Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Sunday, April 27, 2014
I loved the return of a Harlan Coben novel that made my heart race a bit as I waited to see what happened, although part of me was scared that creeps out there would get ideas, I guess there are already people around doing such awful things. It certainly makes you more wary about dating websites.
A pretty solid 4/5.
Friday, April 25, 2014
With a connection to the authors of Little House on the Prairie (who doesn't love that book/tv show?), we learn more about Lee, her past relationships and her family backstory, making her an interesting character. I found myself sympathising with a girl, forced to return to the family home, while her old brother is left to pursue his own life without the apron strings. Still I was left wanting more, maybe wanting a more happy conclusion. 3/5
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Friday, April 18, 2014
Forced to rely on the kindness of Ed, one of her customers she learns that he is battling his own problems.
Enough said? Have I given it away? Anyway if you have read Jojo Moyes, you already know that she writes well on the subject of relationships and makes it an entertaining journey. I just didn't really love the story - it was ok, and made good rainy night reading, and I could see it being a movie of the week.
Beautifully blending a true story with fiction we share the life of Sarah Grimke, a privledged Southern girl who on her eleventh birthday is given a young slave girl, Hetty 'Handful' wrapped up in lavender ribbons. We watch both girls grow up, both trapped in the world around them, and I think the beauty of this book is that the author strikes a good balance between both stories, giving them equal power and beauty.
Worthy of a 5/5.
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
So, I was looking forward to reading Shame and the Captives, a novel by Tom Keneally (of Schindlers List fame). With a prisoner of war camp built in rural New South Wales, it tells the story of European, Korean and Japanese prisoners, and the locals in the surrounding community. I got through forty pages, but for me it was too much of a struggle to read as I was fighting the words too much, so I put it aside.
I sort of wanted to really like this story, as the author does spin a good tale, but somehow I was reminded of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo/ Gone Girl and other recent books, and some of the sub plot lines got a bit lost on me. I do like a spooky story sometimes, but I was a bit weirded out by the troll stuff and teenage girl lust obsession is a bit too creepy for me. 3/5