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Journal of Eva Morelli

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  29 reviews
JOURNAL OF EVA MORELLI, a book of contemporary fiction, bristles with suspense.

On the cover is a portending reproduction of Van Gogh’s painting, UNDERGROWTH WITH TWO FIGURES, a depiction of two subjects who are “faceless and inscrutable in a pathless wilderness,” says another reader. This intriguing cover provokes questions: Who are they? Or more accurately, given the
Paperback, 200 pages
Published May 20th 2013 by Portmay Press
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Sep 21, 2013 rated it liked it
I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway and from the description on the cover I looked forward to reading it. I finished it a few days ago, and wanted to give a little bit of time for the impressions to settle before writing a review. Because, as much as I wanted to like it, my sense all along was that the book was extremely tedious. If you like the French-style atmospheric novels that focus on the minute details of relationships and interactions between people with no real lives, then ...more
Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
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I'm sorry to say this wasn't quite what I expected. The Journal of Eva Morelli is divided into short chapters, each written with one of the 3 main characters as the subject. All of the characters are unsettled and looking for some undefined truth or direction for themselves.Eva's journal chapters were written well probably because they were written as the character Eva Morelli would have written them. I liked being able to get inside her head. If Ms D'Agincourt had perhaps written the other ...more
Dec 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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*I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway which didn't influence my review.*

I really liked this book, not only for the plot but for the precise, clear and lyrical prose.
As I started reading it, it soon captured me: I really wanted to discover the connection between the different characters!
Sep 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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* I received a copy of this book through a goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review*
I absolutely adored this book. It met all the criteria that I look for in a great story. Each chapter was told from the point of view of either Stephen, Brea or Eva. I love books with multiple points of view because you get a greater feel and understanding of the characters. The chapters were all short, consisting of roughly three to
Carol  MacInnis
Oct 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I won this book from a contest on Goodreads.

Stephen Forester, M.D., Psychiatry and wife Brea and their son Ned, left their hectic life in New York to settle in Harrington, New Hampshire. Stephen has set up a small practice in town and Brea who once acted in off-Broadway productions in New York, is now acting in plays in a small theatre. Now, after ten years in Harrington, Brea has her mind set to return to her home in NY and has confronted Stephen about it, but Stephen has remained mute on the
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
I won this book in a Goodreads give-away.
I very much wanted to like this book as I won it, it's signed and all that, but in the end I can only give it 2.5 stars and settled on 2.

The book is divided in short chapters of three 'main' characters: the psychologist, the patient and the wife of the psychologist. The chapters on the wife aren't that interesting and barely add anything to the main plot. Actually they're very redundant.
There are many hints in Eva (the patient) her chapters that she knows
Asuka Mai
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is great ! I love the story and the plot...i really lucky because i receive this book by entering goodreads giveaway.

The book started with a woman named Eva Morelli trying to seek for help to solve her past tragic history.
She visited a psychiatrist named Dr.Stephen Ferrington, he used to live in Newyork city with his wife Brea and his son Ned.
But now they moved to small city Herrington. His life is changing while he met Eva, and Eva is different from his other patients. For the first
Aug 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a find! I unexpectedly discovered this novel. My greatest joy as a reader is uncovering a great piece of writing before anyone else! The prose is clear, precise, and lyrical. I cared about the three intriguing and strongly developed characters -- elusive Eva, haunted Stephen, and passionate Brea -- and how their lives surprisingly intersect. I could not put it down because of the palpable sense of suspense throughout. By writing short chapters interspersed with journal entries, the author ...more
Jan 23, 2014 rated it liked it

This is a novel about a couple who moved from New York city to a small town in New Hampshire. The format was interesting. And I think the author had an interesting idea with the unknown relationship between the patient and the doctor. But so many ideas are left hanging, e.g., the new psychiatrist and his relationship to Eva and the former doctor. The confusion of Brea is bewildering and not really related to anything but at the end, all seems to be well. Why? The psychiatrist seems to suddenly
Oct 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I was lucky enough to win this as a first reads giveaway!

I wanted to give this 3.5 stars but since goodreads doesn't do half stars I rounded it up to 4. There were parts where the book seemed a little slow... you could tell something was coming, and coming, and coming but it just seemed to drag a little in some spots. I love suspense which this book had but I'm used to a faster paced suspense. It kept me guessing (which is why I bumped it up to the 4 stars) and I didn't fully see what was coming
Mary E. Hastings
Oct 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads-wins
I received this book through First Reads Giveaways.

Honestly, I was disappointed. I tried reading this book several times since I won it in November, but I never could get into it. Part of the reason was because I just hated both Eva and Stephen. Like... hated them. I don't know what it was about them, but they were just awful characters. I'm sorry to leave an unfavorable review, but I've tried for months to finish the book and just couldn't, so I can't honestly give it a good review. I'm sorry.
Oct 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Overall this was generally a good book. I like the switching back and forth of two different story lines and in this book it was easy to follow. Only one of the story lines however I found interesting. I kept reading because I wanted to know what happened with Eva but I didn't care too much about the husband and wife side of the story. Very creative writing though and although it was kind of short, I did enjoy it!
Jul 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This author's books have great covers and that's what drew me to Journal of Eva Morelli. The cover features a Vincent Van Gogh painting. Although this book was nominated for a National Book Award, it didn't do much for me. The three main characters seemed stiff and a bit stilted. Sometimes the book read like a few psychological studies that I've read. The book was not what I thought it would be.
Mahnoor Amin
Sep 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was absolutely one of the best I have read. The ending was amazing and it explained Eva's hesitations well. I was enchanted by this book's cover (it felt so nice to touch) and how it is a copy of Van Gogh's painting. The storyline was amazing, but so was the writing style! I highly recommend!!!!!!!!! Its a must read for all!!!!!!!!!!
Irina Stoica
Sep 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: firstreads
a very nice "small town mystery" kind of book. a lovely tiny read, made so enjoyable by both the plot in itself and the author's style. i recommend it for a lazy sunday read :) ps: i won the book here, on Goodreads
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
I received this book for free on a GoodReads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. It is a quick read, but leaves too many unanswered questions for my taste. I felt that the book was under developed and left me wanting much more.
Sep 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
The story was intriguing, but about half way through I could not find the plot anymore. I was lost and confused as to where the story was taking me. The ending was surprising, not at all what I had expected. In that regard, I enjoyed the mystery of the book.
Charlene Connors
Sep 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways, reviews
Thank you Goodreads First for this book. I loved it. Elegant, lyrical, compelling with complex characters, and a story line that keeps you reading and a mystery that keeps you guessing it meets my criteria for a great read. Definitely keeping this author on my radar.
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I won "Journal of Eva Morelli" on Goodreads and enjoyed it a lot.

It is just a great book! The characters are interesting and the whole book is written beautifully and well constructed . The story captured me and I just had to know what Eva was hiding and what was the connection to Stephen.
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put it down. Read it on the train to Delhi. Very nicely written. I totally wasn't expecting the ending.

Thank you for giving me a copy Maryann. All the best for the future, would love to read more of your work in the future...
Sofija Sion
Jul 30, 2014 rated it liked it
For a thriller this was a pretty nice book. But i did not fully like it because the action was unclear and as I liked the ending it was a bitter cliche for me to read. So this was a semi-good book.
Oct 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
The author's writing style is hauntingly beautiful and the story is gripping. The characters stayed in my mind long after I finished reading this excellent book.
Caralyn Rubli
Oct 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: giveaway
I received a signed copy in a giveaway by Goodreads first reads.
I'm not quiet sure what I think of this book. It was a little dull, but I couldn't stop reading it. I just don't know.
Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a surprisingly good read. It made me think and kept me turning the pages until the end. Bravo!!
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Super quick read and it really does keep you guessing.
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Quick, page-turning, and engrossing. This novel accomplishes what few other novels do; it entertains while at the same time retaining its high quality.
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A very good novel from an author that knows the art of writing.
Definitely a good choice!
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
This novel is beautifully written. Eva's story kept me in suspense until the very end. Looking forward to Maryann D'Agincourt's next novel.
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Journal of Eva Morelli is a compelling read. Once I dove into this small town in New Hampshire, I had to keep reading till I found out what mystery was being slowly revealed.
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Making Connections: 1612. - JOURNAL OF EVA MORELLI by Maryann D'Agincourt 10 56 Oct 03, 2013 02:03PM  
Maryann D'Agincourt, the author of National Book Award-nominated Journal of Eva Morelii, All Most, and Glimpses of Gauguin, was born in Boston, MA. An alumna of Simmons College, she has earned two graduate degrees in English literature, and studied in the Humber School for Writers, Toronto. She has written design columns for a regional newspaper in the Connecticut Valley, and has had short stories ...more
“Her full name is Eva Morelli Stein Hathaway. She retains her surnames not because they define her, but because she defines them; that is, except for the first--Morelli. Ironically it is the one she's least familiar with...” 2 likes
“Her eyes mist. Seeking justice will uncover the truth, she affirms, as she hears the main office door click open.” 0 likes
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