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Elmer y Rose han creado una familia perfecta entre los enormes cactus de un remoto paisaje desértico, un hogar lleno de amor para sus cinco hijas, todas con nombres de flor: Edelweiss, Iris, Melissa, Dahlia y Daisy.

Pero la inesperada llegada de Rick, un excursionista en busca de refugio, revoluciona a las hermanas. Y cuando Elmer y Rose descubren que el muchacho no es quie
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Paperback, 360 pages
Published June 2017 by Plaza & Janés
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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“People are almost never what they seem.”

In this case, sadly the book wasn’t quite what it seemed either. Per the placeholder “review” below, you can see proof of why it is important to have good titles, pretty covers and an eye-catching synopsis in order to hook readers. Especially a reader like me who doesn’t even bother reading a whole blurb before hitting the request or one-click buttons or running straight to the nearest cash re
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juan carlos
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Le invertí una semana a este libro y no me arrepiento de nada, valió cada minuto, cada hora, cada noche. Soberbio, enigmático, doloroso y humano.

¿Para qué leer la casa entre los cactus?

1. Por que el autor vuelve a crear personajes tan peculiares y bien estructurados, que hacen que la experiencia lectora sea única y original. Por que tanto manipula la mente de los personajes de la novela como la de el lector. Vamos a encontrar adolescentes enamoradas, niñas que hablan con piedras, padres desespe
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Basia
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Most fervently recommended!

I remember reading Light of the Fireflies, a novel by the same author. There was something so special about the book. It was creepy, and full of so many wrong-feeling parts ... ideas, ones which I knew I should detest, yet was led to experience in totally unexpected ways. In a most twisted sense, a completely unexpected voice, it shouted loudly about family. And love. And the things we as family members do to, and for one another.

Similarly, Desert Flowers was a deligh
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Alafair🌸
3 1/2 stars. What a sad and depressing story.
Rose and Elmer live in the middle of the Mexican desert along with their four daughters. They have no neighbors and only occasionally Elmer will take one of the two older daughters with him into town to buy supplies. The children have no playmates except each other.

One afternoon a young man, Rick, comes along on foot claiming to be a hiker and ends up with an invite to stay for dinner. Rick soon discovers this family has secrets and Rose and Elmer dis
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Tanninsandtales
If you've read The Light of the Fireflies you probably know what to expect from this book. Desert Flowers does not mark a significant departure from the author's former work and offers just as much dark entertainment.

(Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC!)
Hannah
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book via Netgalley thanks to the publisher; AmazonCrossing in exchange for an honest opinion.

After reading this book I was left with an emotional ache, one that was tingled with sadness and happiness that clashed together, a definite sign that this book is an absorbing and addictive general fiction novel which deserves five stars and more.

After getting halfway through the book, I found it near impossible to put down and only would put it down as tiredness overtook me. I just ha
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Mientras Leo
Pasable. En realidad 2,5 estrellas
Es entretenido, sin más
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Lesincele Viaja gracias a los libros
Una novela absorbente y adictiva que no te deja escapar ya que sabe como dosificar el misterio y la tensión para que solo quieras seguir leyendo para saber lo que ocurrirá. La temática me ha parecido original y diferente pero sobre todo muy bien llevada por parte de los personajes. Además, nada sale como el lector quiere sino como la vida ordena y que aunque injusta....a veces es lo que hay. Me ha encantado.
Irs
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Llevaba esperando la nueva novela de Paul Pen desde que la anunció en su blog y la termino seis meses después de su lanzamiento. No he tardado en leerlo porque no me haya gustado (que también), sino porque La casa entre los cactus se fue convirtiendo, poco a poco, en ese libro al que acudes para leer un par de capítulos cuando te apetece desconectar de tu actual lectura. Algo que no me ocurrió con El brillo de las luciérnagas, que en su día me lo leí en una sentada, sino exactamente lo contrario ...more
Inkish Kingdoms
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: family-issues
For a full review, commentary, or point of view on this handbook, feel free to go to https://inkishkingdoms.wordpress.com/

From the edge of my sit to the verge of tears, Paul Pen took me from the extraordinary but also petrifying story of a flower bed in the middle of the desert. An incredible story of anti-heroes who live happy lives in the aridness of their actions and sins. Written to be read without stopping, Pen adventures in a foreign and unknown land of uncertainty dyed with the shades of
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Mary  Carrasco
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was so excited to have won 'Desert Flowers', written by Paul Pen, in a book giveaway. This is the second of Pen's novels that I have read and I absolutely loved 'The Light of the Fireflies'.

'Dessert Flowers' is about a close knit family living in isolation. They live a relatively happy life together until a stranger wanders onto their property, bringing with him the threat of losing all that they hold dear.

This was a solid read from beginning to end. There we're some surprises along the way a
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Moni
Jun 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Ufff.. vaya libro. Todavía me dura un profundo sentimiento de malestar desde que lo acabé. El argumento y la temática es tremenda y delicada. La primera mitad me ha aburrido bastante, luego con la aparición del chico ha sido un no parar de leer para ver cómo se resuelve la situación. Hay varios cabos sueltos que no se explican como creo que debieran. En general está bien, aunque esperaba otra cosa. Recomendable
Agus GM
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Es una de las reseñas que más me va a costar escribir, por que tengo sentimientos encontrados con él.
Este libro me ha sacado sonrisas con las peques de la casa, agobio al pensar en esos padres, pesar cuando empiezas a entender las cosas y a la vez repulsión en determinados momentos, un nudo en la garganta en más de una ocasión, alegría al ver la valentía mostrada por Melissa y su entereza... pero ante todo, disfrute. Puedo afirmar que lo he disfrutado. Ha sido una lectura rápida donde el ritmo n
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Alex Pler
Aug 06, 2017 rated it liked it
"Tus dibujos son tuyos. Pero me gustaría que fueras capaz de disfrutar de su belleza. Y no sólo por cómo quedan en papel, sino por la realidad que representan. Yo misma a veces no sé por qué tengo tanta prisa por crecer, por qué fantaseo con huir de aquí. Me pregunto si realmente habrá algún momento en que la vida vaya a ser mejor que ahora."
Mari Mar
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
Impresionante de principio a fin!!! Me ha encantado!!! Una historia que comienza de forma muy normal... Una casa, una familia... todo parece perfecto.... Pero, qué esconde esta familia? Al principio, tengo que reconocer que me tenía algo despistada, todo parecía tan perfecto, que te preguntas a cada rato... qué es lo que pasa? La novela poco a poco se va volviendo más adictiva, hasta que llega un punto en el que no puedes parar de leer... Los personajes, me han parecido misteriosos, le dan a la ...more
Carmen
Aug 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, 3-estrellas
3'5 estrellas para un thriller interesante, a veces algo calmado y otras trepidante, con una historia algo previsible pero muy bien llevada y un final sorprendente, que ha conseguido remover sentimientos en mí. Confieso que he llorado.

No me los esperaba así y me ha gustado mucho más de los que creía mientras leía las primeras páginas, que se me han hecho algo cuesta arriba.

Tengo que buscar alguno de los libros anteriores de este escritor. Me gusta su estilo limpio, directo y muy adecuado. Casi p
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Anya
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 star rounded up to 4 because I loved the epilogue.

I really loved the setting of the story and the author's writing, what didn't convince me was the plot. It was weak in my opinion, even if the epilogue gave it some sense.
It's a shame because I was loving so much the first half but I wanted something more frome the story and it was too depressing. Only the epilogue saved it all but that wasn't enough for the five stars I was hoping to give from the firsts chapters!
Debbie
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what a secret this family is hiding!

The story starts out with the day to day life of Rose and Elmer and their four daughters all named after flowers. They seem to be a normal family other than the fact they live in the middle of nowhere.

When a stranger happens upon their land one day, they treat him with kindness and allow him to spend the night. His ever increasing questions, however, have them considering their choice. Was it a mistake to let the stranger into their household?

Oh yeah, th
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Elaine
I won a Kindle copy of Desert Flowers from a Goodreads Giveaway.

I've never read anything by Mr. Pen before so I had an open mind. And then I started reading.

Elmer and Rose live an isolated existence in Mexico with their (5) daughters.

When Rick, a solitary traveler, happens upon their homestead looking for food and water, they decide to offer hospitality and the comforts of a home cooked meal.

Until it turns out Rick isn't a traveler, he has a secret and Elmer and Rose hide many horrible secre
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Bryony Nelson
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
After having read Paul Pen's previous novel, The Light of the Fireflies, I honestly could not wait to start this book.

The characters and setting reminded me of Fireflies and the book throughout followed his previous writing style, which was the main factors that made me a huge fan of his work.

The plot twist was a real shock and I really enjoy the way the author makes situations that do actually happen but don't get get talked about, into the main aspect of his books.

I was slightly let down by th
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Melanie
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Beautifully descriptive and wonderfully imagined, this kept me spellbound to the end. I could smell the desert flowers and dust and see the beauty in the landscape and hear the laughter of the children. The story told mostly from the point of view by the children, unfolds slowly as the middle daughter learns the dark truth about her parents. This is the first book by this author that I have read and now can't wait to read his first book.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC.
Gabriela Ban dobrota
Excellent book, keeps you wondering where is the author going.
Unexpected situations and ending. Despicable characters that
you almost understand. Gruesome parts, , but overall a book that
makes you wonder what would you have done if you would have
been in their shoes! Not an American style finale!
Glasgowgal
Good ending, but boy, oh boy, was it sloooooow going getting there. For the most part, I found the characters extremely annoying. If the twins repeated the same line again one more time, I was going to lose it.
Laura
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Como siempre Paul Pen no defrauda.
Adrian
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Comenzando por el final,que jodido que es el autor,me parece una canallada lo que hizo. Me frustró, me entristece, me hace sentir rabia, pero también me hace sentir pena por esa familia,por todos los involucrados porque habría tantas formas de evitar todo lo que pasó antes y después del comienzo de la historia.
José Mercader
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
La novela sacude tus prejuicios y te hace plantearte escenarios vitales poco comunes. Te hace replantearte conceptos aparentemente básicos como el bien y el mal, lo correcto y lo erróneo. El ritmo es adictivo y los personajes están llenos de información. Toda la introducción de las primeras páginas enriquece el resto de la historia, todas las incógnitas que se van descubriendo quedan resueltas.
Mae Clair
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A unique idea for a story. I loved this book despite being angry about several of the plot points and the way the characters behaved. That said, I can understand why they made the choices they did, especially the pivotal character in the story.

This is a haunting read that will stay with you long after you read it. The desert descriptions are vivid and beautiful, yet the book reads as a page-turner. I found it hard to put down and would get frustrated when I had to stop reading for the night. I w
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Natàlia
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Montse Arribas
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Me ha fascinado de principio a fin, Paul Pen hace que te metas de nuevo en una historia, en el que te preguntaras muchas cosas.
Burma Turner
I received this in a Goodreads giveaway.
This book was very good. I had read The Light of the Fireflies previously and loved it. I was so happy to have won this book, I couldn't wait to read it. It was just as good, if not better, than the first novel. I love the way the author writes, you feel as if you are right there with the characters. This book is about a family who live out in the desert in Mexico. The parents have four daughters, all named after flowers. I literally did not want to stop r
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