As soon as I found out about this book I knew that I had to have it. Thankfully I managed to get my hands on a copy.
I have very mixed feelings aboutAs soon as I found out about this book I knew that I had to have it. Thankfully I managed to get my hands on a copy.
I have very mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand I really enjoyed it but on the other hand I had some issues. It took a while to orientate myself. With this book you are thrown a lot of curved balls and so for the first couple of hundred pages I wasn't sure if I liked it or not or where it was going.
It's not a quick read, you have to stick with it. It does get better but it takes a while for it to settle into the main plotline.
The last scene was great. Just what I was expecting.
I thought it could have been better if it was condensed a bit. 100 or so pages could have been knocked off it.
So overall it was good but I had crazy high expectations that unfortunately weren't entirely fulfilled. ...more
This is the second book that I have had the pleasure to read by Kate Ellison and she hasn't disappointed me yet. There is something about her writingThis is the second book that I have had the pleasure to read by Kate Ellison and she hasn't disappointed me yet. There is something about her writing that makes me swoon. I am absolutely in love with it. Her characters are flawed and yet have such great depth to them that when you finish the last page you feel a hole in your chest. Finishing one of her books is like saying goodbye to a friend. While the books are not perfect ( I don't know what is stopping me from giving it 5 stars) I now consider Kate Ellison to be one of my favourite all time YA contemporary authors. Now the wait for her third book. I know she can only get better....more
The first half story really sucked me in but as the story went on I found it harder and harder to enjoy it. The strange thing was I couldn't stop readThe first half story really sucked me in but as the story went on I found it harder and harder to enjoy it. The strange thing was I couldn't stop reading. I could not like any of the characters and found the whole story very depressing. It could have been a lot better. ...more
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 t4.5 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....more
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 movWith 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!
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 thIsn'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.
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 originallyThe 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.
‘I’m everything you’re not and I’m going to take over your life… I’m your worst nightmare.’
Katy is convinced that a girl she had seen on a bus is foll‘I’m everything you’re not and I’m going to take over your life… I’m your worst nightmare.’
Katy is convinced that a girl she had seen on a bus is following her every move. She believes that she is stalking her. Katy's life is almost perfect. She is dating the boy of her dreams and has great friends but that all changes when Genevieve turns up. She starts to flirt with her gorgeous new boyfriend and has turned her friends against her. What does she want? Why does she hate Katy so much? With the help of her childhood friend Luke who is a reporter she goes on a journey to discover what Genevieve wants but what she discovers will change everything forever.
This was a great psychological thriller. I thought that Genevieve had a certain vulnerability to her that stopped the reader from completely disliking her. Katy was a strong character who did not give up without a fight. Great characters overall.
This was not unpredictable but I was still impressed by some of the plot twists just the same.
This is another example of an underutilized story line and wasted potential. This could have been epic, creepy and Gothic if certain aspects of the story line were expanded on but we will come to that in due time.
Isobel's mother has just married a man she met over the internet three months ago. Naturally she has concerns about leaving her comfortable life and moving into her new step-father's estate. Imagine a large 19th century English manor. Her step brother is seriously hot but off limits and gives her a rather chilly welcome. Isobel soon finds herself wrapped up in the dark history of the estate. Less than a year ago Dick's (her step father) wife and daughter were killed in a boating accident but word around town is that he had a hand to play in their demise. It also doesn't help that she begins to see ghostly figures and fears that she is beginning to lose her mind like her father. In the background we have Nicole, a preppy cheerleader who has her eye on Nathaniel (step brother) and is used to getting what she wants.
Overall this was entertaining but it could have been so much better! I loved the idea of this book. I thought that there could have been more about the history of the estate and more ghostly appearances. Her relationship with Nathaniel and her semi-battle with Nicole dominated the story. I found these sections rather dry and boring. The house really was the big star of this novel. How amazing would this have been if it had been longer and more developed? Focusing more on the mystery and the sheer awesomeness of being on a island. I also would have loved to see and learn more about her Dad, but sadly this was just brushed over.
Bit of a let down. It did not have the emotional punch that I was hoping for but I liked it anyway. The pacing was really slow at times and even thougBit of a let down. It did not have the emotional punch that I was hoping for but I liked it anyway. The pacing was really slow at times and even though it is such a small book it felt much longer! Worth a read in any case. ...more