After the murder of her younger sister, Katherine Patterson starts a new life at a new school as she attempts to escape the media, her parents’ depres...moreAfter the murder of her younger sister, Katherine Patterson starts a new life at a new school as she attempts to escape the media, her parents’ depression, and her own guilt. There, she meets Alice and quickly begins a friendship with the clearly narcissistic sociopath. Eventually, she also bonds with fellow victims of Alice’s rancorous personality, finding love and peace despite her friend’s antics.
For the entire first half of this book, I felt dragged through a world of mostly text book, one-dimensional characters. With the second half offering slight surprises here and there, I was only mildly interested enough to keep reading. The deaths were dull and unimaginative. The constant time jumping, likely written to arouse suspense and curiosity, left me in a state of annoyance and frustration as it completely disrupted the flow of what, from my understanding, was meant to be a thriller. Quite honestly, the only thrill I got was in the anti-climactic end as Katherine got her chance at what I stretch to call a happily ever after.
The only character who held an inkling of appeal to me was Robbie, a young man who has lost his mother and who finds no support or comfort from his emotionally wrecked father. One who is willing to succumb to the poison that is Alice so as to feel even an iota of happiness that she able to give him despite the destruction she brings to his heart and mind.
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Out of the Shadows is a combination of books three and four, Breaking Free and Running Scared, of Tim Bowler’s Blade series that was first released in...moreOut of the Shadows is a combination of books three and four, Breaking Free and Running Scared, of Tim Bowler’s Blade series that was first released in the UK.
The story follows fourteen year old Blade, a young man that the world has thrown away to the streets. Left wounded and vulnerable by his enemies, Blade awakens in the hospital and is almost instantly forced once again to run and fight for his life. We accompany Blade (while he affectionately refers to the reader as BigEyes) as our hero maneuvers the streets of the city in an effort to stay one step ahead of those hunting him while seeking out the very few places and people he cares for.
Being unfamiliar with this series prior to reading, I had the usual questions concerning Blade’s past and few were answered as the story progressed. That, though, in no way restricted the enjoyment of the read. Concise, meaningful sentences help keep the story alive, holding the reader right there, anxious and desperate to know what has happened, what is happening, and what’s coming next.
Never have I been so belittled by a character, much to my amusement. The humor Blade delivers, with the flashes of his vulnerability and honest fears, keep an emotional tie to the main character through his flight, his reunion with his former street gang, his weighing of the choices left open to him, and even up until its shocking, heart-stopping ending.