In REMEMBRANCE, the seventh installment of the Mediator series, all Susannah Simon wants is to make a good impression at her first job since graduating from college (and becoming engaged to Dr. Jesse de Silva).
But when she stumbles across an ancient murder, old ghosts—and ex-boyfriends—aren’t all that come back to haunt her.
REMEMBRANCE [is] the first ever adult installment of the Mediator, published by the adult division of HarperCollins, the company that brought you the YA books in the series.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
I don't like giving mediocre reviews, particularly of a series I have adored for a decade and a half, but I felt cheated by this book. I felt as though when writing Remembrance, Cabot knew that no matter what, longtime fans of the Mediator series would buy, read, and love this book.
Well, she was right about the buying and reading part, but I can't say I really loved this installment. Yes, revisiting Suze and Jesse felt like catching up with old friends whom I've missed dearly for the last twelve years, but bringing back Paul felt like a rehashing of old problems. I feel the book would have been much better with a different antagonist. Especially because the problem just felt too convenient. Paul suggests that something is wrong with Jesse, and Suze just starts to believe him? Since when has Suze ever been so gullible? We really didn't get to know Jesse as a living human well enough to judge his behavior, but as a ghost, Jesse always went ballistic if anyone tried to harm those he cared about, so in that respect his behavior in this book just makes sense to me. This seemingly easy-way-out use of the power of suggestion is something I just can't get past.
Now, with that out of the way, the rest of the book was executed superbly by Cabot. This tale of the Mediator series is much darker than the rest, with issues of murder, child molestation and pornography, as well as exploring suicide.
Suze (despite being a bit more easily swayed by "jerks of tales past") is still her awesome ghost butt-kicking self, and Jesse is still totally sworn worthy and is now well on his way to becoming a doctor. Together the two continue to fight ghosts and save lives.
It was so much fun catching up with these characters - especially Doc! How was he merely 13 or 14 years old in the sixth book!? Now I feel old. Even though the premise seemed to come out of nowhere, I still thoroughly enjoyed the story.
I promise whether you're an old fan of this series or a newcomer (in which I urge you to read the rest of the series), you will enjoy this book.