.. and that means good! I enjoyed it as much as all the others.
Not much of a review, but by book 8 you don't need advice - if you’re into the series you'll read it no matter what I say!
I generally like courtroom drama.
The stories are usually very compelling, and there’s an edge-of-your-seat element to them that I always enjoy.
I didn’t devour this book as much as I thought I would because I have little interest in “The South”. The atmosphere doesn’t evoke anything for me and so I find the overall setting uninspiring and almost depressing.
The courtroom face-off didn’t start until three quarters of the way in; most of the story centred around the groundwork and various machinations involved in preparing to go to court which although I found interesting and even educational, started to feel too drawn-out after a while.
In the end, I felt a little deflated. I am not sure how the story could have wrapped up any better but as it is it was almost boring.
John Grisham however is a great story teller… and reading through his bibliography and I am sure I’ve read more of his books than the 3 I have marked as read… or did I just see the movies?
Was it me? Am I missing something obvious? Based on the pedigree of the author, I am more inclined to think I am overlooking something as opposed to this just being a really boring story.
I feel that high-brow people feel obligated to say intelligent things about the book because Margaret Atwood is so renowned … whereas I just think it sucked.
I didn’t like this one as much as the others, but it doesn’t matter. I'm still enjoying the series very much, and although I found there was something lacking in this instalment I am still a big Molly Murphy fan.
I picked up this book after seeing a funny segment on The Tonight Show where Jim Gaffigan was plugging it. I got a few giggles watching him and Jimmy Fallon joke around, and thought his book might be enjoyable.
It was, however it’s like 7 hours of stand-up on the same topic; funny but a little too long. I didn’t laugh out loud, but I smiled and chuckled a lot - it was entertaining but I can’t really say I’d recommend it.
As per usual, RJS has me riveted to every word!
His stories are always intensely interesting, deeply thought-provoking, and immensely entertaining.
I’ve said it before and it’s still true: I can’t get enough!
Great story! Interesting and suspenseful the entire way through.
It was hard for me to follow the various story lines at first since I have trouble keeping track of names, but that didn’t last long and I soon got swept up by the plot.
I also loved learning about the Pan Am Clipper!! I knew nothing about it prior to this book; a fascinating little bit of history.
Wow – I did NOT enjoy this book!
I was in a Paris mood, looking for something “scenic” that would recall memories of past visits to Paris - instead I got drippy, insipid, BORING drivel.
The characters were flat and unbelievable, the plot was uninteresting, the flashbacks were unexciting, the story uninspired… so why did I read on? Because I kept hoping things would improve; how much worse could they get since the book started off on such a low?
The narration was a farce. The French accents were so extremely comically bad, to me it felt like what Americans think French people should sound like (when they are making fun of them!) It was over the top absurdly bad – everyone was a cliché of Clouseau. “Ziss iz zee best place to ave crrrrrroisant! Come ma belle, let us enjoy zee sun. It tiz a bootifool afternoon,non”
ugh, I can’t even fake it.
This was my 3rd Liane Moriarty book and so far I just loved them all! This author is now a default hit for me, meaning I’ll read more of her books without reading the synopsis first, confident they’ll all be as terrific as the last 3 I’ve read (The Husband’s Secret / Little Big Lies / What Alice Forgot)
‘What Alice Forgot’ is yet another example of a book with an original plot, where the ending doesn’t matter. Wrap it up, don’t wrap it up - who cares, it’s all about the ride.
The characters are all so interesting, real, complicated, relatable, that you just get reeled in by the events and enjoy the journey.
I can’t wait to read more books by this author, I am hooked!
What a great story!
Just like the last book I read by Liane Moriarty (The Husband's Secret – which I also loved) I was completely swept up by the characters. There were a lot of them in this book, which is usually very difficult for me as I have a lot of trouble remembering who is who, but the characters were all so dynamic and interesting that it was it pretty easy this time... although not effortless, I did get mixed up occasionally!
The story is like a mystery in reverse - you know there has been a murder but you don’t know anything about it, like: who dunnit? Why? How? Who died? Then rewind 6 months and let the build up begin; like circling down around a drain, closer and closer to the last day – the day it all happened.
The storylines are all interconnected, and as the story moves along you discover just how much. I don’t think anyone could have guessed the ending ahead of time, but all the red herrings certainly made it fun to try!
I am downloading What Alice Forgot right away!!!!
I always knew about the deplorable living conditions that the poorest of the poor in London had to endure in the late 19th and early 20th century, but never have I read a book that describes it all so vividly!
I can’t fathom what it must have been like to live through it; it was hard to keep reading because I was so disgusted. It’s all so appalling!! The scum and rot and pestilence surrounding people every day, putrefying scraps of food, decaying body odours, filthy surroundings; what a sad existence.
The stories are fascinating yet tragic, I don’t think I will be reading the rest of the series; I can’t take it.
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