I expected a lot from YOU and boy did I get it, and more! I loved how not only was the main character a complete and utter nut job who always kept meI expected a lot from YOU and boy did I get it, and more! I loved how not only was the main character a complete and utter nut job who always kept me on my toes wondering what the hell he was gonna do next, but then when I started to see pieces of HER world that didn't quite match the perfect but quirky girl she portrayed herself as..that was when things got super interesting and the suspense got to be nail biting.
The main character went so far sometimes that it was shockmg, and it made it all the more rivetting too..because the further he went with his craziness the more I wanted her to discover the loon she was courting. Halfway through the book I started wondering if maybe they were perfect for each other. Perfectly fucked up. I couldn't decide if I wanted them to end up together or not, but I was waiting on egg shells for when she discovered his true nature, and the consequences that woukd follow.
In short, an awesome book for some very fucked up reasons..and it's one of the books that helped me get out of my reading slump!
There are a lot of references to movies and books which will appeal to some readers, but regardless of whether you appreciate them or not, this is one worth reading just for the characters personalities themselves..and all the things they get themselves into. I actually ended up laughing sometimes, even at some of the macabre things. ...more
I loved this sequel and I'm sad to see the books end, but this one combined with the original Dark Eden and the short story (that I definitely recommeI loved this sequel and I'm sad to see the books end, but this one combined with the original Dark Eden and the short story (that I definitely recommend buying/reading for only .99 on Amazon)! This one is a lot different than Dark Eden because it has a different premise - most of the facts are laid out and it's just whether the group will escape Dark Eden a second time or not.. :D
I LOVED Carman for writing this! He filled in some gaps and answered a lot of our questions and gave us so much more background and info. I can't waitI LOVED Carman for writing this! He filled in some gaps and answered a lot of our questions and gave us so much more background and info. I can't wait until I finish reading Dark Eden 2 (which I had to pick up RIGHT after reading this, I was so hooked, and can explore some of the websites and extra goodies for the book.) If you read Dark Eden, read this right after! Don't miss it, only 99 cents on Amazon and SO worth the quick read - this coming from someone who NEVER buys these extra short stories that seem so popular nowadays for series. JUST DOOO IT! :D...more
The Hidden Girl just didn't do it for me. Which is so rare for me to give a book two star rating, but I was just so bored for most of the book. I meanThe Hidden Girl just didn't do it for me. Which is so rare for me to give a book two star rating, but I was just so bored for most of the book. I mean honestly the title is so much of a spoiler that even the things that are supposed to be suspenseful don't really end up feeling that creepy. That's probably my number one gripe about the book - it had so much potential but it seemed kind of squandered. Like I really don't think the first two thirds of the book had much substance, I almost quit reading. Yes, they move into an older house that needs massive renovations but thry only have time to do some very quick two weeks worth of DIY because of a social worker visit where they're desperately hoping to adopt a child.
So her husband is largely absent as the stress gets to him and he pours his hours not on fixing up the house but working in his music studio off site and drinking to excess, not to mention spending a bit too much time with a female co-worker. I felt really bad for his wife, left home alone in an old house with massive work to do and a huge snow storm. She barely can keep herself warm and safe as the boiler goes and she locks herself out and has to break a window to get in - something she can't repair herself and so the wind and snow come howling in, making her DIY list feel even more stressful. She wants everything to appear perfect for the social worker. And weird things keep happening around the house, she encounters odd neighbors and she's growing more frustrated by the day as her husband isn't around to help or share her experiences.
Okay so what ticked me off about the book is that all these things happen in the house that she starts to semi-jokingly begins to think she's got a ghost. But DUH the title of the book is The Hidden Girl - it ruined most of the mystery and suspense for me because it was obvious what was going on, there was a hidden girl in her house steals food and shelter etc.
The only reason why this book didn't get a one star rating is because it had an interesting answer to the hidden girl's history and the weird/creepy neighbors that I thought was unique. Other than that, this book was so boring for me. :( ...more