This book had been hailed as the next "Gone Girl". Well, it's not. It is about a husband a wife with a troubled relationship and uses the same format where each chapter is narrated by either the husband or wife. However, this book lacked the pace and grip of Gone Girl. I found the characters to be a bit pathetic and, while the story did keep me wondering and waiting for the big plot twist, it unfortunately ended with a whimper, not a bang.
This was my first Liane Moriarty book and I'm so happy to have found her. Set in Australia, The Husband's Secret weaves together the lives of three women and their families. Celia is a tupperware "queen" with a seemingly perfect marriage and life. Tess is a driven career woman who learns that her husband is in love with her best friend. Rachel is struggling to come to terms with the death of her daughter. In a wonderful story full of wit and warmth the three women's lives come together, connected by a husband's terrible secret. I will be reading much more from Liane Moriarty.
I've been searching for another Philippa Gregory novel that is as gripping and juicy as The Other Boleyn Girl. Unfortunately, this wasn't it. The setting is England, after the death of Henry VIII and the main character, Hannah, is a Spanish Jew who has fled to England with her father. She has the gift of "sight" and is brought to the royal court to be a royal fool, someone to amuse the court.
As in many Gregory books, she weaves in historical facts about the life and times in Tudor England, mainly focusing on the deceit, betrayal, and torture to spice up the story. While it also had some romance, it lacked the passion of Boleyn Girl and that's why I only gave it three stars.
A classic tale set in 17th century Persia, brought to life by a skilled narrator. Shohreh Aghdashloo's silken voice transports you back (on a magic carpet) to colorful bazaars filled with exotic rugs and fragrant spices. Five stars for her performance.
Gillian Flynn is a talented author. Her stories are like a giant jigsaw puzzle that she slowly pieces together to ultimately reveal a horrifying picture. I won't reveal the ending of this novel but it was brilliant - completely surprised me. However, I almost didn't make it to the end because this is a very dark and disturbing story, on many levels. I could have taken a lot less gore. The book would have been just as powerful.
I've been hoping to find another Stephen King novel that is as amazing as 11-22-63. Unfortunately, Joyland is not it. Joyland is about a college student, Devin, who spends his summer working at a seaside amusement park. A murder took place in the park many years earlier and the park is rumored to be haunted by the ghost of the murdered girl.
The story had good bones with characters that started to get interesting and a mystery that started to get intriguing. However, there just wasn't enough meat on the bones of the plotline. The relationships between the characters did not evolve and the mystery was solved too quickly. I was left wondering and wanting.
Heft is one of those books that stick with you, long after the final page. It explores the lives of two people, Arthur, an obese, ex-professor and Kel, a 17-year old high-school student with a troubled mother. The writer delves deep into the thoughts and emotions of the characters as they struggle with relationships. The narration was superb. Highly recommend.
Loved this book and didn't want it to end. This was my first Stephen King novel and I was expecting horror and gore. Instead I got a fascinating story with thought-provoking concepts and characters with depth. Everyone I have recommended this to has thoroughly enjoyed the book and wished there were more like it. Give it a try.
This is a sweet, simple, and poignant story of a sad, retired man who had lost purpose in his life but rediscovers himself through his pilgimage across country to see a dying friend. The story has a slow pace, like the walker, but builds as Harold encounters interesting characters along the way. The narration by the great British actor, Jim Broadbent, is the perfect voice for the story and for Harold.
This was a mystery/suspense/science-fiction story that started strong but got a little weird towards the end. The story centered around the mysterious Kavach building in Los Angeles, one with unbelievably low rent and many unexplainable oddities. It's tenants were a group of misfits who came together to uncover the secrets of the building and ultimately save the world. The performance was good and the characters were engaging but I'm not dying to read another of Cline's books.
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