Book Review : Memory Man by David Baldacci (Amos Decker #1)

Its a David Baldacci book. I think that in itself should be a review. He is one of the strongest voices when it comes to a thriller fiction. I have always loved his works and this one is no exception. Any good thriller addicts would tell you that David Baldacci offers pretty much everything that you look for in your thriller fiction.

Memory Man Official Synopsis

Amos Decker’s life changed forever–twice.

The first time was on the gridiron. A big, towering athlete, he was the only person from his hometown of Burlington ever to go pro. But his career ended before it had a chance to begin. On his very first play, a violent helmet-to-helmet collision knocked him off the field for good, and left him with an improbable side effect–he can never forget anything.

The second time was at home nearly two decades later. Now a police detective, Decker returned from a stakeout one evening and entered a nightmare–his wife, young daughter, and brother-in-law had been murdered.

His family destroyed, their killer’s identity as mysterious as the motive behind the crime, and unable to forget a single detail from that horrible night, Decker finds his world collapsing around him. He leaves the police force, loses his home, and winds up on the street, taking piecemeal jobs as a private investigator when he can.

But over a year later, a man turns himself in to the police and confesses to the murders. At the same time a horrific event nearly brings Burlington to its knees, and Decker is called back in to help with this investigation. Decker also seizes his chance to learn what really happened to his family that night. To uncover the stunning truth, he must use his remarkable gifts and confront the burdens that go along with them. He must endure the memories he would much rather forget. And he may have to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Memory Man RWAT Take

Memory man is one of the most popular works of the author. This is the book that introduces the characters Amos Decker who eventually gets his own series from here. So it was nice to get acquainted with character from the very beginning. Depending upon who you asks it could be a good thing and bad as well. Like me . I loved getting to know about this character from the scratch but then it also started bothering me when a lot of pressure was put to love or get to know this character with such vengeance by the author

The character Amos Decker has a special condition which is what is going to be the X factor for the series and the character itself. so naturally the book being the first in the series, tried to make the readers understand this X factor. A little too much. The X factor become obsessively the only thing that the author kept coming back to in the book. The author kept reminding us continuously about the accident that happened to our central character and the benefit or the supernatural skill it earned him aka the X factor. Also 30% of the book is actually the reeling and sulking of the main character which is also a bit difficult to cope when the whole purpose of you picking this book is to get away from all those emotional turmoils and to actually see some action happening.


Those are the two major aspects that bothered me in the book but leaving aside that the book was absolutely a fantastic ride and after the initial slow place, the events in the book just keep getting bigger and bigger and exciting and making it a perfect read

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