Awesome intrigue and meticulously researched. This fictionalised account feels so grounded it had a kind of memoir/non-fiction vibe.
I genuinely did nAwesome intrigue and meticulously researched. This fictionalised account feels so grounded it had a kind of memoir/non-fiction vibe.
I genuinely did not know a lot of the events uncovered in this novel, so that made it fascinating to me. However, I'm probably not really suited to the style of the book. I found I did not develop any connection with the characters and was mostly reading for the unfolding of the mystery. I probably would've gotten just as much out of reading a Wikipedia page about it, haha, as the reading experience was a touch slow and drawn out for my liking. Although I can appreciate the pacing is well suited to the meticulous and thorough unfolding of events from multiple points of view. ...more
I really liked this and once I got about 20% into it, I found my reading mojo and didn't want to put it down. I loved where the story went and if I haI really liked this and once I got about 20% into it, I found my reading mojo and didn't want to put it down. I loved where the story went and if I had to make a criticism it is that the first half of the novel felt so completely different to the second half (in terms of setting and characters who were give a lot of page time). Although, this does reflect the main characters life as it changed dramatically over the course of the novel. This is definitely a tissue box book, but with plenty of swoons to balance out the sadness. I particularly loved the way the author captured those carefree childhood days, living out on a hobby farm and just living in the moment. ...more
I began this so optimistically sure it would be a new favourite as I have always been drawn to holocaust stories and, no matter how many I have read,I began this so optimistically sure it would be a new favourite as I have always been drawn to holocaust stories and, no matter how many I have read, always have room to discover the events from a fresh individual story. I like knowing the history and witnessing stories of courage and resilience and knowing where humankind has been ~ that sense of experiencing a story of 'one' (or a few) among the millions giving the unspeakable events an intimate face.
I liked: how meticulously this novel seems researched. I enjoyed seeing so many little details of the time woven in, relevant to the characters backgrounds, careers and circumstances.
I found myself being emotionally moved a few times towards the beginning but rather than falling deeper into the novel I became progressively distanced. For me, it was the three alternating POVs that disconnected me. Each POV chapter ended on a cliffhanger for that character, where the chapter had built me up to feeling emotionally charged and then there would be an abrupt change to the next character and by the time I worked through two more chapters (each with new climaxes) and got back to the original one, I'd lost the tension and emotion from the last time I visited that character. Cutting each chapter off at the pivotal point of the scene really left me unsatisfied. It also did not help that I found one POV to be significantly less interesting (Caroline, with so much name-dropping, and socialite events which just does not hold my interest) and another POV (Herta) started out interesting and sympathetic but just became increasingly unlikeable (and boring despite her fascinating role) to the point I no longer was interested in her as a character.
I feel like 3 stars makes me an outlier as so many people have been moved and amazed by Lilac Girls. ...more
The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You was really fun. Very smiley, and quick-witted-quippy in a really unpretentious way. I started out liking the vibeThe Only Thing Worse Than Me is You was really fun. Very smiley, and quick-witted-quippy in a really unpretentious way. I started out liking the vibe and ended up loving the characters, flaws and all (especially for their flaws!). It also had some great pay-off swoony moments. I'm pairing this for fans of Melissa Keil's Life in Outer Space (another feel good, fun and satisfying read).
This was a fave read of 2016 for me and I totally recommend you tracking it down if the premise/vibe sounds at all like your thing. I'm really looking forward to having Lily Anderson as a new fave author to follow....more