Why choose the short way? For a million reasons! I still haven’t recovered from the awesomeness of the book. The author burnt my brain. The book didn’t have a big impact on me. I could go on and on. The length of each review doesn’t reflect my appreciation of the book. Sometimes, fewer words are enough to convey what you felt and thought.
In a nutshell: I write Regular Reviews, Lazy Saturday reviews which are shorter than the regular ones and focus on my feelings instead of analysing the novel, and Quickies to unload feelings and keep track of what worked and what didn’t!
Too Close by Natalie Daniels
How close is too close?
Connie and Ness met in the park while their children played. As they talked, they realised they were neighbours. Perhaps it was only natural that they and their families would become entirely inseparable.
But when Ness’s marriage ends in a bitter divorce, she is suddenly at Connie’s house all the time. Connie doesn’t have a moment to herself, no time alone with her husband, not a second to chat to her kids.
It’s all too much. Something has to give.
Connie has woken up in a psychiatric hospital. They say she committed a terrible crime but she says she can’t remember a thing.
Connie is in a psychiatric hospital. Something awful happened. This is all you need to know. The pages will make sure you learn to care about the protagonists, the plot will keep you looking for answers and for the key to a locked mind which can have clearer thoughts than we think! You will dive deep into the toxicity of relationships and their consequences. A tailspin to hell.
Imagine something so terrible that your mind has chosen to erase it from your available memories.
Too Close is a wonderful surprise! Perfect characterization, gripping story lines, the right amount of tension, and an amazing development of protagonists. A riveting look at society and what it expects from women, as well as the pressure we have to endure from all parts. An absolutely fantastic read. I can’t find the words to express, so just keep this one in mind, IT IS 100% WORTH IT!
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts.
There are dangers and adventures for Bod in the graveyard. But it is in the land of the living that real danger lurks for it is there that the man Jack lives and he has already killed Bod’s family.
My very first Neil Gaiman novel! I read this one as my Halloween spooky read and I am quite pleased with my choice! I love the layers The Graveyard Book offers. Depending on the perspective of the reader, and their age, you get different meanings, deep messages, and a brilliant narration to feed the imagination! I was blown away by how the author managed to keep a down-to-earth no-nonsense and no ghosts reader like me hooked from the first to the last page. I felt like growing up with the main character, Bod. This might have had something to do with my love for walks in cemeteries (you can’t be a Buffy fan and not have gone to wander in those places… Also, I lived right across one for three years, and I still can remember who’s lying where!).
I was expecting something rather silly or light, but oh gosh, I was wrong! This is a beautiful tale of belonging, good and evil, the lines in between, old stories and beliefs, and the meaning of life and death. A formidable read for anyone. Absolutely anyone!
In Her Bones by Kate Moretti
Fifteen years ago, Lilith Wade was arrested for the brutal murder of six women. After a death row conviction and media frenzy, her thirty-year-old daughter Edie is a recovering alcoholic with a deadend city job, just trying to survive out of the spotlight.
Edie also has a disturbing secret: a growing obsession with the families of Lilith’s victims. She’s desperate to discover how they’ve managed—or failed—to move on, and whether they’ve fared better than her. She’s been careful to keep her distance, until the day one of them is found murdered and she quickly becomes the prime suspect. Edie remembers nothing of the night of the death, and must get to the truth before the police—or the real killer—find her.
Wouldn’t you be curious if your mother was a serial killer? I would. In fact, I read In Her Bones in one sitting and I kept wondering if my mum was actually really going to the shop when she left the house or if there were signs I should look for… But this is just my over-paranoid brain. Right???
Back to the story! Edie’s mother did kill women and was sentenced to death. While she is waiting for her day to come, her daughter has her own secret… She obsesses over the victims’ families. Have they moved on? Did they die of heartbreak? But we are not talking about check-ups every few months on people destroyed by your mother, we are dealing with a complete focus on their lives. Basically, Edie reminded me of a voyeur. I had a bad feeling about her looking from afar, stocking loads of information about people who should have been left in peace! Still… The author, the extremely talented Kate Moretti, managed to show me a side of Edie that would help me understand her reasons. Within a few pages, I warmed to her and my heart ached for this kid who was robbed of a normal life. Snippets of the past explain just how difficult things have been for Edie, her brother and their father, and in the end, I could only be on Edie’s side. No clichés, no shortcuts, the author really did a wonderful job at conjuring chilling and taut images from the present and the past.
Except… Curiosity kills the cat, right? Well, Edie learns it the hard way when one of her mother’s victim’s relative is killed and her name pops up on the list of suspects! Same mother, same daughter? Is there a killing gene?
So many feelings, so many questions raised in this masterfully-weaved plot of a woman looking for her identity. Edie has flaws, she is a loner, but is it enough to call her a murderer?
In Her Bones stayed with me for days after I finished (not because I still suspect my mother!). Kate Moretti has written another sensational and dark thriller. Highly recommended!