felt a little rushed and tied together a bit too well -- it was shocking though. I would’ve also liked to know what happened beyond the last scene. Overall, I’d say this is a good book if you’re looking for a quick thriller, fast-pace/suspense, and something that keeps you guessing. *Thank you to Netgalley and Serial Box for a copy of the ARC in return for an honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Blagica

    Promising Yet Odd When I went through NetGalley and I saw this book it instantly pulled my curiosity so when I was approved for the advanced reader's copy of this book I was thrilled. While it had major promise for me it fell a little flat. Mother and daughter, Cassie, and Alex respectively, took part in a scientific memory transfer with Alex being the recipient of her mother’s memories. The memory that was transferred involved Cassie’s life when she was the same age as Alex presently, 21. This w Promising Yet Odd When I went through NetGalley and I saw this book it instantly pulled my curiosity so when I was approved for the advanced reader's copy of this book I was thrilled. While it had major promise for me it fell a little flat. Mother and daughter, Cassie, and Alex respectively, took part in a scientific memory transfer with Alex being the recipient of her mother’s memories. The memory that was transferred involved Cassie’s life when she was the same age as Alex presently, 21. This was also the time period in which Cassie was pregnant with Alex. At first, Alex thinks this is her mother's way of making a quick buck, but when the memory transfer begins to work and Alex gets bits and pieces of the memories, she has always been curious about them set off on an adventure. As they continue their journey and the memories continue to pass from mother to daughter you as a reader get this underlining fear that creeps in because you do not know what to believe who is telling the truth and who is not. I am hoping that this book is part of a series because with the way that this ended, I am for sure in need of knowing what happens next.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Diane Secchiaroli

    A very good thriller. Alex is convinced by her mother to take part in research into transferring memories from mother to daughter. Cassie, her mother, and Alex go on a trip to recapture Cassie’s most happy memories. Alex remembers things that Cassie says aren’t true, but Alex is convinced they are. Are Cassie’s memories true or are Alex’s version true. You’ll have to read the novel to find out. There are many twists and turns throughout along with lots of suspense. The ending is eventful also. I A very good thriller. Alex is convinced by her mother to take part in research into transferring memories from mother to daughter. Cassie, her mother, and Alex go on a trip to recapture Cassie’s most happy memories. Alex remembers things that Cassie says aren’t true, but Alex is convinced they are. Are Cassie’s memories true or are Alex’s version true. You’ll have to read the novel to find out. There are many twists and turns throughout along with lots of suspense. The ending is eventful also. I as very pleased by this thriller and look forward to reading more by this author.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Karen (kmo.reads)

    This book had an interesting premise. Cassie transfers her memories to her daughter Alex hoping she will learn about her father. She learned way more than she expected. I wish there had been more. It just felt like something was missing. The layout was also a bit odd - like this should have been a podcast. Thank you to #NetGalley, #SerialBox and the author for the #gifted copy of this book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Carrie (The Butterfly Reader)

    DUDE!!! This was epic! It feels a lot like Assassin's Creed with a wonderful touch of family drama that kept me on the edge of my seat! This is worth the read! *This was given to me by NetGalley for an honest review* DUDE!!! This was epic! It feels a lot like Assassin's Creed with a wonderful touch of family drama that kept me on the edge of my seat! This is worth the read! *This was given to me by NetGalley for an honest review*

  13. 4 out of 5

    Gisell

    This little novella packs quite a punch! It seems almost like the elevator pitch of a novel. All the filler and most of the background is removed, making it fast paced and interesting. Certain parts and aspects are glossed over and would benefit from further explanation but for the length allotted it afforded a thrilling comprehensive read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    Thank you Goodreads for the Giveaway ebook. I was enjoying this and was sucked completely in...but it ended so abruptly. What happens next? Is this really supposed to just be a short story? If so -- it's great. But I wanted more. So much lead in was explained...give me more! Is this an excerpt from a book that's coming out in 12/2021? I'm a bit confused. After reading many other reviews, it seems that the "book" I received is just 1 of 8 excerpts of the story. I wish this had been explained to me w Thank you Goodreads for the Giveaway ebook. I was enjoying this and was sucked completely in...but it ended so abruptly. What happens next? Is this really supposed to just be a short story? If so -- it's great. But I wanted more. So much lead in was explained...give me more! Is this an excerpt from a book that's coming out in 12/2021? I'm a bit confused. After reading many other reviews, it seems that the "book" I received is just 1 of 8 excerpts of the story. I wish this had been explained to me when I received the download.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Soph the Oaf

    Wow. This book was amazing. The plot kept me guessing until the very end, when I had this eureka moment and everything finally made sense. The genre was an interesting combination of sci-fi and thriller woven together beautifully. I loved exploring the characters of Cassie and Alex and piecing together their complicated relationship. The cliffhanger at the end left me hooked, and if there is a sequel, I'd gladly read it. Wow. This book was amazing. The plot kept me guessing until the very end, when I had this eureka moment and everything finally made sense. The genre was an interesting combination of sci-fi and thriller woven together beautifully. I loved exploring the characters of Cassie and Alex and piecing together their complicated relationship. The cliffhanger at the end left me hooked, and if there is a sequel, I'd gladly read it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Artemis

    A solid sci-fi mystery/thriller. Emily Woo Zeller is a good narrator, and Cassie's actress was great. The mystery kept me guessing about what was really going on, and kept me engaged. It never really passed beyond solid, though. The writing used a couple of repetitive structures and phrases over and over ("her expression darkened" showed up at least once or twice per episode), and the mystery elements were often unsubtle and workmanlike. Yes, I wanted to know what happened next, and Alex's discov A solid sci-fi mystery/thriller. Emily Woo Zeller is a good narrator, and Cassie's actress was great. The mystery kept me guessing about what was really going on, and kept me engaged. It never really passed beyond solid, though. The writing used a couple of repetitive structures and phrases over and over ("her expression darkened" showed up at least once or twice per episode), and the mystery elements were often unsubtle and workmanlike. Yes, I wanted to know what happened next, and Alex's discovery of her mother's journal was both a heavy-handed convenient writing choice but also had me immediately starting the next episode instead of going to sleep. The resolution was decent, but rapid-fire, and so much more could have been done with it. (view spoiler)[As it stands, Judith, the proprietor of Casa de Amizade, is not just a nice old lady running a hippie wellness center for traumatized people to heal, she's a neuroscientist who alters people's memories just sorta because she can. It was a bit of a let-down for a twist that could have dug SO deep thematically into the self-importance and smugness of medical doctors. Instead of Judith just manipulating people because she could, why couldn't you have her genuinely think she's helping people by removing and altering their memories - even against their will, because they're damaged crazy people and she's a doctor who knows better? And Dr. Remy Novik, once a victim of hers and Cassie's lover which Judith made them both forget, and is now the doctor for Cassie and Alex, knows what she did was wrong - but gets sucked into the trap of lying to Cassie and Alex when they're his patients for their Own Good, because obviously what Judith did was wrong, but he's lying to his patients for the right reasons, because he cares about them, he swears... and Cassie trapped in this cycle of being lied to by medical practitioners for her own good, because she's mentally ill, and that's why she's Like That, and Alex coming to realize that about her, and being more clear-sighted into what really happened and angry at both Judith AND Remy for not treating her mother like a full person capable of making her own decisions, and feeling a little bit guilty when she realizes that's kind of how she's been thinking of Cassie too... (hide spoiler)] While the whole thing was a great concept, there's just a lot of emotional and thematic depth that was a missed opportunity here. Part of this, I think, was that Memory Lane couldn't quite decide whether it wanted to be an audiobook or an audio drama, and didn't manage to embrace the depths of either. If it was more committed to being an audiobook I think it would have been able to address some of these things better.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Booknerdreads Grace Haddad

    A Huge thanks to Sara Shepard and Ellen Goodlett for the opportunity to review this amazing novel!! Where to begin? First off, this book was AMAZING, it was a roller coaster of events that keep me reading for hours. The plot: Before we even dive into the execution, the plot for this is soo intriguing. This is about a mother and daughter study, where the mother can pass her memories to her daughter. However, when the memories come, they realize nothing is as it seems. This is extremely interesting A Huge thanks to Sara Shepard and Ellen Goodlett for the opportunity to review this amazing novel!! Where to begin? First off, this book was AMAZING, it was a roller coaster of events that keep me reading for hours. The plot: Before we even dive into the execution, the plot for this is soo intriguing. This is about a mother and daughter study, where the mother can pass her memories to her daughter. However, when the memories come, they realize nothing is as it seems. This is extremely interesting and the execution is so good down to the last page. I would like to compliment the writing in that the way flash backs are done are so smooth, sometimes flash backs are so hard to make out in the mist of so much happening, but that’s not the case here at all. The characters: Both Cassie and her daughter Alex are such distinctive characters in the way they behave. I love this because my biggest pet peeve in a book is when everyone is a cardboard cutout of each other. Between the two I’d have to say Cassie was the most interesting because of her layers. I love that we tap into her mental state and why it’s become the way it is, psychology in novels are a big element I enjoy. The writing: there is something about this writing that feels so... relatable. It has a flow, as if someone is talking to you. I love when writing is informal without being sloppy, and that is perfectly done in this book. As for the content, I really liked how we got to dig deep into the science of memory due to the study they were in, I found it so interesting. Overall, this book was super unique and had so many twists and turns I just simply didn’t see coming. I’m not kidding when I say that last chapter had me lying on the floor contemplating the last few hours that I’ve been immersed in this story. I may be a simple person, but if your writing keeps me still for hours, you get major points. I so highly recommend this to people who want a thriller sci fi type of book, however I feel like people who just like Sara Shepard or Ellen Goodletts writing would enjoy this. I also think people who like a good wow moment and a turn of events in their books would enjoy this. I again want to say I am so thankful that I got this opportunity to read and review this... now excuse me, I have to go yell at everyone I know to read this book. ;)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    Memory Lane aimed straight but missed the mark. This fast-paced read will have you guessing what’s real or not and what really happened to Alex’s mother and father all those years ago. However, other than the main character Alex, the characters are flat and the ending rushed to an unfinished close. Alex and her mom Cassie agree to participate in a scientific study where some of Cassie’s memories are transplanted into Alex’s mind in hopes she will be able to recall them as if they were her own. Ca Memory Lane aimed straight but missed the mark. This fast-paced read will have you guessing what’s real or not and what really happened to Alex’s mother and father all those years ago. However, other than the main character Alex, the characters are flat and the ending rushed to an unfinished close. Alex and her mom Cassie agree to participate in a scientific study where some of Cassie’s memories are transplanted into Alex’s mind in hopes she will be able to recall them as if they were her own. Cassie has spent 20 years as an off and on addict with mental illness. Alex has tried to make something of herself by going to college and finding a good job while she cares for her mother. The only reason she agrees to the experiment is that Cassie refuses to tell her anything about her father and why she left him 20 yrs prior. Alex hopes she can learn more about him from cassie’s memories. Instead, Alex recalls memories that Cassie says aren’t real, including one of a body on a table and one of Cassie being drowned. This is another book that was issued as a serial, so it has “season x episode y” at the start of every chapter. I really wish authors would take this out when publishing as a full book because it's distracting and irrelevant to a full-length book. The book did not feel long at all, making me think the plot could have been filled in more in a few places or a bit more added to the ending. Overall I think the idea has promise but the authors just didn’t pull it off. If you like sci-fi type thrillers you would like this one. It’s written like it’s the future but really set in modern-day times. I’m not quite sure when it publishes as the ARC states 1/13/21 but Amazon states 12/21/21. Thank you to #NetGalley and Serial Box for providing me an #ARC of #MemoryLane to review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine Rodriguez

    Brief Synopsis: In this story we're following two women: Cassie, a mother who has struggled throughout the years raising her daughter Alex due to a painful past, all the while dealing with her addictions and her mental health. Alex, on the other hand has grown to distrust of her mother due to the lack of support and responsibility she has failed to provide as a parent. Not to mention never talking about her dad when asked. It isn't until one day, Alex and Cassie drive out to Oleander Biomedical t Brief Synopsis: In this story we're following two women: Cassie, a mother who has struggled throughout the years raising her daughter Alex due to a painful past, all the while dealing with her addictions and her mental health. Alex, on the other hand has grown to distrust of her mother due to the lack of support and responsibility she has failed to provide as a parent. Not to mention never talking about her dad when asked. It isn't until one day, Alex and Cassie drive out to Oleander Biomedical to meet Dr. Novik. He offers to heal Cassie's mental illness by proposing an experimental study where he can implant her memories into Alex's which will help her better understand Cassie's past. However, Alex becomes very skeptical but at the same time curios as to what she may find harnessed in Cassie's memories. Overall Evaluation: While, I love the element of suspense, I felt that the beginning of this story started out a bit too fast. However, this definitely kept me holding on the entire way through. There were times I even felt chills, simply because it left me thinking: What if there are people in real life creating these experimental studies under the table? Personal thoughts: If you enjoy the feeling of suspense and don't mind having the chills every so often, then you'll certainly enjoy this read. Though I have to say, I've never read anything quite like this before, but if I could compare it to a movie, I would say it's somewhat similar to Black Box. However, this is not a spoiler as they have very different settings. I recommend that you give this book a try once available. Thank you much to NetGalley and Serial Box for providing this eARC in exchange for an honest review. Publication Date: January 13, 2021

  20. 4 out of 5

    Regina De Los Reyes

    What if you could share memories from your mother's past and actually feel like you were there, would you do it? This concept held so much promise for me and I enjoyed the idea of how the author's would achieve this type of theme. With the description of the book you know that Alex (the daughter) gets glimpses of her mom (Cassie's memories) that she believes is witness to a murder or death of someone. Alex wants information on her father and is hoping these memories will help her discover who he What if you could share memories from your mother's past and actually feel like you were there, would you do it? This concept held so much promise for me and I enjoyed the idea of how the author's would achieve this type of theme. With the description of the book you know that Alex (the daughter) gets glimpses of her mom (Cassie's memories) that she believes is witness to a murder or death of someone. Alex wants information on her father and is hoping these memories will help her discover who he is. As part of the experiment they need to follow a road trip that Cassies went on but the memories Alex has are not the same as Cassie's and you wonder what the truths are and if this experiment is causing more harm than good. As the days go on, it seems this trip is doing more harm than good for both Cassie and Alex and the surprising twists in discovering the truths were too rushed and not fleshed out enough. The ending was flat and forced, as if a deadline was looming and the authors decided to just end the story. I felt dissatisfied with the conclusion and let down as I started out on this journey with the mother and daughter and it abruptly ended with no real conclusion or satisfactory ending for the memory experiment, or for their relationship. Thank you NetGalley and the Publisher for an advanced reader copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mary Beth

    This story was originally published on serialbox.com, which makes sense. It reads like a podcast or serial fiction than a cohesive book. It is a good story, but doesn't feel as robust as a novel. Memory Lane explores the relationships we have with our mothers, and how memories can fool us into believing things that aren't true. Alex and her mother Cassie have a strained relationship. When Cassie invites Alex to participate in a research study with her, Alex goes along with it, partially for the m This story was originally published on serialbox.com, which makes sense. It reads like a podcast or serial fiction than a cohesive book. It is a good story, but doesn't feel as robust as a novel. Memory Lane explores the relationships we have with our mothers, and how memories can fool us into believing things that aren't true. Alex and her mother Cassie have a strained relationship. When Cassie invites Alex to participate in a research study with her, Alex goes along with it, partially for the money and partially because she wants to repair their relationship. When they get to the research facility, Alex finds out that the study involves implanting Cassie's memories in Alex's brain, then going on a road trip with Cassie to activate these memories. Alex decides to participate, even though she has misgivings about the study. When their road trip begins, Alex realizes that the memories she is experiencing are different than what her mother remembers. Which memories are true, and why are they different? The premise of this book is better than its execution; it feels forced at times, and some things don't ring true toward the end of the book. You will question why certain decisions were made. The book would have been improved by more flashbacks, or descriptions of past events that led to what is happening in the present. Thanks to Netgalley for an advance copy of this book!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kayla

    This review was made possible through NetGalley.com I’ve been a fan of Sara Shepard for a while, and the last book of hers I read, Reputation, left me wanting more. So I was pleasantly surprised when this book popped up in a recommended list for the upcoming year. Following the story of Alex and her mother Cassie, we delve into a world of scientific experimentation and strained relationships. Most of the scientific aspects of memory transfer are kept to the basics and there’s brief talk about sel This review was made possible through NetGalley.com I’ve been a fan of Sara Shepard for a while, and the last book of hers I read, Reputation, left me wanting more. So I was pleasantly surprised when this book popped up in a recommended list for the upcoming year. Following the story of Alex and her mother Cassie, we delve into a world of scientific experimentation and strained relationships. Most of the scientific aspects of memory transfer are kept to the basics and there’s brief talk about self-driving cars, but overall this books didn’t feel very sci-fi to me. It was as if it was balancing between the future and present, and wasn’t really pushing the boundaries. I’d classify this as a straight up fiction book rather than science fiction. Overall, though, this was a decent book. It was a good afternoon read that only took one day to get through. The ending felt rushed and some aspects felt predictable, some not all. With the way the book actually ended, I suspect there might be another book or books to follow, hopefully not 17 more (I’m looking at you Pretty Little Liars). I’m sure I’ll recommend this to my avid book reading friends and pick it up again at some point to read.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mandi

    This story intrigued me from the start, but fell flat and didn't deliver as I had hoped. Alex finds herself in the midst of another scheme at the hands of her mother, Cassie. This time part of a scientific experiment to put Cassie's memories into Alex's head. Following the procedure and the advice of their doctor, the two take themselves and their rocky relationship on a road trip, to help spur the memories along. Alex went along with the plan to hopefully find out information about her father, This story intrigued me from the start, but fell flat and didn't deliver as I had hoped. Alex finds herself in the midst of another scheme at the hands of her mother, Cassie. This time part of a scientific experiment to put Cassie's memories into Alex's head. Following the procedure and the advice of their doctor, the two take themselves and their rocky relationship on a road trip, to help spur the memories along. Alex went along with the plan to hopefully find out information about her father, whom Cassie never talks about, but is shocked when memories actually start appearing in her mind that aren't hers. What follows is an emotional rollercoaster of moments, until the dramatic ending that you are not supposed to see coming, but you do. The characters and story really didn't hold the appeal that I was hoping for. I found both Cassie and Alex very annoying and their relationship overly frustrating. The story could have been more exciting, and I felt that the ending was too predictable. I would not recommend this book. I was given a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Terrie

    2.5 stars I don't know about this book. For one thing, it's very short though no page # count is listed, it feels more like a novella - definitely under 200 pages. A lot happens in that short time, but it almost feels like the author sat down and dashed off the lines. Maybe that's because the pace feels frenetic and busy. Is that a good thing? The bones of the story of a mom's memories being implanted/shared with her daughter is definitely intriguing, but when those memories turn out to be ones th 2.5 stars I don't know about this book. For one thing, it's very short though no page # count is listed, it feels more like a novella - definitely under 200 pages. A lot happens in that short time, but it almost feels like the author sat down and dashed off the lines. Maybe that's because the pace feels frenetic and busy. Is that a good thing? The bones of the story of a mom's memories being implanted/shared with her daughter is definitely intriguing, but when those memories turn out to be ones the mom actually DOESNT remember, the confusion explodes. I got tired of everything in the daughter's life revolving around her unknown father - I guess if you never knew anything about your father, your mind might be a bit obsessed, but in a book it begins to feel awfully repetitive. And the end. Hmmmm. Definitely a cliffhanger - as in, I feel like I was in the middle of the book and it just stops. Feels like it's set up for book #2 which I won't be reading. I received this ARC as a #NetGalley 'read now' book and the opinions are my own. Thanks to #NetGalley and #SerialBox for the opportunity to review the book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    I received a copy of Memory Lane through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Memory Lane is about a mother and daughter who have a strained relationship. In hopes of connecting better, Cassie, the mom, signs her daughter and herself up for a scientific trial that has to do with sharing memories. Alex, the daughter, agrees in hopes that she can find out about her father and all of the things that her mom has refused to tell her. Let me start by saying that I am not a huge sci-fi fan at all, I received a copy of Memory Lane through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Memory Lane is about a mother and daughter who have a strained relationship. In hopes of connecting better, Cassie, the mom, signs her daughter and herself up for a scientific trial that has to do with sharing memories. Alex, the daughter, agrees in hopes that she can find out about her father and all of the things that her mom has refused to tell her. Let me start by saying that I am not a huge sci-fi fan at all, but I saw Sara Shepard’s name and knew I needed to give this book a try. It was an interesting story that was fast paced and made me want to keep turning the page, but I didn’t get into it all that much. I wasn’t a huge fan of the characters and felt like there were a lot of questions I didn’t get answered. It was a good story, but like I said before, I am not a huge sci-fi fan, which made it hard to get into this story for me. I think if you like sci-fi a lot, this would be a good book to read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Barry

    What an exciting thriller. It tells the story of mother and daughter Cassie and Alex and is told from Alex's perspective. They have a really interesting, non conventional relationship where Alex often feels like the mother figure instead of the daughter. There is a medical facility that is conducting experiments to see if they can transfer certain memories from a mother, to a daughter. As alex has a lot of unanswered questions about her father she agrees to go along. As part of the therapy to rea What an exciting thriller. It tells the story of mother and daughter Cassie and Alex and is told from Alex's perspective. They have a really interesting, non conventional relationship where Alex often feels like the mother figure instead of the daughter. There is a medical facility that is conducting experiments to see if they can transfer certain memories from a mother, to a daughter. As alex has a lot of unanswered questions about her father she agrees to go along. As part of the therapy to reactivate these memories, the women embark on a costal road trip to relive Cassies memories of her youth. Mysteries begin to be uncovered and answers are revealed as Cassie and Alex find themselves in unexpected danger. I really enjoyed the fast pace of this book. It kept me interested and drew me in. The relationship between Cassie and Alex was great to read, especially when it was all explained towards the end. Great ending, easy to follow and kept you wondering after it was finished.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Natasha

    *Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an e-ARC of this book.* This light-sci-fi story has an intriguing premise. A mother's memories are subconsciously implanted in her daughter's mind and the two of them retrace a summer road trip from the mum's past to try to trigger the memories. When the memories don't match up the reader is left wondering which version of the past is real. I love a good unreliable narrator/character (or two or three!). The story balances a fast-paced plot and characte *Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an e-ARC of this book.* This light-sci-fi story has an intriguing premise. A mother's memories are subconsciously implanted in her daughter's mind and the two of them retrace a summer road trip from the mum's past to try to trigger the memories. When the memories don't match up the reader is left wondering which version of the past is real. I love a good unreliable narrator/character (or two or three!). The story balances a fast-paced plot and characterisation, with a focus on a mother-daughter relationship. Coming from a single-parent, only-child upbringing, I could definitely relate to some of the arguments they had! What didn't work so well for me was the serialised nature of the book. It was originally published chapter-by-chapter, designed for audio, like a podcast series. As a result, the abrupt ending doesn't work in book format. I was left confused, wanting more, and ultimately disappointed.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Becky Baldridge

    Memory Lane has an intriguing premise, and I found myself really enjoying the read almost immediately. There is the futuristic tech that would fall under science fiction, but other than that, I would say this one is more a psychological thriller. There are many twists and turns - enough to keep the pages turning all the way through. Right up to the end, and that's where I had problems. I would call it a cliffhanger, which it is technically, but it kind of feels like an open ending, maybe even sp Memory Lane has an intriguing premise, and I found myself really enjoying the read almost immediately. There is the futuristic tech that would fall under science fiction, but other than that, I would say this one is more a psychological thriller. There are many twists and turns - enough to keep the pages turning all the way through. Right up to the end, and that's where I had problems. I would call it a cliffhanger, which it is technically, but it kind of feels like an open ending, maybe even speculative. It feels a bit abrupt to me, and maybe it's my need to have things tied up in a neat little bow, but this ending just didn't work for me. There were way too many loose ends along with a couple of threads that felt like they just fizzled out and were left to dangle. So, what I ended up with was a really good story with a really disappointing end. I did like the rest of the book enough that I'd definitely check out a sequel if there is one, sp there's that.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Mellen

    3.5 stars...This was fast-paced, which usually I love in a thriller, but it was almost too abrupt at the end. There wasn’t a page count listed, but it was very short. I read it in one sitting, less than 2 hours, and was kept enthralled the entire time. When I put it down though, I had a moment of “wait, what?” about the ending. This follows a young woman and her not-very-motherly Mom, who she always thinks of as Cassie, as they try to share memories and find out what’s real and what isn’t. I love 3.5 stars...This was fast-paced, which usually I love in a thriller, but it was almost too abrupt at the end. There wasn’t a page count listed, but it was very short. I read it in one sitting, less than 2 hours, and was kept enthralled the entire time. When I put it down though, I had a moment of “wait, what?” about the ending. This follows a young woman and her not-very-motherly Mom, who she always thinks of as Cassie, as they try to share memories and find out what’s real and what isn’t. I loved how right off the bat you just knew something wasn’t going quite right, I don’t tend to like when thrillers pack all the thrilling bits at the end. The end wrapped up a bit too neatly, and just didn’t make sense to me. I know we suspend some disbelief to believe they can share memories, but how it all tied together was a little much. Overall, I found it a very enjoyable reading experience and would definitely recommend picking it up.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Laura (crofteereader)

    I didn't know what to expect going into this one (I actually pre-ordered this back in 2019 before the world changed but hadn't listened to it yet). I had never read or watched Pretty Little Liars (or anything else by Sara Shepard) so I was drawn purely by the synopsis. But then we got: full cast audio (with sound effects, background music, and ambient noise), a cool concept, dynamic characters, a [spoiler] (yeah, it was definitely 100% a [spoiler] even though it's not confirmed in season one). It I didn't know what to expect going into this one (I actually pre-ordered this back in 2019 before the world changed but hadn't listened to it yet). I had never read or watched Pretty Little Liars (or anything else by Sara Shepard) so I was drawn purely by the synopsis. But then we got: full cast audio (with sound effects, background music, and ambient noise), a cool concept, dynamic characters, a [spoiler] (yeah, it was definitely 100% a [spoiler] even though it's not confirmed in season one). It felt like there was maybe a little too much "my entire identity is determined by the father I never met" for me but other than that I found Alex to be a compelling lead as she's confronted with her mother's memories. Especially when some of those memories are less than straightforward. Also I can't wait for [spoiler] to come back (hopefully in a big way) in season two. Also... So glad Alex is not 100% straight

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