The House of Memories

Sometimes the hardest lessons to learn are those that matter most.

Following a tragic accident, Ella O’Hanlon flees to the other side of the world in an attempt to escape her grief, leaving behind the two people she blames for her loss: Aidan, the love of her life, and Jess, her spoilt half-sister.

In London Ella is taken in by her beloved uncle Lucas, whose extraordinary house holds many wonderful memories for her. Along with other members of the very colourful Fox family, Lucas helps Ella to see that she is not the only one still hurting, and that forgiveness can be the greatest healer in a family and in a marriage.

For anyone who has ever loved and lost, this is an exquisitely moving and life-affirming novel by the internationally bestselling author of Lola’s Secret.


‘Immensely moving, the pages of this novel will be read through tears and laughter, as they capture the emotions of grief, the process of healing and the unconditional nature of love in a raw, unforgettable manner.  The story and its beautifully developed characters will live with readers’ hearts and minds long after they’ve closed the book.’ (Top Pick 4 ½ Stars)
RT Book Reviews magazine, USA

‘The House of Memories is a suspenseful, deeply emotional story of a woman’s journey to save herself from drowning in grief. Its exploration of the depths of heartbreak is unblinkingly honest, yet ultimately it’s a celebration of the power of family and connection to heal and inspire hope. An unforgettable read.’
New York Times Bestselling Author, Susan Wiggs

‘Beautifully composed of equal parts soul and wit, The House of Memories is a deeply affecting novel about the anguish that breaks us and the relationships that can put us back together. Monica McInerney’s tale of a family struggling to move forward in the aftermath of one terrible moment in time is everything that a powerful story of healing from grief should be. Its heart is huge, its pulse palpable and its narrators irresistible. I read it voraciously.’
Erika Marks, author of The Guest House

‘Very moving … There is an endearing warmth to the narrative and characters, and the underlining themes of family and forgiveness are uplifting and hopeful.****’
Australian Bookseller & Publisher

‘McInerney has a knack for bringing characters to life; imbuing them with unique voices, perfectly tuned, making them authentically flawed and carving out their losses and gains with a realism that resonates deeply. Full of heart and exquisitely written pain, this is one of those novels that will stay with the reader for a long time. Some stories just carry you along with them and make you truly care about the fate of the characters, long after you leave the last page, and The House of Memories is one of those books.’
Bord Gais Bookclub, Ireland

‘A touching and life-affirming tale of family bonds, tragic loss, forgiveness and the power of love.’
Adelaide Advertiser

‘A wonderful novel with compelling emotional depth … there is as much heart and warmth in The House of Memories as there is angst and drama … touches of delightful humour too.’
Book’d Out

‘…filled with humour and sadness in equal measure, The House of Memories is an emotional see-saw that had even this battle-hardened reader reaching for a tissue.’
West Australian 

‘A wonderfully emotional and tense novel all about what happens when you try to bury grief … McInerney is an expert in portraying the nuances and complications of family life. Her characters never take the easy way out and she loves exploring ethical dilemmas. This is a novel that asks all the most painful questions … Mesmerising.’
Red Magazine Book Club, UK

‘An exceptionally absorbing story, told in most engaging prose. Heartbreaking, yet lovely.’
Image magazine, Ireland

‘This is a beautifully told story with real emotional depth. Another triumph for Monica McInerney and another great story for her readers.’ Read full review here
Irish Independent, Ireland

Audio Book

An audio edition of The House of Memories is available from Bolinda.
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