Wish Me Dead
If you look at the book from a shallow angle, it's good. It gave me the chills when I was reading it late at night and it got me looking over my shoulder, so I guess that's good. BUT, there are so many plot holes it's painful.
Firstly, and the largest one, WHY DIDN'T THEY JUST GO TO THE POLICE? If Kai and Achim actually harassed her, she can go to the police. Why do they just appear in the last few pages? Why couldn't she just go to them? If it's Kai, it's understandable. She was scare ...more
A group of kids visit a crumbly old house that belonged to a supposed witch who died a horrible death yonks ago. For years people have written wishes on pieces of paper and left them for the witch in the hope that they will be granted. But for Steffi they really do come true with some unexpected and scary repercussions.
It reminded me of teen horror films...in a good way, I was always willing Steffi to not do the things ...more
But sadly for most of the time the main character Steffi is an ann ...more
As with The Glass Demon, this novel started off promisingly, and I think even about a third of the way in, I was convinced it was going to be a four star read. But ultimately I think Grant gets an idea in her head, and forces it to work, b ...more
The characters were interesting even if we didn't know much about them. There was a romantic history hinted at between Steffi and one of her friends which isn't explored enough in my opinion. I liked the place descriptions.
This would have been a 5 star but the ...more
The novel follows Steffi Nett, a shy young adult who works at her parents' bakery. She aspires to do more, but her quietness makes her easily overlooked. Her parents almost seem to ...more
I liked the concept and the idea. Th setting was perfect, as was the witches house. I liked the plot twist at the end, although I had seen it coming from around halfway through.
It's the characters I really dislike. None seem really developed. Some, in my opinion, seemed set up to be important, but never were developed or mentioned bar a few times. Jochen, Timo and Izabela for example ...more
Okay, well as soon as this book started I twigged that it was set in the same town as Katharina Linden was, that was as good a start as any.
Basically if you want a good mystery then this is a great choice.
I enjoyed the protangonist's charcter development throughout, it was subtle and convincing.
The ending of ...more
Some readers complain of the fact she always offers the same kind of stories. Well, yes her 3 books are suspense books involving murders and mysterious events, yes they take place in Germany, yes folklore and legends constitute an important part of the stories, and yes each time the heroine - who is also the narrator - is a young woman.
However. The plotlines and deeper themes are not alike. And the 3 heroines ...more
The story line itself was really interesting and kept me guessing constantly. It was different to any other mystery story I've read before and the outcome/ending was not what I was expecting. (I am hitti ...more
I will be honest it's not the most invigorating content I have read. However, it had a simple straightforward story, with boys, friends, wishes and murder! Everything a teenage girl could want!
Oh no someone upset me I'm going to hex them. Oh no they're dead what have I done? Ugh
The main character was so lacklustre and insipid, literally everything she said / did / thought was BORING! The storyline kept going round and round in circles, and didn't really amount to much.
Really had to push myself to even finish it :(
Helen Grant (born 1964 in London) is an English author of novels for young adults, now based in Scotland. She was educated at Dr Challoner's High School and went on to read classics at St Hugh's College, Oxford. Her first novel, The Vanishing of Katharina Linden, was published by Penguin Books in April 2009. It was shortlisted for the Booktrust Teenage Prize and the CILIP Carnegie Medal. It has...more