I can't stand when I series book ends...without telling a complete story. Series and sequels are GREAT, that's not what I am saying. What I am sayingI can't stand when I series book ends...without telling a complete story. Series and sequels are GREAT, that's not what I am saying. What I am saying is, each book in the series should tell an entire damn story. Not just be chopped off at the end so you have to wait for the next book to find out what the hell is going on. Cliffhangers be damned. This p***ES me off so bad! It makes it feel like the publishers just cut a damn book in sections to be able to call it a series. COME ON....more
The Murder Farm is a fictionalized account(s) of a real unsolved Bavarian murder. This book is told from multiple POVs, all retelling their accounts of the events leading up to and including the brutal murder of an entire family.
The story is set on a farm in the 1950s. With the recent flux of fiction featuring Amish, the descriptions of the people and rural settings in this story had me thinking it was an Amish community, rather than the German farm it actually was. The farm was large, isolated, and hand worked by “help” and family. The real crime was never solved.
The family consisted of an abusive over bearing father, an over religious mother, an angry daughter, a toddler, and their house and farm hands. All of which are brutally murdered with a pick ax.
The reader is led through this crime by multiple interviews of neighbors of the family as we try to find out “who did it”.
This book was just ok for me. The bouncing POV kept me from connecting to any one character. I would have preferred it to have been just a straight story. It was not scary, but was an excellent mystery. It is sad the original murders were never solved. I say pick it up if you like “true crime” or murder mystery thrillers.
Be warned this book does contain: incest, violence, poor treatment of women, and racism.
This book is a German Award Winner. Was also made into a German film in 2009...more
*This is from an ARC (uncorrected proof) of OF MONSTERS AND MADNESS. Passage may not be included in the finished copy.
“Blood is everywhere. Splashed on the walls and spilled across the floor. The scent, heavy upon the air, is like a fog that rises up early in the morning. Loops of glistening flesh are strung out upon a table, and in the middle of it all is a single lock of hair. Dark. Curled. Obscene in its loveliness amongst such carnage.”
========== - Your Highlight Location 12-14 | Added on Sunday, June 22, 2014 6:13:14 AM
I’m going to break this one down to pros and cons.
I enjoyed the authors writing style. It flowed well and was captivating. I enjoyed the story premise. I enjoyed the characters. * I just didn’t need the first 70% of the book to get to know them, is all. Annabel Lee, a cooky family, murder mystery, and twists at every turn. Interesting. Very interesting.
The book is, dare I say: 80% character development, 3% story set up, 2% mystery, and 15% ya trope/”I saw that coming”.
This book did a fantastic job of hooking me in, but it took FOREVER to get past the “getting to know the characters” phase. At 70% I was still saying “show me something!” That’s a bit long for me. I did like it enough that I stuck with it, and didn’t DNF the book. So that says a lot, as far as I’m concerned. I say pick it up, especially if you like mystery type thriller whodunit type books! However, and I need to say that in all caps, so…. HOWEVER, do not pick it up expecting anything amazing, or anything remotely resembling Poe. Well, besides a the character names. ha.
Also note: The ending. BAH! This is the first book in a series, yall. I wish they would have advertised that.
A little on the creepy side. Some violence, but not too bad. I say for ages 13+, but may require some guidance.
I haven't read the first book, so I feel a little weird being given the "sneak peek" at book two from the publisher.
With that said, I thought this waI haven't read the first book, so I feel a little weird being given the "sneak peek" at book two from the publisher.
With that said, I thought this was cute. Im so not a romance (or even just contemporary fiction) fan, but the author has a way with words and managed to pull me into the story even though I hadn't read the first book in the series.
This was cute. Lug wants to be an artist, when his clan wants him to be a hunter. A great little book to help younger ones understand it is OK to be dThis was cute. Lug wants to be an artist, when his clan wants him to be a hunter. A great little book to help younger ones understand it is OK to be different.
MOM NOTES: Recommend for ages 8+ Seems a little longish for younger ones but includes illustrations so its really NOT.
*If they liked ICE AGE or THE CROODS, theyll love it. Same type of prehistoric imagery and "quirky" humor.