Good story and a fascinating world. I enjoyed the romance, but the hero was too overprotective and had a bit of a caveman attitude. While I3.5 Stars
Good story and a fascinating world. I enjoyed the romance, but the hero was too overprotective and had a bit of a caveman attitude. While I had some issues, it's huge praise that I've managed to finish Slave to Sensation within 24 hours after barely reading for so long....more
The Whitstable Pearl Mystery follows Pearl, a woman whose dream of being a detective was cut short when she found out she was pregnant. Now her son haThe Whitstable Pearl Mystery follows Pearl, a woman whose dream of being a detective was cut short when she found out she was pregnant. Now her son has left for college, she has started her own private investigating agency. She has barely declined her second client when she finds not one, but two dead bodies in the quiet coastal town of Whitstable.
There are a lot of elements I enjoyed in The Whitstable Pearl Mystery, but also plenty that didn't impress. The setting is one of my favourites - the quaint English town. Whitstable is a small sea-side village close to Canterbury, and oysters are the backbone of its economy. During summer and the annual oyster festival, the small town gets flooded with tourists. Small-town settings are my favourites, and I felt that Ms Wassmer did a great job expressing both the sense of community and the social tensions such a small community brings. I really enjoyed the dynamics between Pearl, her mother, her son, and her friends and neighbours. A lot of time was spent establishing the setting, and although I can't judge the accuracy of the statements, the sea and fishing sections felt well-researched.
The aspect of the book that failed in my eyes was the mystery itself. In a cozy mystery such as this, it's generally accepted that the sleuth can also stumble upon clues, rather than having to actively bring a solution about. The Whitstable Pearl Mystery had the unfortunate plot of there not being a mystery at all. There are two dead bodies - but are they the result of murder? This question doesn't get answered until at least eighty percent into the story. There is no urgency of finding a killer, because it's not clear whether there actually is a killer to speak of. There was very little clue gathering, and Pearl's cooperation with police officer Mike McGuire is laborious, resulting in the reader being largely unaware of the investigation into the deaths.
The Whitstable Pearl Mystery is a successful novel depicting small town life and the struggles of a woman missing her son who has left for college, and the story is entertaining; the mystery, however, left much to be desired....more
I really needed to take a step back from this series after the last instalment. It was only after an extended break that I could truly enjoy Target, aI really needed to take a step back from this series after the last instalment. It was only after an extended break that I could truly enjoy Target, and in a way, it's just not the same. I did enjoy it though, and towards the middle I was back to feeling the suspense I'm used to when reading the Death Note books....more
Yours All Along is the story of two guys that meet and become best friends in college, but through circumstances lose sight of each other. As the noveYours All Along is the story of two guys that meet and become best friends in college, but through circumstances lose sight of each other. As the novella unfolds, we get more and more insights into what exactly happened to them. There weren't any mind-blowing surprises, but I found the college part of this novella very well done. The slow build-up was fantastic, and I found their actions believable. Yours All Along is rather explicit on the sex scenes, but I thought they fit well with the emotional development the main characters go through....more
What if the world is hit with an epidemic of insomnia? That is the premise of Black Moon, Calhoun's debut novel. Often called hallucinogenic by otherWhat if the world is hit with an epidemic of insomnia? That is the premise of Black Moon, Calhoun's debut novel. Often called hallucinogenic by other reviewers, this book is an engaging book about the end of the world as we know it.
He doesn't know why, but Biggs can still sleep, even though everyone around him seems to be in the grasp of insomnia. Then, one day, he can no longer find his wife. Biggs and a cast of other characters try to find their way as society crumbles.
Sometimes reading other reviews can influence your thoughts on a book, and with Black Moon I'm glad I went in blind. The book has an absolutely atrocious average rating on Goodreads. A rating I wasn't expecting at all, making me wonder whether we all read the same book - because the one I read was a solid apocalyptic science-fiction novel.
What might put some people off is that Black Moon isn't always an easy read. The plot isn't completely linear, there are multiple characters to keep track of, and the sleep-deprived points of view sometimes take a turn towards the bizarre. However, I would by no means call this book unnecessarily convoluted or complex. It doesn't take the reader by the hand, but the main story is never far off either, and there are no chances of getting lost.
In a way Black Moon reminded me of World War Z, how it should have been. The comparison by the insomniacs and zombies isn't far off, and the emphasis on the crumbling of society is similar. Our heroes go through some pretty big peril before a sort of balance is restored, and like in World War Z, not all characters are sympathetic. I really held my heart at some instances, not wanting my favourites to meet a terrible fate.
Black Moon combines solid writing with a true and tried concept of an apocalyptic scenario. Though it doesn't give many answers of the why and how, it's a satisfying adventure novel....more