If you were looking for Harry Potter, how disappointed you must be. This story could almost be about a town where the Dursleys' live. Small minded arrogant people who must find a way to feel they are better than others to allow them to have some control over their lives. To have a poor project "on the other side of the tracks' creates the tension and tragedy that follows. This woman knows how to draw you into the story even when you despise the characters for their weaknesses and lack of charity. It is a gritty tale but one more purely true in our world than my beloved Harry Potter. Don't give up on this book even if the beginning is a bit raw. In the end you will have at least a beginning understanding of why people hate each other for really no reason at all and the devastation it can bring to the world of everyday people. I commend JK Rowling for the courage it takes to change paths after such a phenomenal success with the Potter Series. This one is definitely not for children. It is definitely a 5 star read.
I find Liane Moriarty's books to be incredibly moving. The way she weaves her characters in and out and then entangles them in the guts of the story is masterful. She certainly nailed life in a rich town. You get the good, the bad, and the ugly. This book is about abuse of all kinds: verbal, emotional, and physical. I think it certainly is pertinent to the times. It is set in Australia so the narrator and accent are a bit irritating, but the story overrides all. Definitely a must read for any woman who has ever been controlled by a male, her kids, her schedule, her job, etc.
I have read most of Colin Bateman's books and they (or I) are so quirky, they never fail to make me laugh. Whenever I am a bit down I read" I predict a riot, murder, Extortion and a carrot cake." I LOVE HIS WRITING but I think you have to suspend belief and just go with Colin on his fantastic voyages.
The voice of Tom Smith once again brings us a story with vivid characters, interesting environs, and a weird tale that turns out to be so real and so sad. It keeps you going back and forth in your belief of the activities going on. In the end, our past forms our future. He is a worthy author and this book is worth your time-just keep digging through to the end.
Funny, silly but for those of us in real life who cannot seem to ever get ahead with all the responsibilities, it was fun to imagine such a person in the background. Narrator a little shrill but British accent makes it acceptable.
if you need a break from books about dysfunctional families, etc., this is just a simple light hearted mystery that you can read and not think about too much. These books are really valuable to me, because I need some brain drain time and love the cozy mysteries as the remedy. I can't give it a higher rating because it is not the caliber of writing or depth of story to get more. I still recommend it.
I think I first read To Kill A Mockingbird at age 12 and have read it more times than I can remember. This is the first time I have listened to it and Sissy Spacek did a great job. I did some research on Harper Lee and found information that was new to me: I found her integrity fascinating. Whenever I get down about the state of our country, I read this book and know that even a few people with moral integrity and lack of prejudice can make a difference. Too bad those people are not in Congress. I also grew up in Georgia and was 12 in 1960 so I saw the civil rights fight first hand. How silly people with racial prejudice seem through the eyes of Harper Lee. I applaud her for her courage.
Because protagonist wears stiletos, I thought this book would be more like a Stephanie Plum or Kyra Davis, but it actually had substance to the story and some violence. Not light hearted at all. I found I enjoyed the story once I stopped looking for the jokes. I have purchased her next book and am looking forward to a real journalistic mystery.
Book starts off with interesting premise but obviously writer had no clue where to go from there. I would have rated it 0 if that was available.
Too much gratuitous sex for this type of book. The storyline was cute but I got sick of them having sex every time they see each other.
The story starts off as a serial killer story, then a girl goes missing and a girl from many years back who disappeared returned. Then the whole thing turned into a cult story. I was insulted. Seriously a queen or princess on a slab. I thought Rosemary's Baby or Jim Jones' story was written a long time ago. Convoluted, hard to follow and keep up with characters. I will not be reading any more JT Ellison's books.
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