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 mean...moreThe 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. :( (less)
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. T...moreThis 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. (less)
Another good read in the Lecter series. I was surprised because once again I felt like the movie was pretty closely related to the book. I'm even hesi...moreAnother good read in the Lecter series. I was surprised because once again I felt like the movie was pretty closely related to the book. I'm even hesitant to read more of the book series because so far there haven't been any serious eniugh deviations from the movies I've already seen, only some slight bit more details. I probably will read the rest of the series but kudos to the scriptwriters and film makers. I did like getting into Lecter's head a bit more in the book and feel like we might get even more if that as the series continues, so that definitely intrigues me! (less)
I was really surprised upon reading this that it was so similar to the movie - so kudos to the movie makers for that is quite a rareity indeed! I did...moreI was really surprised upon reading this that it was so similar to the movie - so kudos to the movie makers for that is quite a rareity indeed! I did like that we got a more in depth look at the Red Dragon/Dolarhyde's past and particularly his childhood, to understand why he thought the way he did and why he saw and perceived things like he did. I don't believe that crimes can ever be excused because of someone's history, but I do believe it plays a big part in who we ultimately become and the choices we make.
I found myself torn with Will Graham because on the one hand I wanted to picture him like he is in the movie- blonde hair, quite handsome, struggling with this gift for empathy with these killers and yet not the complete loner outsider, almost aspergers type character that Will Graham is in the TV show, Hannibal. I highly recommend watching the movies AND the TV series because I feel like after reading the book both means of media are taking bits of the character of Will that we know from the book and emphasizing those parts of him..that is to say, both the show and movie were accurate portrayals, so I liked that very much even if it did mess with my mind a bit trying to picture the character while I was reading, it made me appreciate the character more.
I'm already reading The Silence of the Lambs and I wish I had read these books sooner, they're good! Especially for suspense lovers. The only thing I was a bit scared about that the book Woukd be even more intense than the movie in the graphic nature of the crimes etc and I was pleased that it wasn't too far off the movie..we learn a little more but not enough for anyone who has watched the movies to be turned off or think it was too much, in my opinion. (less)
It's going to be so hard to say goodbye to these characters when The Rose Circle comes out. I can't believe there's only one book left in the Vampire...moreIt's going to be so hard to say goodbye to these characters when The Rose Circle comes out. I can't believe there's only one book left in the Vampire Academy/Bloodlines series! GAH I've grown to love these characters so much and I think each book just keeps getting better. This one was so emotional for a variety of reasons and yet so hopeful too. It's amazing how much each character has grown over the course of the series. Especially Adrian and Sydney.
This was sometimes hard to read because of what Sydney was going through - and Adrian too, but it was so worth it. As always the ending isn't picture perfect - that's what the next book is for, to solve the next mystery!(less)