Okay, so I was paranoid when I started reading this book...the most manipulating thing about it is the reviews that call it manipulating.
This reviewOkay, so I was paranoid when I started reading this book...the most manipulating thing about it is the reviews that call it manipulating.
This review is spoiler-ish. I'm not blocking it out because it isn't explicit, but still. Don't read this if you want to be completely surprised by everything.
So, I had some great first instincts when reading this, but I doubted myself thanks to reviewers. I figured out most of it before reaching part 2. This is only because I've had Agatha Christie playing mind games with me for most of my reading life. That being said, I liked the switch. If it went the obvious route, I would have chucked the book against the wall. I was already growing to hate it, the marital sniping. I had read reviews from other people that said they loved Amy and hated Nick... Here's the thing, I always identified with Go. So, I read Amy's diary and hated her pretentious spoiled tone, her passive-agressiveness. Her attempt to appeal to the reader was grating. Nick, I liked. He was a giant idiot, but I liked him. He didn't feel fake, ironically, since you know he's a liar.
Rand and Marybeth are demented creatures who made me want to vomit.... Just to warn you. Keep the antacids close at hand when they pop up.
The descriptions in the book are incredible, and I liked the character portrayal. I also like the details that went into the planning of this grand...mind-game. It's a good read. Pick it up. And don't decide if you hate it or not until you reach part 2....more
I have time this day to write a review AND the writing bug has seen fit to bite me. So, lovlies, let's look at The September Society by the incrediblyI have time this day to write a review AND the writing bug has seen fit to bite me. So, lovlies, let's look at The September Society by the incredibly talented Charles Finch (Yale and Oxford, people. He got the education that still haunts the misty corners of my dreams). Without further ado, I present my much delayed review of The September Society.
This novel is the sequel to the much beloved and praised A Beautiful Blue Death (Charles Lenox Mysteries). That novel must be read first. Really, reading a mystery series out of order is a no-no. It was nominated for an Agatha Award, so you know it's worth your time if you're into the mystery genre like I am.
This novel, like its predecessor, is about gentleman detective Charles Lenox in Victorian England (so, naturally I'm all over this stuff). Here's a blurb from Goodreads:
"In the small hours of the morning one fall day in 1866, a frantic widow visits detective Charles Lenox. Lady Annabelle's problem is simple: her beloved son, George, has vanished from his room at Oxford. When Lenox visits his alma mater to investigate, he discovers a series of bizarre clues, including a murdered cat and a card cryptically referring to the September Society." "Then, just as Lenox realizes that the case may be deeper than it appears, a student dies, the victim of foul play." What could the September Society have to do with it? What specter, returned from the past, is haunting gentle Oxford? Lenox, with the support of Lady Jane and his other devoted friends in London's upper crust, must race to discover the truth before it comes searching for him, and dangerously close to home."
I found the novel very entertaining. Charles Lenox is like the functional Sherlock Holmes. However, I can't lie and say that it was fast-paced. It wasn't. It was dreadfully slow in the beginning. So. Slow. I was getting a bit antsy because I love Charles Lennox, really I do. He's very brilliant. And I love the characters. But they were stuck a plot that ran like a slow molasses. And then Dallington comes along and all is fine. JUST HOLD ON FOR DALLINGTON!!!!
But really, it is very well written and very enlightening. I liked his first one better, to be honest, but I still really enjoyed this one. I got a nice education on Parliament which is very helpful, I must say.
The setting takes place in Oxford and London--the descriptions of both are fantastic.