I'm one of those people who saw the movie first before reading the book (which I hardly ever do). Honestly, I tried reading this book a couple of yearI'm one of those people who saw the movie first before reading the book (which I hardly ever do). Honestly, I tried reading this book a couple of years back when it was crazy popular, but I never got past the first couple chapters. It was too boring. I couldn't even bring myself to stick through it to get to the good stuff. I saw the movie and liked it enough to want to try reading the book again. And guess what? I loved it! I couldn't put it down. The "boring" parts now made sense, and gave a lot more explanation. It gave a clearer picture of the dystopian society that America has become. I think it was done very well that it was almost believable. I hear a lot about how this premise for this book was taken from popular books years ago, but that doesn't make it any worse in my opinion. It was still thoroughly entertaining and Collins is a master storyteller. I'm definitely going to read the rest of two books in the trilogy now to find out what happens. ...more
Ariana is the resident good girl at Easton, the prestigious private HS. She finds herself trapped in a snowstorm with the bay boy over winter3.5 stars
Ariana is the resident good girl at Easton, the prestigious private HS. She finds herself trapped in a snowstorm with the bay boy over winter break, instead of being in Vermont with her perfect boyfriend. She gives in to his advances and finds true happiness in his arms. But someone is stalking them, and she's scared that her infidelity will get back to her friends and boyfriend. Furthermore, they are not allowed to be on campus during break and face expulsion if caught.
I am a huge fan of the Privilege series, and I have grown to really like Ariana in those books, rooting for her even as she is killing people left and right. I was excited to finally read this book to get insight into her character and see how it all started. It does a good job of giving the background story, and I was riveted throughout. But I didn't like Ariana at all in this book! I was disgusted at her actions. I also thought the scenarios were a bit over the top, and her reactions were too dramatic. I guess it's hard to sympathize and understand her actions, when only expulsion from school and getting caught cheating on her boyfriend are at stake. Neither will be the end of the world in my opinion. In the Privilege series, it is easier to wish her success when failure meant being thrown back in jail....more
I don't read too much chick lit romance anymore, but once in a while I like reading something light in between thrillers. This was a very light and siI don't read too much chick lit romance anymore, but once in a while I like reading something light in between thrillers. This was a very light and silly book, however i found the scenarios to be completely over the top. The premise is the Miranda falls for a man who just left his pregnant wife, Chloe. A couple of weeks or so later, it just happens that Chloe moves into the same house that Miranda lives in. Throw in other stories about a 'homeless' journalist, a celebrity race car driver, and minor characters all with their own problems, and you get completely unrealistic scenarios. It appears that any guy who meets Miranda falls head over heels for her. She falls in love with three guys in quick succession, even though the previous relationships ended with disastrous or heartbreaking results. Even Chloe seems to recover from her failed marriage fast. Also every other minor character in the story also find love by the end of the novel. I'm not even too sure what her big mistake is and what she learns from it....more
Honestly, I didn't think this book was thaaaat creepy. Maybe I am just desensitized by now. Yes, it is a creepy scenario that the children are lockedHonestly, I didn't think this book was thaaaat creepy. Maybe I am just desensitized by now. Yes, it is a creepy scenario that the children are locked into a room/attic for years with only the horrible grandmother to to depend on for food. It is weird how the brother and sister fall in love and have urges for each other... but after all, they are in their prime teen years and have been locked up with each other for years. Totally understandable, right?...more
This was a good story exploring themes about family dynamics, adultery, memories, and race relations... but as a mystery novel, I didn't find it partiThis was a good story exploring themes about family dynamics, adultery, memories, and race relations... but as a mystery novel, I didn't find it particularly suspenseful. The main mystery is that of what happened to Callie's baby, whose body was never found. But there was no build up of suspense, and I didn't find the revelation to be satisfying either. This was my first Lippman novel and I have another one on my to-read shelf, and I hope that one will be better....more
Wow... this was definitely not a light mystery/suspense read! For some reason, i expected the book to be a simple case of a boy searching for his vaniWow... this was definitely not a light mystery/suspense read! For some reason, i expected the book to be a simple case of a boy searching for his vanished twin sister. What I got instead was a very dark tale that also broached the subjects of abuse, pedophiles, serial murderers, and corruption. Multiple people die and mutiple murders are discovered through the course of the book. This book had twists and turns in practically every chapter, and I never saw it coming when the truth about Alyssa's disappearance was revealed. The conclusion was very satisfying. The overall reading experience was also very enjoyable as I found myself racing to finish and not wanting to put the book down!...more
I started reading Sophie Hannah after seeing that Tana French (who I enjoy very much) is a fan of her books. I must say that I like Sophie's books eveI started reading Sophie Hannah after seeing that Tana French (who I enjoy very much) is a fan of her books. I must say that I like Sophie's books even more!
This is by far my favorite Sophie Hannah thriller, and I have read all 4 available in the US (and eagerly waiting for the next one). Sophie's lead characters are always middle-classes women who suddenly find themselves in incredible situations. In this book, the heroine, Ruth, gets a confession from her boyfriend that he once killed a woman years ago; but Ruth knows the woman to be alive. From there, her life spirals out of controls as she tries to convince the detectives that something is not right, and her own traumatic past is dug up, along with that of her boyfriend's. None of the other characters seem to be reliable either, as they all have secrets they are hiding and pasts they are trying to move on from. You will be dizzy from all the twists and turns, and trying to solve the bizarre puzzle before the detectives!
This is a very dark, creepy psychological suspense novel. The start is a little bit slow as the plot is developing. But once it picked up, there was no going back for me, and I had to read the rest in one sitting. I think that Sophie's plots are little far-fetched once the truth is revealed. But it does not ruin the book for me. I give it 5 stars for the intense, edge-of-your-seat reading experience. Few books make me feel that way, and make me think about the characters and story for days afterwards.
The only thing that irked me is that it made references to events that happened in "The Truthteller's Lie", which I did not read before reading this book. It sort of gives the ending away, which is the only reason I did not enjoy "The Truthteller's Lie" as much as I could have. ...more