2.5 stars - took me a while to finish this one, in fact I read another book between starting and finishing this one and I think it was because I just2.5 stars - took me a while to finish this one, in fact I read another book between starting and finishing this one and I think it was because I just wasn't feeling the pull of the pages - I'm tempted to say it was too long but to cut anything out would be hard to do because there are so many characters and storylines, so cutting down the page count wouldn't work - maybe a storyline or too would. It wasn't bad, just wasn't great....more
It was just okay for me. Yes, it was entertainment but lacked something to make it whole - if that makes sense. I think all the hype perhaps ruined itIt was just okay for me. Yes, it was entertainment but lacked something to make it whole - if that makes sense. I think all the hype perhaps ruined it a little for me, I was expecting more. It's not terrible and I am glad I read it, just I've read better is all....more
I wish there had been more character development is what I thought.
Clutter is under 50 pages, easily read on your lunch break, perhaps tWHAT I THOUGHT
I wish there had been more character development is what I thought.
Clutter is under 50 pages, easily read on your lunch break, perhaps two if they’re short breaks. I like shorter stories but I felt like this one was a little too short for the story being told. Some bad things happen to the characters but I can’t say I felt terribly bad for them. I felt bad about what happened but I wasn’t really invested in the characters. Perhaps some deeper character development may have changed that - I don’t know.
All in all I liked the premise for the story and no doubt some of the things described would most definitely be occurring right now in real life. I couldn’t even imagine how I would react if I had been in the same shoes. I can’t go into much more detail than what I have already because it will give away crucial clues. It was an okay read but I think it could have been better had certain aspects been expanded.
Thank you to Donna Butler for providing me with a copy of Clutter – thanks, Donna! ...more
For starters I will say that it took me some months to read this book. It started out great, did not hold my interest so much for the middle but did rFor starters I will say that it took me some months to read this book. It started out great, did not hold my interest so much for the middle but did redeem itself in the end. I can’t put my finger on why I felt it lagged for me, perhaps it was that it seemed to be taking too long to explain things and get right into the nitty gritty of the secrets I wanted to find the answers for. The last hundred pages or so I would rate higher than the rest of the book, everything I wanted in an ending. I will also say that I read several other books at the same time as reading The Distant Hours and I think it actually made my reading more enjoyable, I was able to appreciate small sections of reading rather than, as when I first started, trying to force that appreciation and enjoyment by reading large sections. In the end the decision to read other books at the same time made my reading of The Distant Hours a good experience instead of feeling like a chore.
I loved the characters, could not pick a favourite. Each and every character was dealing with their own inner problems and trying to solve their own secrets. I was eager to find out the ultimate secret but also to see how Edie and her mother’s relationship would develop as Edie uncovered intimate secrets about her mother’s past. Fifty years is a long time and a lot of water under the bridge, albeit this water mixed with sand to make mud which stuck to the main characters throughout all their lives.
All in all, for me, it was an okay read. I’m glad I decided to take a more leisurely pace with this one and finish the book instead of racing through it or not finishing it at all. It certainly hasn’t deterred me from other works of Kate Morton.
Many thanks to Jess from Allen & Unwin for providing me with a copy of The Distant Hours – thanks, Jess! ...more
The Long Glasgow Kiss is set in the 1950s and brings about the feel of a gangster kind of story with the usual threats of physical harm if certain rulThe Long Glasgow Kiss is set in the 1950s and brings about the feel of a gangster kind of story with the usual threats of physical harm if certain rules and requests are not adhered to. Lennox is a private investigator in Glasgow, not quite aboveboard but delivers results. Lennox’s current case is one of murder, murder of his not-quite-girlfriend’s father, a bookie named Jimmy ‘Small Change’ MacFarlane. The night of the murder Lennox was with Small Change’s daughter Lorna, ruling himself out of any foul play but now he must investigate to find out who the killer was and what the motivation was.
The Three Kings run the streets of Glasgow and it’s one of these kings who request Lennox look into the matter of Small Change. However, that’s not all Lennox is asked to investigate. As is with crime bosses, lords, kings, what have you, one occurrence or situation often meshes with another, perhaps a few more anothers. In the end Lennox is kept on his toes juggling a few different matters and at the same time trying to save his toes from being cut off by producing answers.
I loved the humour to start with and thought this is going to be a great book. It wasn’t great and it wasn’t bad. The Long Glasgow Kiss at times seemed a little too long to me. I can’t help but think if some sections were condensed it would have captured me more. I have read quite a few crime novels in my time so maybe that’s it, maybe it just didn’t measure up to others I have read. Don’t read this the wrong way either, it still was an okay book for me, the story was good and the splashings of humour were great, and no doubt this is someone’s perfect cup of tea – but then I prefer coffee :O) ...more
***really 2.5 but not quite a 3 - a bit hard to rate this one***
This book is a little hard for me to review. It is a good story but I thought sometime***really 2.5 but not quite a 3 - a bit hard to rate this one***
This book is a little hard for me to review. It is a good story but I thought sometimes it was too higgledy piggledy. There seemed at times too much going on, storylines expanded which didn’t seem to make much difference in the end and then there were a couple of storylines I would have liked expanded more but were left a little light in content.
Helen Freyl is a physicist who is offered a position at a huge pharmaceutical company but with ulterior motives. She owns a bee colony and a patent on honeybee venom which could be used as a cure for the Chernobyl victims in Belarus. The pharmaceutical company want that patent and will do anything to get it. Meanwhile Helen is oblivious to this and the reader wonders how on earth she can’t see what’s going on. In fact she is quite frustrating at times and just a little too dim-witted to be believed.
David Marion is an ex-con recently released from gaol. At the beginning of the book he is notified there is a hitman wanting him erased and then we follow him to see how he will evade this outcome. We learn of the history between David and Helen, much of which is explained in Joan Brady’s sequel Bleedout, however it is not necessary to have read that first as ample information is given so the reader understands what the position is now. Helen and David are joined by the past and the present - each dealing with their feelings for one another and each embroiled in life threatening situations.
Helen and David learn of murders related to their respective storylines but are they able to put it all together? Will they work together or will they work alone? In the end will greed win out? How many innocent lives will be lost?
Like I say, it’s a good story but it could have been a great story. Perhaps it is because I had just finished reading The Constant Gardener, which I thought to be a great story and which also dealt with pharmaceutical mega giants and testing medication on innocent victims, I thought Venom didn’t measure up - two different writing styles with two different outcomes and two different reading experiences. I don’t know.
Thanks to Book Chick City for sending me out a copy of this book for taking part in the Thriller and Suspense Reading Challenge 2010. ...more
This one did not hold my interest, I didn't care for any of the characters, the writing felt disjointed and it took far too long to read when it shoulThis one did not hold my interest, I didn't care for any of the characters, the writing felt disjointed and it took far too long to read when it shouldn't have for the amount of pages it was - all this has me concluding it just was not for me this one. Shame really, I like to read about Italy and the goings on there but this book probably could have been based in a number of places, there wasn't really an Italy feel to it. Do I wish I had my reading time back - unfortunately I do....more
The first half of this book seemed to drag on and on but the second half I did actually quite enjoy. Two favourites are "The Small Assassin" and "TheThe first half of this book seemed to drag on and on but the second half I did actually quite enjoy. Two favourites are "The Small Assassin" and "The Scythe". I was in a bit of a reading funk whilst reading this so who knows what my rating would be if I were in a different sort of mood but to begin with I just felt like an animosity, if you can call it that, toward the book for taking up my time. All in all it was okay....more
It was okay, the overall lesson was a good one but just a tad too much golf for me, which is fine because that's what the book is about, just not theIt was okay, the overall lesson was a good one but just a tad too much golf for me, which is fine because that's what the book is about, just not the I really liked it kind of book....more