I e been reading the Pendergast series for years and love them. Some of the most entertaining reads. However this one felt lazy and thrown in just asI e been reading the Pendergast series for years and love them. Some of the most entertaining reads. However this one felt lazy and thrown in just as a filler book. I am growing tired of characters dying and coming back to life. This feels like a trend in many stories lately. Please just kill off a character and let them stay dead! Create new and interesting people to move the story forward and in different directions. Not going backwards to old familiar storylines. ...more
Flat out good read! From page one it had me glued.
A group of people end up on a private plane for a short jaunt from Martha's Vineyard to New Jersey aFlat out good read! From page one it had me glued.
A group of people end up on a private plane for a short jaunt from Martha's Vineyard to New Jersey and 18 minutes in crash into the sea.
There are two survivors, an artist and a little 4 year old boy which he swims miles to safety In horrific conditions.
The story bounces between the crash, after the crash and all the different lives leading up to the crash. We are finding out all during this time what exactly happened on that plane to cause this horrible tragedy.
The story is multi layered touching on many aspects of life, wealth, direction, addictions, marriage, survivor guilt. We learn who each of the people we're on that plane and what decisions they made and why they made them to put them on the plane that evening. A series of circumstances that are random yet meaningful and costly In the end.
As for the survivors, dealing with loss, a new normal, survivors guilt, it just isn't enough for tabloid news. This clearly demonstrates what it is to report the news as opposed to making and twisting the news to suit your own narrative. Interesting stuff.
Overall I found this to be a profound real. Well done, thought provoking with some mystery to it....more
Absolutely fascinating!! The whole mystery around the 9 Russian hikers who mysteriously died back in 1959. They were found not to far from their tentsAbsolutely fascinating!! The whole mystery around the 9 Russian hikers who mysteriously died back in 1959. They were found not to far from their tents in sub zero degree weather without shoes and not dressed properly who froze to death. No one had a clue about what happened. Of course there were wild stories about UFOs or nuclear weapons testing and government cover ups.
The author took 5 years of his life to research obsessively of what actually happened that horrific night those poor kids died.
He takes on his journey following the exact steps the hikers took. Interviewing many different people about the trip and the terrain. Could it have been weather, wind, Avalanche? However the tent was left exactly as they left it without any indication of any weather issues.
What conclusions he came up with was the most likely and was to me extremely eerie and horrifying.
I listened to this on audio, the author himself read the book and I don't believe he was the right reader. A bit dry and monotones. Felt like he was reading and could not find a flow. Other than that, good book. ...more
"He took me again and again that night, in the chair, on the carpet, in the king sized bed, and I recited everything I could remember, even drink reci"He took me again and again that night, in the chair, on the carpet, in the king sized bed, and I recited everything I could remember, even drink recipes, but long before the morning came, I'd run out of words and felt the poison seep through the cracks into my soul"
Wow! I cannot tell you how perfectly true these words rang to me. It honestly makes you almost understand the horrors of what being kept by a man would feel like and hard you would try to keep your heart and mind separate from what was being done to you.
This is Maya, and her story is told through her eyes to a detective throughout this compelling novel about her and other girls held in captivity by The Gardener. A psychopath who abducts girls, tattoos wings on their backs and keeps them in his self made butterfly garden to look at them, and love them over and over again.
This is a deeply unsettling, however not graphic in any gratuitous sense, novel. Elegantly written, methodically unspooled. Throughout you are not sure if you trust Maya or not. Is she truth telling or holding back something? I rather liked her. But you literally do not know until the very end. It definitely keeps the pages compulsively turning.
My only reason for 4.5 stars was because I was just hoping for a wee bit bigger of a twist in the end. But hey overall, a solid read. ...more
I honestly don't know how to categorize the Charlie Parker books. They are crime fiction with a ghostly, chilling twist.
This is the 14 installment inI honestly don't know how to categorize the Charlie Parker books. They are crime fiction with a ghostly, chilling twist.
This is the 14 installment in the series and never have I read a series that gets better and better with each book. True I real good series that I enjoy each new book, some more than others. But this one is so damn addictive, creepy, haunting and dark along with the mythology that the author has wrapped around these books is simply unparalleled.
Charlie along with his side kicks angel and Louis is deeply complex, mysterious and one I long to keep reading about. I can't explain the nature of these men or why they draw me in so completely. John connolly's dark, beautifully written prose can make me shudder and feel other worldly.
If you haven't started these, you are definitely missing out on something strange and brilliant....more
I enjoyed the book for the most part although felt it got repetitive fairly soon on. Perhaps cutting it down would have helped. Brene talks about vulnI enjoyed the book for the most part although felt it got repetitive fairly soon on. Perhaps cutting it down would have helped. Brene talks about vulnerably and being able to show up in your life, be seen. I honestly feel like I already do this. Yes, there are books and crannies in me that need to "show up" more. Mostly when tackling something new. I run to my fear place. But with people, I connect. No always have. Whether I will be hurt in the end at not I feel the chance with the people I want to let in are worth the risk. I have no problems been vulnerable with others.
Just like with any self help theory, workshop, book, I take what I believe is useful and leave the rest behind. I rather enjoyed the parenting portion of the bookworm regards to parents shaming and judging other parents. This is something I run into a lot myself included. It's something to work on.
First of all, even if I liked the story, which I didn't, I would have rated this poorly just for the tediously, horrid, choppy, makes no sense style oFirst of all, even if I liked the story, which I didn't, I would have rated this poorly just for the tediously, horrid, choppy, makes no sense style of writing!
I had such a horrible time figuring out what was going on, where was I In the story, and who is is who. I could never hold onto any of the characters for lack of description, character development, etc. I could have cared less about them. Especially Nora our protagonist. Wow was she ever annoying!!!
As for the story, by the end, I didn't care who did it and by the way I hate when characters come out of left field. This didn't work for me at all!!! ...more
A very well written YA taken a different turn of fantasy by leaving out romance and adding in monsters. NicHow can you not love a book with monsters?
A very well written YA taken a different turn of fantasy by leaving out romance and adding in monsters. Nice didn't see it coming little twists and surprises that keep you guessing at what is really going on.
This world has three types of monsters, Corsei, they feed on the flesh, the Mordecai, who feed on your blood and finally Sunni, who feed from the souls of sinners.
This is a complex world where you need to guess who the true monsters are and who are not. Clever, creative and well done.
It's a pretty brutal story not for the feint of heart. Beware sensitive teens....more
A good, solid story set during WWII in London. A focus on how parents sent their children to the country to protect them from the bombing of London.
ThA good, solid story set during WWII in London. A focus on how parents sent their children to the country to protect them from the bombing of London.
There seems to be some controversy surrounding this books with regards to abuse, homosexuality and author having an agenda. It's true the mom is abusive to her two children. It happens. Some parents are in fact abusive. Unfortunate fact of life. It's also true that the woman the are sent to live with could be a lesbian. It's not outright defined as such leaving it up to parents to say perhaps Susan was just an "old maid" with a friend named Becky who was an "old maid" as well. Or they can open a dialogue with their child on homosexuality and how they too can be a parents. In this instance perhaps a better parent than their natural mother. Family definition is not set in stone. It looks like many things to many people.
I feel this is a small thing to focus on. The storm overall about how the children learn to grow and trust someone's to love them is what is most lovely about this book. I enjoyed it. O my grumble is I felt it went on a bit too long....more
What a powerful, powerful story. The writing flows beautifully and simplistically throughout.
The setting is set In A small town in the 40s. Our protaWhat a powerful, powerful story. The writing flows beautifully and simplistically throughout.
The setting is set In A small town in the 40s. Our protagonist is 12 year old girl named Annabelle who is a kind, smart and strong young girl who I feel is a good role model for kids who know what it takes to "do the right thing".
This book mainly deals with bullying at its worse. Not only does Annabelle have to deal with a new bully, but a sociopathic one who is completely manipulative. The story takes some dark turns as one situation after another escalates and the tension keeps ramping up.
There are feelings of To Kill A Mockingbird here where the innocent are wrongly accused and assumptions are made. But taken down a notch for the middle grade age group it's written for.
However I feel this story would be best for mature middle schoolers as it deals with some darker subject matters. I feel this is a great choice for teachers or parents to read along and discuss the many issues surrounding this story. There are themes of lying, sociopathic behaviors, PTSD, and the horrors of war. There are also noble acts from one brave girl who has compassion and a great heart.