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Book Thoughts: Memento Park (Mark Sarvas)

Sarvas, Mark - Memento Park


Title: Memento Park
Author: Mark Sarvas
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
First published: to be published on 13 March by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Edition: e-Arc, courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher

In this novel Matt Santos receives a message that a painting is being restored to him. He never knew anything this painting’s existence, but delves into the its past and therefore into his family’s.

I was really looking forward to reading Memento Park. I love art and a good family mystery, but unfortunately this one fell a bit flat for me.

Memento Park is mainly about relationships, mainly the father-son relationship, but also about family and romantic relationships. Apart from that, it is also about letting go of the past and being at peace with it.

The narrative is sometimes  aimed at one person,then at another. For a large part Matt is relating his story to a security guard at the auction house where the painting is selling. Sometimes it is aimed at Rachel, the art lawyer or his father. It certainly is a different way of telling a story and I did not mind it, but I am not sure it helped the plot much.

When I finished the book, I just felt a bit deflated. I like it, but I had just expected a more emotional ride. I simply did not feel as invested as I feel I should have.

4 out of 7 stars

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