Zoey Prescott doesn’t age, which gives the bookish demonologist plenty of time to focus on her work at the Research Institute of Demonic Entities and Rarities (RIDER). She’s also there to figure out why she stopped aging at twenty-two, even though the mind-bending hypnotherapy sessions to help her remember seem to cause more harm than good.
When a serial killer targeting powerful witches emerges, Zoey ignores her colleagues’s advice not to hunt for the murderous vampire responsible…who unfortunately happens to be her brother. RIDER won’t let Zoey slide a stake into her vile sibling’s heart alone. She joins her ex, who dumped her for a mortal (and no, she’s still not over it), and a fledgling witch who could be the killer’s next victim.
But when her brother claims he’s innocent and that a larger threat is about to shake both the human and supernatural worlds, Zoey becomes caught in a dangerous game of truth and lies.
Can Zoey choose the right side before a twisted conspiracy stains her soul?
***Thanks to NetGalley and Katy Foraker for an eARC of this book. The following review is my honest reflection on the text provided.
enjoyable/easy to read:
With some twists that I was not expecting, Memories, Lies, and Other Binds does an excellent job setting the scene and then ripping it out from underneath you.
For an immortal being, Zoey doesn’t live a very full life. Spending her days trapped within an organisation, completing research, not even allowed to leave the building for a cronut, I’m not sure how she hasn’t died of boredom. However, being allowed to join the team tasked with tracking down and taking out her vampire brother is about to make some serious changes to her world and the life she thinks she knows.
While the setting is supernatural, the characters and their emotions are grounded and believable. It makes sense that Zoey would want revenge on the brother who slaughtered her family and destroyed her future, that the organisation she works for would require therapy to figure out how a spell misfired and granted her immortality, and that she would still be a little in love with the partner who left her but that she still works with.
Unfortunately, with the large cast of characters and only Zoey’s perspective, it’s hard to connect. Zoey is believable, but she’s not very interesting. I’m not sure how you take an immortal with a vampire brother and make her boring, but Zoey is dull. Her routines, aversion to technology, predilection for research, and inability to leave her workplace aren’t exciting, making it difficult to get through the book’s first half. It does pick up eventually, but no one’s base characteristics change, so it is an ongoing struggle to care about what may happen to these characters.
The ending is a little strange and a little abrupt.