The atmosphere was wonderfully eerie: The glass house with its troubled history, set in the isolated woods. TI thought In a Dark, Dark Wood was great.
The atmosphere was wonderfully eerie: The glass house with its troubled history, set in the isolated woods. The inhabitants, each with their own secrets to hide. The snow, cutting the characters off from the outside world. And then the blood...
The pacing was just right. If I didn't have a toddler at home, I would have read this book in one sitting. Every chance I had, I read a page, eager to find out what would happen next.
I read In a Dark, Dark Wood during steamy August, but I think this would make a great Halloween-time or winter read. The idea of a gathering of people trapped in a house due to inclement weather is reminiscent of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, and the unreliable narrator aspect might appeal to fans of Paula Hawkins's The Girl on the Train. ...more
In Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies, a group of parents are questioned by the police after a school trivia night gone awry. Someone has died. But who?In Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies, a group of parents are questioned by the police after a school trivia night gone awry. Someone has died. But who? Was it an accident? Or was it murder? And why does it seem like no one is telling the truth? Through the stories of 3 women - fiery Madeline, quiet Jane, and private Celeste - Moriarty explores the stories we tell ourselves to get through the day, and eventually reveals the truth of what happened that fateful night.
I thought Big Little Lies was fantastic. The story was compelling, the writing was engaging, and the characters were funny, frustrating, and so likable. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I think it would be a great "beach read," and a nice choice for fans of Jojo Moyes's One Plus One.
Luckiest Girl Alive initially reminded me of Paula Hawkins's Girl on the Train. Knoll's protagonist, 28-year-old TifAni FaNelli, is not particularly lLuckiest Girl Alive initially reminded me of Paula Hawkins's Girl on the Train. Knoll's protagonist, 28-year-old TifAni FaNelli, is not particularly likable. I wasn't sure if she was reliable, or stable, if she was telling me the whole story, or even if what she was telling me was true.
By the end of the book, I still wasn't sure I liked TifAni, but I came to understand her better, her motivations, why she was who she was. And that's often what I look for in a book - not to necessarily like a character, but to understand them.
I was also reminded of Herman Koch's The Dinner, in that Luckiest Girl Alive unfolds slowly. You get a taste of what happened to TifAni 14 years ago, and I thought, "That's pretty bad," but I had the unsettling feeling that there was more to the story, and that it was going to get worse. And it did. I liked the slow reveal.
However, I think novels that unfold in this way can be challenging to finish, and I felt that way with Luckiest Girl. I'm still uncertain whether I thought the ending was good or a bit corny. Maybe a bit of both?
Because of that, I think Luckiest Girl Alive would make a good book club book. I found myself eager to read it each evening when I got home from work, and wanting to discuss what was happening with fellow readers. I didn't think it was an awesome book, but I liked it. It left me feeling unsure, and I think those kind of books can be good for discussion. ...more
In Ann M. Martin’s middle grade novel, Rain Reign, a homonym-loving, high-functioning autistic girl named Rose must step out of her structured routineIn Ann M. Martin’s middle grade novel, Rain Reign, a homonym-loving, high-functioning autistic girl named Rose must step out of her structured routine in order to search for her dog, Rain, who goes missing after a storm.
Rain Reign was a lovely, bittersweet story that left me in tears. There are multiple parts to the drama, and finding out what happened to Rain is only the beginning. Martin also addresses Rose’s human relationships in all their complexity.
I would recommend Rain Reign to readers who like realistic stories, dogs and human / animal relationships, and characters who step outside of their comfort zone in order to do what they believe is right for those they love....more