Review: Remember Mia by Alexandra Burt

Remember Mia by Alexandra Burt

and Readers Guide

Berkley Publishing Group an Imprint of Penguin Random House, 2015

Review (4 Stars: Liked it a lot!)

Estelle Paradise (27) is suffering from postpartum depression with psychosis.  One day she wakes up and her 7 month old daughter, Mia, is missing.  Every trace of Mia in the house is gone, including her clothes, diapers and toys.

Author, Alexandra Burt, takes us on a trip inside Estelle’s mind.  The story begins with Estelle waking up in the hospital after an induced coma.  She was found in her car, crashed down a deep ravine.  Estelle has brain trauma, amnesia and one of her ears is missing.  Mia is missing as well.

Slowly, after hard work, and being a suspect in the disappearance of her daughter, Estelle begins to unearth what happened.  Her account of her own feelings is compelling.  She wonders herself if she’s brought harm to her own daughter.

This story is an account of the roller-coaster ride Estelle has gone through and continues to go through as we learn what really happened to Mia.  Burt’s debut novel, Remember Mia, is indeed a page turner.

I’d like to thank Alexandra Burt and the Berkley Publishing Group for sending me this novel, free of charge, for review.

First Paragraph

“Mrs. Paradise?

A voice sounds out of nowhere.  My thoughts are sluggish, as if I’m running underwater.  I try and try but I’m not getting anywhere”


What Other Are Saying

“REMEBER MIA is a twisty, gripping read – beautifully written and impossible to putdown.” – Meg Gardiner, Edgar Award – winning author

About The Author

Alexandra Burt is a freelance translator.  Born in Europe, she moved to Texas twenty years ago.  While pursuing literary translations, she decide to tell her own stories.  After years of writing classes and gluttonous reading, her short fiction appeared in fiction journals and literary reviews.  She lives in Texas with her husband and daughter.  Remember Mia is her first novel.

Disclosure of Material Connection: 

I received this book (ARC) free from the publisher, Berkley an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


  1. I really want to read this. It sounds so compelling. Thanks for your thoughts about it. Putting it on the list – the never ending list. LOL


  2. Intense and such a heartbreaking condition … I was asked to review this one but the book never arrived, I’ll have to keep an eye out for it at the library.


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