An excellent book that shows it is possible to live a worthwhile life after something devastating happens to you and your family. My full review is atAn excellent book that shows it is possible to live a worthwhile life after something devastating happens to you and your family. My full review is at http://www.rockspringscrafts.com/book......more
t's been a while since I have taken part in a book tour. This is the first book tour in ages where the book has really grabbed my attention. I have tht's been a while since I have taken part in a book tour. This is the first book tour in ages where the book has really grabbed my attention. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading it and so am really pleased to be part of the tour.
Set in Brighton just before the start of WWII, this book certainly manages to capture the atmosphere of the era.
Brighton has always been an escape valve for Londoners looking for a bit of fun, innocent or otherwise, a place where naughtiness can happen and then be left behind with the return journey to London.
This is a scary, dark ,disturbing book. Full of twists and turns, full of suspense, full of thrills. After reading this book I will always have concerThis is a scary, dark ,disturbing book. Full of twists and turns, full of suspense, full of thrills. After reading this book I will always have concerns if I cannot remember where I parked my car. I will always worry if I misplace my house keys and I will be shaking with fear if someone insists I did something I have no memory of at all.
Blood Wedding is a psychological thriller and shows the genre at its absolute best. The story starts with Sophie and immediately there are layers of confusion. Sophie appears to have killed a child. Not only am I, the reader, expected to believe this but Sophie herself appears to be convinced she is the murderer.
Soon after this event a stranger acts as a Good Samaritan towards Sophie and ends up being killed. Once again Sophie would appear to be the perpetrator. How can this be? Surely Sophie is the heroine of this story, how can I feel sympathy for someone who appears to be capable of acts of such cruelty.
The narrative then moves on to Franz's point of view and I began to realise that he may be responsible for all of the darkness in Sophie's life. He is an obsessed stalker who has the means and the money to spend his time making the life of his victim a living hell while not caring about the devastating consequences his actions have on other people.
The book is brilliantly written and superbly translated. I found that as soon as I started reading it this book had its claws deep into my psyche and no matter how dark and disturbing it became I simply had to continue reading until finished....more
I often have a moment of worry when I get a Young Adult novel to read and review. It's been a long time since I was a teenager and there are no youngI often have a moment of worry when I get a Young Adult novel to read and review. It's been a long time since I was a teenager and there are no young adults in my life who could provide an insight into modern teenagers. I had concerns about being able to relate to the two main characters in the story, but with this novel those concerns were simply irrelevant. Natasha and Daniel may be teenagers but the themes of love and loss, redemption and possibly a happy ever after found in the story are universal and you never grow too old to be able to relate to these ideas.
The story is told from different Points of View, each voice adding to the unique harmony that makes this book sing so beautifully. It takes a little while to get used to this unusual structure but it is worth the time spent reading through the first few chapters and then the book becomes impossible to put down.
A lot of important information is given in this book but at no point does it feel as though the author is lecturing the reader. By the end of the story, I knew more about the history, religion and culture of various immigrant peoples and their desire to make America a home.
This is a book you will read quickly, it will be finished before you fell you have even settled down to have a good read but it will stay in your heart and mind for a long, long time.
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review....more