I'm really not sure how I'm supposed to review this book. It was horrific. It's unfortunate that my main reading times are over breakfast, lunch, dinnI'm really not sure how I'm supposed to review this book. It was horrific. It's unfortunate that my main reading times are over breakfast, lunch, dinner and before bed- none of which are ideal times for reading this kind of book. It's so bad that nothing ever normally puts me off my food but I really struggled to eat when reading some of Ellis' descriptions.
Ellis has really upped his game with this book. I hated Less than zero because I felt like nothing really happened, whereas this felt like we were actually heading in a direction, albeit an absolutely awful one. It was so fast paced and so full on that I felt like I needed a lie down afterwards. In between all the action is slow, mundane descriptions of everything from what people were wearing (you could probably remove half the pages if you took out all the clothes descriptions) to long essays about Whitney Houston's music. But that's what made it enjoyable- it tossed you back and forth between this horrendously dull man to his alter ego as an insane murderer.
I want to give it more stars because of how well it was written but since I can't bear to ever read it again, I can't give it much higher....more
This is the first time I've read a book from the Adam Dalgliesh series and accidentally skipped straight to the last one :/ It didn't matter too much;This is the first time I've read a book from the Adam Dalgliesh series and accidentally skipped straight to the last one :/ It didn't matter too much; I never really felt that I'd missed out on anything because I hadn't read the former books.
This felt unlike any other crime book I'd read before. Most seem to just have the murder scene and then follows the detective round whilst they do their investigation. This one spent some time writing from the perspective of the victim for the days leading up to her death and then spent much of the rest of the book jumping from character to character so we saw a whole range of views. James is also an incredibly descriptive writer and includes a huge amount of detail in each scene so that the reader can really picture what she is visualizing
The only weak part of the novel was the ending and who the murderer was. I was waiting for it to be a shocking twist but it's someone you already suspect so it was a bit 'oh well I guessed it was them'.
However overall a cracker of a crime story. ...more
This is one of those novels where nothing really seems to happen. It just cruises along and doesn't seem to head in any meaningful direction. Ellis juThis is one of those novels where nothing really seems to happen. It just cruises along and doesn't seem to head in any meaningful direction. Ellis just seems to want to mash together scenes designed to shock without any real purpose in mind. Some of the scenes were so shocking I had to read them a couple of times just to try and make sense of what I'd read. The book is written with no inner thoughts of any of the characters- it's a 'just the facts' account, represented by the dead-pan and emotionless way it's written, which made it hard to form an attachment to any of the characters....more
Well this was a very strange book. On the back of the book it's described as 'bone-chilling' and 'nightmarish'. I think the wrong front cover was putWell this was a very strange book. On the back of the book it's described as 'bone-chilling' and 'nightmarish'. I think the wrong front cover was put on the book. How is it in any way bone-chilling?
None of the characters seem realistic. The way they speak doesn't feel natural and I found myself becoming irritated by their bizarre conversations. I didn't buy in to Ariel and Zeva's relationship and wish she hadn't been part of the book. The book is divided into three acts and it very much has the feel of a play, rather than a book.
It was chosen as my book club's February read so I'm looking forward to the discussion to see if anyone enjoyed it....more
This was the first time I've read a Katie Flynn book and although it was a very easy read and flowed brilliantly, there were a few things that I didn'This was the first time I've read a Katie Flynn book and although it was a very easy read and flowed brilliantly, there were a few things that I didn't like about it.
The main issue I had was that the first few chapters started off with listing the year it took place which made it easy to know the ages of the characters and how long has passed. However it wasn't long before this dropped off and the rest of the book didn't mention the year. This meant that sometimes I could be halfway through a chapter before I realised that years had passed since the previous chapter so the timeline felt a bit all of the place.
Flynn however has made some very likeable characters, the twins in particular. Although I preferred Linnet's story as I found it so much more interesting and felt that she went on more of a journey, they were both easy to like and emphasise with. There were a few characters I felt took up too much of the story and it could have been trimmed down a lot, but it was an easy, enjoyable read....more
It's hard to review a book like this because you can't be critical about it like other books. This is a memoir of a man who has experienced the worstIt's hard to review a book like this because you can't be critical about it like other books. This is a memoir of a man who has experienced the worst possible thing. He has poured out his experiences and all you can do is read it and be astounded at how he managed to survive such a camp.
The first half of the book was Chil Rajchman's memoir. It details what happened to him, the different roles in the camp and how he managed to escape. It's not full of detail, it's just 'this is what happened' in an honest portrayal of his life. The only thing I didn't like was that at the start of each chapter it summarises what happens in the chapter in a few words. I felt that was unnecessary and I ended up ignoring them because it ruined it for me.
The second half is an extract from Vasily Grossman's 'The Hell of Treblinka'. I thought this was an incredibly effective addition to Rajchman's book because it filled in all the gaps. He provided maps and detailed descriptions of the camp, the SS men and the routines that Rajchman didn't include himself so it really bulked out the history of this place.
This is the kind of book that I think people need to read so that we don't forget the horrors that happened there....more
Having seen and watched the film a number of times I was eager to read the book and was surprised at how closely the film matched the book.
The book isHaving seen and watched the film a number of times I was eager to read the book and was surprised at how closely the film matched the book.
The book is written from the perspective of Bruno, a 9 year old boy, son of a German commandant, who is sent to live next to a concentration camp. He secretly befriends a boy called Shmuel who is in the camp. Both children through their innocence show us their struggles to understand what is going on around them; Shmuel not understanding what's happening to his family as they disappear from the camp and Bruno confused about why they are being treated differently.
I did have a couple of niggles with the book. The first was it jumped around in time, backwards and forwards from life at 'Out-with' to life before which I didn't feel was necessary. It would have been just as good in one flow. Bruno also grated on me. He was incredibly annoying at times.
A unique book that I'm looking forward to discussing at tonight's book club....more
What on earth happened with this book?! The first two books were such clever whodunnit books and this third one just seemed to go completely off on itWhat on earth happened with this book?! The first two books were such clever whodunnit books and this third one just seemed to go completely off on its own tangent. It was frustrating that the characters that I didn't particularly like had stepped back in the second book and now took up most of this book i.e the Monkeewrench team. I found the plot very difficult to follow or be interested in. I did like the excitement of whether the three women were going to be able to escape the town but I had no interest in the overall plot.
I'm also starting to despair of the constant descriptions of the awful outfits the Monkeewrench people wear. I don't want to know what fluorescent coloured lycra suit Roadrunner is wearing today.
There were some positives; Tracy managed to give each character their own moment to shine and use their personal strengths to help others. They each carried and supported each other at critical times. Aside from that I hope the rest of the series goes back to whodunnits....more