After finishing this book, I have come to one conclusion, I LOVE Chevy Stevens!
I have read both of her books now and enjoyed them both equally well....moreAfter finishing this book, I have come to one conclusion, I LOVE Chevy Stevens!
I have read both of her books now and enjoyed them both equally well.
Chevy Stevens isn't writing high brow lit here, but when most of the high brow lit I read is utter crap (NO THANKS Jane Austen!!), give me the non award winners any day! Way more interesting plots, better characters and not flowery writing I can really do without!
Never Knowing has a great plot, I preferred this one to the other novel..just ever so slightly...here we have Sara, mom of Ally, fiance to be of Evan, all living together as one happy family! Sara is adopted and doesn't have a fantastic relationship with her adoptive dad therefore she begins her search for her biological parents. After a bit of digging, in comes Julia, Sara's biological mother. Straight away it becomes apparent, no relationship is going to develop, Julia has a better reason than most for giving away her child and being full of hate when found by said child...
This is kinda the back story...the main plot then revolves around the fact that the 'Campsite Killer', a man responsible for several murders of persons on camping trips, carried out in the summer, gets in touch with Sara. The reasons for this, I won't go into details about, I'm trying to keep this spoiler free however for that reason, Sara now has the big responsibility of trying to stop the campsite killer from ever killing again..
It wasn't a particularly unusual or unpredictable story line, nothing above average plot wise, nothing that intelligent you have to think and consider a lot, this is an easy read, no denying it. Despite that and the fact that some of it was predictable (like Chevy's first book also), I really liked it and consider it to be one of my favorites of the year at this point. I rate a book not on it's quality of writing (well most the time, unless it's shockingly bad), I rate it just on enjoyment factor end of. You can tell I'm not an award giver :P
I rate books highly that keep me addicted to it, keep me focused on only that book (I usually have two on the go, and if I start picking up the non-fiction more than the fiction book, I know it's a bad sign!) and that keep me reading for hours on end. This was one of them!
In terms of the characters, I really liked Sara, she was someone I could really emphasis with, her husband to be Evan, not so much. He was too dominating and domineering for me and felt he had a lack of empathy for Sara at times, which made me made. Surprisingly, I found that some of the traits of the campsite killer were likable (rather worryingly) which has to say something about Chevy's ability to create fully realised characters.
The format of the book is formulaic I think, as Chevy used the whole 'talking to shrink pov' style in her previous but I like this style so it doesn't bother me. I guess for those who want something completely different every time, told in an entirely different way, this isn't the book for you, it uses exactly the same format as before in her previous book.
So overall,a great book that I enjoyed but not an award winner for sure. It's nothing intelligent or particularly clever but it's addictive and compelling.
I recommend it, particularly for those who liked her first book.
The Expats by Chris Pavone Kindle edition 496 Pages
I didn't completely finish this book so my explanation of the plot will be brief but from what I...moreThe Expats by Chris Pavone Kindle edition 496 Pages
I didn't completely finish this book so my explanation of the plot will be brief but from what I can gather, it kinda goes as follows.
Kate/Katherine is a CIA agent who is forced to give up her job when her husband Dexter, has to suddenly move to Luxembourg for work. Upon moving to Luxembourg, Kate although no longer CIA becomes suspicious of her husband (who she has never told about being CIA). Said husband starts acting suspiciously and that's as far as I got..
Both as bad as each other. Clearly untrustworthy liars. Not exactly likeable material. Kinda liked Kate- kick ass kinda woman bt didn't like what little I read about Dexter. Constantly away, never bothering with his family, always late. I really hope he was killed off at some point!! But apart from a bit if empathy, I wasn't fully invested in these characters. Had I been, I may have made progress with this.
Nothing that the author did wrong, just wasn't my kind of book. The premise sounded interesting so I thought I'd give it a go bt in the end, CIA stuff just doesn't interest me.(less)
Debut book from this author and it sounded like Jodi Picoult so I thought I'd give it a go.
The alternating POV in this book are the only similarities...moreDebut book from this author and it sounded like Jodi Picoult so I thought I'd give it a go.
The alternating POV in this book are the only similarities with Jodi however. Where Jodi's books have that compelling and addictive quality about them, making you compelled to read on, this author certainly couldn't achieve the same thing and I wasn't interested in picking it up sometimes.
Basically the protagonist is a young girl who is acting as the mother figure in her household as her mother 'disappeared' - long time ago. She has to baby her brother and work excessively on her father's farm and isn't really allowed to have a life of her own. One day he finds a diary belonging to her mom hidden away and she begins to read.
There start Sylvia's POV sections in which she details her life with Henry at the farm before leading onto the last night at the farm.
It's not a bad book. It's good but that's it, It's nothing special and doesn't stand out from any other books I've read this year. I found all the farming details to be a bit excessive and boring and the plot really slow to develop. Had it developed a bit quicker and the book a bit shorter perhaps I would have liked it more but I felt the author dragged it out for page county's sake. The conclusion wasn't surprising. I had already foreseen it coming as this book doesn't make you think. You just know because its predictable.
The characters were her strong point being as I thought they were quite developed and God, it's a long time since I'e found a character who I loathed like Henry, but sadly it takes more than characters and a slow winded plot to keep me interested. I need something a bit better than just good so won't be reading any more of this author's work. I'll stick to Jodi Picoult.
Decided to come back to this one and review. I should have reviewed it at the time because it fully deserved one but I never got around to it. This bo...moreDecided to come back to this one and review. I should have reviewed it at the time because it fully deserved one but I never got around to it. This book is still with me and that's why I am going to review it now!
Let's start off by saying that this was definitely one of my favourite books of last year and by an indie author no less! I found the quality of Patrick's writing and ability to story tell surpasses even some of the established writers out there who have been writing for years. Some of whom are still crap many years later.
I gt into this book very very quickly, I found it a page turner in the extreme. I fell in love with the female protagonist, such a lovely woman(I hate that word but it describes her so well) and she is that well developed, even months later, I can picture her with me here right now.
It was the same for all the ther character, all extremely well developed although mt all as well liked. Couldn't stand Aimee, what a two faced, snide so and so she was!!
The plot changes as you go along, it starts ff as what you may think is boy meets girl ina vineyard and that's that but then changes into a story of deception and even murder therefore it is hard to categorise this into one genre as it encompasses many.
I would go as far as to say, one of the best books I have read by an Indie author so pick it up!!
Net to author: Hurry up with the next one! I can't wait!!(less)
I absolutely love the DD Warren series by Gardner. I love the character, I love the plots, I love everything about them.
However, this wasn't my favour...moreI absolutely love the DD Warren series by Gardner. I love the character, I love the plots, I love everything about them.
However, this wasn't my favourite by a long shot. I can't put my finger on why but the storyline of this one, involving a compulsive liar of a police officer just didn't interest me as much. Good by all means but far less interesting than her previous.
I really hope, that the DD books continue though cos the characters are just ace.
Until the next one comes out, I have some waiting around to do so gonna give the rainey and quincy books a go by the same author.(less)
Just couldn't continue with this. The first couple of stories were fine but not brilliant and then it just went all downhill really. I love Poirot and...moreJust couldn't continue with this. The first couple of stories were fine but not brilliant and then it just went all downhill really. I love Poirot and Hastings but not in short story form so onti the others now in the series - but bypassing the short stories- not Christie's forte at all! A shame! (less)
Because this was a continuation of 'The surgeon' it was too much if the same old for me. Good book but not outstanding but I suppose simply because to...moreBecause this was a continuation of 'The surgeon' it was too much if the same old for me. Good book but not outstanding but I suppose simply because too similar to the first.(less)
I've read 3 books so far by Gerritsen. Her other stand-alone 'Harvest' and the first of her Rizzoli & Isles series 'The surgeon' and can honestly...moreI've read 3 books so far by Gerritsen. Her other stand-alone 'Harvest' and the first of her Rizzoli & Isles series 'The surgeon' and can honestly say this book is not on par with them at all in terms of enjoyability/ likeable characters/ plot.
I hasten to add, it is a good book and deserving of 3 stars but just that. A 'good' book only. Nothing as gripping or fabulous as the other 2 I have read which I rated much higher (both 5 stars).
The plot has rather a far fetch sci- fi ish element which her other books lacked and am therefore glad about. I don't pick up crime books to read about monsterish type issues which this book kinda revolved around. The book ended well and paced a bit better after the initial 200pages mark (ish- give or take). Up to this point, it was slow, uninteresting and almost rubbish enough for me to give up on but not quite.
Abbie Di Matteo and Rizzoli are my favourite characters so far. The protaganist on this occasion a Toby Harped just didnt endear to me as much. I dont feel she was as interesting as Rizzoli or Di Matteo in the slighest...
So, a fairly good read but not outstanding and would certainly encourage people new to Gerritsen to try Harvest first if not inclined to invest in a series straight away or the series if so. Much better.(less)
Abbie DiMatteo has just landed her dream job, a resident at Bays...morePaperback version: 501 pages Genre: Horror, Medical, Crime, Rating: *****
Abbie DiMatteo has just landed her dream job, a resident at Bayside Hospital training with some of the best to achieve her dream of becoming a doctor or surgeon.
However not long into the job. The problems begin. Ostrasised by staff and members of the public after choosing to give a heart to someone she considers in more need than the other who is supposed to be having the heart but only because she's from a rich family and therefore can afford to have it.
Not longer after making the difficult choice and having suffered some mild problems at work as a consequence of her actions, life for Abbie starts to begin as normal again...
Whilst this is going on,a subplot begins involving a group of Russian children being sold to other Russians to what they believe will be homes in America for the children...that isn't the case as Dr DiMatteo is later going to find out....
It soon becomes apparent that something is amiss in the hospital...something amiss with the organ harvest procedure, Abbie learns that harvests are being made that aren't being properly recording which can only mean one thing......the harvests in some way are being done illegally, as she suspects...organs being sold for a very high price however Abbie is about to find the truth is actually worse than that...and she may soon become a victim of the organ donation programme at Bayside...
Been quite interested in picking up one of Gerritsen's books for a while now as she covers a genre that I'm really interested, crime/suspense/horror undertones....
Anyway I finally got the chance after seeing this offering at the library which I found to be her first book so the best start I could have with her work really.
The plot isn't original, but the way it is written certainly is. Gerritsen writes in an incredibly spell-binding way, making this seemingly ordinary and unoriginal story/plot about illegal organ harvests absolutely superb.
Gerritsen's main achievement is Abbie...Abbie is a character we can all sympathise with, a young woman simply trying to achieve her dream and through no fault of her own, struggling. As a result, as you get to know Abbie, all you feel is empathy for this character and contrary to other reviews I've seen which describe the characters as one-dimensional well Abbie certainly is not...
Scarily enough, you could imagine, in some poor third world country, the events in this book actually occuring and worryingly enough they probably do which for me gave this book slight horror undertones and I can honestly say although predictable and easy to spot a mile off what was going to happen that I still felt genuine discomfort when continuing my reading...
My first book by this author but certainly not my last. I hope to crack on to her series next but not sure when that'll be....(less)
Set in a small American town called Sloane in Kansas, a town that is about to be brought to it's knees by a devastating cha...more**spoiler alert** Synopsis:
Set in a small American town called Sloane in Kansas, a town that is about to be brought to it's knees by a devastating chain of events leading to a devastating conclusion...
Back in 1998 a local typical high school, cheerleading teenager Nicole disappears...believed to have been abducted and murdered, the Police launch an investigation although no body was ever found...until now.
The Police thought they'd solved their case, they believe they have the right guy, Donte Drumme a popular football player also from the same local school...based on a flawed confession, circumstantial evidence and still no body however, Donte is found guilty and sentenced to death..
Have Texas sent to death row the wrong person? Have they got it wrong?
Only several days until Donte's scheduled death another person comes forward claiming responsibilty for the death of Nicole...
Surely you'd think this would be enough to stop an execution? But is it? And are Texas about to let someone pay the ultimate price for their mistake, death...
This is the ANTI death penalty of Anti death penalty books. Its quite clear that Grisham doesn't agree with it because on the one hand this book is simply a medium through which he can rant about his stance on the death penalty.
I understand it, I get it. You don't like the death penalty.
Prior to reading this book I fell into the Pro-Death Penalty Camp although us Britishers don't have it over here. I always felt that it had a good way of concluding some of the hell that some people go through seeing their family members being raped, abducted and murdered....but this book has slightly changed my stance on that to be honest. No, no exaggeration, for such a low level kinda book, The Confession does indeed make you think....
But we aren't here to talk about morals and all that stuff are we. Suffice to say its changed my views and let's leave it at that!
This book really was well and truly amazing. Split into three parts; 'the crime', 'the execution' and 'the exoneration.'
'The crime' provides the foundations of the story and although interesting reading, which it was! It wasn't the part that really affected me at all.
Skip forward to 'the execution' and you'd catch me sitting on the end of my seat, pacing through the pages furiously trying to figure out with all the appeals launched and all the evidence that has come to light whether Texas will realise that they are sending the wrong man to Huntsville Death Chamber. Oh they realise, kinda, but still do it anyway....
The last part had me welling up into tears which is not something I would expect from a Grisham book whatsoever! So emotional and really what changed my point of view on the death penalty...
This book basically was a fantastic read but if you pick it up, don't you be expecting an easy read. This is a difficult one and a very emotional one.
Not sure where to start with this really apart from to just totally and completely emphasise how bloody brilliant this book was. This just con...moreWOW!
Not sure where to start with this really apart from to just totally and completely emphasise how bloody brilliant this book was. This just confirmed for me even more my total adoration for Japanese Literature. Why I like the genre so much isn't so easy to explain. Most, aside from Ishiguro because he writes in a much more British style, write fairly simply, not using excessively brilliant or flowery language and therefore would not, I do not think, win prizes for the actual writing because it is exactly what I said...simple and very matter of fact. But it doesn't matter, I'd pick simple over flowery anyday because simple here becomes completely enthralling, the Japanese seem to have this amazing talent of being able to pull me into whatever story they write so absolutely and completely.......
To date, I've read Ishiguro, Murakami (both ones Ryu and Haruki) Kirino and now this guy...and to my recollection unless my memory serves me wrong, despite being for the most part (with the exception of Haruki) being very simple books with very simple plots, all got 5 stars and totally blew me away...
I get completely and absolutely lost in Japanese fiction in a way I find that I don't within other books...
Now back to the book in question! Simple plot typical of a crime fiction novel, girl gets murdered by stranger. Who is the stranger? Nothing particularly unusual or exciting right? Well you'd be right in assuming that but no, not correct...
Yoshida tells the story of the crime and its aftermath whilst in typical Japanese fashion bringing to the brim about 1001 different characters and bringing you into each of their stories too so your almost caught up within 10 different mini stories! Now at first when I noticed the humongous amount of characters he had started to introduce, a bit of intrepidation and doubt came to the fore, I felt that he may have been trying to be too ambitious, a story would have to be exceptional for you to take interest in and follow all 1001 different stories going on at the same time right? I was wrong....
Not once did I not know who a particular character was. Not once did I have trouble following despite the large number of plots and day to day activities going on at the same amount of time. I was in love with each and every one of the characters (for such a relatively short book and for such an amount of characters brought into it, so well developed it was unreal) and their respective parts in the book...
The latter part of the book to do with one girls love for a wanted man really got to me. The way that the whole love conquers all was explored in this part really affected me, I felt so much for it because I could relate to it in terms of with my actual relationship myself and I felt myself egging them both on and almost praying that both would run off in the future together and be happy....so therefore I found the ending exceptionally sad...but despite that and despite this entire review I cannot fully capture how amazing this book. With such simple words, such simple plots, Yoshida creates an amazing piece of work.