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
This was an interesting read. I had heard of the infamous Zodiac killer before but I learned a lot more details about his crime spree while reading. TThis was an interesting read. I had heard of the infamous Zodiac killer before but I learned a lot more details about his crime spree while reading. The one thing that annoyed me a bit was that while the authors were describing the crimes, they wrote as if they were the killer, in his shoes, knew what he was thinking etc. which I'm sorry, even if you think you know who the killer was, you have no way to know what they were truly thinking at any given time. It seemed a bit of a stretch, even if it did make for riveting reading.
The first part of the story didn't seem to be very interesting and had way too much family history, in my opinion, but a lot of what was discussed about the alleged killer's childhood and how he was raised, what he learned, who he hang out with as he got older made sense with a person who could've committed the Zodiac murders. The second part of the book is the most riveting but also the most sad as we learn in depth details of the crime spree that took place, and of course the infamous correspondence and taunting of the police. One thing that didn't seem to have a place in this section - well two - were the details of the Manson murders and murders committed by a killer the police called the Doodler. I don't think thry particularly pertained to the Zodiac murders except as to point out the atmosphere of the times in California, one of fear and dissatisfaction with the police for not wrapping up all these cases and doimg a good enough job to reassure the public.
The third part of the book is where the authors lay out their evidence for why they believe Gary's birth father was the Zodiac killer. I don't know if I bought it completely, I'm shocked the San Francisco police have not done a DNA analysis to prove conclusively one way or the other if this is true. I thought that details from friends of his birth father's were more conclusive than other points , for example that Van (the birth father) was obsessed at one point with this Chinese slave box where supposedly you could collect souls of the dead in it and they'd be your shaves in the afterlife - and one of the pieces of evidence that is in the record is a Halloween card that was sent to taunt that expresses his desire for slaves (seemingly in the afterlife as he was mentioning ways to murder people in the same context) ...that's highly unlikely to be a common thought among people and is at least very good circumstantial evidence. All of the evidence presented was circumstantial because there's been no DNA test, but that's not the author's fault, they requested and continue to plea for testing to be done.
All in all, a very suspenseful, well told story, that if true could lay down a decades old serial killer mystery and finally give some Californians some closure. ...more