Okay this is not going to be for everyone. Why did I like it so much? Heck, I love anything thats set in Victorian England! Add a dash of gothic goodn...moreOkay this is not going to be for everyone. Why did I like it so much? Heck, I love anything thats set in Victorian England! Add a dash of gothic goodness, a serial killer and a dark and sometimes disturbing storyline and you have my favourite kind of book. It is weird and strange but that was what I loved most about it. =](less)
I really should have known better than to start this book at 9PM at night because I was hooked from the first page. Read it in one sitting is what I'm...moreI really should have known better than to start this book at 9PM at night because I was hooked from the first page. Read it in one sitting is what I'm saying.
I absolutely loved the writing. It was lyrical and smooth. It's the kind of writing you envy.
The storyline tackles the uncertainty of life beyond graduation. I thought that she absolutely nailed it. I remember going through some of the same feelings as well. Change is very scary sometimes.
It follows Becca and her boyfriend James. She is the daughter of the judge and recenently graduated - salutatorian (had to google this). Her boyfriend James was not able to complete highschool due to his mother's sickness and so this causes quite a bit of resentment on his part. She is going off to uni while he is stuck in the same small town. Becca is left to really question what it is that she wants. Does she want to stay with James? or leave as she has always wanted? In the background there is Amelia Anne who is found dead on the road. It rattles the small town and Becca begins to suspect that the killer is someone in the community.
The novel swings between Amelia's story and Becca's before culminating in a intense climax.
This one really spoke to me. I adore books like this. I will be reading whatever Kat Rosenfield produces in the future.(less)
Jane is a 15 year old cripple with a intelligent and quick mind that is at odds with her appearance. Jane and Agnes (her beautiful older sister) move...moreJane is a 15 year old cripple with a intelligent and quick mind that is at odds with her appearance. Jane and Agnes (her beautiful older sister) move into a house owned by Dr Swift and his wife. When Agnes disappears Jane is forced to consider a life begging on the street, however Mrs Swift suggests that she work as an assistant for her husband in exchange for room and board. She readily accepts not knowing that Dr swift is not who he says he is. Soon she is swept up into the dark world of abortions and deception. I really enjoyed this book, it had me reading well into the night. Beautiful prose with an interesting and engaging storyline and narrator. (less)
The solitary house was a book that I have had my eye on for a while. It is also released under the title 'Tom-all-alone's' in the UK. I had originally...moreThe solitary house was a book that I have had my eye on for a while. It is also released under the title 'Tom-all-alone's' in the UK. I had originally checked out the UK title from the library and had had to return it before I had the chance to read it but when I saw that the US version was available I was very happy to read this version purely for aesthetic purposes.This was the sequel/companion novel to A murder at Mansfield park, which I have not read but will definitively be checking out sometime soon.
Charles Maddox is a young detective who has been called to investigate the discovery of a small body buried in a cemetery. The discovery of other newborns at the same site begins what is sometimes a harrowing and difficult investigation. At the same time he is approached by Tulkinghorn, a wealthy lawyer who is privy to the darkest secrets of the rich and powerful. He hires Charles to investigate the origin of some threatening letters that one of his clients is receiving. The investigation is dangerous and Charles is not willing to let it go when he discovers that something sinister may be happening beneath the surface. What follows is a great mystery that exposes the darker side of London.
This book was not at all what I was expecting at all, which is not necessarily a bad thing. I haven't read Bleak House but had seen the BBC adaptation so there were a number of aspects/characters/story lines that I recognised. The writing was good and the story line was far from predictable. I liked that I didn't know what was going to happen half the time. A great mystery. The ending was superb and ends in such a way that I think that her next book A treacherous Likeness will continue the Charles Maddox story.
Isn't that cover beautiful? It's even better in person. The Gods of Gotham is not a book that I would usually read but I had heard some really good th...moreIsn't that cover beautiful? It's even better in person. The Gods of Gotham is not a book that I would usually read but I had heard some really good things about this so I just knew that I had to give it a shot.
Timothy Wilde is working at a bar when a great fire breaks out. He had been saving up money to marry the girl of his dreams so he rushes to save his savings before the fire gets to it. Unfortunately he is disfigured in an explosion and all seems lost. How could she ever love him now? His wayward older brother Valentine turns up and employs him as a copper star. The police force is new and not taken seriously by the general public which makes their job all the more difficult.
New York is flooded with Irish who are escaping the potato famine back home. This causes much strife among the natives. When Irish children whores are found buried it is up to Timothy to discover who is behind it.
Faye's writing was a pleasure to read. At times it could be over written but that impression passed as the story line and its characters took hold. I loved the relationship that Timothy had with his older brother Valentine. It was so realistic and engaging.
The characters themselves were so unique and it was almost if they truly existed. I absolutely loved Valentine. He was such a complex character. I absolutely leapt when he appeared on the page.
The story was by no means predictable. I had a couple ideas who the killer could be but I was not able to predict the circumstances under which these crimes took place.
I am so excited that this is a going to be a series! The second book cannot come soon enough.
With a striking cover, interesting premise and a semi-local author (Australian) it was hard to pass this one up.
Sadie and her daughter Betty have mov...moreWith a striking cover, interesting premise and a semi-local author (Australian) it was hard to pass this one up.
Sadie and her daughter Betty have moved to Tasmania to start anew after divorce and personal issues have made life impossible for them in Sydney. Poet's cottage is a beautiful house with a lot of history. Sadie's grandmother Pearl who was a children's author in the 1930s scandalised the locals with her free spirit and eccentric ways. She was beautiful and glamorous but she was also brutally murdered in the basement. With the murder unsolved for over 50 years Sadie wishes to write and publish a book. But her mother Marguerite is dead and Thomasina her Aunt tells a very different and darker story of her grandmother.
Soon Sadie and Betty begin to experience strange and frightening things. Is it Pearl? or someone who doesn't want the truth known?
This book was deliciously dark and atmospheric. There were more than a few scenes that were frightening. Bit by bit Pearl is revealed. She is such a complex character, neither bad nor good. I loved every moment of this story. I had my suspicions on who the murderer could be but I was completely wrong! I love being surprised.
The writing was wonderful. A almost perfect book. I cannot wait to see what Josephine writes next!
4.5 stars. This is the kind of book you can't get out of your head. I thought about it while in the shower, while eating... it just creeps into your t...more4.5 stars. This is the kind of book you can't get out of your head. I thought about it while in the shower, while eating... it just creeps into your thoughts. I loved everything about it. The writing was superb and something to be savoured. I gobbled up every word.
Everything about the book is off kilter. You know something is wrong, you just don't know what. It creates a sort of unease. The creepiest, most unsettling thing about the book was Rose our narrator. You only have her story and even then it is impossible to tell whether or not she is to be trusted. I really got into her head and I think that's what gave me goosebumps.
This book could be analysed to death but I will not go into all of that. I thought it was a great intellecual and psychological read. Can't wait to see what Rindell writes next.(less)