**spoiler alert** "I know the feel of dismissive eyes, eyes that look without really seeing a thing. I know the sound of contempt in a voice. I know h...more**spoiler alert** "I know the feel of dismissive eyes, eyes that look without really seeing a thing. I know the sound of contempt in a voice. I know how betrayal and disillusionment feel, when someone who could give you the world refuses even a tiny piece of it. Maybe we aren’t so different after all."
Initially, the alternating point of views between Eve, Gabe and Colin, Before and After, was a little confusing but eventually I got the hang of it. For me it was obvious the book would end with Mia’s side of the story, and that’s one of the things that made me suspicious of her. If you’re saving your best for last, then you’re probably planning a big twist. Suspicions confirmed, my reaction was… seriously?! That’s the best you got? That had already crossed my mind!
I knew she had to be involved in the kidnapping. One of my theories was actually that perhaps she orchestrated the whole thing. Of course I could never imagine the implications. I was hoping that another one of my working theories would be the big twist. We didn’t know what had happened to Colin, so maybe the girl could have killed him and hidden the body, and then staged this perfect dramatic film. What can I say? I like the dark side of things. And I think that would be the best way to end the story with a big bang, bang, you’re dead and buried. Now I get to live my life.
What I got instead, was a bland, implausible ending, particularly when it comes to the use of the word love to describe the relationship between captive and captor. I find it hard to believe in this kind of “love”. I know she had a finger on it, but I’m sure she didn’t expect the kidnapping to be so real. And that must be scary as hell. I can’t say that what they felt for each other was true or not, but I do know that Stockholm syndrome distorts the mind in order to preserve the survival instinct. For me it didn’t seem real, just weird and unconvincing. I mean, what was it? 3 months? I don’t know, it’s just hard to accept. But that baby… a lot to think about.
Though I wasn’t satisfied by the ending, this was pretty interesting and engaging. A fair read. (less)
The mysterious title spiked my curiosity, and with all the raving I had to see for myself what it was exactly that got people talking so much...more3,5 stars
The mysterious title spiked my curiosity, and with all the raving I had to see for myself what it was exactly that got people talking so much about this book.
I gotta say it wasn't easy to get into the story, it actually took me some time before I felt the need to keep reading in order to figure it all out, but once I did I just wanted to keep turning the pages until I found some sort of closure. Which never really comes, and I guess that's why I had a hard time deciding how to rate it. Those damn "what if's". I hate them. I did like that twist, but I still felt like there could be more to this story. I don't know. Anyway, the husband's secret was too predictable, and that was a real bummer, but then it all unraveled pretty quickly when faced with the consequences. The plot and characters, although a lot like a lifetime movie script, were pretty well done, and made this an enjoyable read. It definitely made me want to look into other books by the same author.
I think it’s wise to keep a healthy interregnum between readings of this author, so I don’t run out of patience, which is hard to come by these days....moreI think it’s wise to keep a healthy interregnum between readings of this author, so I don’t run out of patience, which is hard to come by these days. Anyway, the last book I read from him was the successful The Longest Ride, so it kind of dulled my expectations. As we know, Nicholas Sparks is a hit or miss kind of author. He usually misses a lot more, and this one was no different from his standard formula. It flows and reads well, it kept my interest, it entertained me, but I never felt a connection with the characters, and didn’t feel the love between Dawson and Amanda. I won’t deny there were some really good moments, but they seemed to lack emotion. I actually felt more for Tuck and Clara, and they were only secondary characters. The final part was satisfactory. Predictable too, but, hey, that’s the man’s signature, and at the very least he wrote a decent closure. Now I’ll just have to wait for the movie. Judging from the trailer, it doesn’t look much better. (less)
If you’re going to name your book We Were Liars, you better have an actual story to back it up, and not just your average person kind of lying. To me...moreIf you’re going to name your book We Were Liars, you better have an actual story to back it up, and not just your average person kind of lying. To me it sounded more like We Were Rich, because this was more about richness than lying. And after all, it’s not that they were liars, they were just stupid rich kids, who should’ve known better than to play with fire.
Psychological thrillers are great, and the Sixth Sense kind of twist is nothing new to this genre, but this I did not see coming. Although I do think it was a great twist, I was disappointed by the supernatural element. The point of being psychological is that it’s all in your head, a figment of imagination, and it should’ve been the authors take on the whole twist, but she managed to screw it up with 180 pages of psychobabble, and 30 pages of how to ruin a great idea. Not just that, but the poor writing. I hate this style. It’s choppy, fragmented, and it does not help the story, which written by another person, another writing style, same twist, different take, would’ve been great, at least I’d like to think so. She tries too hard to sound poetic, and it just ends up sounding cheesy, and overdramatic. I even think the author got carried away, and forgot she was writing a book about kids, and not herself. Expressions like “My darlings” or “My dear old Johnny” don’t sound right coming from the mouth of a teenager. Maybe it’s just me, but no, this is not sophisticated.
I gave it 3 stars because I did like the idea, and thought it had a great twist, and I can see how this could work out as a movie, if they don’t screw that up too, that is. (less)
I'm torn. On one hand I think it's a great story with exceptional characters, on the other hand, it’s not as good as the critics lead me to t...more3,5 stars
I'm torn. On one hand I think it's a great story with exceptional characters, on the other hand, it’s not as good as the critics lead me to think. I’ll start with the writing. It is certainly peculiar, sometimes poetic, and fitting with the story, but it’s too unstructured for the entire context of the story. I like to imagine a story as a whole, because it has that much impact, so reading it in fragmented pieces, no matter how fitting or poetic, is off-putting. It’s also a very slow reading, so much so that at a certain point I went into stand-by mode, not feeling the will to pick it back up, but when I did, I read it till the end.
Having Death as the narrator was quite original, but I think it could’ve been better explored, I just didn’t feel like the author reached the character’s full potential. I did, however, like the sarcasm, and her ability to feel. Liesel & Rudy have a beautiful friendship, and it was probably their storyline that moved me the most, one last kiss, as well as the Hubermanns and Max. Not to mention The Standover Man and The Word Shaker. So many beautiful analogies found in this book. Specially The Book Thief herself, the power of words. It’s a beautiful story, it just didn’t have the impact I expected from something of this nature. (less)