This book was on track to be a great read. I found myself immersed in the story, and then suddenly, it became frustrating, albeit, much too late intoThis book was on track to be a great read. I found myself immersed in the story, and then suddenly, it became frustrating, albeit, much too late into the story to simply walk away.
We know from the start that the children this perfect nanny has been charged with caring for are dead, and that they died by her hand. What we, the readers, do not know is how or why she killed them. While these items are explained by the books end, as much as these things can be explained, the ending came to a hurried conclusion. Almost as if the author woke up one day and realized she was done writing about these characters and needed to wrap it up. While the abrupt ending was jarring, I could have overlooked it, if her path to the ending had her "non-psycho" characters acting in a manner that made logical sense.
Much of the creep factor of this story existed because the nanny's concerning behavior was only/mostly presented to the children, who are not yet aware enough to process and communicate that something is wrong. They certainly sense it, but children do not necessarily possess the ability to communicate that something is amiss in a way that aptly articulates the issue at hand. However, this changes 3/4 of the way thru the book, when the nanny clearly demonstrates pathological behavior to both parents within this story, yet they are so insecure/selfish/insert appropriate characterization here, that they do nothing.
Honestly, if I hadn't been so far along in the book, I would have abandoned it. If you don't mind being frustrated by character stupidity, go for it, otherwise, give this one a pass....more
This series is certainly intriguing and entertaining, though I feel a bit disturbed at saying so, and wholly thought provoking. As I was reading, I keThis series is certainly intriguing and entertaining, though I feel a bit disturbed at saying so, and wholly thought provoking. As I was reading, I keep thinking how far fetched and nasty this story was, but then would counter my own thought process. After all, there are serial killers, and rapists, and pedophiles in the world, and they all have families and a means of carrying out their crimes. It just goes to show how much every fiber of our being wants to reject the fact that such things exist in the world. And I couldn't stop myself from thinking...if technology, for all its good intentions and life enhancements has more draw backs than positives. ...more
I wanted to love this, but it drug out way to long. It took half the book to get to the meat of the story and by that point, I really couldn't must anI wanted to love this, but it drug out way to long. It took half the book to get to the meat of the story and by that point, I really couldn't must any liking for half the characters....more
This was my first Michael Connelly read though it will not be my last. I enjoyed everything about TheLateShow. The plot and pacing held my attentionThis was my first Michael Connelly read though it will not be my last. I enjoyed everything about TheLateShow. The plot and pacing held my attention and interest perfectly. The story read like a movie script, which I say as a compliment, not a detractor.
I also got the sense that this story was well researched as I learned a great deal about a variety of things I had no knowledge or awareness of, which is saying something given the volume of TV Crime Dramas I have watched and soaked up like a sponge over the years.
More importantly, as the root to my reading pleasure lies with the likability of the characters, Renee was a sympathetic and likable character. I found her to be smart, down to earth, tough and a wee bit mysterious. Her actions, though maddening at times, were logical moves that I could easily believe others would make if faced with similar circumstances. The secondary characters were well established and well drawn enough for me to want to bite the carrot dangled in front of me.
Overall, TheLateShow was a very fun read. This is one series that I am looking forward to delving into....more
This book is gut wrenching and not for the faint of heart. The opening chapter had my heart pumping and my adrenaline on high alert. Though subsequentThis book is gut wrenching and not for the faint of heart. The opening chapter had my heart pumping and my adrenaline on high alert. Though subsequent chapters are seemingly more calm and character driven, there is a devastating revelation that had me sobbing hysterically for several pages. I share this as this book is not for everyone, especially those who shy away from reading any book containing violent imagery. This book handles these topics respectfully, nothing is gratuitous, but that doesn’t make them any less disturbing or difficult to read.
But this book worked for me. I’m not always a fan of the character driven novel, but I could not put this book down. The older I get, the more I discover my own peculiar interest in reading about the routines of others. I’m fascinated to not only learn about these things, but to also discover what drives them. If that is not your cup of tea, you may struggle with The Good Daughter.
There is so much to say about this novel, yet I am fearful of saying too much as I don’t want to prevent other readers from discovering its contents in their own way. I found it to be a great read and very well balanced between plot and character, humor, sorrow and fear. If my previous comments didn’t deter you, chances are high that you will like it too....more
My love for this novel was unexpected. It is such an absorbing, subtle story.
Truth be told, I almost set it aside. The plot is entirely character drivMy love for this novel was unexpected. It is such an absorbing, subtle story.
Truth be told, I almost set it aside. The plot is entirely character driven and the first chapter or two did not hold my interest, namely because I didn't much care for the character Flora, who is one of the story’s two narrators. Given my strong sense of dislike for Flora, I was left with a bit of a conundrum. I had to weigh out how much more time I wanted to devote to Flora in hope of narrator two being compelling enough to compensate for Flora. After a small internal debate, I settled on reading just one more chapter before deciding to cast the book aside. It was the right decision as I was introduced to the story’s second narrator, Ingrid, and from that moment on, the hooks were set.
Things I loved: • The non-linear way in which the character's stories are told. It heightened the intrigue and kept me hungry for the books’ end. • The personal letter format used to portray Ingrid’s point of view. By learning about her character thru such a revealing method, I was enabled to emote a personal connection to Ingrid. • The coastal setting. It generated a strong sense of tranquility, which makes the revelations shared throughout the story all the more distressing for their in-congruence.
Those things said, this is frankly a very depressing novel, which contains no small amount of shallow, unlikable characters. But there is something about a story of misfits that calls to me, and lingers, long after the story ends.
P.S. My initial impression of Flora did not change, though I came to appreciate her story more by the conclusion of the story....more
This book didn't land for me. The story and the characters were a bit too vanilla and as such, the non-linear story telling, used to draw out the plotThis book didn't land for me. The story and the characters were a bit too vanilla and as such, the non-linear story telling, used to draw out the plot and keep the reader guessing only served to drive me up the wall....more
Don't ask me why I read this...I really can't explain it. There are so many sex scenes within this book that James makes sex boring. I mean, who has tDon't ask me why I read this...I really can't explain it. There are so many sex scenes within this book that James makes sex boring. I mean, who has this kind of time?
I was bored. The writing is so, so horrendous. The characters are ridiculous, fantasy figures, who live in an alternate reality that somehow exceeds itself.
Yet....the series is mindlessly entertaining. Just like the movies....more
Small Great Things is my first Jodi Picoult. I had what is now perhaps an unfair bias towards her books, associating them writers such as Nicholas Sp Small Great Things is my first Jodi Picoult. I had what is now perhaps an unfair bias towards her books, associating them writers such as Nicholas Sparks, who I find rather trite with his tried and true formulaic books designed to provoke the reader to have an emotional response.
If Small Great Things is at all reflective of Picoult’s other works, I’ve been severely underestimating her talent for writing challenging, thought provoking stories. Small Great Things is a page turner. I had to discipline myself not skip ahead as I just had to know how the story would unfold. And what a story it was. I loved everything about it. The setting (hospitals and courtrooms are my favorite), the plot, and most of all the characters, no matter how off putting or frustrating they were at times.
As you can discern from the summary, Small Great Things tackles subject matter (race, privilege, prejudice, the justice system) that could easily become heavy handed in the wrong hands. Luckily, I did not get the sense that Picoult was attempting to be a spokesperson for something she herself has not experienced. Rather, Picoult developed well rounded characters in Ruth, an African American Labor and Delivery nurse, her white public defender, Kennedy McQuarrie, and the neo-Nazi father of the deceased child, Turk Bauer. The story moves through each of their perspectives and paints a picture of each of their lives that is as insightful as it is enthralling.
I learned something while reading this story. Perhaps even several somethings and I could not get it out of my head days after I had finished reading it. To me, that is a testament to a great piece of fiction....more