I'm having a difficult time describing how much I enjoyed this book. When I'd read The Girl with All the Gifts, I didn't really think I was going toI'm having a difficult time describing how much I enjoyed this book. When I'd read The Girl with All the Gifts, I didn't really think I was going to be reading another book this year that I enjoyed as much. The Supernatural Enhancements has a little bit of everything I love in a great book: slightly paranormal/supernatural premise, a mystery, Gothic in feeling & tone, intriguing characters, perfect pacing, even an eccentric aunt!
I honestly can't go into detail in saying anything about the book without giving much away. The story follows A. (the only name he goes by), who has inherited an estate from an unknown, wealthy relative, he and his mute friend, Niamh, travel to the States to take up residence and try to figure out why he was bequeathed the estate. Told through a series of diary entries, letters, transcripts of video and audio footage, and various other sources (which put me in mind of Marisha Pessl's Night Film, we follow A. and Niamh as they discover more and more clues as to mysterious history of both his unknown relative, Ambrose Wells, and the estate of Axton House.
I absolutely can't recommend this book enough. This will be the perfect book to curl up on the couch with a hot cuppa and read during the windy, chilled months leading up to winter. Happy reading!...more
I'm not going lie. I wanted to like this book, oh how I wanted to like this book. The Thirteenth Tale has remained a favorite since I first read it inI'm not going lie. I wanted to like this book, oh how I wanted to like this book. The Thirteenth Tale has remained a favorite since I first read it in 2006. I press it into friend's hands when I find out they haven't read it. I hand sell it in bookstores, even though I work for none. I love this book. Naturally when I heard Diane Setterfield was releasing a new book after so many years, I was ecstatic! Then the blurb! I was hooked. I latched onto the first copy I could come across, made a pot of tea, curled up in my favorite chair, and expected to not put the book down until I finished.
And I read. And I read a little more. And I read a little bit more. And when I realized that by halfway through the book, the story was not moving anywhere, I had to set it aside. I had learned a great deal of how fabric mills worked, but I couldn't find that essence of story that I was looking for. I thought perhaps the timing just wasn't right, that in my enthusiasm for the book I rushed too quickly into it.
I've tried on three separate occasions now to pick it back up, and I can't. It does break my heart to right this review, as I think Diane Setterfield is a wildly gifted storyteller, but with this book, I just... I just can't. Will I be there to snatch up her next offering? Absolutely! Bellman and Black just missed the mark for me....more