I was so excited to finally see a sequel to Rosemary's Baby that I actually went out and bought it in a hardcover, thinking it would be well worth th I was so excited to finally see a sequel to Rosemary's Baby that I actually went out and bought it in a hardcover, thinking it would be well worth the money,
I have no idea where to even start with this book. Should I start with the tremendously tedious plot? Go on to the boredom of reading it? Or maybe I should begin with the supremely idiotic ending. His writing seems to be way off from his tightly paced writing of Rosemary's Baby and The Stepford Wives. Son of Rosemary was a bit longer and meandered all over the place. None of the side characters were fleshed out very much and given the book's length I found it very disappointing. In Rosemary's Baby and The Stepford Wives all of the characters had their own personality, motives and, well, character, even though they were fairly short books. I just got the feeling throughout the book that Levin was doing it for the fans that were clamoring for a sequel and this was his revenge for us wanting more I guess.
I felt so cheated by this book it isn't even funny. It's hard to say more without revealing the big "surprise" of the ending but suffuce it to say, if you loved Rosemary's Baby do not read this book. Don't say I didn't warn you....more
**spoiler alert** I was so happy when I finished this book. There is a nice and grotesque murder in the beginning and I really liked the female serial**spoiler alert** I was so happy when I finished this book. There is a nice and grotesque murder in the beginning and I really liked the female serial killer. Lisa Jackson doesn't delve much there. Don't worry, I'm not giving anything away since you realize about 2 or 3 pages in that it is a woman. Unfortunately, over the next 200+ pages nothing much happens. Way too many details on the family. Especially since most of it is reiteration of what came before. By the end I was rooting for the killer. I was hoping that she offed the whole lot of them. That was another problem that I had with the book. The only people to get killed are virtually unimportant characters so you don't really give a damn about them. I figured out the "big" shocker about twenty pages in and the end just seems to be one big repeat of information. I guess Ms. Jackson thinks we need to be hit over the head with the information.
MAJOR SPOILER BELOW!!!!!!
Caitlyn was the most annoying "heroine" I've had the displeasure to come across. Most of the book has to do with her dithering back and forth: "Am I crazy?" "Am I sane?" . After I figured the "shocker" out I just wanted to scream at her, "Yes! You're a damn nutbag so quit whining and shut up!". Also, Ms. Jackson has obviously not done her research on MPD or DID or whatever the current terminology is. For one thing it is psychological events that trigger MPD, NOT physical triggers. Everytime Caitlyn's heartbeat and breath rate pass a certain point she turns into her dead twin Kelly. So, in effect, every time that she jogs or has sex the Kelly personality is triggered. Also, instead of the intensive therapy normally required to overcome this, Caitlyn manages to overcome her MPD by sheer force of will. Brava.
The big romance between her and Adam, her shrink, seemed strained and forced. Especially near the end. I'm sorry but the man lied to her, was married to her former shrink and was just using her for information (at first, until he noticed what a hot dish she was and wanted to nail her) and she forgives him in two days.
I liked Ms. Jackson's New Orleans series for the most part and I was very disappointed in this set. The only two characters that were moderately bearable were the detectives, Sylvie Morisette and Reed....more
I think this is one of the best haunted house books. Shirley Jackson weaves a tight, slim tale without any extraneous matExcellent Haunted House Story
I think this is one of the best haunted house books. Shirley Jackson weaves a tight, slim tale without any extraneous matter creeping in to mar the atmosphere. In fact, and it's why it only gets four stars instead of five, it is a little too slim on detail. The house is haunted surely in a mentally predatory way, but why? There seems to be no rhyme or reason behind the haunting. I don't mind a little ambiguity but in this case her reticence is stretched a bit too far. There is virtually no backstory to the house, nothing is ever said about what prior tenants experienced or anything. Even one of the scary parts in the book we don't get to see what drives them back into the house. As a character study in a mentally and emotionally undeveloped woman though it is astounding. The story stays firmly in Eleanor's head and despite a few detours in the beginning stays firmly there. So everything we see is filtered through her skewed perception and stunted emotions. Are the people really as she sees them to be or are our perceptions of them being colored by hers? A word of caution to the kindle version, however. If you are reading the story for the first time then I would suggest skipping the introduction as it gives away several key plot moments and the ending to boot. It is an interesting introduction but if you are new to the book then I suggest leaving it until the end. Happy haunting!...more