This is a short little book, with a definite creep factor to it. The last chapter apparently ties in with the author's last big book, The Bone ClocksThis is a short little book, with a definite creep factor to it. The last chapter apparently ties in with the author's last big book, The Bone Clocks (which I definitely plan to read), but I can say with confidence that you don't need to have read the other book to follow this one.
Basically, a set of twins live in a house that is very difficult to find. They have created this place in order to become immortal. The price? One soul, every nine years.
The book follows the stories of the people they lure in to supply those souls. In 1979 a boy. In 1988 a cop investigating a new lead on the missing boy and his mother. In 1997, a girl who is part of a group of wannabe paranormal investigators. in 2006, a journalist looking for her sister. In 2015, a psychologist.
Despite the brevity of the five chapter, each one manages to sketch out the character enough to make you hope that they will escape. And each chapter gives you horror in a different way. The second part is a very gentle ghost story, while the third has the feel of a drug nightmare.
I definitely plan to read The Bone Clocks after reading this book....more
I really wanted to like this book. I'd heard a lot of good things about it. And yet...
Don't get me wrong, the concept was great. A Beijing taxi driverI really wanted to like this book. I'd heard a lot of good things about it. And yet...
Don't get me wrong, the concept was great. A Beijing taxi driver starts finding letters left for him in his car, from a writer who details past lives that they lived together, and how they are meant to be together again. Of course, his wife takes this very badly
On the one hand, the book is an intense look at life in China, both modern and historical. However, it is also so unrelentingly bleak that I kept putting the book aside for days at a time. It was good enough that I would pick it up again, but dark enough that I skim-read through some portions.
So would I recommend this book to anyone else? I guess it would depend on their tolerence for unrelenting darkness. If you like a book that will make you miserable, this might be right up your alley. If you don't like being depressed by your reading, avoid this one....more
I listened to the audio book version of this novel. As a specific note to that, the woman who narrated the book did a fantastic job conveying the voicI listened to the audio book version of this novel. As a specific note to that, the woman who narrated the book did a fantastic job conveying the voice of the book's narrator character, while giving all the other characters distinctive voices. Well done.
Chip (a gamer who also does extreme type sports) and Deb (slightly sarcastic, although nowhere near the levels of her friend Gina, and apparently something of a drunk) are getting married. From there, they go on their honeymoon (Deb nixed volcanoes, skydiving, and other out-there honeymoons -- a hint) in the British Virgin Islands. While they are gone, Gina hooks up with Ellis, the fake brit (another hint perhaps?)
While on their honeymoon, they get pulled in when a parrot fish expert staying at the same resort discovers mermaids! But in short order, the expert accidentally dies in her bathtub, and the resort is trying to trap the mermaids to create an attraction. Of course, this cannot be allowed.
To be honest, I didn't really like Deb (all that drinking and sarcasm), but I did like her voice, especially delivered by the audiobook narrator. I enjoyed the action toward the end. And I was driving along listening to the end of the book, which seemed to be wrapping up in a satisfying manner, when I hit the last five minutes.
I wonder if I was swerving a little at that point, because I was staring at the car stereo, saying 'What?!? What?!? What?!?' I won't say why, since lots of other reviewers already have.
Up until that point, I would have given the book 4 stars. Those last few paragraph dropped it down. There just really wasn't any need for the final twist other than to shock the reader/listening.
So, I would recommend that if you read this book, skip the last 5 minutes/2-3 pages of the books. Stop at the point where they are at the celebration party and Chip starts talking to Steve and Janine. Don't go further.