Harry is making his wife Robin a surprise birthday dinner one night while she is at work and their son, Dillon, is sleeping in bed. An earthquake striHarry is making his wife Robin a surprise birthday dinner one night while she is at work and their son, Dillon, is sleeping in bed. An earthquake strikes, leaving the building crumbled and Dillon no where to be found- presumed dead.
The story fast forwards about five years and plunges us into the grief of losing a child and the pressures of a long-term relationship. The story takes a few twists and turns, with only one real surprise for me. The ending was confusing, but I can make my own conclusions as to what is meant. I am assuming Robin was just delusional (and this is not a spoiler- I will give no more away).
This book was on a book list for people who loved Gone Girl, but I can't say I saw any real comparison. This book was okay in it's own right, but that's about where it ended....more
Just wrapped up The Scorch Trials and I think I liked this one as much as the first. The beginning started out really suspenseful and picked up rightJust wrapped up The Scorch Trials and I think I liked this one as much as the first. The beginning started out really suspenseful and picked up right where Book 1 left off. It dragged a bit in the middle, but then got exciting again towards the end. I don't know how I feel about the Cranks and the weird bulb monsters at the end. I wasn't expecting to walk into Zombieland here (and I'm nervous about how this will translate on the big screen).
But! I did like it. The suspense was there- maybe even more so than the first time around. I'm so confused at this point, but in a good way. Is Teresa (or Brenda and Jorge, I get a bad vibe from them) a traitor? Is Wicked good? Is Thomas the real leader? And what the hell is going on at the end?!?!?!? I'm very excited to finish up the trilogy, and am even thinking about reading the prequel. Why not, right?...more
I love Dan Brown books, especially Robert Langdon books. I never even think twice about whether or not it will be a good read because it always is...I love Dan Brown books, especially Robert Langdon books. I never even think twice about whether or not it will be a good read because it always is... until it isn't.
Inferno is about the connection between Dante's inferences about hell and the plague that a madman (or is he?) plans on releasing to downsize the population of humans before we go extinct. Langdon must find the connection and discover where this plague is hidden before the plague is released.
While thought-provoking, this was a huge disappointment. What I typically find to be suspenseful turned out to be uninspired. This book was smart in the way that all of Brown's books are smart, but it seems to have focused more on the factual history of different places and architecture, rather than bring it back around and connect it to something fun and exciting to line up with the story. Anyways, I did like the book, but it wasn't what I expect from Mr. Brown....more
Unbelievable. Unacceptable. What an enormous pile of shit! I have waited a year, more even, for this book to come out. By now, I had forgotten most ofUnbelievable. Unacceptable. What an enormous pile of shit! I have waited a year, more even, for this book to come out. By now, I had forgotten most of what was going on and had to spend time reacquainting myself with the previous books. And what do I get in return?!? A book that says 7% complete on page one! A tiny, mini-book that I was able to read in about a half hour. Also, a book that answers none of my questions and does not give me any sort of closure. I had only had an alright relationship with the rest of the series in the first place, and was hoping for the ending to make up for it. Instead, I am left with a book full of typos (even after the author thanks her editor for correcting all of her typos in the dedication) and even less of an idea of what is going on now. People say they are mind-fucked?! No. This was just a huge letdown. Shame on you Lauren Hammond, shame on you....more
How annoying! What I thought was the end of a mini-series actually turns into being a prequel to a much larger series, and I for one, will not be readHow annoying! What I thought was the end of a mini-series actually turns into being a prequel to a much larger series, and I for one, will not be reading.
What the hell just happened here?!? All of this was a figment of their imaginations? They were all trapped in their dark feelings, unable to see the beauty of the world? And a monastery?! Enough already. I get the point. This book was supposed to serve as a beacon of hope for all of those who feel lost or not good enough. That we are all perfect the way we are, made in the image of God. Dekker wasn't preachy, but I get where he was going and honestly, if I had known, I wouldn't have wasted by time. Oh well. A quick read for all four parts. Overall, I'd give the series 2.5 stars....more
This series is getting more and more strange, and I'm not sure I'm going to like it. Christy gets some plastic surgery to make herself beautiful, andThis series is getting more and more strange, and I'm not sure I'm going to like it. Christy gets some plastic surgery to make herself beautiful, and Austin convinces himself that he is crazy after all. After Austin finds some keys in the basement that open a drawer to two pairs of glasses, everything changes.
When Christy and Austin put on the glasses, they see that Christy never had surgery after all, and are actually seeing reality. They are able to use these to escape the psych ward, only to find themselves outside on a canyon cliff with nowhere to go. In comes Outlaw, and out goes my sanity.
As if Outlaw wasn't weird enough (is he God?), Austin and Christy find themselves back in the hospital just moments later, feeling crazier than ever. I don't know where this book is going, and I'm ready for it to wrap up at this point. Onto the finale......more
This book was a bit different than the first, since we are really getting into the whole psych ward thing now. I feel that not all psych wards are asThis book was a bit different than the first, since we are really getting into the whole psych ward thing now. I feel that not all psych wards are as terrifying as all of these books and movies make them seem, but I don't want to end up in one to find out.
After Austin, aka Scott, kills Fisher and he comes back to life unscathed, and Christy, aka Alice, starts seeing herself as completely different than she is, I am beginning to wonder if these two really are crazy. I am getting the feeling that this 'series' is not going to turn out how I think it will, and I will somehow end up feeling cheated in the end. We'll see... just purchased book three. ...more
A freebie from Amazon that was actually worth it (well, as it should be considering it's only 66 pages). This is not a novel, but I'm assuming once IA freebie from Amazon that was actually worth it (well, as it should be considering it's only 66 pages). This is not a novel, but I'm assuming once I purchase the other three portions it will add up to one.
So Identity is not what I thought it was going to be. I was assuming it was about someone being buried alive, which was only the beginning, and not in as dramatic of a sense as the description lets on. Either way, that part was terrifying enough, and the rest, well... we'll see.
I wasn't expecting the turn this little teaser took, and I don't know how I feel about it yet. It reminds me of the Asylum series (which I haven't finished yet, damn you Lauren Hammond), but better. Yes, I am a bit annoyed because I hardly think this could actually happen, but I like it. I've bought the second portion rather than the entire novel because who knows, I may end up hating it and saving myself some money. But for right now, I am enjoying it....more
I started off a little bit biased on this book. Sister is one of the most moving and intense stories I have ever read, so I was hoping for nothing lesI started off a little bit biased on this book. Sister is one of the most moving and intense stories I have ever read, so I was hoping for nothing less with Afterwards. And while this book is not like the author's first, I suppose every book can't be a masterpiece and this one will have to do.
A private school is burned to the ground one day during Sport's Day. It appears that everyone is out, when Grace realized her daughter Jenny is still in the school. She runs in to save her. Fast forward and we are watching Jenny and Grace talking to each other in a hospital WHILE looking down on their bodies. Not yet dead, but not really alive, they are in some weird, comatose state where they are able to have out-of-body experiences. Not a new idea entirely, but in the way it was done it just made it a bit strange. Once I was able to get over this, I really enjoyed the book.
It is in this way that Grace and Jenny help each other to try to solve the mystery of what happened that day and hold the people accountable that let this happen to them. Without giving too much away, I knew the ending from very early on in the book. It was extremely obvious. But in any event, the journey to get there was very suspenseful and moving. The last few chapters of the book were tear-jerkers, and it takes a lot for a book to make me cry. While we never really find out what happens on the criminal side of the story, we know enough to make our own conclusions. So, fellow readers, do not be disappointed in Lupton, she comes through again after all!...more
I usually save my 5-star books for a story that really changes how I see things. Something emotional, thought-provoking, and deep. And***SPOILERS***
I usually save my 5-star books for a story that really changes how I see things. Something emotional, thought-provoking, and deep. And while this may not have been all of those things, I loved this book!! It's hard for me to write a review on a book I really love because I feel like my words can't do it justice, but here is my attempt anyways.
Nick and Amy are celebrating their five year wedding anniversary when Nick discovers his wife is missing, in such a way that murder is suspected. What at first seems like a perfect marriage, we quickly learn that things aren't always what they seem. Nick and Amy had problems... big problems. One of the things I loved best about the early parts of this book was that it perfectly described the issues of a broken relationship. Problems that all of us have, and shows us how small problems can so quickly turn into big problems. Like your husband cheating on you.
Here begins the emotional roller-coaster ride of twists and turns. I went from thinking Nick was maybe a cheater, maybe a douche bag, but never a killer! Then suddenly, as the evidence adds up and Nick becomes more and more strange, I think to myself- "God damn it he fooled you too!" Nick is most certainly the killer, and here I had so much faith in him. When suddenly, huge twist number one happens... Amy has become so angry and vengeful that she has framed Nick to teach him a lesson.
I loved it! I said "You go girl! You show him who gets the last laugh!" Brilliant! Amy is brilliant. She has planned this perfectly for a year prior, and all her little pieces fall into place. But, as the book went on, I realized that Amy was a bit much. A psycho bitch. A sociopath. A narcissist. And hey, even a cheater doesn't deserve all that does he?! At every crazy new thing Amy did, my jaw dropped further and further. She is nuts.
Finally, the book wraps up in one of the best ways possible. I agree that it was abrupt, as was the complaint from many, but we get the gist. Amy gives Nick one final "Fuck you" that he can't get himself out of (by the way, this was the craziest part of the book yet), and we are left knowing not the outcome exactly, but that Nick will spend his days just as Amy had hoped, miserable and making things up to her. What an evil, psychotic, page-turning novel. Everyone please read!...more
I marked this as suspense, but it's only suspense-ish. I'm getting kind of tired of reading these middle of the road three-star books that are nothingI marked this as suspense, but it's only suspense-ish. I'm getting kind of tired of reading these middle of the road three-star books that are nothing more than something to pass the time. But pass the time it did.
Violet can sense dead bodies, and their killers. Interesting enough. Violet and her best friend fall in love. Also interesting enough. But somewhere along the way it was just... bleh. Every time the book would get suspenseful, it would switch back to the love story which overwhelmed the book a little bit. Yes it was cute, Jay was the perfect boyfriend, blah, blah, blah. I'm glad the book came to an ending, because it wasn't good enough to continue the series. And on that note, might I have a little rant of my own. What is the point of a series book if each story has an ending? What is the point of making a second book with the same characters unless they can tie it together to some amazing conclusion? Stop re-writing the same story just to sell a book! End rant....more
This is my last surviving book from the Goodreads Bookswap days (please bring it back!!). Here is finally an adult horror book. Ashley Stassler is a rThis is my last surviving book from the Goodreads Bookswap days (please bring it back!!). Here is finally an adult horror book. Ashley Stassler is a renowned sculptor who is best known for his work depicting families in the deepest thralls of terror. What we find out, and this is not a spoiler, is that he finds his families by knocking on their door and asking if he can see his old childhood home, at which point he abducts the whole family and throws them into a cage in his basement.
After terrorizing the family for weeks at a time, he finally ends up killing them off one by one as the others watch, in one of the most terrifying ways I can imagine. He pours alginate over their bodies (aka the stuff dentists use to mold your teeth), leaving only one nostril to breath out of. When he's had his fill, he stuffs the nose. Creeeeppppyyyy.
While this book was scary and really action packed, I was annoyed a bit by the whole thing. Two of the main characters fall in love with practical strangers within a week of knowing them and Diamond Girl, although a fun little twist, certainly is not made from the cloth of reality. For being a regular length novel, it took me double the time to read it, which either means I wasn't that into it or simply didn't have the time. I'm not sure which answer it is yet. ...more
***SPOILERS*** Karen is a very intelligent, multi-lingual college student who comes from money. As she finishes up her college career, she meets Biba,***SPOILERS*** Karen is a very intelligent, multi-lingual college student who comes from money. As she finishes up her college career, she meets Biba, an eccentric hippie who draws her into her Bohemian lifestyle. Karen meets Biba's brother Rex and falls into a summer of drugs, parties, and forgetting the lifestyle she used to lead. And then come the murders...
This book is described as a suspenseful thriller, a true 'compelling' debut. I beg to differ. While I did enjoy the book, I didn't find it very suspenseful. Rather it was just a bunch of annoying foreshadowing of the horrific events that are about to take place or did take place years ago. In fact, this foreshadowing continues on until page 244, almost to the end of the book. Finally we find out what happens, and it all seems a bit of a letdown.
Guy just happens to get a gun that night, Wheeler just happens to walk into the house and Biba loses it all over something soooo stupid! I knew I hated Biba from the beginning- a selfish, spoiled brat. I don't know whether I love or hate the fact that Rex forever remains in the dark about everything, but it is what it is. Overall, it was a pretty decent book....more
***SPOILERS*** Jenna is in her thirties and single, so she decides to be artificially inseminated. At the clinic, her doctor takes a sample of her DNA***SPOILERS*** Jenna is in her thirties and single, so she decides to be artificially inseminated. At the clinic, her doctor takes a sample of her DNA because she thinks she looks similar to her, and what do you know- it's a match! The doctor finds out that they are actually twin sisters separated at birth by adoption. She also wants a baby but is sterile, so she comes up with a plan to steal her sister's eggs to make a baby of her own.
In the meantime, Jenna is robbed at gunpoint and decides to have sex with the first random stranger she meets to make herself feel better. This stranger immediately falls in love with her and catches on to the evil doctor's plans, saving the day.
Yuck. This sounded like such a great plot, but it bombed. It was alright, but felt too forced and I hate when main characters fall in love at first sight and can't live without each other (Okay, that's not entirely true, but in most contexts it comes out super unrealistic- case in point). I could have told you everything about this book as soon as I found out Jenna had sex with Eric, right down her pregnancy with him at the end. Boring!...more
Faith is not the typical story I would read. It is a story about a priest who takes to an impoverished junkie family and is suddenly accused of molestFaith is not the typical story I would read. It is a story about a priest who takes to an impoverished junkie family and is suddenly accused of molesting their son. Beyond this story though, is a study of family and human nature in general. "Often enough, one of us will make the other laugh so hard that asphyxiation seems a real danger. It's a heady pleasure rare in adulthood, not unlike- I will say it- the shared breathlessness of rousingly successful coitus."
As we move through the intricately woven story, we discover a family's deepest and darkest secrets that have spanned through generations and are now causing a ripple effect on the future. As the story progresses, we aren't told until late in the end of the story whether or not Art did in fact molest the boy, but my instinct turned out to be true in the end. This was a sad and tragic tale of betrayal and heartbreak, and the consequences that can result in the end. One of my favorite quotes from the book: "At some point temorary becomes forever." ...more
**SPOILERS** What did I think? That's a good question. This was a book I've been really excited about reading for a really long time. I whipped throug**SPOILERS** What did I think? That's a good question. This was a book I've been really excited about reading for a really long time. I whipped through it really quick, but I don't know how I feel about it.
Gemma is kidnapped from the airport by a non-stereotypical kidnapper with good looks, an accent, and a fun personality. We later find out that he has issues of his own and is, overall, just a lonely guy wanting someone to love and keep him company. In the meantime, we read about Gemma and Ty in the desert doing a lot of nothing until Gemma gets bit by a snake and is in danger of dying. Ty loves Gemma enough that he brings her to a hospital and turns himself in to save her. In this moment, Gemma feels like she may love him too.
It was all a bit anticlimatic for me. The end was exciting after the snakebite when Ty realized that he didn't know what he was doing after all. I had a couple of unanswered questions though. Why did Ty turn himself in? Couldn't he have made up a name for Gemma and go unrecognized? And in the end, I can't really say how much I liked this book because I ended up liking Ty in the end and really didn't want to hate him even though I should have. This book was a very loose interpretation on Stockholm syndrome and a quick, easy read....more
The book description on the back of The Dead Room makes the book sound really great, but in reality, not so much. This is another book that had real pThe book description on the back of The Dead Room makes the book sound really great, but in reality, not so much. This is another book that had real potential, but just couldn't live up to it. Teddy's father was murdered in jail for a crime he was later found innocent of, so when Teddy is supposed to be convicting a serial killer, he thinks back to his father's wrongful guilty verdict and tries to search for the real serial killer.
However, the book turns into a jumbled mess of attorney politics, blackmail, and betrayal; losing it's focus on the serial killings and running with a bunch of boring nonsense instead. It wasn't a horrible book, but definitely not what I was expecting....more
The Raising is about a freshman at college named Craig who falls in love with a seemingly innocent sorority girl named Nicole. After turning Craig froThe Raising is about a freshman at college named Craig who falls in love with a seemingly innocent sorority girl named Nicole. After turning Craig from a major douche bag to a nice guy, Craig crashes his car one night, killing Nicole. Or did he?
Suddenly, people are seeing the ghost of Nicole all over campus, in dreams, receiving letters and phone calls from her. As more secrets are revealed about the sorority rituals and other girls who have gone missing, the story turns to whether or not Nicole is really dead.
This book started out pretty slow for me. I wasn't sure whether or not I was going to like it, and it kept jumping from past to present, character to character. I was getting annoyed with how douchy Craig was and how obviously transparent Nicole was, when suddenly, I began to like the story.
I was fascinated by Mira and her fascination with death. "She could stand out in the snow all night and lecture those two about the fleetingness of youth, the dangers of this world, the accumulating importance of every act in this life, the thin thread, so easily snapped, between life and death, or simply the importance of being respectful of one's elders, and they would never hear a word." Also, the story of Mira and her failing marriage, making her so relatable to people: "If Clark were there, in bed, in their apartment, he'd grumble when she came in and lay down beside him, and Mira wouldn't know if he was asleep and annoyed to have been awakened, or awake and simply annoyed that she had entered the room. It had been a long time (a year? two?) since he'd rolled over and put his arms around her waist and buried his face in her hair."
The ending left some questions unanswered, which bothered me at first, but this ending was more true to real life. Sometimes we don't always get answers. Sometimes justice is not served. Sometimes life just goes on.
"To me, that's the most interesting thing of all about ghosts: You don't have to believe in them to see that the proof of the intangible world is in the way of the lives we've lived, and the people we've been can pass away while we're still alive."...more
This is a story about Jack the Ripper, and Alice and her brothers who decide to try to discover who the man actually is. Too bad the story is more aboThis is a story about Jack the Ripper, and Alice and her brothers who decide to try to discover who the man actually is. Too bad the story is more about the brothers rather than what the title suggests, as Alice herself is an invalid (by her own choosing and self-diagnosis) and never gets out of bed. Does she solve the mystery? Sure, but she takes up only about a third of the story line.
This book was really hard for me to get into. The writing was old-fashioned and hard to read, and having no knowledge of Jack the Ripper before reading this, it took me a while to understand what was going on. In the end, it was an alright mystery/suspense book, and some of the notions were really smart, but this was one of those books I really looked forward to and it only disappointed....more
Ugh! I still have no idea what's going on!!!!! These books make you feel like a mental patient when you read them, because you are only getting snippeUgh! I still have no idea what's going on!!!!! These books make you feel like a mental patient when you read them, because you are only getting snippets of Adelaide's memories as she remembers them or when she remembers them. So rather than having the full scoop, we are roaming through the mind of a possible nutcase until she discovers what happens to herself.
Does this bother me? Yes, but not enough that I don't enjoy the books. They are very scatterbrained, but I am just way too curious as to what actually happens to Adelaide to give up now. I think I am in love with Dr. Watson and his "abdominal muscles", but again, the sex scenes are all very similar to Fifty Shades. Now I just need to find out when the final book is coming out......more
What a strange book. I don't even know how to review it because I am so confused. Adelaide and Damien are young teenage lovers. Adelaide's father is aWhat a strange book. I don't even know how to review it because I am so confused. Adelaide and Damien are young teenage lovers. Adelaide's father is an abusive drunk and Damien's mother is a rich snob. When Adelaide turns 18, they plan to run away with each other and start a brand new life. Suddenly, Adelaide is in a mental institution with no recollection of how she got there or why.
Sounds intriguing? Yes. Also confusing. Throughout the book, we are led to believe things that are really untrue. Instead of knowing the story ourselves, we are seeing it through the crazy eyes of Adelaide. We discover things when she does. This is what made me so mad, even though I realized what had happened to Damien long before the book revealed it. "In the past I had nothing to look forward to. Nothing pleasant to think about. No hope for my future. I simply existed and felt a part of me die a little more every day."
I didn't like the fact that Damien and Adelaide always said "You're mine!", a little bit too similar to Fifty Shades for me. And so were the sex scenes, speaking of which. A little too mature for any teens I know. And I also don't know what time period this was set in. I had assumed it was nowadays until I learned that colored photos were new and women who had sex before marriage were harlots. The ending was a bit abrupt and strange, similar to the rest of the book, but it left me with enough curiosity to read the next book and try to figure things out. ...more
Love Will Find a Way is a story about Rachel. When her husband dies in a suspicious car accident, she turns to his best friend Dylan to try and solveLove Will Find a Way is a story about Rachel. When her husband dies in a suspicious car accident, she turns to his best friend Dylan to try and solve the mystery. Add in Twist #1, Dylan and Rachel had a secret fling right before her wedding and have had feelings for each other ever since.
While I did enjoy the book, I was a bit confused with all the different things going on. Is this a love story? Suspense? Magic? I mean we go from serious deaths, suicides, infidelity, and illegitimate children to magical apples. Either way, scatterbrained as it was, it was an enjoyable read (although the sex scenes were pretty laughable: Can I be on top next time?!). A pretty decent free Kindle book, with an ending that brought tears to my eyes, and a few great quotes along the way...
"I'd probably try to remember the good times. When you get to be my age, you realize that life is about going on. People die, they leave sometimes, they screw up your life. But you just keep putting one foot in front of the other, breathe in and out, and try to be happy."
"I'm too old to start over. I invested so much time in him that it is unthinkable to consider doing it all again, going through those nervous first dates and pretending to be prettier and thinner and more interested in sex than I really am. I'm set in my ways. It would be difficult bringing a new man into my life."...more
I came across this little gem from a friend who had just read the book. She loaned it to me after I couldn't find it anywhere (I even had to create thI came across this little gem from a friend who had just read the book. She loaned it to me after I couldn't find it anywhere (I even had to create the listing on here), but apparently it is a brand new book that was just released.
This story is about a town of little girls who keep disappearing from their beds at night. Let me tell you, the first chapter where the killer is stalking his prey and letting you in on how he finds these little girls is terrifying! It's scary to think that these things do happen, and right under a parent's nose. As the book went on, it got a little bit confusing. There is talk of killers, ghosts, and stolen identities, making it rather confusing to put the book all together at the end. After finishing it, I did understand it, but it took a lot of brainwork. I'm not sure I could explain it to someone if I had to, but I understood enough at the moment to figure out the ending.
This was a good little book (only 161 pages), but I rated it at three stars because of the confusion that just wasn't necessary. I mean, come on, who isn't scared of killer clowns?!...more
Another book I was excited about but turned out to be a bummer, although you wouldn't know it based on everyone's reviews. This is a story about a psyAnother book I was excited about but turned out to be a bummer, although you wouldn't know it based on everyone's reviews. This is a story about a psychic who is trying to find a serial murderer, only to find out that the killer is also a psychic who is able to possess people and make them do the killing instead. Sound confusing? It was.
The premise sounded clever to me, but turned out to be only confusing. Throughout the whole book I was lost, but it did all come together in the end. By then I didn't care. ...more
So after signing up for e-mails for free Kindle books and downloading a bunch of duds, I was about ready to give up. I started to assume that most freSo after signing up for e-mails for free Kindle books and downloading a bunch of duds, I was about ready to give up. I started to assume that most free books had a reason to be free, but this one changed it for me.
This is a story about Libby, whose husband goes missing, or rather never returns from a trip he's taken into the Canadian wilderness. Since their marriage was in shambles when he left, she can't help but wonder if something happened to him or if he had well-laid plans to just take off and never come back.
If I had known this was a Christian story, I never would have picked it up (Not that I am a non-believer, I just don't like reading into it that much). However, it didn't really overwhelm the book or make me annoyed by reading it. The characters were real and relatable. This story ends up being an adventure in suspense and a look at how life can shit on you some days but assure you that better days are ahead. ...more
So, I'm not gonna lie... this book was pretty awful. But! I was nice enough to give it two stars because it wasn't so bad that I gave up on it, whichSo, I'm not gonna lie... this book was pretty awful. But! I was nice enough to give it two stars because it wasn't so bad that I gave up on it, which is typically what I save my one star ratings for.
The premise of this book seems like a great one! A bank robbery gone wrong, a student finds the money, and the robbers take the entire school hostage trying to find it. All at less than 200 pages, I was pretty sure this was going to be a really intense, suspenseful story.
Instead, I waited until halfway through the book for the school to be taken over, was unimpressed with the plot and who the actual robbers/killers actually were, and the character development just sucked! This was such a cheesy, adolescent sounding novel (Come on, sword fights?!?!). It felt like a middle-schooler had written it as a short story when he was bored. Even worse, once I reached the ending I find out that it is being turned into a movie! Unbelievable! Not altogether unacceptable, but a pretty poor excuse for a book....more
***SPOILERS*** The Girl who Stopped Swimming is one of those books that has been on my bookshelf for awhile that I've been really excited about but j***SPOILERS*** The Girl who Stopped Swimming is one of those books that has been on my bookshelf for awhile that I've been really excited about but just never got around to. Well, I finally read it and started out being pretty disappointed in it, but grew to really like it at the end. Does this count as I actually liked the book? I'm never really sure.
This is a story about Laurel, who sees ghosts of her pervy uncle, sleepwalks, and dreams of ghosts. One night in the midst of all of this, she wakes up to find her daughter's best friend drowned in the pool. The story turns into a whodunnit, and seems very promising at first, but then turns into a really scatterbrained story for about half of the book, talking about people that really don't matter and backgrounds that aren't totally necessary. At one point, I had even forgotten what the plot of this story was because I was lost in some other world momentarily.
But alas, at the end of the book the author drew me back and I ended up liking it in the end. I thought Thalia was a great character and her personality is probably what kept me going. I am left with some questions (Why was Stan in the group of onlookers if he wasn't the culprit? Why was Molly going into his house? And did Bet really kill Molly with a brick too, or just silently watched her demise?). Anyways, if you can like a book by it's ending, I did. A pretty decent book overall....more
These books are just constant repeats of each other. The author should have left well enough alone with one book that was well written.***SPOILERS***
These books are just constant repeats of each other. The author should have left well enough alone with one book that was well written. This time around Stacey is having dreams about Clara, when Jacob is having dreams about Stacey and his own death. In the end, we find out that Stacey is fighting for her own life again in a scheme made up by Clara, a psychopath set out on revenge.
Again, the book was decent and all, but just more of the same. I did like the ending where we got to read Jacob's journal and read through the newspaper clippings, it just made it a little more interesting. Onto the final book and ready to move on to other books....more
I loved Blue is for Nightmares , and not to say I didn't like this book, but it definitely felt more like a young adult book this time around. It hadI loved Blue is for Nightmares , and not to say I didn't like this book, but it definitely felt more like a young adult book this time around. It had the same suspense as the first one, but felt a little redundant, like I was rereading the same story with just a little tiny bit of a difference. These books are fun though, and quick reads too, so I guess I'll finish out the series....more
Gilly, a devoted wife and mother of two, has finally had enough. She's at her wit's end and oftens just wants to disappear. One night, her car is highGilly, a devoted wife and mother of two, has finally had enough. She's at her wit's end and oftens just wants to disappear. One night, her car is highjacked and her wish comes true when the highjacker kidnaps her and takes her to his desolate cabin in the woods.
What I hated about this book:
1.) I find it hard to believe that a mother, no matter how exhausted she is, would be consistently wishing for a terminal illness so that she could escape her life.
2.) When given the chance to escape, Gilly chooses to stay with her kidnapper because, hey, at least she gets a break from her kids.
3.) Todd's excuse that he never meant to kidnap her. Clearly, there were many opportunities in the book where he could have just dropped her on the side of the road.
4.) Did we really need this twist of what Uncle Bill really was to Todd?
5.) Lastly, I refuse to believe that no matter how bored I got, I would be playing Monopoly with my kidnapper and teaching him how to slow dance.
But, alas, I did really enjoy this book. This was a very loose interpretation of Stockholm syndrome, and who am I to judge? Maybe I would act this very way if the same thing happened to me. I thought it was an interesting book and something that I had never read about before. Sure, there were times when I was sick and tired of reading about Gilly and Todd becoming fast friends, but the book flew by and really kept me in suspense. I just couldn't wait to find out how this all would end. When I did, I was a bit disappointed only because there was so little detail about Gilly's escape. I would have liked to know how a pregnant woman hikes miles and miles through the woods and snow, in only "a cheap pair of boots that were fashionable and not functional". Nevermind the gate that I fondly remember you needed a key for to get out. But I digress. This book was a really good book and quenched my thirst for something different....more