The author is just brilliant, amazing humor, great story telling, takes you inside the "dirty" side of Wall St but with an unpretentious tone that is so needed.
For me the very last scene was the most memorable. Spoiler alert! As a hopeless romantic I was hoping to find any signs from either Strike or Robin throughout the book that there is any interest in a romantic way and I was thrilled with the simplest of gestures in the last scene <3
Rowling upstaged herself in this sequel which brings numerous new layers to the story of Cormoran Strike, the hero we are already familiar with and who jumps into murder solving from the get go, excluding thoughts of sympathy for his physical and financial condition that were prevalent throughout the first book.
The new murder is premeditated, well executed and there are no leads or suspicions until the very end, which kept the mystery escalating and finally reached a exhilarating climax. In that Rowling does not disappoint yet again. If you are looking for an easy read, this is not the book for you. There are many details that you have to be attune to in order to get the full picture.
Lastly, the one thing I absolutely loved about this book is the slowly building relationship between Strike and Robin. There is nothing sexy about it, yet it pulls you into it as they start to get to know each other better. As I hopeless romantic, I consumed every tiny sign of personal interest shown by either party and kept hoping for more.
Overall, great job!!!
Hmmm... To be 100% honest... I was a tiny bit disappointed with the new male character "Miller". I really wanted to fall in love again but I just couldn't.
Jesse Ward still is the number one man in my heart... <3
The book started off with a bit of mystery with a scene that only makes sense until you actually reach the end of the book and you realize that your first assumption was very wrong. So I liked that unpredictability. The story that unfolds is really "plain" in a way if I may say. Miller has many quirks and besides his perfect masculine outside form I do not see much more to him. Some sense of humor could have really worked for Miller.
There is beauty in Livy and Miller's sexual encounters which is a skill that Jodi Ellen has mastered and proved it yet again. We see the connection growing and reaching a crescendo at the end, which is not a happy ending.
I love Jodi's writing style. Please add more suspense and more action to the next one! I will buy the sequel because, similarly to "this man" the later in the story, the more fluid everything becomes.
Bobby Denton is a charmer, everyone's best friend and confidant. When Gracie comes into his life, she has everything to prove to herself and her boss and sweeps him under her beautiful spell. Beauty is defined on the inside of course, and Gracie is a stunner!
The scene where Bobby Denton makes the big announcement in front of all his friends is heartbreaking as Gracie finally makes him realize what the real problem is: his denial of his deep true feelings for her.
Kevin & Molly come together at a true SEP fashion, under very random/ hard to believe situation that results in a terrible hardship early on. However the heart breaking experience forged a deep bond between the two that make them stick together as they try to fight the attraction to each other in the most fun, witty and charming way. Another stunning book by SEP.
I loved Ten Tiny Breaths which is the reason why I listened to this book. Elizabeth Louise delivered yet another emotionally filled narration that added to the story of the book, which seemed believable until the end came into view. My main issue with the book was that Livie, which was introduced in the prior book as a stunningly mature teenager, would have never put herself in that situation where she would cheat her boyfriend with his best friend. It just doesn't jive with who she is truly is. Besides that, the story is told beautifully and emotions are always at full display, typical of K.A. Tucker style <3
The inclusion of Dean's family members' issues and personalities into the story was as smooth as a gelato. But it all worked for me because it took away the unbelievability of how Blue ended up with staying with Dean. Fun and witty dialogues come with any SEP book.
Dean is a strong, gorgeous and level headed man but the situations he gets involved in test his self control and bring down his emotional barriers he built long time ago to survive. Blue is a witness to it all as the story unfolds and pushes her own insecurities down the drain and trusts Dean with her whole self. Its a beautifully built love story.
I enjoyed the fact that the heroine stayed true to herself despite the pressure from her family (which you slowly realize are not as evil as initially thought) and her bank account!
Such an entertaining, witty and of course girl-next-door woman was destined to dazzle Health. He did not stand a chance!
I loved how the characters from prior books (Phoebe, Dan, Molly and Kevin) are truly embedded in the story, instead of just being bystanders.
Anna is amazing. She brings the fun, passion and a full range of emotions through her narrations that would have been missed in the hard copy of the book. She is phenomenal.
Here is the dilemma: would have this book been better off with adult characters or with the current teenage stars? Hazel and Augustus' early maturity could have been a result of their health struggles but the witty yet philosophical dialogues are not indicative of their assumed age. On the other hand, the rawness in their thoughts and conversations could have easily turned this book into an apathy infested script which is salvaged by the young and innocent stars. Somehow, it all worked for me.
Yes, I would cut most of the scenes with her mom! She is such an unlikable character and a good third of the book is about her which is disappointing because Fleur is a solid woman and I wanted to know more about her and Jake, who could have also been more intricate than he was presented.
It was fun to see the lonely Emma come into the homely town of Wynette where everyone is in each other's business and Kenny is yet another gorgeous pro golfer who is stuck with her for a few days as a favor to Francesca. Entertaining as always.
The phenomenal british accents are juxtaposed beautifully against the Texan drawls. Anna did a great job as always.
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