I once watched a movie that was based on this book, The Haunting, and thought it was an okay movie for its genre. But having read the book now I reali...moreI once watched a movie that was based on this book, The Haunting, and thought it was an okay movie for its genre. But having read the book now I realize that no justice has been done to this story during the film and that they actually wrote their own version of the same story. Because this book was more of a psychological thriller rather than pure horror. Oh but it did scare you.
The main character is strange and not trustworthy to begin with. I'm not talking about trusting her as a person but rather trusting her psyche as a character. We see the story through her eyes only but she's not the narrator. She was someone I could both understand and be puzzled with.
The rest of the characters were also interesting and definitely weren't done justice by the movie as well. There was more depth to these people, rather than making them part of a scheme to scare you. I constantly wondered and tried to come up with an ending for this story myself and my mind was spinning towards the end. The good thing was that I wasn't thinking of a proper ending but more like a reason for all that was happening, what was going on in the minds of these people, especially Eleanor, the main character.
One little complaint I had was that sometimes I had a hard time following the dialogues between the characters, it would seem they would jump from one topic to another and sometimes it didn't make much sense to me. I don't know if this was because of the heat here that made it hard for me to concentrate -I realize now summer is not a good time to read psychological thrillers, ones that would make you think- or perhaps it was because of reading translation, although the translator is a very good one sometimes unfortunately things might lose their full meaning when told in anything other than the original way. But in the end I really liked this story.(less)
I picked this one up from a secondhand bookshop while trying to add my books up to 3 for promotion. Now, I've always enjoyed a good mystery and seeing...moreI picked this one up from a secondhand bookshop while trying to add my books up to 3 for promotion. Now, I've always enjoyed a good mystery and seeing as this was an Edgar award winner, I was intrigued. And it didn't disappoint. In fact, I'll be on the hunt to read the rest of the series, starting from the very first book where we meet the journalist Irene Kelly who the books are based on.
I chose this book to read while I was flying home and so I didn't get to realize this was part of a series until I came home to check it on here. But even though it was a series book, this is the 7th, it didn't bother me reading it as a stand alone. Obviously we're supposed to have met some of the main characters but I think every book features a different mystery in itself with new additional characters so I wasn't lost trying to figure out who was who. Everything I needed to understand to follow the story was plainly explained to me and I was able to enjoy the mystery to the fullest.
The book is about a serial killer making a deal with the police to bring them to the body of a long lost victim. Along with the police and the killer and his lawyer goes Irene, who was in touch of the victim's family and who's acting on their behalf, and a group consisting of anthropologists and rangers to help around the mountain area where the body is supposedly buried.
The way this book was told was new for me. While we get Irene's first person narration on her side of the story, we do get the killer's point of view as a third person narration, and also of a few other people's. Irene is the only one who tells her story firsthand and this type of division of narration was new to me, yet not at all confusing or bothersome. We do get a new chapter or a clean paragraph for every new viewpoint so I didn't have to think about whose perspective we've jumped to while reading.
The mystery was a very good one that kept me at the edge of my seat, I was constantly thinking of a new theory when the one I had before went down the drain. There were some very likeable characters, and Irene herself was a heroine who was strong and real. I also enjoyed the parts with the serial killer's perspective. I've always had a certain curiosity when it comes to serial killers, and Jan Burke has described a man so cold, so calculating and so sociopath. Nick Parrish, the killer, is a man who scares you, gets under your skin, and he has such a unique sense of humor in a way only a sociopath can have.
Apart from a few editing mistakes and a couple of sentences I took longer to understand, possibly due to english not being my main language, I gave this 5 stars because I really enjoyed the mystery and the plotting and the characters. And because it tempted me enough to add the whole series to my to-read list.(less)
If I had thought Sir Ross was an insatiable and creative man, Nick Gentry just blew me away.
Our infamous crime lord/thief-taker was offered a job by h...moreIf I had thought Sir Ross was an insatiable and creative man, Nick Gentry just blew me away.
Our infamous crime lord/thief-taker was offered a job by his brother-in-law at the end of the previous book to work as an official runner. This story takes place three years later, when Nick Gentry is dispatched by a man with an ugly soul, Lord Radnor, to find and bring back his runaway bride, Charlotte Howard. It takes Nick surprisingly longer than he probably imagined to find Lottie Howard but when he does, he's faced with a dilemma. Because Lottie Howard is a strong woman who's been able to evade him for 2 months and she is beautiful, smart and completely down-to-earth. So, in a moment driven out of passion he makes an offer to her, and in a moment of desperation Lottie accepts.
I have to say these two people really blew me away as both separate characters and as a couple.
Lottie is a remarkable strong person. She's run away from an arranged marriage to a man who's much older in age and a complete dictator in everything else. Her family practically gives Lord Radnor total reign over Lottie's life in exchange for his financial support and the noose tightens and tightens when finally Lottie can't take it anymore and runs away. I admired her courage. Her spirit. No matter what, she couldn't help but think of herself as selfish because she believed she abandoned her family, when in fact it was her selfish, horrible, law and order: svu episode-worthy parents who were the abandoning ones. I can't express my disgust in her family enough so I won't even try it. So when faced with a choice between marriage to the dictator and marriage to a practical stranger, it's no surprise she goes for the stranger. A stranger she's somehow also attracted to, a stranger who promised her no title but a better life than the one she would've had with Radnor.
I just can't put into words how much I loved Lottie's character. She was passionate, loving, understanding and good natured. But she was also extremely strong, she knew what she wanted and she was good under pressure. She was a woman who could hold her own when faced with a difficult situation. She was definitely a perfect match for Nick Gentry.
And Nick Gentry..Ah, Nick..Again, I've got limited ability to describe just how much I adored this man. He wasn't your usual hero for all his faults in the past along with the ones done to him, but he certainly came through when it mattered. In the three years that have passed we see that Nick has actually changed and matured a bit. He's following rules, with maybe a few exceptions here and there but hey, no one can blame him, and he's more compassionate towards others. He still has a difficult relationship with his brother-in-law but they manage with the help of his sister Sophia. We also find out that he's great with children which makes his place in my heart a whole lot bigger.
Nick was a hero who was both easy and difficult. He's got secrets that he keeps from everyone, he hates and fears vulnerability so much that he even skips sleep most of the time because he believes it renders him unprotected and vulnerable. Of course he has reason for this but he's not opening up to anyone else. On the other hand, he's teasing, playful and my God he must be the most skillful and knowledgeable hero of fiction about sex. This would be the part I smile and wink at you and get lost in my dreamland for a while.
Back to the reality of my review, I also loved these two as a couple. They complemented each other even when they didn't know it. I admired Lottie's attempts to drag the truth out of him and finally unburden him after so long. I loved the passion between them. I loved the fact that they cared so much. They reminded me again why I love Lisa Kleypas couples.
There was everything in this book, it was complete with the story, the characters, the drama, the revelations, the love and the action and mystery. This is what I've been waiting to read from the start of this series.(less)
Loved this book. Really did. It was definitely better than the previous one in both its characters and storyline.
Sir Ross, aka Monk of Bow Street -see...moreLoved this book. Really did. It was definitely better than the previous one in both its characters and storyline.
Sir Ross, aka Monk of Bow Street -see the potential already?- encounters the beautiful and strong Lady Sophia who applies for the job to be his assistant at Bow Street. But of course they both have their secret pasts and their own pains to get over. There's a bit of everything in this book. Revenge, regret, fear, love, heat and secret admirers.
I liked Lady Sophia. Even though she had a shady past she wasn't afraid to face the consequences and troubles that brought up. She wasn't the kind of heroine to shy away from her problems and she was the strong woman who had to play helpless to get what she wanted which bothered her but it was nice to read for me. She was determined and no matter how cruel and cold she tried to feel about ceratin things, she just was that much warmer. And I liked her.
Sir Ross..Do you even have to ask? He was nicknamed the Monk of Bow Street for God's sake! So you can see that I'm going to his extreme sensuality with this. His apetite for passion was breathtaking. I mean I know all Lisa Kleypas heroes have their own passionate ways but Sir Ross must've been the one who was most creative and insatiable. That bouncy horse thing? Remember that anyone? Or rather, able to forget, anyone?
But other than his wickedness in bed, and out of it, he was also a good hero. The one I'd expect from a Lisa Kleypas book. I liked his mature and rational character but he could also tap into his emotions. In fact, as much as he tried to appear like a cold, rational person, he was rather more in touch and grasp of those emotions. When he found the thing worth fighting for, he wasn't afraid to leave the rules behind and follow it. Gotta love that in a man.
As for the two of them together, they made quite a good couple. They were both passionate and not afraid to explore. They both had their fears and doubts but that didn't stop them from hanging on to each other and hope.
There was also a slight mystery involving Lady Sophia as well which was quite nice and surprising. It allowed the storyline to advance and it was nice to wonder.
And in some certain part of this book, was anyone else reminded of a previous hero in a similar situation? Say, a certain gypsy? I remember reading the almost exact description for him by another doctor :D
Overall, I loved this book. It was definitely better than the one before. Characters were more in sync and we were able to know more about their pasts. I realize now that this series is different in its characters and storyline than Lisa's previous work that I've read. There's more action involved and I think I like that in a historical. (less)
I'm beginning to run out of words to describe the beauty and fun of this series. Seriously.
Eloise Bridgerton is feeling blue after her friend Penelope...moreI'm beginning to run out of words to describe the beauty and fun of this series. Seriously.
Eloise Bridgerton is feeling blue after her friend Penelope marries her brother Colin. Oh she's happy of course, she's over the moon for them both but in the back of her mind she's always thought she and Penelope would be spinsters together. And then comes the guilt for thinking in such a way but of course who can blame her? Not me for sure.
Sir Phillip is a widower. With twins. A boy and a girl of eight years. And they're quite the troublemakers. Sir Philip lives away from the city, alone with his kids and the house staff and practically lives in his own world ignoring his children most of the time and leaving them in the hands of others. Oh he loves his children of course, he just doesn't know how to handle them and he has certain fears and he thinks they need a mother. Soon.
So, one day Sir Phillip receives a letter of condolence from Eloise Bridgerton for the death of his wife and sends a reply of thanks. After all it's the polite thing to do. And then Eloise sends another. And then Sir Phillip answers back. And letters come and go like this for over a year with both of them sharing things about each other. Until Sir Phillip decides Eloise would make a good mother for his children, and she's twenty-eight so she should be desperate, so he proposes. Eloise, on a whim, decides to take him up on that offer and sets out to his home to see if they will suit. And that's where this lovely story begins.
I actually didn't mean to bother with the plot this much. Certainly not this long. But somehow it turned out to be three paragraphs, don't ask me how *sigh*
I loved this story. Eloise was a wonderful heroine, she was smart and funny, she was passionate about life, she was direct, she was considerate and loving. She really was the kind of wife and mother Sir Phillip needed. I could completely understand her dilemma about her best friend's marriage to her brother. Not that she wasn't sure they matched, or that she wasn't happy for them, but more like she felt lonely. After all, a married couple sure have each other first when it comes to spending time together and even though Penelope would always be her best friend, well, it's lonely for a spinster. It wasn't difficult for me to understand her mood. And she was just the kind of woman to take such a leap of faith by going off to a man she's never met to see if they would fit to be husband and wife. Gotta love her courage.
Now Sir Phillip was a more complicated character. Because he seemed awkward and distant and moody when in fact he was a very lonely and scarred man inside. I immediately loved him. You could see from the very first reply he sends to Eloise that he's actually a man with a potential to be romantic in a non-traditional way, a man who's desperate for something that you can't help but feel for him. He's not smooth with the ladies as the other heroes of this series so when Eloise unexpectedly appears at his doorstep he messes things up a bit. But thankfully Eloise is not one to give up easy and, well, Sir Phillip is not one to be given up on easily, with his unusual charm, yes I said charm! Now, there were a couple of pages when I was mad at him for not taking steps forward and for replacing the need to talk about problems with sex, but of course he had his reasons for being this way, they always do, and it took him about 2 pages or so to take the right steps anyway.
This was what? The third book to get me to the brink of tears. I'm starting to wonder if I'm going through a phase or something where I cry at almost anything *sigh* Anyway, a well deserved 5 stars. (less)
What better way to make a historical romance book, already a favourite genre of mine, into a wonderful read? Why, take a shy wallflower and pair her u...moreWhat better way to make a historical romance book, already a favourite genre of mine, into a wonderful read? Why, take a shy wallflower and pair her up with the man she's been in love with ever since she's known him from their childhood of course!
Have I already expressed my delight in reading friends to lovers plotline? Except, this was even a bit more. Because one of the friends, of some sort, was already in love with the other, and this 'other' has come to realize his feelings gradually. So far, this is your usual friends to lovers theme I guess. The 'more' lies in the parts where the relationship is already developed and, as a couple, they still have things to get over. It doesn't end at 'I love you' or 'I do'. I like this about the Bridgertons series. Or maybe this is the usual way Julia Quinn writes, I don't know, haven't read enough to evaluate but all I can say so far is that I enjoy it.
Penelope Featherington was a completely adorable young lady. I enjoyed her rather witty character, even though she was shy around those she didn't know well. But this is what her own book is for, we got to see how smart and funny she actually is. And even though it sometimes frightens me when a woman is already in love with the man, and has been for a while, Penelope didn't turn out to be, shall we say, blinded as I might've expected from any other character. She wasn't a complete fool against the man she's loved for many years, she was able to see that the man had faults, he wasn't as perfect as she pictured him and he was also so much more. I loved this about Penelope.
And I loved Colin. And of course he had to (view spoiler)[be a writer and he had to travel and he had to write about his travels so beautifully (hide spoiler)] for me to love him even more. He just had to. And so you can say he was quite the hero for me. And for Penelope I guess.
Colin was my favourite among the brothers because he was just so charming! But of course there was more to this man, there had to be!, and we got to see that dark and brooding side to him. The more rather possessive and demanding side to the 'man' instead of the young and charming boy that he used to be. His inner turmoil was wonderfully written. (view spoiler)[The fact that he wrote but was afraid of taking a step forward, the fact that he was jelaous of his wife's work, the fact that he feared he didn't have anything to leave behind.. (hide spoiler)] He was real.
And I absolutely loved these two wonderful characters as a couple. Because anything they lacked as individuals they completed as a couple. There was such a sweet connection between them, I adored it.
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A slightly changed version of Cinderella. Well, the slight change being that the prince is not a prince but a Bridgerton which is better than...more4.5 stars
A slightly changed version of Cinderella. Well, the slight change being that the prince is not a prince but a Bridgerton which is better than the prince if you ask me, and Cinderella is the bastard child of an Earl and not as weak and goody as Cinderella herself which is another plus. I always hated how nice and forgiving Cinderella has been to her stepmother and sisters. Anyway, this was a much better version.
Benedict Bridgerton and Sophie Beckett meet at a masquarade where Benedict is forced to mingle with yet another horde of unmarried ladies while Sophie is simply there to escape her life as a slave to her stepmother and sisters, even for only one night. They meet, they feel the electricity in the air, they kiss and she parts at midnight, leaving Benedict with only one glove with her father's family crest on it, and a sinking feeling of dread that he'll never be able to find her. Which he doesn't. And Ben looks. He looks for six months, and even after that whenever he goes to a party or a gathering he always looks for her secretly.
I gotta admit, the Cinderella storyline first scared me, I thought there was a good chance I wouldn't like this because, well, I don't like the Cinderella storyline. But thankfully the only thing taken from the original story was the general plot and not the ending.
I liked Benedict, he was sweet and passionate. I figured he was the least known of the brothers to me so I was curious about this story but he definitely delivered. I liked his witty character, which is something all Bridgertons share. I liked the fact that he was realistic at the beginning of his relationship with Sophie, that is he knew his attraction and he knew she was a different class and he didn't jump to saying he loved her and he'd defy everyone and everything to marry her. He knew the difficulties and he was calculating which didn't make you like him less but rather made him real. And besides, in the end he really did decide to defy anyway but that came with some revelations which was great.
Sophie was a good Cinderella :) She was strong, she survived on her own for two years for God's sake! So I admired her courage. I liked that she had her own principles and she didn't budge from them. She knew the pains of having/being a child out of wedlock and she didn't want to do that to her own, even though she loved the man. I was so glad that she didn't forgive and forget everything that bitch of a stepmother did to her in the end and concluded their acquaintance with a nice right hook :)
I really loved this book. I love how light and funny Julia Quinn writes but she also includes some serious stuff and lightens them up with enough fun that you don't realize how they go by. I can't wait for the next book, which is of my favourite brother, Colin!(less)
Ah, what a lovely book this was..And a much better start it would've been to this series. A great deal of bickering, a good amount of romance and fami...moreAh, what a lovely book this was..And a much better start it would've been to this series. A great deal of bickering, a good amount of romance and family fun, and a bit of drama that made my eyes teary.
The interactions among the members of the Bridgerton family will never fail to entertain me, I'm sure of that. And I loved Anthony and Kate as a couple. They had a rocky start which was pure enjoyment for me, my love for bickering love will never fade I guess. They were both very likeable characters and I loved reading their inevitable romance. I'd like to take a minute here and mention and thank a certain bee even though for those few moments it caused Anthony great deal of pain. Still, thank you bee :)
With the first book I wasn't sure but now I am that this series will be a favourite.(less)
Wow. I never thought I'd say this about a Lisa Kleypas book, but this one was just okay. Yep.
With this series we've moved on to the Bow Street Runner...moreWow. I never thought I'd say this about a Lisa Kleypas book, but this one was just okay. Yep.
With this series we've moved on to the Bow Street Runners and their paths to true love and we start out with adventurous Grant Morgan. He's called to a crime scene where a drown woman's body awaits him to be investigated with signs of strangulation on her neck. Only she isn't a dead body, she's very much alive! What? Oh yes. The people who are at the crime scene, including the one who rescued the woman from the Thames, were not aware that she was still alive. Grant recognizes her in an instant as the very well known and desired courtesan Vivien Duvall, who once spread gossip around that she rejected his attentions when he was the one who rejected her. So he plots his revenge, thinking he'll bring her home, use her and then discard her. But things don't go the way he wants when it turns out Vivien has lost her memory and is acting like an innocent! Grant's heart goes to her and he has a hard time believeing whether she really lost her memory or this is all an act. Meanwhile he tries to solve the mystery of her attempted murder with help from his super cool boss whose book I'm dying to read and a few other Bow Street Runners.
The plot was okay, and I thought with Lisa Kleypas' storytelling abilities it could become even better. But sadly I have to admit, I felt like I was reading an average historical romance with a bit of mystery added to it. Where was the extreme emotional struggles of a vulnerable hero? Where was the loveable, compassionate heroine? Don't get me wrong, I liked both the hero and the heroine but they certainly could've been better. Especially knowing the past men and women Lisa created, I thought I'd fall for these two from the first page. Because I always do. From the first moment they appear I love the heroes and the heroines in her books. In this one? I'm sorry to say: okay.
Grant had a lot of potential to be a dramatic hero. He had a sad and lonely past which to my disappointment was mentioned once in passing and never returned to again with feelings and revelations. He's street smart, he's dealt with criminals all his life and he has a few scrapes ro prove it. Also, the rough and tough personality. Which, again, we didn't delve into very much. Why not? Tortured heroes make the best lovers, don't they? So why not elaborate their pained pasts and let them deal and resolve them with the help and encouragement from the heroine?
Which brings me to Vivien. Yes, she was very innocent, so in contrast with her personality before the attempted murder. And she wasn't annoying, but she wasn't the strong and passionate heroine I've expected from a Lisa Kleypas book either. She wasn't an innocent-turned-strong heroine like Evangeline Jenner, or a lively and compassionate one like Beatrix Hathaway. Where was her power to help her man come to terms with his past and move on with her?
I've heard from a few friends whose tastes I trust that this wasn't as good as the other Lisa Kleypas books and I did read it without letting that affect me and in the end, I do agree with them. As much as I still enjoyed this book, there was definitely a spark missing. The usual Lisa magic wasn't in this story. But I hear the rest of the series gets much better and I hope so. I feel weird rating a Lisa book with anything less than 5 stars!(less)
This book gets an extra star for Hugh and his big heart and the fact that there was a more serious theme going on that made me tear up at times.
In thi...moreThis book gets an extra star for Hugh and his big heart and the fact that there was a more serious theme going on that made me tear up at times.
In this book Hugh, the most in control of his curse among the MacLean brothers comes together with sensible and passionate Caitriona Hurst.
Well, their thing starts with a misunderstanding where the two are forced into a marriage but they can hardly deny their attraction to each other either. Hugh brings Caitriona to his home where he keeps a few secrets and makes it clear to her that she's to leave after a couple of months when gossip is cooled down. Naturally he's determined to keep Triona at arms length but Triona is a passionate and loving woman who comes from a big family and craves one of her own.
I gotta admit, Hugh was probably the one brother I wasn't all so excited to read about. No wait, I put that wrong. What I meant is that he was the one brother I knew less than the others so I didn't exactly know what to expect from him. But man, did it turn out good. His character was surprisingly good at heart, he was passionate, he was loving, he was caring. Even though it took him a while to show these feelings towards Triona, even when he clearly started the marriage the wrong way, it was impossible not to like him.
And Triona was a good heroine, I immediately liked her. She has a twin sister, Caitlyn, who's a bit less responsable than her who is also the reason why Triona ends up with Hugh. Gotta thank Cait. She also has four other siblings and as the oldest and most responsable, she's used to dealing with family drama I guess. I liked her, she was good for Hugh.
I'm surprised at how much I'm loving this series and the fact that the next book of the oldest MacLean is the last of the series kinda makes me sad. But, I do look forward to it since I believe it has one of my most favourite romance themes, bickering love :D(less)
I have to go with a 5 star for this one. I haveto.
This was a tiny bit more complicated than the others because the hero in this was a man who came ba...moreI have to go with a 5 star for this one. I haveto.
This was a tiny bit more complicated than the others because the hero in this was a man who came back over and over again. I thought this might be confusing for me since the man Declan was is so different than the man he is now. But it turns out it's not that weird or confusing. And I liked Declan so much better than Aidan.
Declan was a total scarred hero, both in the physique and the psyche. For maybe the first half of the book he comes off as the bad guy and then he does a turn for the better, because 'best' would be too much too soon. He was a calculating, revenge driven, cold mortal who happened to feel something for Regin the Radiant. All through the book my mind kept going back and forth about Declan, I didn't, couldn't, hate him for who was but he was also so in the wrong that I wanted to punch the walls. On the one hand he was a wronged man who was tortured in the hands of several of the nastiest creatures so you could understand his motives, especially considering he grew up in the hands of other mortals who filled his head with 'immortal=evil' mentality. On the other hand, the things that went on in that facility made my head spin with horror. Gotta hand it to Kresley, she's done a top notch job describing a torture house. I felt so bad for all the good guys who were captured there.
So there was a huge dilemma considering the hero here that I think is why this book deserves a 5 star rating. To take one perfect man and turn him into an imperfect one in all the ways that count? And then making you feel for that same man after all he'd done? Amazing job. Really. And to think I still can't and don't blame those who want restiitution against what was done to them. And I loved Declan. I really, truly did. I think, like Regin, I prefer Declan over Aidan. Can't blame her.
Speaking of Regin, she was great in this book. Her resolve in trying to get her friends out of that place, her strength, her own inner struggles..She was no way near a perfect heroine herself, but then again, isn't this why we love these gals so much? I could definitely relate to her for finally going for the not-so-perfect guy.
Loved the action. I wanted to mention this in the previous book since this whole thing had started there but I forgot in that review so I'll say it here. I loved loved loved the action! Too much was happening at the same time, too many people were around and I absolutely loved it! And the great thing was that none of this stole the spotlight from Regin and Declan. Again, Kresley, great work!
I had an extra liking for the added characters here, the dark fey Natalya and their cell mate young Thad. And of course the berserker best friend Brandr. I hope we see more of these guys in the future. Even read their stories somehow. They were just too much part of the whole thing to be forgotten now.
And last but could never be the least, yes you guessed right, Lothaire. Is it wrong that I love this half crazy, dirty-minded vampire? No way. At least I know there's no one here to say that's wrong, am I right girls? Now that I've been intrigued by his point of view, I can hardly wait for his story to come out. I'm kinda expecting that to be along the lines of epic.
So, a sure 5 stars for the imperfectly perfect hero and his ever glowing Valkyrie heroine.
And now that I've finally caught up with this series, girls, HAVE A DRINK ON ME! Go wild! LOL.(less)