—Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and The Cabin at the End of the World
At seventeen, June Hardie is everything a young woman in 1951 shouldn’t be—independent, rebellious, a dreamer. J ...more
What if this entire nightmare has been a horror show of your own making? What if none of it is real...more
I've heard fantastic things about Amy Lukavics and her horror novels. BUT, wow... this was NOT horror at all. I don't even know what I would categorize this as?..... Sci-fi ish/Science fictionish?
This book had SUCH potential to be an epic read... but damn was I completely lost on all accounts.
June Hardie is struggling to make something of herself in a typical suburban town. Yikes.. ...more
It is safe to say that I was the wrong audience for this book. I really enjoyed the authors previous book Daughters Unto Devils so I didn't even hesitate to request a copy of this book. In my defense the blurb is really misleading. Horror this is not. Science Fiction, perhaps more likely, but even at that I don't think it's done particularly well here because it's just so confusing. I am not an avid reader of Science Fiction though so what ...more
We are set in 1951, the "Past Days", where June is about to graduate from high school and her parents have a very distinctive role for her to play and she just needs to be "better". Sigh. The author does a great job in giving us that trapped feeling where we feel the necessit ...more
Read my full review at https://cheyennereads.home.blog/2018/... ...more
June Hardie is struggling to fit in. Too bad that her family starts to push for her to be more like other women in the time (1951) and the story weaves back and forth to a time before June was sent to an asylum to what takes place when she gets there.
I rooted for June, but thought most of the story was kind of a bore. Probably because going back and forth in the story didn't do a thing for me. P ...more
This sorry is about a girl in the 50's that has gotten lost in the woods at a really young age and something changes her. We don't find out the full extent of it until later in the book, but I can say that it was a pretty good book. I totally enjoyed the POV of June and for this time era, she was considered insane because of it. Which made it pretty horrific for me. I have always LOVED books with asylum type themes and this one did not disappoint for me. She tries very hard to conform ...more
The plot went back and forth (but the author made it pretty clear when that happened) and I actually quite liked that. It kept my interest and helped to build the tension. It was also a primary part of the novel, because we were trying to find out what had happened that led to her incarceration in this facility.
I thought the main character was interesting. I thought her prose was quite good. I personally made the same choices she did (because I was playing "what would I do i ...more
I liked June. She’s tenacious and smart and I really liked how she rebelled in small ways. Her family is crap and I wanted to punch all of them in the face. There are lots of other characters, but spoilers.
Plot wise it was okay? My favorite part was the unreliable narrator aspect and honestly, the scariest part was the entire sett ...more
SO many things I like are in this book. I can't tell you all of them because that would be a bit spoiler-ish. One thing is that I love the strong female main character (June) and the historical fiction aspect. I love seeing women rebel and try to work together. The body horror aspect to the story was very cool and gruesome. I had a lot ...more
This is a good read, but I will say that it is confusing. It bounces back and forth between the recent past, dreams, and t ...more
So go in knowing that this is science fiction.
Set in 1951, the book follows June as she's institutionalized following a mental break. The book moves in two timelines: the one in the institution and the one laying out the events that lead to June ending up there.
And oh, June is a super unreliable narrator. Which makes those flashbacks ...more
June Hardie is your typical seventeen-year-old girl living in 1951. She has a boyfriend, comes from a good wholesome family, goes to school, and is learning how to cook. Except nothing is as it seems and the truth is her boyfriend is just another ploy for her father to have a booming business, her family is stilted and she hates her mother as much as her mother seems to hate her, all she wants is to go to college, and cooking doesn’t please her. Writing is her...more
This sounded like a great read, I love dark books, but the execution of this one is horrible. There's no real sense of creeping menace j ...more
Overall though, I was a bit disappointed in Nightingale. I just don't think that this was her strongest work. I think I didn't enjoy it as much because I just couldn't understand it most of the time. June is a very unreliable narrator, which wasn't a problem for me, but I just could not understand what was going on. However, not being able to figure out w ...more
“Nightingale” tells the story of June, a young woman who dreams of doing something more with her life than what rigid standards her parents and society have planned for her but she doesn’t get far when her family finds out her plans to explore writing after high school and lands herself in an asylum following a mysterious incident, but when the doctors are straight from a ...more
I interned at an over one-hundred-year-old state hospital with a history of doing lobotomies, which doctors believed could have been treatment for the mentally ill. Rosemary Kennedy’s biography talks about the devastating effects she experiences following hers.
During the 1950s, “difficult” (assertive) women could be involuntarily hospitalized by ...more
June Hardie is struggling to become a young woman in a typical suburban town in 1951. However, June is not a typical young woman destined to marry, have children, keep house and worship at her husbands feet. No, she is bound for greatness and she knows it. Driven to obsession she works night and day on her story. A story to set her free turned into the thing that destroys her.
Now comm ...more
Nightingale is the story of June Hardie. Set in the 1950s, June is expected to become the perfect housewife eventually. Her family discourages her dreams of being independent and being who she wants to be. When she fails to be who they want her to be and her reality changes forever she is committed to an Institution. At the Institution, she meets other women like her, including Eleanor. She soon discovers that everything is not as ...more
That was good! Not at all what I was expecting. I wish I had a deeper connection to Eleanor, the romance, the side characters. But I really liked June, the story, the atmosphere. The scares were great.
Gruesome and gross and a striking, precise commentary on American culture.
Amy lives with her husband, their two precious squidlings, and an old gentleman cat by the name of Fro ...more