Really, I just found this so run-of-the-mill. It's had some great ratings from my Goodreads friends, but I was left wanting more. Didn't connect withReally, I just found this so run-of-the-mill. It's had some great ratings from my Goodreads friends, but I was left wanting more. Didn't connect with the characters, who, along with the plot, I thought lacked substance. Also, very slow moving. Eh....more
A year after the death of one of their picture-pretty blonde-haired, blue-eyed daughters, Angus and Sarah MoorcPrepare to be haunted by The Ice Twins…
A year after the death of one of their picture-pretty blonde-haired, blue-eyed daughters, Angus and Sarah Moorcroft are slowly picking up the shattered pieces of their once perfect lives. Determined to move on and start afresh, Sarah is delighted when Angus inherits a tiny Scottish Island courtesy of his Grandmother’s will. An escape from London life and the house where they raised Lydia is just what this couple needs; Eilean Torran – which ominously translates to Thunder Island – may be as rugged, remote and as isolated as it gets, with a dodgy phone line and not so much a trace of an internet signal, but to Sarah, it sounds like heaven on earth. She can’t wait to get there. She can’t wait to tell Lydia’s twin, Kirstie, of this new adventure. She’s not expecting Kirstie to whip her head round, fix her blue eyes on her, and say slowly but surely in a spine-chilling end of chapter revelation: ‘Why do you keep calling me Kirstie, Mummy? Kirstie is dead. It was Kirstie that died. I’m Lydia.’
Torn between a 3.5 and 4 on this one. On the plus side I love the concept of this book and the story itself is wonderfully chilly and atmospheric -genuinely gave me the creeps. Then again, I had high hopes for this one, and I guess I expected more overall. It lags in the middle and is quite repetitive at times -and I can't say that the ending totally worked for me. Good - but not GREAT. ...more
With starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews and a soon-to-be-in-the-works movie, The Girl on the Train, the debut novel from forme With starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews and a soon-to-be-in-the-works movie, The Girl on the Train, the debut novel from former Journalist Paula Hawkins, is already one of the most buzzed about titles of 2015. Even before this book was published it was talked about in ‘hottest fiction auction of the summer’ terms and you know that those eye-roll inducing words ‘next Gone Girl’ have been mentioned somewhere along the lines, too. This kind of hype can make or break a book for me, and it's often true that when a book attracts this much pre-publication buzz, it’s hard to live up to all that publisher acclaim. Especially for a debut.
But The Girl on the Train is no ordinary debut. As for living up to all that pre-publication buzz – this book has no problems on that front either.
So, you’ve just confessed your deepest, darkest, most disastrous secret to your mom. What happens next?
A – Your mom listens, puts a comforting arm aroSo, you’ve just confessed your deepest, darkest, most disastrous secret to your mom. What happens next?
A – Your mom listens, puts a comforting arm around you and tells you that things are not as bad as they seem and everything will work out in the end.
B- Your mom listens (intently, while taking notes), gives you a quick pat on the back, and then runs off to write a bestseller based on your life and all the very bad things you just did with a very hot boy.
If you answered B, and you were subsequently run out of town on publication of said book, then, are you sure your name isn’t Molly Barlow?
Okay, Okay. So, Molly wasn’t physically run out of town or anything like that, but she’s pretty much public enemy number one in Star Lake these days, and let’s just say the girl needed a year away at a far off boarding school after all her secrets were splashed across the pages of People magazine. (Gee, thanks mom!) What did Molly do? Well, she only cheated on her long-term boyfriend with (of all people) his hotter older brother. Ouch! Now, there is more to the story, but if you were looking for the short version, well, there it is.
I rarely (almost never!) award ALL THE STARS but I can't give this one anything less than a five because I started on this book and literally did not put it down until I was done. I loved it! I thought the characters read very real in all their awkward, messed-up forever-repeating-the-same-mistakes ways. Also, Molly caught all the blame for EVERYTHING and that read very real too (unfortunately!) ...more
Mean Girls meets Miami Ink with a murderous twist, Under My Skin is the latest in an ever growing line of must reads from UKYA horror aficionado JamesMean Girls meets Miami Ink with a murderous twist, Under My Skin is the latest in an ever growing line of must reads from UKYA horror aficionado James Dawson.
Seventeen year old Sally Feather is not one to draw attention to herself. She might have a voice that could see her shine like a star on any season of The X-Factor – even the Leona season, but when it comes to auditioning for the school play, Sally is a bundle of nerves and more than happy to take a bit-part – especially if it keeps resident mean girl Melody Vine off her back. Sally’s life is one of rules and regulations: her parents are old, boring, set in their ways and strict as hell with it, ensuring that Sally never steps out of line. Sally’s only release is nights spent with her BFF’s Sid and Jennie watching episodes of Satanville – their CW obsession – on a loop. Satanville, and its two dishy male leads are just about enough to keep a girl happy, but Sally’s got her eye on someone else. Todd Brady - the hottest boy in school (who just so happens to be Melody Vine’s boyfriend!)
3.5 - Hmmmm....I thought I was going to enjoy this one much more than I did in the end. Some big shocks and big twists, although I sometimes felt that3.5 - Hmmmm....I thought I was going to enjoy this one much more than I did in the end. Some big shocks and big twists, although I sometimes felt that the book dragged, while at others I felt that certain twists were too far-fetched/convenient. The disjointed narration -flipping through time and (often fringe) characters didn't help the pace of this one either. On the upside I did not guess that twist - and was bewildered when the actual event happened, flipping back through the pages to see if I'd missed something huge. You'll know what I mean if you've read this one....more
Who can you trust, when everything you've ever known is a lie?
From the outside, it might look as though Livy and Julia have nothing in common. Livy i Who can you trust, when everything you've ever known is a lie?
From the outside, it might look as though Livy and Julia have nothing in common. Livy is a married mum of two, while Julia is a single girl, living the high life with a series of men who never stick around for too long. Livy and Julia may be as different as can be, but they have a unique bond, united as they are in their shared grief after the years ago murder of Livy’s younger sister, Kara. While many in her circle see Julia as flighty and unpredictable, Livy knows that her friend is utterly dependable, the one person she can always count on in a crisis. Livy also knows that Julia loves her life – she knows Julia better than anyone. So when Julia dies and everyone cries suicide, Livy cries foul. She knows her friend didn’t, wouldn’t kill herself. Livy instinctively knows that her friend was murdered. But why? What did Julia know? What did she find out that caused her to text Livy on the night of her death telling her that she needed to talk?
Why didn’t Livy answer that text? And what exactly has Julia been hiding from her for all these years?
Trust in Me is the second adult offering from renowned YA author Sophie McKenzie (Girl Missing). I haven’t yet gotten around to reading McKenzie’s adult debut Close Your Eyes, but having enjoyed Trust in Me, I’m now bumping that one up my TBR. Trust in Me drew me right into the mystery of Julia’s death where everyone – secret boyfriends, cheating husbands, random acquaintances and tea drinkers - is a suspect. I called the culprit right from our very first meeting, but that didn’t stop me second guessing myself throughout this book as there are red herrings a-plenty, and plot twists and suspects galore. All in all, Trust in Me is a great page-turner of a thriller that will keep you hooked from start to finish.
P.S. Animal lovers, there is a rather disturbing episode involving a cat early on in the book. I actually put the book down for a while after reading it, but I'm glad I picked it up again!