I don't generally read too many adult novels. I find that I get too annoyed with the language in them, however a lot of teen novels are going that samI don't generally read too many adult novels. I find that I get too annoyed with the language in them, however a lot of teen novels are going that same way. Yes, I am one of those that still balks at foul language in books. I don't care how "real life" it is, I don't enjoy reading it and find it detracts from the story rather than enhancing it, proving that the author doesn't have as firm a grip on language to have to resort to using the same foul words over and over.
Ok, enough about that. Other than too many F-bombs for my liking (yes, I broke my three f-bomb rule) I actually enjoyed reading this book. But a lot of that could be because it isn't a normal genre that I read. This was, I guess a mystery? I wouldn't know for sure because I don't read many mysteries.
This book is about a woman that rides on a train and has made up a fairy tale life for these two people that live in a house facing the train tracks that is just a few houses down from where she used to live with her ex-husband who cheated on her, then dumped her then married and had a kid with the mistress.
Rachel, the main character that we see most of the story through, is a drunk and is in a bad way with her life. Alcohol has been the cause of her marriage going foul, and of losing her job. When the girl in the house she watches, making fairy tales about, turns up missing, Rachel gets involved trying to figure out what happened. This ends up getting her into big trouble and danger. She isn't a credible witness because of being a drunk, but she is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery of the missing woman.
Throughout the book there are twists and turns that keep you guessing.
Overall I enjoyed the book mainly because it was a nice break from my regular reading list, but I probably wouldn't recommend it as a highly good read to my friends and family. There are much better books out there and unless you are bored with everything else you are reading, you can try this one out. However, I did enjoy the change of pace. :) ...more
This was a vampire book. It was interesting in most places, kind of obnoxious in other places, and fun in other places. Holly Black is kind of into thThis was a vampire book. It was interesting in most places, kind of obnoxious in other places, and fun in other places. Holly Black is kind of into the whole boy kiss boy, girl kiss girl, everyone kiss everyone story the last couple of books I have read. I totally get that now that all this stuff is out in the open and acceptable (years ago this would all be so shocking) it doesn't make it a better read, rather it just makes me annoyed that it's all so mainstream now. I understand that there are those people out that there "identify" as whatever they feel like identifying as, but for me, it just makes the story so cliche' to today's acceptable norm.
Other than that, I love her writing style and most of her characters. Although, frankly, I just don't get the fascination with vampires. Granted, I really did like Ann Rice's vampire chronicles, but I just really like Lestat. Maybe cuz they are adult books it seems less lame. I don't know.
This wasn't really a review as much as it is a bunch of words. I did like the book, but wouldn't necessarily recommend it as highly as her other books I've read.This one was good, but not great. ...more
Really enjoyed this book. It was a fun read and hard to put down. A little language, but some of the swears made me laugh (asshat). Even if you are noReally enjoyed this book. It was a fun read and hard to put down. A little language, but some of the swears made me laugh (asshat). Even if you are not a huge video game geek, you'll still find this book entertaining. Loved all the 80's references and was surprised by what I remembered and what I didn't know (mostly about the 80's video games.) great read!...more