I feel like I've been hearing a lot about The Girl On The Train, and I'm glad I got to read it!
So, it's a really interesting mystery (although it's onI feel like I've been hearing a lot about The Girl On The Train, and I'm glad I got to read it!
So, it's a really interesting mystery (although it's one that I figured out maybe 2/3 of the way through?), and while it wasn't surprising when it was revealed, it was still fun to get to that point. Mostly because Rachel is such an unreliable character, and you're never sure if what she figures out is completely accurate. So even though I was pretty convinced of what happened to Megan, I still had my doubts about whether I was right or not.
I thought the end was somewhat predictable- probably because I correctly figured out what happened, at least to some degree- but this was a case where it honestly didn't matter. Partly because of how unreliable Rachel is, with her alcoholism, and the fact that she drinks to the point of blacking out and not remembering a single thing later on. But there is something compelling about the book, and I just really wanted to see what would happen.
It was also pretty immersive, and I felt like I was really in the book, which I think has a lot to do with the fact that I listened to it. It made me wish (for probably the first and only time) that I had a longer drive to work so I could keep listening. If you haven't read it yet, I would definitely recommend the audio, because for some reason, The Girl On The Train works really well as an audio book.
Speaking of audio books: the narrators! The book is narrated by Rachel, the main narrator of the book (Clare Corbett), Megan, who narrates fairly frequently (Louise Brealey) and Anna, who narrates sporadically (India Fisher). I'm not the biggest fan of multiple narrators, but it worked so well for this book, particularly with how Hawkins did it. Rachel does narrate most of the book, but you get random sections from Megan and Anna, and I have no idea why it worked, but it did.
I'm glad they went with 3 different narrators for the audio, because I can't imagine one person narrating all three women. And it really helped distinguish between the three. I did have to figure out who was who (this post was really helpful, plus they have excerpts). I really liked who they selected as narrators- Corbett, Brealey and Fisher really brought Rachel, Megan and Anna to life, and they totally sounded like how I would expect the characters to sound. I think Corbett was my favorite (probably because we hear her the most), but I would also listen to anything Brealey narrated. Fisher was definitely my least favorite, and Anna was the character who I hated the most.
I hated Anna so much that I was glad we didn't see her narrate more. Because the more we saw of her, the more I hated her. She came across as a vindictive, whiny spoiled brat, and...as weird as this is...I found myself yelling at her whenever we saw her. The other characters, particularly Megan and Rachel, have a bit more to them than Anna did, and overall, it's a good look at characters and why they act the way they do.
I've seen the comparisons to Gone Girl, but I won't, because I haven't read it, and I'm not comfortably with saying anything either way.
My Rating: 3 stars. I liked it- it was really engrossing, and I wanted to keep listening, but I didn't love it either. ...more
When I heard that Toni Morrison was coming out with a new book, I was really excited, because I've read a couple of her other books this year, and I kWhen I heard that Toni Morrison was coming out with a new book, I was really excited, because I've read a couple of her other books this year, and I knew I had to read it!
It's not my favorite Morrison novel, and of the ones I've read, I think it's probably my least favorite of the ones I've read. I mean, I loved the writing itself, and the way she told the story- it's very much her, and it's why I keep reading Morrison.
What I think I liked most was how what happened to us as children has a huge impact on who we are as adults, and you can see that with both Bride and Booker, and you can't help but wonder how Rain's life will impact her as an adult. I really wish we saw more chapters with Sweetness, Bride's mom. There wasn't a lot to her character (for me), and it would have been interesting to see more from her perspective. You get it well enough, that she she was surprised by how dark her daughter's skin was (which actually reminded me of The Bluest Eye initially) and how hard it was for her, but I really wanted more from it than what we got.
Overall, the story didn't completely work for me, and I'm really at a loss to explain why. For some reason, it felt like it didn't have something that was there in the other books I've read by her- almost like something is missing. I really wish I could pin-point it, but I can't.
My Rating: 3 stars. I don't have a lot to say about God Help The Child, but I did like it, and Morrison's writing is pretty awesome....more
I read Maplecroft for book club, and I liked it! Maplecroft is definitely an odd book, but in a good way.
What really intrigued me about this book wasI read Maplecroft for book club, and I liked it! Maplecroft is definitely an odd book, but in a good way.
What really intrigued me about this book was how Lizzie Borden's story was re-told. I like that it's a supernatural version of what happened to her parents and that there was a reason why she killed them. It also really made me want to re-visit this episode from the History Chicks podcast. There is definitely a lot I don't know about Lizzie Borden, and I'm curious about how much of what we see in the book about Lizzie and her sister Emma are real, and how much was fictionalized. I also wished I remembered more from the History Chicks episode about Borden.
It was interesting that no one really talked about what happened to her parents. It comes up, of course, but it's not really talked about in depth. I understand why they'd want to leave it behind, but they also seemed too willing to pretend like it never happened. Maybe that's because it happened several years after Lizzie's dad and step-mom were murdered. I'm not sure if it's assumed you know the basic story of Lizzie Borden. Which it might, and really, that's all you need to know, because there is an alternate history feel to the book.
I will say that it wasn't as creepy as I thought, and the supernatural element of the book wasn't completely there for me. I know that Lovecraft comes up quite a bit with this book, and I wonder if my lack of familiarity with Lovecraft's work is the reason why it didn't work for me. It did feel like I was missing something in terms of the more supernatural elements- it wasn't completely explained in the book, so either I missed it, or I really need to read Lovecraft and re-read this book. I did like the overall, something-is-not-quite-right-here feel of the book, and I am curious about how this will work out in the books to come. It stands up pretty well on its own, but I am curious about how the rest of the series will turn out. I'm not sure if I want to keep reading this series, at least right now, but somewhere down the line, I might pick them up.
I liked the story well enough, and I don't think you need to be familiar with Lovecraft's work in order to like (or even love) the book, but at the same time, I feel like I would have appreciated and liked the book more if I knew more about his work.
I thought the relationship between Nance and Lizzie was a little weak, and I think it could have been developed a little more. And there were a couple of times where I felt like it was there just to be there, and that it could have been anyone else. I wish we had a little more about their relationship, because I felt like it was just randomly there. I'm not sure how I feel about the story being narrated by several people. I can't see the story being told any other way, but at the same time, there was a disconnect for me with the different narratives.
My Rating: 3 stars. I liked it, and I liked how something wasn't quite right. I liked the more supernatural take on Lizzie Borden, and I wish that the supernatural element of the book worked more for me. ...more
Die For Love was fun to read! There certainly was a lot of mayhem and sneakiness going on, and it was fun to be along for the ride, even though I didnDie For Love was fun to read! There certainly was a lot of mayhem and sneakiness going on, and it was fun to be along for the ride, even though I didn't try to figure out the mystery. I could picture the characters and events so well, and I'm curious about what this book would look like if it were to take place today. It's a cozy mystery and yet it's fun, funny and light-hearted. And it pokes at romance novels in a good way. I also really like that the book stands alone really well, and that even though it's the third book in the series, you start off with the third book in the series and still know what's going on.
My Rating: 3 stars for being an entertaining poke at romance novel land....more