Thursday, 23 November 2017

Review: She's Not There by Joy Fielding

I loved this! I couldn't put it down! It took a couple of pages for the story to set itself up, but once the mystery and suspense began, I couldn't stop reading it until I was finished.

Caroline doesn't know if she will ever find out what happened to her two year old daughter, who was kidnapped while they were on holiday in Mexico. I like the fact that the story flits between the past and the present, as this means that we are able to find out exactly what happened a bit at a time.

There is also a shocking twist at the end that I definitely did not see coming, but it wrapped up the story nicely. The one thing I would say about this book is that it ended kind of abruptly. The story sort of wraps up and ends in the space of a couple of pages, and while the ending is good, it seemed a bit rushed.

I would definitely recommend this if you're a fan of suspenseful mystery/crime books, it was great!

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Review: The Perfect Victim by Corrie Jackson

This book was incredible. There were so many twists and turns that it is impossible to be bored. This book kept me guessing right until the very end, and even then it turns out that I had the completely wrong idea.

When her best friend Charlie Swift is accused of murdering Sabrina Hobbs, Sophie Kent goes out of her way to prove his innocence. Sophie was such an interesting character, and discovering the details of the case along with her is definitely what made this book interesting.

Probably the most questionable character was definitely Charlie's wife, Emily. The way she is written means that you spend most of your time trying to figure out what her deal is, and by the time you do, you find out something else that completely changes your mind.

This story was thrilling and original - I could certainly have never predicted the end. You can't really ask much more of a crime novel than that.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Review: Norma by Sofi Oksanen

I was so excited to read this book because I thought the idea of it sounded so original and interesting, but honestly, I don't really get it. At all. The whole time I was reading it I was waiting for the 'Ah, I get it!' moment, but that never came, and having just finished the book, I still don't really understand what it was about or what happened.

The way it was written was also confusing - it jumped back and forth between various characters with no real way to tell who's point of view it was, and this made the story incredibly difficult to follow.

It is a gorgeous book, there's that to be said for it. The cover is absolutely beautiful, and one of the reasons that I was so excited to read it, but unfortunately the story just wasn't for me.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Review: My Side of the Diamond by Sally Gardner

This book was so weird. I don't really know what else to say, really. Despite the quote on the front of the book, 'they came to Earth to find love', I didn't really pick up on the whole alien thing until I started reading, and it was peculiar, to say the least. The story was good; it was fast-paced and interesting. I liked that it was written from the perspective of lots of different characters as if they were being interviewed, as this meant that you got the details slowly, not all thrown at you in the last few pages. It was also good that you don't find out who 'Mr Jones' is until the last couple of pages either, as this kept the story interesting.

A note on the book itself, it is BEAUTIFUL. Designed to look like a notebook, it has an elastic to keep it closed, and it's just a gorgeous looking book.

I mean, I read the majority of this story in one sitting, so it was good and engaging, but weird. Definitely weird. If you like alien stories, you will definitely like this.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Review: 36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You by Vicki Grant

I'm conflicted. I so badly wanted to LOVE this book, but something wasn't quite there for me. To be honest, I don't really buy the relationship between the two main characters. I know they say that opposites attract, and while this works in theory, I just think these characters were TOO different to really work in 'real life'.

Also, despite finding her quite irritating, Hildy reminded me quite a lot of myself - which probably says more about me than it does about this book.

The story was good; I love the idea of the 36 questions and the potential to form relationships with other people. I also liked how you find out more about each character as the story progresses, and how they came to volunteer for the study at all. This book was good and I liked it, I just didn't love it like I thought I would.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Review: The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook

THAT TWIST THOUGH! I'll be honest, it took me a little while to get into this book, but after 70 or so pages I couldn't put it down.

The twist was so unexpected - I actually gasped out loud and I rarely do that when reading books. This book was really well written; fast paced and interesting so that you want to keep turning the pages.

I go back and forth about how I feel about Candi/Skye/Cate. At first she was likeable, then you learn her secret and you question her character, despite understanding why she did what she did, and then the rest of the story is her going backwards and forwards between someone you like and someone you don't. But despite everything she does, you can kind of see WHY she makes these decisions - or I can, anyway.

This was an ideal book for me - exciting, fast-paced and wrapped up well. All in all, it was fantastic.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Review: Mischling by Affinity Konar

I'm so thankful that this book has a happy ending, because it is hard-going up until that point. It perfectly highlights the horrors of Auschwitz, and following the story of twins Stasha and Pearl makes it all the more terrifying.

Before starting this book I had actually just finished reading 'The Red Ribbon' by Lucy Adlington, which is another holocaust story, also set at Auschwitz, and it was interesting (if interesting is the right word) to read about the same time period from a slightly different point of view. Equally heartbreaking, but both with a hopeful ending.

This novel does a fantastic job at hinting at the horrors that went on in Dr. Mengele's lab without explicitly stating it outright. This is an important distinction because in a fiction book about a very real event, there is a fine line between telling and hinting at, and this author does that fantastically.

A brilliant book, if that's the right way to describe it. A haunting story with a hopeful ending, that's written well enough to enjoy.