This book was decent, a worthy read but not spectacular. Again, it was part of a series that wish I had read the first part of. Just because I'm a sti...moreThis book was decent, a worthy read but not spectacular. Again, it was part of a series that wish I had read the first part of. Just because I'm a stickler for background information. I don't believe that this took away too much from the story however. The basic premise of the story was intriguing, and not the cookie-cutter type of mystery that seems to be floating around these days. Kendall is fairly easy to like and respect, but her new partner is infuriating at times IMO. The damsel in distress is just not what appeals to me. Like so many other books unfortunately, I felt that the author tried so hard to keep the mystery aspect going that it was "Who did it, who did it, who did it, THISISWHODIDITANDWHY OMG OMG OMG." Maybe I'm just super picky because very few books have been truly pleasing to me lately.(less)
I am a huge Patterson fan, and have followed the Women's Murder Club series pretty well. I did get off track a bit and went from #5 to #7, sadly. But...moreI am a huge Patterson fan, and have followed the Women's Murder Club series pretty well. I did get off track a bit and went from #5 to #7, sadly. But a good friend gave me some of his books, so I finally caught up with what I missed in #6.
I don't want to give away the ending, so I probably won't actually discuss much of the book here. It was classic Patterson- intense, surprising, full of intrigue. There was a hookup that wasn't expected (at least not for me), and one of the club members was almost killed (but only almost, everyone important is still around).
I felt bad for Yuki in this one, as it started to really stress her losing streak. After hearing about all her preparation and seeing how invested she became in her work, it was really sad to hear about her constant losses. She also gets a pretty big surprise about a guy she's dating...I admit she handles it WAY better than I would have.
I would definitely recommend this book, but I almost always do when it come to Patterson. (less)
I'm kind of ashamed to admit this, but I have to- I've read this book before. Not that I don't normally re-read books, because I do. But I honestly co...moreI'm kind of ashamed to admit this, but I have to- I've read this book before. Not that I don't normally re-read books, because I do. But I honestly couldn't remember a thing about this one. That has never happened before. Usually even if I forget a book, once I start reading the story will come back to me pretty quickly. Not this one. It somehow got completely wiped out of my head. Kind of scary, honestly.
Anyway, once I finished the book I pretty quickly realized why I had forgotten it. It's not that spectacular. The writing is fine, the characters are semi-interesting, and some interesting events happen. The problem for me is that it just didn't feel connected. Maggie, the main character, is basically in this big depression because she had a hysterectomy. Somehow this has made her feel like an incomplete person and she no longer wants to live her life (well, she no longer feels like it's really her life). This leads to her daughters trying to stage an intervention (although their own lives are pretty fucked up) and all kinds of crazy things happening.
It has the potential to be good. But it just didn't quite make it for me.(less)
Palahnuik has a very distinct style, and I did not enjoy it. Overall the writing was a little choppy and hard to follow IMO. The storyline was interes...morePalahnuik has a very distinct style, and I did not enjoy it. Overall the writing was a little choppy and hard to follow IMO. The storyline was interesting, but I feel like there were parts that were not necessary. It was kind of like someone put the border of a puzzle together and then just started shoving pieces in there. The afterword, where he talked about how he came up with the idea and the responses to the book/movie, was much more interesting for me than the actual book.
I'm not saying Palahnuik is a bad writer. He has thousands, probably millions, of fans (including my husband- CP is pretty much the only author he loves). He just has a different style of writing that isn't for me personally. (less)
I really loved this book. It is about a woman's struggle with her precocious step son on the heels of her own daughter's de...more**spoiler alert** *SPOILER*
I really loved this book. It is about a woman's struggle with her precocious step son on the heels of her own daughter's death from SIDS. I have never had to deal with that so I can only imagine what it's like, but it would be impossible to not feel for this woman who is in so much emotional pain and so conflicted in nearly all areas of her life. (less)