Simon & Schuster

Tell Me an Ending

SKU: 9781982164324


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Named a most anticipated book by BuzzFeed, Bustle, The Millions, and Goodreads


Never Let Me Go meets Black Mirror in this thrilling speculative debut about a tech company that deletes unwanted memories, the consequences for those forced to contend with what they tried to forget, and the dissenting doctor who seeks to protect her patients from further harm.


What if you didn't have to live with your worst memories?


Across the world, thousands of people are shocked by a notification that they once chose to have a memory removed. Now they are being given an opportunity to get that memory back. Four individuals are filled with new doubts, grappling with the unexpected question of whether to remember unknown events, or to leave them buried forever.


Finn, an Irish architect living in the Arizona desert, begins to suspect his charming wife of having an affair. Mei, a troubled grad school dropout in Kuala Lumpur, wonders why she remembers a city she has never visited. William, a former police inspector in England, struggles with PTSD, the breakdown of his marriage, and his own secret family history. Oscar, a handsome young man with almost no memories at all, travels the world in a constant state of fear.


Into these characters' lives comes Noor, a psychologist working at the Nepenthe memory removal clinic in London. The process of reinstating patients' memories begins to shake the moral foundations of her world. As she delves deeper into how the program works, she will have to risk everything to uncover the cost of this miraculous technology.


A provocative exploration of secrets, grief, and identity--of the stories we tell ourselves-- Tell Me an Ending is a sharp, dark, and devastating novel about the power of memory.

Review Quotes:

"This dystopian debut follows four characters who grapple with the temptations and consequences of erasing the unforgettable." -- The New York Times Book Review


"A thrilling dystopian masterpiece. . . . unputdownable." --The Daily Hive


"As thought-provoking as it is suspenseful." -- CrimeReads


"An intriguing debut. . . . Harkin boldly imagines an eerily plausible present and masterfully probes several characters. . . . a thrilling speculative novel." -- Shelf Awareness (starred review)


"This high-concept debut asks an interesting question: What if we could edit our memories? . . . Harkin builds a picture of a world radically altered by a controversial technology and of people who are learning that you can't change the past without impacting the present. An intellectually and emotionally satisfying thriller." --Booklist


"A richly imagined debut. Harkin keeps the plot tight and times her reveals effectively. It adds up to a smart speculative outing." -- Publishers Weekly


"Intriguing and compelling. . . . Interconnected storylines all arrive at the same conclusion: Messing with memory is messy business." --Kirkus Reviews


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