Kruti Mehta has written an ambitious novella in penning her first work, Fossils of Memory. Perhaps best described as a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma (a phrase first used by Winston Churchill in 1939 to describe Russia), the book of fiction has all the elements of a superb horror story, with a few ghosts thrown in for good measure. Here, the protagonist, a young woman named Rhiana Fosters, is experiencing strange dreams involving people and places totally foreign to her. The dreams take on all the aspects of reality as the clock is turned back, plunging her into mysterious events, strange accidents, and . . . murder. People speak to her from the grave, and in the process she discovers some unspeakable truths. Given the characters, the romantic interests, and the narrative, I would classify this book as one for young women in their pre- to early teenage years. Regardless, there are some serious lessons to take away for readers of all ages, including one that’s always difficult to learn: beware those closest to you. They are the ones who can hurt you the most. I’m sure we will be seeing more from the pen of Kruti Mehta in the near future.
(reviewed the day of purchase)