If it wouldn't have come off as obnoxious to write this review in All Caps, I would've done it. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK! Yes, you should imagine...moreIf it wouldn't have come off as obnoxious to write this review in All Caps, I would've done it. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK! Yes, you should imagine me yelling that last sentence. It is amazing. AMAZING! Don't miss out on the greatest thing you're going to read this year.
It is that good.
This book is incredibly underrated. I can't understand why it hasn't received more five-star reviews! I have nothing but PRAISE for Basran's marvelous debut novel.
"Everything Was Good-bye" is a work of pure postmodern genius with all the raw emotion and gravity of time that one hopes to find in a piece from this genre. Basran's novel is part coming-of-age story, part family drama all tied together by a haunting, natural prose that will have you flowing through the pages. The elegance of the writing coupled with the perfect pacing puts this book at the very top of my list of greats.
This novel follows Meena, an Indo-Canadian woman, as she struggles between the desire to forge an identity away from the strict traditions of her parents' homeland and her love for her family. It is the classic conflict of love and duty set in the contemporary stage--still as gripping and relevant as its early counterparts. It is a narrative about chances, choices, and the what-if's that plague all of us.
Only read the first story, "Goodbye Columbus". Interesting coming of age story that follows the relationship of Neil, a young middle-class man, and Br...moreOnly read the first story, "Goodbye Columbus". Interesting coming of age story that follows the relationship of Neil, a young middle-class man, and Brenda, a college-girl from the rich neighbourhood, as it develops and eventually loses momentum. It's a truly honest depiction of young relationships without exaggerated romance, simply genuine emotions.
This is my first Lisa Gardener novel and, of course, my first of the Detective DD Warren series. It was a interesting take on the detective fiction ge...moreThis is my first Lisa Gardener novel and, of course, my first of the Detective DD Warren series. It was a interesting take on the detective fiction genre with a strong female detective character at the forefront of all the action. The strength of this novel, in my opinion, is the excellent characterization. Every character in this novel felt real and the relationships between them are equally believable.
It's a fun read but nothing particularly ground-breaking. If you are a fan of the genre then you will absolutely love this addition. (less)
A novel that takes the romantic notion of "falling madly in love" and sets it in the reality of practical society with jaw-dropping twists and all the...moreA novel that takes the romantic notion of "falling madly in love" and sets it in the reality of practical society with jaw-dropping twists and all the passion that such a romance evokes.
"The Dark Rose" by Erin Kelly is a page-turner of a wild ride. Told through two different perspectives and varying timelines, it is crafted with obvious care leaving just enough to keep your eyes glued to the page while giving plenty for you to lose yourself in the story. This novel definitely lives up to its promise of being a "brilliant new thriller". Not only are the events in "The Dark Rose" shrouded with palpable atmospheric mystery but within this fog are situated compelling characters from whom the readers will not be able to separate themselves. Try as you might, you can't help but to relate to Paul and Louisa as they submit to passionate, wild abandon in search for the kind of love that can be found only within the surreality of an Elizabethan garden.
The significance of the restoration of this garden in their story is so subtle yet roots it in a history of young lovers driven to insane acts in the throes of their desires. This is a novel about the feeling of invincibility that consumes us in our youths and the distortion it creates as it is projected onto the idea of romantic love as that which can conquer all. No deed is too despicable when one does it out of love--or, at least, that is what one can be led to believe.
This novel is a perfect thriller with all loose ends tied together in a satisfying conclusion. More than that, however, this novel is a shining example of wonderful storytelling with no detail insignificant and every sentence carrying the weight of purpose. I cannot praise it enough for that.
I will absolutely recommend this novel to anyone! Erin Kelly received critical acclaim with her first novel "The Poison Tree" and it is evident that she deserves it. I have not yet read her debut novel but after reading "The Dark Rose" I will certainly be adding it to my to-read list. (less)
Haunting depiction of the struggles on faces as a Native American living in a reservation wrought by alcoholism, poverty, depression, and a terrible d...moreHaunting depiction of the struggles on faces as a Native American living in a reservation wrought by alcoholism, poverty, depression, and a terrible disconnect with one's heritage. "Through Black Spruce" provides an insight into a reality that many of its readers are unaware exists.
This novel is an eye-opening experience taking the reader through the lives of two generations coping with the realities of living in a reservation and the tragedy that can be found within as well as the difficulty they face without.(less)
Cristina Alger puts a human face to the movers and shakers of Wall Street who have been the target of public scrutiny and hostility in recent years. "...moreCristina Alger puts a human face to the movers and shakers of Wall Street who have been the target of public scrutiny and hostility in recent years. "The Darlings" follow the lives of the titular Darling family as they try to come to terms with an eminent pitfall caused by a scandal involving the head of the family, Carter Darling. As they deal with the possible outcomes of such a scandal their loyalties are tested and the value of family is realized.
The entirety of the novel takes place in a span of a week and that is my main problem with it. It felt as if I was reading only a section of a book. The story begins as a you would expected in a climax of the plot. As a result, there is no real crest in the novel--there is no tension or suspense to make you want to turn the pages. Everything is explain to the reader. Everything. All the secrets that makes characters and events intriguing is laid out with nonchalance. Unfortunately, this novel reads more like a textbook than a story.
One might be moved to argue that perhaps the book is character driven. I, myself, believe this is so; however, it does not do this particularly well either. The characters are all stock characters and are predictable even in the attributes that's supposed to set them apart from the stereotype. For the most part they are the archetypal 'exception to the rule'. Several of the wealthy protagonists are all self-made men born into a middle class family and earned their way into the ranks of New York's 1%. These characters are not well realized and are not strong enough to support a story without a real plot.
Alger makes a good effort in providing an insight into the lives of New York's very wealthy upper class as they face the financial crisis but comes short of delivering a compelling narrative or relatable, real characters. If someone was interested in reading about New York's upper class reacting to scandal and loss of wealth I would highly recommend Edith Wharton's "House of Mirth" instead. Although it takes place in a much different time it hits similar notes as "The Darlings" with the added bonus of colourful characters and events woven by a skillful storyteller.
Reading this for the second time. Hands down my favourite book of the entire series. It's even better the second time around. I didn't think that woul...moreReading this for the second time. Hands down my favourite book of the entire series. It's even better the second time around. I didn't think that would've been possible.
Zsadist is the epitome of dark and damaged hero! (less)