**spoiler alert** this was a fast read. i would consider this to be "chick lit." i think the writing could have been better, but i was still intereste**spoiler alert** this was a fast read. i would consider this to be "chick lit." i think the writing could have been better, but i was still interested in the story & what happened to the characters. based on the first chapter, i thought i would like the book a lot more - i felt so much sympathy for Lakshmi when Bobby left for CA and how sad she was.
i wasn't a big fan of maggie from the beginning. she just comes off like an entitled bitch. the author tried to paint a picture of her as being from a working class neighborhood and how her dad semi-molested her but it did not really do enough to redeem her in my eyes. esp not after she cheated on sudhir with peter.
i don't think this was a very believable book. i don't see this rapid transformation happening for a woman who was so depressed she almost took her own life. i'm glad in the story that her husband became more loving and respectful toward her and she found independence in her catering & cleaning business but i just don't really see those things coming about so rapidly in real life. esp not for someone who was in the type of abusive relationship lakshmi was in.
i think this could be a good book club book, but let me just say that i am happy i got this at the library & didn't pay for it. ...more
**spoiler alert** i didn't love this book but i wouldn't necessarily give it a 3 star rating either. i would say 3 1/2 stars.
sue monk kidd is a reall**spoiler alert** i didn't love this book but i wouldn't necessarily give it a 3 star rating either. i would say 3 1/2 stars.
sue monk kidd is a really great writer, and i really loved the characters of sarah & hetty. they are both well fleshed out and you like them both despite their flaws.
the scenes that were written by hetty were so much more engaging and interesting. i i gasped at the violence depicted in this book more than once.
the book lost it's appeal for me when sarah went north with her dying father. i know that sounds terrible b/c that is when sarah really came into herself as a person and started to really make a difference with abolitionism of slavery.
(fun fact, i had no idea that sarah & nina were historical figures until i read the ending part of the book!! so that helped to redeem it a bit)
i just found those parts of the books to be boring.
i was glad that charlotte ended up not abandoning hetty for denmark (her lover) after all.
i did not know this was the same author who wrote tiger lily, i found that out later, and it makes me want to read that book even more b/c the writingi did not know this was the same author who wrote tiger lily, i found that out later, and it makes me want to read that book even more b/c the writing was so good in this book.
HOWEVER. i was not a huge fan of the slow moving plot, the writing is good enough that it kept me reading -plus it's a pretty fast read. i think i read this in 2 days?
(view spoiler)[ anyway. i wanted to like it so much more but it was not what i was expecting and not in a good way. i didn't really see the point of narration from the ghost. at first i was curious how that was going to play into the story - was the ghost going to interfere with the maggie/pauline/liam triangle? was the ghost really someone's guardian? BUT THEN NOTHING HAPPENS, and i was just disappointed, why was it even included?
i was not a huge fan of the end. like not at all. like what the fuck just happened. i don't understand why on earth maggie and pauline were running around in this epic snowstorm in these cotton dresses? i mean, i get that liam was hurt and pauline was not in her right mind but it felt a little too much like the author was trying to play up a Romantic with a capital R imagery and it just......didn't work. :(
this book had the potential to be SO GOOD! creepy small town, a murderer, a ghost, a love triangle, so many great elements but it fell a little flat (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I could not put this one down. I read it over the course of this weekend and it just blew me away. I felt that way when I read her other two books, toI could not put this one down. I read it over the course of this weekend and it just blew me away. I felt that way when I read her other two books, too. it’s been a while since I read Sharp Objects or Dark Places but I remember the same feeling when I was done – the disappointment that the ride was over and then the feeling that I’d been mind fucked!!!
The two main characters are Nick & Amy – married, out of work writers transplanted to small town Missouri from New York. Nick’s mom was sick with cancer & his dad has Alzheimer’s so they moved home to help his twin sister (Go) with his parents. Also, they were out of money since Amy gave her parents the remainder of her trust fund money, money earned from a series that is loosely based on her, Amazing Amy.
In the course of the story, you hear from both characters from their own perspective. Amy’s perspective is first shown through her diary & then Nick’s just in normal prose. You don’t know who you are rooting for half the time. they are both equally unlikeable. There are so many twists & turns in the books, and the writing is so good – it’s a very engaging fast paced read. This is the kind of book where I read it and I’m like, this person can WRITE! You really sink into the story.
I was not that surprised at Amy for making up the fake diary and hiding out in the Ozarks to see her husband squirm under national media attention. She’s pretty devious like that. I couldn’t believe the lengths she went to, to make sure Nick was a suspect (the prime suspect, the ONLY suspect). She played on the fact that the media would be all over him like flies to shit and that he would not come off good on camera (just b/c of his personality) She faked a pregnancy which was just over the top if you ask me, but she knew that America could not resist a beautiful missing pregnant woman. Nick meanwhile hires a lawyer known for getting guilty husbands off the case – meet Tanner Bolt. He coaches Nick how to handle the media etc. They are dealing with Amy’s “treasure hunt” which is really Amy’s way of incriminating Nick even further but to everyone else, it looks like a sweet anniversary surprise by a loving doting wife.
It’s looking pretty bleak for Nick there, for a while. but the whole time, you are not sure if he is the one who did it, or not. You know he hates Amy but you’re not sure if he really has it in him to kill her, but then he says things about how he wants to kill her, so then you’re not sure. I mean, nick is definitely a pretty angry guy.
Oh and I forgot to mention he has cheated on Amy with a sweet “Midwestern cliché” type of girl named Andie. This is what spurred Amy to do this more than anything. they were having issues to begin with but I think that is the proverbial straw to break the camels’ back.
For a while, Amy hides out in the Ozarks in a shady little motel with some other shady people, living off some cash she has. She is planning to kill herself when the whole thing plays itself out with Nick but then she decides she doesn’t want to. She gets too friendly with some folks at the motel & they rob her and now she is penniless and on the run. So she calls this guy Desi from her past, someone who she framed for being a creep stalker in the past but has kept in touch with – preying on the fact that Desi is a bit obsessed with her.
He hides her out in his gilded cage (ie, lakehouse) she soon realizes she is little more than a prisoner with Desi and she fakes being raped (she mentions using a liquor bottle on herself??i don’t even want to know) and she binds her own wrists and ankles with twine. Effectively framing him & then kills him. she has framed people in the past too – this seems to be a theme of hers – doling out punishment as she sees fit. She framed Tommy, a past guy she dated who also cheated on her, and made it look like he raped her, and then dropped the charges abruptly but sent him a note to be more careful next time. she framed her friend Hilary by making it seem like Hilary was a crazed obsessed stalker that pushed Amy down the stairs. She of course framed Nick with the blood all over the kitchen that was mopped up (she cut herself) and the “fake” crime scene in the living room. She later claimed that Desi kidnapped her and he is the one responsible for the crime scene in the living room.
oh how could i forget?? the end. i ws not a huge fan of the end. i really wasn't. i could understand why Nick was still with her (he clearly feels trapped!) but i just didn't like the twist with her using his semen to get pregnant and then using that to keep him in place. maybe i just feel bad for their kid? but yeah i wasn't a huge fan of the ending (hide spoiler)] ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
**spoiler alert** i wanted to like this book, i really did. i read that it's his masterpiece and so many people gave it a five star rating.
this book**spoiler alert** i wanted to like this book, i really did. i read that it's his masterpiece and so many people gave it a five star rating.
this book is slow, ridiculously so. it was ruining the reading experience and the characters for me. the story itself sounds interesting and like it would be something i would enjoy, but i couldn't get into it, try as i might. in fact, i got more than halfway through it before i gave up - i wanted to give up 4 chapters in and i just kept going. but it's a bad sign when i am falling asleep while reading and when the words just aren't sinking or painting a picture in my mind.
so back to the library it goes!
it did get interesting after briony read robbie's unintended letter to Cee, and the aftermath and the suspense of them looking for the missing twins, but i just can't get past the rest of it. :( ...more