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Disappointed in this 5th Memory Man book
April 30, 2019
I loved the previous four books in the memory man series. To me, this 5th book was a disappointment and not up to the usual Baldacci writing. Amos is back in his hometown of Ohio to visit his wife and daughter's graves. Once his partner, Jamison, leaves to return to the FBI, it is Amos and his old police partner trying to figure out a crime committed 10 years ago. The book added no new depth to the memory man, even when his friend Melvin Mars showed up, I felt he was very shallow and did not add much to the story. Much of the story line was spent summarizing Amos Decker, what happened to him and his family and why he is the way he is. I suppose that is necessary for the reader who is reading the memory man for the first time, but I found it distracting. The storyline itself felt formula driven and so similar to the 4th book (all about what happened in Baronville, which was a great story) that this 5th book seemed dull and repetitive to me. Bottom line, I could have skipped reading this story and not felt that I missed something important in the memory man's life. I will look forward to reading Baldacci's next book in this series, and hope that he steps us the storyline.