The sstory is based on a collection of vintage photographs, those photos that are a little bit scary are weaved in to the plot so beautifully. It is a...moreThe sstory is based on a collection of vintage photographs, those photos that are a little bit scary are weaved in to the plot so beautifully. It is a book filled with mystery, monsters and incredible twists. The author is also a screen writter and while reading I could imagine the scenes. I have the sequel in my shelf and preety soon I will read it. This book is different a genre, one that I read for the first time and I know that I will read again both from this genre and from this author. For me this book is four and half stars, because there were parts that were a little bit slow, but a very good book.(less)
East London, 1888 - a city apart. A place of shadow and light where thieves, whores, and dreamers mingle, where chil...moreBook Description: ================
East London, 1888 - a city apart. A place of shadow and light where thieves, whores, and dreamers mingle, where children play in the cobbled streets by day and a killer stalks at night, where bright hopes meet the darkest truths. Here, by the whispering waters of the Thames, Fiona Finnegan, a worker in a tea factory, hopes to own a shop one day, together with her lifelong love, Joe Bristow, a costermonger's son. With nothing but their faith in each other to spur them on, Fiona and Joe struggle, save, and sacrifice to achieve their dreams.
But Fiona's life is shattered when the actions of a dark and brutal man take from her nearly everything-and everyone-she holds dear. Fearing her own death, she is forced to flee London for New York. There, her indomitable spirit propels her rise from a modest West Side shop-front to the top of Manhattan's tea trade. But Fiona's old ghosts do not rest quietly, and to silence them, she must venture back to the London of her childhood, where a deadly confrontation with her past becomes the key to her future.
19.09.2012: ========== One of the best books I read this year. Wow! Finishing this book was the one thing I dreaded. The Tea Rose was a captivating, heartfelt, and engaging read. I was lost in this fascinating, atmospheric world of 19th century London, and would love to go back sometime and revisit the wonderful characters that Jennifer Donnelly created. There are great characters in this story that you will not forget easily, especially Fiona Finnegan who is the central figure with great strength and fierce ambition. Very well written and keeps you guessing. Some time you can predict what may happen; but it keeps you hanging. Other things come as a complete surprise. (less)
Third in the series and once again a pleasure. An easy read with a cast of charchter you will sure to enjoy. Well written comfort book. The truth is t...moreThird in the series and once again a pleasure. An easy read with a cast of charchter you will sure to enjoy. Well written comfort book. The truth is that I wish I could have a donut while reading, but I am on a diet so I enjoyed the charachters that ate Suzanne's master donuts.(less)
As a fan of culinary mysteries I'm always looking for new books and this one was great. I'm hoping to see more from this author in this series or anyt...moreAs a fan of culinary mysteries I'm always looking for new books and this one was great. I'm hoping to see more from this author in this series or anything similar. This was a good mystery with good hummor. (less)
Review: The entire Aurora Teagarden series are fun little mysteries that keep you guessing til the end. I got bored with it towards the end because it...moreReview: The entire Aurora Teagarden series are fun little mysteries that keep you guessing til the end. I got bored with it towards the end because it seemed to not relate too much to her personal life which didn't appeal to me. (less)
This novel is a decent thriller. Patterson writes in such a way to keep the pages turning with his short sentences and action packed storyline. The pe...moreThis novel is a decent thriller. Patterson writes in such a way to keep the pages turning with his short sentences and action packed storyline. The personal aspect of the kidnapping of Cross's niece adds some drama into the story. The story has plenty of thrills and chills, but there is certain realism to it, lots of young women disappear all over the country, things like this happen, there are no supernatural demons and creatures that lurk in the imagination, this can be real. When I was reading the book I kept thinking, what if that happened to me, what would I do? Fight to the death of course, hopefully the bad guy's death. I enjoyed this book immensely. It is true that there are some very graphic descriptions of violent acts involving female victims. Graphic descriptions of violent acts are not rare in books of this genre, and I don't see the complaints if the victims are men. So, if you have a serious problem with violence against women this book is probably not for you. (less)
Along Came a Spider is probably the epitome of what every crime-thriller novel should be. At 500 pages its easy to devour reading, the suspense is wel...moreAlong Came a Spider is probably the epitome of what every crime-thriller novel should be. At 500 pages its easy to devour reading, the suspense is well balanced, but the real key to success is Alex Cross himself. Alex is a black, detective with a degree in psychology, who is passionate about his work, volunteers at a food bank and counsels on the side. And he isn't perfect, he loses his head and punches out racists, doesn't spend enough time at home with his kids and is a bit of a sucker for the ladies. The plot of the novel is pretty basic, but flows well, the first half reads like a standard serial killer case, the pace does slow a little in the second half as deeper intrigue is revealed. This book is wonderful! Suspenseful, twisting, and delicious, James Patterson has crafted quite the protagonist in Detective Alex Cross. AMAZING! I loved it. I would read it for hours and hours. I had a hard time putting the book down. It was great! James Patterson is one of my favorite writers.
A very good book, fast reading. This book continues the Ladies Murder Club. Patterson's characters are well developed and quite believable as well as...moreA very good book, fast reading. This book continues the Ladies Murder Club. Patterson's characters are well developed and quite believable as well as likable. I look forward to his next foray with Lindsay Boxer a recommend to all mystery/detective fans. 4th of July, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro is a very good book. It's a classic suspense novel with an extremely eerie vibe. This makes a hard book to put down.I enjoyed this book. Especially the two storylines, which go in parallel (the trial of Lindsay and her murder investigation). Overall it was an entertaining book. Patterson's style of small chapters (2-3 pages) is very addictive ... just one more chapter ... and another one. I am not sure how realistic the trial is, but the trial showed some real issues from two sides. It is also extremely fast paced and enjoyable as it contains a twist that caught me off guard(that I should have expected).(less)
Apart from the break-neck pace, I love the way Patterson squeezes in contemporary facts and events in his thrillers. This latest in the Women's Murder...moreApart from the break-neck pace, I love the way Patterson squeezes in contemporary facts and events in his thrillers. This latest in the Women's Murder Club series is every bit as nailbiting as the first two, but with a slight twist: this time, the solution to a grisly string of bombings cannot come without the expense of having to lose someone very close to our amateur detectives.
Riveting plot twists. Bullet paced turn of events. This novel packs in just about everything you would expect from a wholesome crime thriller. If you've read the first 2 in the series, you'd probably be even better off as you could relate more easily to the fears and idiosyncrasies of our intriguing protagonists.
Don't know how Patterson does it, but he just keeps on getting better and better! Couldn't put 3rd Degree down. (less)
The plot is still very exciting and the story grabs you. The plot of "2nd Chance" moves along rather quickly, rarely stopping for a breather. When Lin...moreThe plot is still very exciting and the story grabs you. The plot of "2nd Chance" moves along rather quickly, rarely stopping for a breather. When Lindsay isn't dealing with the stresses of her job, her personal life is there to stress over. Her father returns to get a second chance at being a good dad, she finds out one of her friends is pregnant, and she still is trying to cope with the fact that Chris Raleigh is dead. This was a great 2nd book, better than the first in the series. The characters were developed further, and so were their relationships to each other. And, all that was in the background of a fantastic mystery with tons of twists and turns. Patterson really leads the readers (and the characters) through mazes that seem to never end. And, when you finally do get to the end, you are led through one final twist that is sure to delight the reader. Great effort! (less)
This is a fun, short, easy mystery read. If you're looking for a cozy mystery, Aurora Teagarden will hit the spot. The book is light enough to make fo...moreThis is a fun, short, easy mystery read. If you're looking for a cozy mystery, Aurora Teagarden will hit the spot. The book is light enough to make for a quick read, but suspenseful enough to keep you sucked in. Highly recommended for mystery fans. Don't expect any paranormal here, though, or you'll be disappointed - that's another series. The characters that fill these pages are what I have come to expect from Charlaine Harris. She takes your ordinary, average, every day people and adds a decent dose of charm and a healthy heaping of eccentricities. Roe may lead a rather staid lifestyle on the surface, but she is anything but boring. I found myself chuckling quite a few times at the things that go through her head. The mystery is exciting and kept me guessing... I was shocked at the end. This is an amusing, southern cozy and I recommend it for a relaxing read. (less)
June 2010: ========== One of the most satisfying cozy mysteries I've read. Cozy mysteries seem to have a specialization, whether it's a bookstore myster...moreJune 2010: ========== One of the most satisfying cozy mysteries I've read. Cozy mysteries seem to have a specialization, whether it's a bookstore mystery, a pizzeria mystery, or, in this case, a mystery set on land with an orchard. Connolly allows the reader to learn about renovating the old farm house, and tending the orchard, right along with Meg, but she never forgets this is supposed to be an enjoyable mystery, not a lesson in country living.
Granted, it's easy to pinpoint the killer, but for most of us who read cozies, the puzzle is only part of the reason we read them. This is a mystery for those of us who enjoy getting to know the characters, watching their lives change, and relationships develop. Rotten to the Core is warm and entertaining from the first paragraph to the last. Fans will look forward to the next Orchard Mystery. I love the spunk of Meg. She is a great heroine. Informative about the growing of apples plus incorporates a good story line. A nice change from all the baked goods stories. (less)
A book that reminds of the the "Minotaur" myth from the Greek mythology. In the Greek myth The Minotaur was a bull-headed man, whom King Minos 2 shut...moreA book that reminds of the the "Minotaur" myth from the Greek mythology. In the Greek myth The Minotaur was a bull-headed man, whom King Minos 2 shut up in the Labyrinth which Daedalus had built in Crete. The Athenians were then forced by Minos 2 to send every year seven young men and seven young women to be fodder of this famous beast. Soundd familiar well I loved this book for the way that it is written, the idea of using mythology, gladiator arena and new technology was fantastic for me. The plot itself was extremely unique and was filled with adventure that kept you extremely riveted. Even though Panem was a fictional world it was very easy to see many parallels to our world, which I found extremely interesting. Well I know that this book it is for the young adult audience, I am almost 30 and enjoy it. I can;t wait to read "Catching Fire" the second book and also can wait to buy the third one when it comes out. For me this book is as good as the Harry Potter books. (less)
I rated here the book as four stars but the real rate is 3.5 stars. Isabel Allende tells the story ( and really she is a storyteller) about the lives a...moreI rated here the book as four stars but the real rate is 3.5 stars. Isabel Allende tells the story ( and really she is a storyteller) about the lives and loves and troubles of a family in a country in South America. Although the story is beautifully written (although the images sometimes are a little bit forced, but maybe that is just my dutch translation), I didn't feel it was a superb book. Here's why. The caracters are two-dimensional. Reading the book I could guess where the story was going and the main reason is that the caracters are to logical. In given her caracters limited space to move beyond the expected Isabel Allende isn't doing her story a favour and that's a real pity because otherwise I really enjoyed escaping in the book for a couple of hours. A good book that could have been great. The magic aspect is seen throughout the book, especially in the character of Clara the clairvoyant. Magic is treated as commonplace and very real. Only in magic realism can a mother bathe her daughter or give food to the poor just as easily as predict the future and move things with her mind. Only in magic realism can a Senator vehemently oppose Marxism within the walls of Congress as well as shrink daily due to a curse. (less)