This is an effing amazing series! This series is like my cocaine. I picked up the book and once I am started I cannot put it down until I am finished....moreThis is an effing amazing series! This series is like my cocaine. I picked up the book and once I am started I cannot put it down until I am finished. I would sell my vcr or dvd player for the chance to read the third book. I am officially a Dan Wells crack head.
I picked up the series after reading Book Chick City's raving reviews and boy am I glad that I did! Once again she points me in the direction of an amazing book. Thank you!
What makes this series so amazing is Dan Wells's ability to get you into the mind of the young sociopath John Cleaver. John is such a fascinating character. Reading about his battles with his violent tendencies and seeing how he deals with them is simply fascinating. I don't think I have ever read a series quite like this one. There are so many things to not like about John. He spends most of book two fantasizing about killing and embalming his young and cute female neighbor. But there is another side to John that wants to help and not hurt people. The constant conflict between Johns two sides is what makes him such an endearing and realistic character.
Another thing that I love about this series is John's family. I adore his mother and it is always interesting to see how she reacts to Johns violent personality. Book two also involves a story with his sister Lauren. I hope to see more of her in book three.
I have also learned more about embalming from reading this series then I ever needed to know. There was a lot of this in the first book and it might be off putting to some.
One last thing I can't leave out in this review are the mysteries that John gets involved in. When I read the first book I wasn't expecting any supernatural aspects. The book could have gone done hill from there but somehow Dan Wells avoid the whole cheesy paranormal stereotype. The mysteries that John becomes involved in are a real page turner. I don't want to give too much away about what type of villains John fights (aside from his own) needless to say they are even creepier than normal serial killers. Think Ted Bundy with paranormal powers. Scared yet? (less)
Have you ever read a book that made you want to leap into its pages and throw cats at the characters? No, well I guarantee that Tell Me A Secret will...moreHave you ever read a book that made you want to leap into its pages and throw cats at the characters? No, well I guarantee that Tell Me A Secret will change that. I can't remember the last time a book pissed me off so much. I don't mean this in a negative way. Sometimes it is good when a book pisses you off. I gave Tell Me a Secret 5 purrs because I cannot remember the last time I became so emotionally invested in a book. I experienced anger, sadness, and happiness at different periods throughout the book. I even found myself getting a little teary eyed a couple of times (actually cried like a baby shhh...).
Miranda is such a well written character that you cannot help but react emotionally. The loss of her sister Xanda leads her to make some very stupid choices. One of which is ditching a long-time friend to become besties with the ultimate mean girl. Looking for a replacement for her sister, Miranda instead winds up pregnant and friendless. There were time when I wanted to throw a cat at Miranda for being so stupid, but alas I loved her too much to stay mad at her. Miranda was impossible for me now to like because she was so strong. I don't think I could have handled her situation as well as she did.
It also doesn't help Miranda that her family is completely dysfunctional. Miranda basically has no one to help her through her pregnancy until she meets a new friend at work. I thought that the issue of teen pregnancy was handled rather well in Tell Me a Secret. Miranda considers her baby to be a replacement on sorts for his dead sister, but the author never shies away from the negatives of being a teen mom. Miranda's pregnancy is never romanticized nor glamorized.
Miranda's relationship with her family is very complex. Her mother is a judgmental bitch and her father is emotionally distant. However, as Miranda's pregnancy progresses her relationship with her family changes drastically. By the end of the story they come to an understanding of sorts. Though I honestly don't know how Miranda could ever forgive her mother for some of the things she did.
I could go on and on about how amazing this book was, but I don't want to bore you all. Tell Me a Secret was a real page turner. The pacing and format of it was perfect. I was never bored or confused by anything that was happening. I pretty much picked Tell Me a Secret up and didn't put it down again until I was finished.(less)