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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
Karen Emilson makes a powerful and succinct note to clarify the raison d’être of When Memories Remain: Sequel to Where Children Run, a statement that gives the reader perspective with regard to the story. Readers are introduced to twins David and Dennis Pischke, who having endured a harrowing experience of abuse in childhood now mature into responsible and law-abiding citizens. While still dealing with the painful memories of their past, they are faced with a new challenge — their names are associated with dishonesty and murder. Are they really what they claim they are — the victims? And have they truly walked away from the memories of their childhood? This book holds surprising answers for readers.
This memoir is a deeply moving story and it explores how damaging child abuse can be, even in adult life. The story begins with a police interrogation, a polygraph test to establish their sense of honesty and involvement in a murder case. Although this is a memoir, it reads so beautifully the reader will feel as though they are reading a work of fiction. The dialogues are very natural and the emotional aspect of the story is so strong that the connection between readers and the characters becomes very natural. Karen Emilson has a unique way of telling a story and she allows the twins’ desire to clear their names to come across beautifully in the writing. I enjoyed the prose and the impassioned nature of the narrative. The pathos is conveyed with style and it hits the reader in the very core of their humanity. When Memories Remain: Sequel to Where Children Run is a memoir with deep psychological and emotional depth, a compelling story in the hands of a master storyteller.