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)
This was an absolutely amazing book. A definite favourite of the year and I would even go as far as to say that I would consider it to be in my...more Wow!
This was an absolutely amazing book. A definite favourite of the year and I would even go as far as to say that I would consider it to be in my top twenty of books.
Originally when I started, I wasn't initially keen on the writing. The fact it was wrote in letter form didn't bother me, it was just that the author seemed to be so long winded and irrelevant about everything. After a few chapters though, I grew to love it, I found her writing rich in detail and extremely compelling.
I can honestly say that I loathed most the characters. I couldn't comment on Celia- a rather minor character whom wasn't that all developed.
Starting with Kevin, well what is there to like? It's clear that from an early age he has issues of some kind of which result in a constant show of outright hatred towards mom whilst playing happy families, rather deviously, with dad. It's hard to say whether Eva's reluctance to have a child may have impacted him but I would say Kevin seemed to be a royal @&£?! which as in bred, was there in the first place. I'm of the view he was born fucked up. Eva was indifferent at times but really did try to get to know Kevin for it all to be thrown back in her face. So it's not as though Eva neglected Kevin or didn't try to develop a relationship of some kind.
On the subject of Eva, nasty character number two. A very selfish, conceited human being who seemsto only care about her self- Franklin at a stretch but indeed, no one else. She spends a lot of time wringing during her pregancy with Kevin, mostly because she is concerned she won't be able to fly across the world to work, drink her several glasses of wine a night, during a period where most people would be purely interested in the child's well being. As I say, a very selfish individual but I did find I did have a little bit of sympathy for her because it seemed everyone including Franklin liked to lame Eva for everything Kevin related and it seemed unjustified.
Franklin comes after Kevin, I hated him almost as much. Seriously, how blind can you be? Your child clearly has issues and you ignore them, blaming everything on your wife even going so far as to advise her to see a 'shrink' when it's the child who needs to see the shrink.
Despite the fact that all characters were mostly unlike able, I was still not put off. The way in which the letters are wrote is great and perhaps helped me feel something for Eva.
This book is definitely not a feel good book, it is very dark and disturbed but still, an excellent book at that.
I will be rushing out to grab some mo Lionel Shriver books, I think!(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)
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)
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)