Goodness, this is a hard one to rate - first half was definitely only a 2-3 star, but then it got really interesting, and despite my best efforts to pGoodness, this is a hard one to rate - first half was definitely only a 2-3 star, but then it got really interesting, and despite my best efforts to predict what was going on, I was continually blind-sided. Did I like the main character? Not so much. But I also got that she was human, infallible, apt to make some really stupid choices at times. IT also gave me a glimpse into addiction, how that can be for a substance, as much as a person, or a physical sensation.
Not sure if the rollercoaster ride to the end wasn't also impacted by the fact that this was my first ever 'e-library book' and the time was running out - so I had to finish it before it disappeared off my iPad. At least with a real book, I can just be late, and take the fine. Disappearing on me??? Not liking that. But I made the deadline and was mightly impressed with the closing scenes. S.J.Watson started out slowly with this one - possibly tried to delve into the arena of live 'chat' a little more than she was sure she wanted to, and the main character's naivety / stupidity drove me insane, but like her other book, this one - done right, will make a truly fantastic movie.
And lastly, if I didn't already hate internet dating, this might have turned me right off it, but instead, it's simply cemented my suspicion that it's a cyber world for crazy people with far too much time on their hands!! :-) ...more
Another thrilling ride from Lisa Gardner, who holds her place as one of my favourite authors with this, the third novel in the Tessa Leoni series. LovAnother thrilling ride from Lisa Gardner, who holds her place as one of my favourite authors with this, the third novel in the Tessa Leoni series. Love how she keeps key characters developing throughout her novels, and always delivers characters, both good and terrible, that worm their way into your mind and heart in unforgettable ways. Packed with twists and turns, this book will keep you guessing, and thinking you have it all sorted, then have you thinking again - from beginning to end!...more
I was given a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I won't give you a full premise of the book, as that is right there inI was given a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I won't give you a full premise of the book, as that is right there in the book summary above. I was quite sure this was heading to a four star story, until the end just sort of wrapped up all to conveniently for my liking. I struggled to reconcile how the main character, who seemed quite ballsy, took the way her husband treated her (he became an almost entirely different man after an accident in which he was officially declared 'dead' for eight minutes, on the night his wife gave birth to their first child). But having some understanding of massive brain injury and how that can affect personalities so profoundly, and having NO understanding of the stresses of raising a baby in that environment - I was able to forgive that. But by crikey, I wanted to give the guy a right hook on many occasions. I love the ideas this book explored, and can well imagine the minefield it would be to explore such things if we didn't all have open minded friends, willing to consider possibilities of past life experiences, ghosts, and reincarnation, rather than have you locked up if you ever thought such things were happening to your own children.
I was definitely engrossed in this story until the last 3-4 chapters. At which point, it all became a little trite - with that prize ass of a husband, suddenly became Mr Co-operative. For me, that was even less likely than a whole bunch of ghosts or reincarnated souls potentially finding ways to come back to stay close to the people they love! But I definitely liked it. This is a refreshing voice, who with a bit more research and exploration into the metaphysical, could come up with some really good novels in future....more
This may just have to go down as the most breathtaking book I have ever read. As a person who has walked through this life utterly bewildered by the aThis may just have to go down as the most breathtaking book I have ever read. As a person who has walked through this life utterly bewildered by the actions of humans, and the absence of love in our lives and our communities, this book spoke openly of my own secret heart’s longings.
I remember a few years back, a celebrity cricketer here in New Zealand, Martin Crowe, met and fell in love with our very own Miss Universe winner, Lorraine Downes. She insisted he read Oriah Mountain-Dreamer’s book “The Invitation” before she would even consider a relationship with him. I’ve always adored that book and her famous poem of the same name. But this. THIS is my book.
This is a book I wish I could print 7 billion copies of, so every human being could experience the idea of love that is painted within these pages.
With sections entitled Grace: Touched by Love; Clarity: Give Love Words; Justice: Childhood Love Lessons; Honesty: Be True to Love; Commitment: Let Love Be Love in Me; Spirituality: Divine Love’; Values: Living by a Love Ethic; Greed: Simply Love; Community: Loving Communion; Mutuality: The Heart of Love; Romance: Sweet Love; Loss: Loving into Life and Death; Healing: Redemptive Love; Destiny: When Angels Speak of Love; every single one, spoke to me in profound and personal ways. Finally I was able to honour the places of my heart that have never been given a vocabulary I felt able to share in this world.
This book speaks of the love that requires true courage. Love that asks you to abandon all that you cling to of today’s false images of ‘love’ so we may be stripped bare and made truly alive. Love that has the potential to not only change individual lives, but the entire the way in which we live on this planet.
I think this broke my heart open the most. “As long as we are afraid to risk we cannot know love. Hence the truism: ‘Love is letting go of fear’. Our hearts connect with lots of folks in a lifetime but most of us will go to our graves with no experience of ‘true’ love. This is in no way tragic, as most of us run the other way when true love comes near. Since true love sheds light on those aspects of ourselves we may wish to deny or hide, enabling us to see ourselves clearly and without shame, it is not surprising that so many individuals who say they want to know love, turn away when such love beckons.”
We have been running from love our entire lives. Our love of self, our neighbours, and the sort of love that we dream of, that is free of subjugation and shame. This gives us a narrative to finally stop running. And to find the courage to let love catch up to us. For me, this is the only story I am interesting in knowing more about in this life. I hope for the next generations to come, this is a story that will take wings and literally transform the world for them!!
I just sent a message to a friend saying “You will love this book I think! I am rendered breathless by the ideas in here. It NAILS the lovelessness we are surrounded by in this world. It would take some seriously courageous souls to love the way she describes in this book. Yet having read it, I finally understand why I have never settled for anything less in my life. As a seeker of the ‘meaning of life’ – I am reminded that love is the meaning. Love is the very reason we exist – simple as that. I hope whoever reads this book dares to begin the journey back to it.