Holy crap. I don't know if this novel has been deemed so, but I consider The Other Typist a psychological thriller. Totally blown away by Suzanne Rind...moreHoly crap. I don't know if this novel has been deemed so, but I consider The Other Typist a psychological thriller. Totally blown away by Suzanne Rindell's first novel.(less)
My mind is still reeling from this tragically beautiful masterpiece. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender is lyrical and wholly engrossing...moreMy mind is still reeling from this tragically beautiful masterpiece. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender is lyrical and wholly engrossing. It's a world like no other, set in a slightly magical, slightly familiar version of the mid 1900's. It's so unexpectedly heart wrenching and so surprisingly intricate. I cannot praise it enough. I think I've found a new favourite novel.(less)
And so starts Eleanor Brown's The Weird Sisters, an earnest tale of three adult sisters: Rose, named after Ros...more"We came home because we were failures."
And so starts Eleanor Brown's The Weird Sisters, an earnest tale of three adult sisters: Rose, named after Rosalind from As You Like It; Bean, named after Bianca from Taming of the Shrew; and Cordy, named after Cordelia from King Lear. Together, they are the Weird Sisters.
This novel made me smile like a fool and it make me tear up at times - but more importantly, it reminded me why I love reading, and why I love this genre so much.
This is a multifaceted work; I highly recommend reading.
(view spoiler)[I was fascinated with Brown's chosen narration; she wrote in omniscient first person plural, which I've never encountered before. A few pages into the book I had to stop and say, wait, who is narrating this? The three sisters are all identified by name, yet there was the strange 'we' that persisted in the narration...
"Cordy and Bean pulled out their books and opened them, disappearing behind the pages. Rose sat for a long time, staring at nothing in particular, and then opened her book as well. That was it, apparently. We weren't going to talk about it, we weren't going to share any feelings or discuss any arrangements, not going to bond in any kind of movie montage moment where emotional music swelled as we hugged and wept for our mother's loss and our own fear." p.134
I strongly identified with Rose, the oldest sister burdened with responsibility; she felt the explicit need to care for her family, especially now that Cordy was pregnant and her mother sick with cancer. She feared change, yet change was the very thing that opened her eyes to see the world aside from tiny Barnwell, Ohio. From the beginning I favored Rose, but it didn't take me long to cherish Bean and Cordy - for as different as the three sisters were, they couldn't stop being the same. And that's how Brown's first person plural narration works flawlessly.
The first 100 pages or so dragged on, and I wondered if I was even going to be able to finish the novel. Bu...moreWhat a stunning debut for Cormoran Strike.
The first 100 pages or so dragged on, and I wondered if I was even going to be able to finish the novel. But I decided to fully immerse myself into the plot, and then I was hooked. The characters were richly detailed and the suspense never let up.
The Cuckoo's Calling is a heavy novel that will take dedication, but it is definitely worth the read.(less)