This psychological thriller had my head spinning. Not only from a LOT of action and an extremely fast pace, but also from ridiculously short chapters This psychological thriller had my head spinning. Not only from a LOT of action and an extremely fast pace, but also from ridiculously short chapters and a bunch of different characters and names. I like roller-coaster books, but this was a bit too much of a wild ride for me. I loved the unpredictability but at the same time it was confusing at moments and a bit forced at some points of the book. The wild ride starts at about 40% of the book and it lasts almost until the last chapter, a lot of things are going on, a lot of car chases, gun pointing (and shooting), explosions, fights and deaths. And that would be super fun to watch in a movie. A little to exhausting to read in a book. I loved the plot though (and I really didn´t foretell the final twist), the characters are amazingly built and the writing style, of course, is immaculate. I would say this is a perfect example of a (very) fast-paced thriller, but read it when well-rested and with none distractions whatsoever. And I´m sure you´ll enjoy it.
Thank you Little, Brown and Company and Netgalley for the free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review....more
I would say this is a good read. Not perfect (probably there is no such thing as a perfect book), not amazing, but good. It´s a classic crime story wiI would say this is a good read. Not perfect (probably there is no such thing as a perfect book), not amazing, but good. It´s a classic crime story with a vibe of traditional crime novels but with a twist of its own. I liked Malcolm, the main character, he is totaly relatable and loveable, although he has a lot of issues and demons chasing him. I liked the style, the book reads really smoothly, even though it has too much books references for my taste, so it can be a little overwhelming at times, with so many book titles and premises. But all in all the book did it´s job - it took me on an adventure and that is the point of reading, right?...more
Wow, such a genius premise. I liked the unique and innovative idea for the story, a really intriguing approach to the virtual reality vs. real life thWow, such a genius premise. I liked the unique and innovative idea for the story, a really intriguing approach to the virtual reality vs. real life theme. The ending is a bit predictable, hence the 4 star rating. But when I finished reading, I couldn´t help but wonder ... What if it´s all true?
Adam is living a double life. In one he is a teacher, a computer geek and a writer. But he doesn´t create his own work, he copies the art from the sims in a world that doesn´t exist. In that world he also falls in love with a woman that lives only on the screen of his computer. In that world he is brave and popular and loved. Which life is more real? Which one is better? In which one he is happier? And what happens when one is taken away from him?...more
The Rosie Project is a feel-good rom-com story about a man on a quest of finding a perfect woman. And meeting an imperfect one in the process. Don TillThe Rosie Project is a feel-good rom-com story about a man on a quest of finding a perfect woman. And meeting an imperfect one in the process. Don Tillman is a scientist, a professor, a man with a huge schedule board which runs his life. His day is planned to the precision, from the minute he wakes up to the second he goes to bed. He has the same meal on certain days of the week, goes to the same market vendors, buys the same supplies, exercises and socializes according to the schedule. He is unconventional on all the possible levels - he has a very tight circle of friends, containing a fellow scientist and his wife and an elderly woman who died some time ago. He is awkward and always says the "wrong" thing. And he is lonely. So, he decides to find himself a wife. And of course he does it in a scientific, logical way. Not by dating and meeting women, but with a project. The Wife project. He designs a questionnaire which would help him eliminate the candidates that don´t meet the requirements and help him find a perfect woman for him. But he doesn´t know that love is unpredictable and can´t be scheduled. So, he meets Rosie. And he goes on a journey of a lifetime. I usually try to avoid reading series (or rom-com books for that matter) but this one caught my eye, because I´m a sucker for unusual characters. And boy, Don IS unusual. So, I broke my own "rule" and was not dissapointed. I rarely laugh out loud while reading, but on some occassions while reading this book, I did. And I will break my own rule again and read the sequel....more
The story unravels the life of two Lenas. They both live in a cabin in the woods with their family. A man, a 13 year-old Hannah and an 11 year-old JonThe story unravels the life of two Lenas. They both live in a cabin in the woods with their family. A man, a 13 year-old Hannah and an 11 year-old Jonathan. Sounds like a dream? It is. A dream, in which you wake up locked in a prison with no natural light, sealed windows and locked doors, forced to play happy family. Both Lenas live the same horrible nightmare until one of them manages to escape. That is the moment the mystery starts to untangle. Who was the man in the cabin? And who is the woman in the hospital? Only little Hannah is the one that knows the secrets of the past 13 years. Will a traumatized child, whose only normality is a life between four walls, be able to help find her mummy? Or will Lena´s determined father be the one that brings his daughter back home? Alive or dead.
I would give this book a 6 stars rating if I could. This is probably the best thriller I´ve read not his week, not this month, not this year. But my whole life. It´s chillingy creepy, incredibly undpredictable, deliciously bold and shockingly amazing....more
When I read Flynn´s Dark Places, I thought it couldn´t get better than that. Then I read Sharp Objects. Now this is a book that left me speechless (whWhen I read Flynn´s Dark Places, I thought it couldn´t get better than that. Then I read Sharp Objects. Now this is a book that left me speechless (which is not easy to achieve).
In Sharp Objects we meet Camille - a thirtysomething woman who escaped from a little town called Wind Gap and made herself a career in journalism in Chicago. But after almost a decade in the Windy city, her boss forces her to return to her childhood town and write a story about two gruesome murders.
For no good reason, I held my breath as I passed the sign welcoming me to Wind Gap, the way kids do when they drive by cemeteries.
Camille has to reconnect with her fellow Wind Gapers, dig out all the local gossip and at the same time she has to face her own fears of returning to the scene of her painful memories.
I always feel sad for the girl that I was, because it never occured to me that my mother might comfort me. She has never told me she loved me, and I never assumed she did. She tended to me. She administrated me. Oh, yes, and one time she bought me a lotion with vitamin E.
In the process she meets a charming detective working on the case, gets to know her intriguing half-sister and discovers some dirty secrets, buried in the house she spent her childhood in. Will she help solve the case? And will she manage to heal her own scars in the meantime?
Sometimes my scars have a mind of their own.
In Sharp Objects there actually wasn´t a thing that I didn´t love (except maybe the chapters are looong). I loved the writing style, the characters (Amma, wow) and the dynamics between them. I loved Camille´s attraction to the imperfections of people and how well the author managed to capture the small mindedness of the Gapers.
But Richard didn´t bore me. Maybe because his grin was a little crooked. Or because he made his living dealing in ugly things.
Dark places are indeed dark. And twisted and chilling, grotesque at times. And brilliant.
Little Libby is 7 years old when her mom and two sisters areDark places are indeed dark. And twisted and chilling, grotesque at times. And brilliant.
Little Libby is 7 years old when her mom and two sisters are brutally murdered by a mysterious person in the middle of a cold winter night. She is terrified and she has a vivid imagination, so after she testifies in court, her big brother Ben is sent to prison for killing his family.
My brother slaughtered my family when I was seven. My mom, two sisters, gone: bang bang, chop chop, choke choke.
25 years later, Libby is alone and lonely, still traumatized by her past, the demons still haunting her, preventing her to live a "normal" life. Did she make the right call to accuse her brother of the murders? Was someone else in the house that night? Can she right the wrongs of the past?
When she meets Lyle, a leader of The Kill Club, she starts unravelling the mystery of that horrible night. At first her motive is money, but after she reconnects with a few people from her past, including her brother, she discovers she has to overcome her fears of the dark places in her head, and come to the bottom of what happened, to finally close that door and start living again.
Darkplace. Maniacal smears of bright red sound in the night. That inevitable, rhythmic axe, moving as mechanically as if it were chopping wood. Shotgun blasts in a small hallway. The panicked, jaybird cries of my mother, still trying to save her kids with half her head gone.
Dark places is a very unique book, with distinctive writing style, the story is intriguing, each chapter ending with a captivating cliffhanger that keeps you turning page after page. I´m not a fan of too descriptive story telling, but that really suits this book. Flynn managed to capture the gloomy and daunting atmosphere of the surroundings and the creepiness of the characters. And for that, she has a new fan....more
Knjigo Androidi čutijo v barvah bi sprva lahko označili kot znanstvenofantastični triler. A je veliko več kot to. Je distopična vizija prihodnosti, jeKnjigo Androidi čutijo v barvah bi sprva lahko označili kot znanstvenofantastični triler. A je veliko več kot to. Je distopična vizija prihodnosti, je kritika preteklosti, je družbeno-kritična refleksija današnje družbe in družb, ki prihajajo. Je zgodba, ki nastavlja ogledalo človeštvu. Zgodba je postavljena v dve časovni obdobji, leto 2031, ko je bil ustvarjen prvi android, in leto 2048, ko je eden izmed 70.000 androidov končal njihovo zavezništvo z ljudmi. Avtor zgodbo pripoveduje skozi štiri like; politika Jamesa, znanstvenika Kenta, prvega androida Robbieja in vojakinjo Maio. Vsi liki, perfektno razdelani in dodelani, pripovedujejo zgodbo skozi svoje oči, vsak s svojimi stališči, moralnimi načeli in dilemami. Avtor mojstrsko vodi bralca med različnimi vidiki, med branjem se nenehno postavljaš zdaj na eno, zdaj na drugo stran, tehtaš argumente, dvomiš, sprašuješ, sočustvuješ. Koncept, da je umetna inteligenca ne le po fizionomiji podobna ljudem, ampak kot ljudje tudi čustvuje, je revolucionaren, saj androide postavlja ob bok čutečim bitjem. In kaj v knjigi pravzaprav loči androide od ljudi? Verjetno to, da androidi ne premorejo zlobe. Niso pohlepni. Niso zavistni. Niso nečloveški. Kako ironično. Tomc kot vedno blesti v svoji domiselnosti in sposobnosti pripovedovanja, naravnost genialni dialogi vodijo celotno zgodbo, zato se knjiga izjemno tekoče bere. Seveda ne manjka filozofskih in antropoloških vložkov, ki sicer prekinejo dogajanje, a ravno toliko, da se ustaviš, zamisliš, začudiš. Potem pa te zgodba katapultira naprej v, iz poglavja v poglavje bolj napeto dogajanje, ki rezultira v nepričakovan preobrat in nato čustven konec. Ja, "Androidi" so znanstvenofantastični triler. A prepričana sem, da je to knjiga, ki napoveduje prihodnost, v kateri se lahko zbudimo jutri....more