What do you think a secret can do to a relationship – strengthen it further or cause it to fall apart? This is one of the many question marks that EdwWhat do you think a secret can do to a relationship – strengthen it further or cause it to fall apart? This is one of the many question marks that Edwards engraved in her bestselling book, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter. The book chronicles the life of a family in the span of 15 years – from the year of 1964 right through 1989. The couple, Dr. David and Norah Henry, leads a happy and serene life right until the night the doctor is forced to deliver his own baby in the middle of a blizzard. His first son, Paul, was born perfectly but the twin – his daughter, his Phoebe – one that he does not know exists was born with Down’s syndrome.
Knowing the fate of his daughter and the possibility of complications that might follow as the girl grows up; he makes an ultimate decision to send his daughter to an institute that manage children like her. He hands the little girl to the nurse, Caroline Gill, and prepares to tell his wife that their daughter was born dead. This is where the future starts to change; this is where the landslide begins. While Caroline runs away, trying to raise his daughter on her own, the secret that David keeps from his wife morphs into a hedge that separates the two of them and later cracks the family. How could people do the unthinkable thing while convincing themselves that it is for the best? How does this one lie has the ability to affect the life of so many?
The Memory Keeper’s Daughter is indeed an interesting and thoughtful read but admittedly, I do have a mixed feeling about it. Edwards’s style of writing is so beautiful, so poetic and she definitely has an excellent way in visualising the scenes, capturing the atmosphere and most importantly, revealing the life of people in those 15 years in great detail. One thing that I appreciate most from her writing is that she has this deep emotion towards the characters that she created to the point that she managed to persuade me to have some compassion towards them as well, when the truth is, I did not fully second the decisions that they made and the actions that they had taken. She makes me understand them, put myself in their shoes and sees the obstacles through their eyes.
What falls short – for me – is that Edwards seems to be focusing more on the difficulties that both David and Norah faced rather than those suffered by the other victims of the situation: Caroline, Paul and Phoebe. Yes, I can understand David’s guilt and Norah’s depression but I think the impact of the deception towards these other three lives should also be pin-pointed and described in length. There are some stories about them but the intensity doesn’t seem to match David’s and Norah’s. I strongly believe that if the stories about these separate lives are being laid out in a more balance way, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter will be even more heart-wrenching, mind-blowing and poignant read. Nonetheless, the book is still good, complete with interesting storyline and characters that can be likeable at one point, but totally hated at another.
After reading The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, I can understand that it is not really a candy to just about everyone. It is one depressing book that talks about deceptions and the dominoes effect that is initiated by just one big secret. A book about grief and a vivid detail on what could possibly happen if one is not allowed to grief openly and freely. There is a lot to ponder in this book which makes it an excellent choice for a book club as it is the kind that is meant to be dissected and deeply discussed.
“Disappointing” - That is probably the best word to describe how I feel when I arrived at the final page of this book (Other than “Hurray” I should sa“Disappointing” - That is probably the best word to describe how I feel when I arrived at the final page of this book (Other than “Hurray” I should say as I finally done with this and can focus on the others :P). I actually watched the movie first and thought that the book should be even better, but my god, I was definitely wrong this time. The characters are all incredibly one-dimensional and Andrea appears to be too whiny until it is hard for me to feel sorry for her despite the things that she had to go through. The whole plots have become incredibly repetitive by the middle of the book - so when it comes to the part where Andrea needs to make her final, hard decision, I didn’t really care about it anymore.
To sum this up, "The Devil Wears Prada" is definitely the worst chick-lit I’ve ever come across. I won’t recommend this book to anyone unless you really don’t have any other thing to pick up....more
I so wish that I’ve known about this book before I watched “True Blood” series on HBO. Not knowing about the mystery that enveloped the town of Bon TeI so wish that I’ve known about this book before I watched “True Blood” series on HBO. Not knowing about the mystery that enveloped the town of Bon Temps and how it all may end will surely add more to the suspense element that the author tried to inject throughout the book. But nonetheless, the book is still good and I did enjoy most part of it.
The story began with the introduction to the life of Sookie Stackhouse as a waitress at Merlotte’s in small-town Louisiana. She wasn’t just an ordinary girl as she was born with the ability to hear people’s thought. This “disability” of hers pretty much ripped off her social life until the day Bill Compton walked into the bar. In the world where Sookie lived in, the vampires were already “out of the coffin” and Bill was one of them. But this didn’t stop Sookie from being drawn to him because he was the only man she ever met whose mind she cannot read. However, ever since Bill moved in the town of Bon Temps, a few mysterious deaths started to occur. It looked like vampires work at first due to the existence of bitten marks on every victim, but later on, police also began to suspect Sookie’s womaniser brother, Jason, due to the fact that he was involved with the victims shortly before they were murdered. The question right now was: Who actually did it and why?
With a great mixture of romance, comedy, suspense and fantasy, Dead until Dark didn’t bore me a bit. I fell in love with both of its main characters and it was interesting to see the romance bud between the two of them. However, I wish that there were not so much explicit parts in this book because the frequency of its occurring in this book was quite annoying. Other than that, this was definitely a good light read. Here’s hoping that the next instalment would be even better than this one....more
A theatrical, less than satisfactory ending to an otherwise good, albeit clumsily written and not wholly convincing story. The dialogues used in thisA theatrical, less than satisfactory ending to an otherwise good, albeit clumsily written and not wholly convincing story. The dialogues used in this book feel fabricated somewhat and most of the stories told here were simply a rerun of those that were written in the first two books in the trilogy. If you liked Pelzer's earlier works, I advice you not to read this book as it didn't really add anything much nor answer any "why's" from the original story. Disappointing....more