Publicat în Andrew Hart

The Woman In Our House by Andrew Hart

Synopsis:

What happens when you open your home to the perfect stranger?

Anna Klein is ready to return to work as a literary agent for the first time since having children. She and her husband, Josh, decide to hire a live-in nanny with some trepidation, but all their misgivings disappear as soon as they meet Oaklynn Durst. She has stellar references, a calm disposition, and a natural way with children. Not to mention their kids simply adore her.

But not long after Oaklynn arrives, the children start to come down with the most puzzling illnesses and inexplicable injuries. When the maternal Oaklynn is there to comfort everyone, Anna can’t help feeling a little eclipsed. And suspicious. Her husband and friends assure her that her anxieties are getting the best of her—Oaklynn is perfect. But Anna’s not so sure…

As she delves into Oaklynn’s past, she discovers too late that the woman who has been living in her house is not at all who she claims to be. But Oaklynn’s not the only one who has been lying. And when everyone’s dark secrets are forced into the light, the consequences may just turn deadly.

Review:

Every time when I finish a book and go to GoodReads to mark it as read, I throw a quick glance over the first reviews that show up. This time, when I did it, I was surprised in a negative way by how much people complained about this book, even if they did give it a decent rating. From what I briefly saw, most of the people complain about too many details and too many lines followed by the author, instead of concentrating only on one of the characters. I don’t think I ever had such a different impression about a book compared to the general opinion shared by most of the reviewers.

Personally, I enjoyed every step of the story, every detail shared and in no way I found the book being uselessly elongated. I mentioned before, I’m very far from being that type of the reader that turns into a detective in order to solve the mystery before the writer will reveal it. On the contrary, I enjoy staying clueless during the whole reading and letting myself get surprised by the turn of events in the end. Therefore, I remained in the darkness for the entire storyline and I loved the change of perspectives, the different points of view and the small pieces of the puzzle that the author places along the book.

I loved how distorted the image of the characters becomes from a chapter to another, how Andrew Hart manages to manipulate you into trusting whatever he wants you to believe. All characters , from the protagonists to the secondary ones are complex, all of them show you different sides of their personality, all of them seem to have something dark to hide and some hidden reasons for their suspicious actions. You never know when the roles will change, when one of the less important characters will take over the scene and become maybe the main ones that influence the course of the story.

One more big plus of the story is the fact that it reveals from the very beginning one of the details that you would have expected to discover much later. Despite this, there’s never a boring page, the novel keeps you hooked from the first to the last page.

If there’s one thing that disappointed me a bit, it was the last chapter, after the big mystery has already been revealed. I thought that everything seemed rushed in a way, like things ended somewhat too easily after such a tensioned atmosphere that was built just before it. I got the feeling that the author created everything necessary for a huge explosion, even took the first steps to start in, only to end it in just a few, timid sparks instead. But even if I wasn’t the biggest fan of the last few pages, overall, The Woman In Our House was definitely a great reading, which I enjoyed with every page I turned.

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Publicat în Michelle Campbell

It’s Always The Husband by Michelle Campbell

Synopsis:

Kate, Aubrey, and Jenny. They first met as college roommates and soon became inseparable, even though they are as different as three women can be. Twenty years later, one of them is standing at the edge of a bridge . . and someone else is urging her to jump.

How did things come to this?

As the novel cuts back and forth between their college years and their adult years, you see the exact reasons why these women love and hate each other—but can feelings that strong lead to murder? Or will everyone assume, as is often the case, that it’s always the husband?

Review:

There’s always something dark inside of us that makes us curious about the lives of others. About the things that are wrong, about what hides under a presumably fake perfect image, about what they’re trying to hide. Probably that’s why gossip is a universal human habit that we hate and love at the same time. Even if we’re trying to be decent humans and avoid it as much as possible, we’ll still do it with our closest ones, feeling a bit guilty, but honestly speaking, so damn satisfied.

This is probably one of the reasons why domestic thrillers have always been successful. They give you the chance to take a peek inside the lives of others, inside their secrets, their complicated relations, their controversial decisions and the reasons behind them.

Perhaps for the readers that are choosing this kind of novels for the adrenaline, for the murder mystery (this is not a spoiler – all of these thrillers are usually built around a murder or disappearance) and for the puzzle they have to decipher in order to find out who’s the guilty one, It’s Always The Husband will feel extremely slow paced or even boring. The book follows the group of three frenemies since they first met in university, until 20 years later, when faith brings them together again, despite their complicated, so-called friendship and all the sins from the past they’ve been trying to forget.

I loved the author’s way of taking her time to develop the story, to describe the unlikely friendship that starts between these so, so different girls, to show you how much hate and frustration can gather behind the bonds that we grow with the people in our lives.

The most interesting part is that none of the characters are flawless, they’re all making mistakes, some more often than others, some only one, big mistake that will mark their destinies forever. They’re not very likeable characters, they’re young, unexperienced, damaged, auto destructive and prone to do the most stupid things. I assume that most of the time the readers will judge them and won’t understand their reasons, but in the same time, there’s something absolutely fascinating in following their actions and seeing all the ways in which people fuck up their lives and how they have to pay for decades for the choices they make when they’re just young and stupid. You dislike and disagree with each of the main characters, you might consider yourself completely uninterested in whatever happens to them, but I doubt any reader will actually put down the book without finishing it. There’s something compelling about it, a magnetism in the story that forces you to turn another page, to finish just one more chapter. And this happens way before knowing how twisted the story will become, way before the crime will take place and you’ll start questioning what in the world happened that night and who’s responsible for it.

Publicat în B.A. Paris, Uncategorized

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

Synopsis:

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace: he has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You’d like to get to know Grace better. But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love.

Picture this: a dinner party at their perfect home, the conversation and wine flowing. They appear to be in their element while entertaining. And Grace’s friends are eager to reciprocate with lunch the following week. Grace wants to go, but knows she never will. Her friends call—so why doesn’t Grace ever answer the phone? And how can she cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim?

And why are there bars on one of the bedroom windows?

The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?

Review:

I’ve always had „genre phases”. I would start reading a certain type of books and wouldn’t stop for weeks or months, until my brain is suffocated by that genre till I’m finally ready to move to something else. Lately, I noticed that I’m craving for psychological thrillers and my shelves slowly started gathering such kind of books.

I picked up Behind Closed Doors running through an airport, almost impulsively, barely reading the synopsis from the last cover and devoured the first half of the book during my flight. I kind of loved it, but there are some things that kept bugging me, although I find it pretty difficult to identify them clearly.

From the first pages (and obviously, from the synopsis), you realize that under the illusion of perfection, something is very, very wrong in the marriage of Jack and Grace. The author doesn’t let you wonder for too long, as she starts showing you the darkness that lies behind that perfect couple. You’re jumping with every chapter from the past to the present and both of them look just as terrible, without any traces of salvation, without any hopes of escaping. There’s not a single moment when you can relax and not feel ice flowing through your veins, never knowing what to expect, always assuming something even worse is going to happen.

Despite the satisfaction that I felt while reading it, I got a sense of disturbance, something kept bothering me. I feel like the story was built on a successful recipe without adding any extra flavors to it. Yes, the characters have a background that would explain why their personalities got so twisted. Yes, there is an aftermath that you’re even scared to think about. Yes, the suspense is on its highest. But all of these elements seem somehow shallow, like there’s too little substance to sustain the storyline properly. There are some moments that make no sense, there’s no explanation nor logic behind some of the actions that the main characters do.

Don’t get me wrong, it is a good book. If this is what you are looking for (and I definitely was!), the story will keep you entertained, holding your breath, waiting for the next move and knowing that every moment passing will throw the heroine even deeper in despair and further from salvation. But for me, the novel didn’t make me step in the characters’ shoes, didn’t transfer me to their world. Perhaps it will be different for you but personally, I couldn’t stop feeling the whole time that it’s just a story. A good one, yes, but… just a story.

Publicat în Robert Galbraith

Viermele de matase (seria Cormoran Strike, volumul 2) – Robert Galbraith

Viermele de matase - Robert GalbraithDisponibil la: Editura TREI 

Colectia: Fiction Connection

Traducerea: Ciprian Siulea

Numar pagini: 640

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Sinopsis:

Cand scriitorul Owen Quine dispare, sotia lui apeleaza la detectivul particular Cormoran Strike. La inceput, femeia crede ca sotul ei a plecat pentru ca a vrut pur si simplu sa fie singur cateva zile – asa cum a mai facut inainte – si ii cere lui Strike sa-l gaseasca si sa-l aduca acasa.

Dar, pe masura ce ancheta lui Strike inainteaza, devine limpede ca disparitia lui Quine implica mai multe decat si-ar fi imaginat sotia lui. Scriitorul tocmai a finalizat un manuscris in care face cate un portret necrutator aproape fiecarei persoane pe care o cunoaste. Daca romanul ar fi publicat, ar distruge vieti – asadar, sunt multi care ar vrea sa-l reduca la tacere pe Quine.

Iar cand scriitorul este gasit ucis cu brutalitate in imprejurari stranii, pentru Strike devine o cursa contracronometru sa inteleaga ce l-a impins pe ucigasul nemilos sa comita acea crima atroce…

Oferind o poveste ce se citeste pe nerasuflate, cu rasturnari de situatie la tot pasul, Viermele de matase este al doilea roman din mult apreciata serie care ii are drept protagonisti pe detectivul Cormoran Strike si pe tanara si curajoasa lui asistenta, Robin Ellacott.

Robert Galbraith este pseudonimul lui J.K. Rowling.

Parerea mea:

Mi-a placut mult primul volum al seriei Cormoran Strike insa fara sa ma fascineze neaparat asa cum reusesc unele carti sa o faca. Am admirat mai degraba modul in care autoarea si-a construit personajele, pe care le-am iubit cu adevarat, relatiile dintre ele, cadrul si suspansul, mi-am dorit sa citesc si urmatoarele romane din serie, insa nu m-am simtit dependenta de poveste, nu mi-am dorit ca in secunda urmatoare sa pun deja mana pe o continuare. Prin urmare, nu m-am asteptat atunci cand am inceput Viermele de matase sa stau treaza pana dimineata pentru a o termina, asa cum s-a intamplat.

Poate ca acest lucru se datoreaza faptului ca de data aceasta, misterul pe care detectivul Cormoran Strike il are de descifrat are loc in lumea editoriala, lume pe care, cu siguranta, oricare cititor inrait o va gasi fascinanta. Sau poate ca, pur si simplu mi-a fost mai dor decat credeam de cele doua personaje indragite, Cormoran si Robin.

Autoarea nu se dezminte nici de aceasta data si construieste personaje – principale si secundare – la fel de fascinante si credibile ca si in primul volum. Pline de realism, incarcate de defecte, conduse de pasiuni arzatoare, ascunzand secrete vechi, personajele din Viermele de matase te impresioneaza tocmai prin asemanarea fascinanta cu oamenii pe care ii intalnesti zi de zi. Iar cei doi protagonisti ajung parca sa iti fie si mai dragi, cu atat mai mult cu cat in acest volum patrunzi tot mai adanc in viata personala a acestora, le cunosti mai indeaproape motivatiile, dezamagirile si visele.

Suspansul se creeaza treptat, autoarea avand grija sa intercaleze fire secundare care iti distrag atentia de la cel principal dar care, in acelasi timp, ofera o imagine mai completa a vietii personajelor, a modului in care decurge fiecare zi pentru acestia, a felului in care incearca sa faca fata tuturor incercarilor si sa jongleze cu dificultatile care le apar in drum. Desi numarul de personaje este destul de mare, nu ai nicio problema in a le retine inca de la inceput pe fiecare si in a le intelege tot mai bine caracterele pe masura ce dai paginile.

Surprizele se tin lant si cu fiecare nou capitol, noi si noi scenarii se nasc si se desfac in mintea ta. Iar ceea ce parea a fi o strategie stupida de auto-promovare al unui artist nebun se transforma intr-un joc macabru, al carui papusar se dovedeste a fi unul de-a dreptul diabolic.

Imi place mult faptul ca, desi Cormoran si Robin sunt amandoi inteligenti si abili, nu ai nicio secunda senzatia ca sunt construiti pe modelul acela al detectivului genial care rezolva totul pornind de la un indiciu aproape invizibil. Dimpotriva, le esti martor la nenumarate incercari esuate, le simti frustrarea atunci cand anumite urme duc intr-o fundatura, le vezi fiecare esec si observi cum anumite dezamagiri par a-i bloca si a-i descuraja mai degraba de a-i motiva sa mearga tot inainte. Un alt aspect interesant este faptul ca orgoliul nu ii opreste din a cere ajutor celor din jur atunci cand usile li se inchid in fata si tocmai acest sprijin din exterior este unul dintre cei mai importanti factori ce duc la rezolvarea cazului.

Daca sunteti asadar in cautarea unui roman politist inteligent construit, cu personaje credibile, cu lupte interioare fascinante si cu un fir narativ incalcit si provocator, Viermele de matase este exact ceea ce va trebuie.

Multumesc mult Editurii Trei pentru ca mi-a oferit sansa de a parcurge acest volum captivant.

Bile albe:

– Modul in are autoarea intercaleaza elemente din viata personala a protagonistilor cu cele din viata lor profesioanala, oferindu-ti o poveste complexa, pe care cu greu o poti lasa din mana.

Bile negre:

– Desi impecabil realizat, secretul pe care il aflam la final mi s-a parut totusi destul de des intalnit in povestile mystery care se desfasoara in lumea editoriala si in ciuda faptului ca romanul nu m-a dezamagit nicio clipa, am ramas totusi cu senzatia ca as fi asteptat poate ca identitatea criminalului sa fie una diferita.

Publicat în Tom Egeland

Evanghelia dupa Lucifer – Tom Egeland

 

Evanghelia dupa Lucifer - Tom EgelandDisponibil la: All

Colectia: Strada Fictiunii

Traducerea: Adriana Diana Pop

Numar pagini: 480

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Sinopsis:

In 1970, Silvana, fiica lui Giovanni Nobile, profesor de teologie la Vatican, este rapita din ordinul unei secte religioase si incuiata intr-un sicriu. Daca Nobile nu le preda un pergament vechi de mii de ani, numit Manuscrisul lui Lucifer, rapitorii ameninta ca o vor lasa pe Silvana in cosciug pana la moarte.

Patruzeci de ani mai tarziu, arheologul Bjorn Belto descopera ceea ce pare sa fie un fragment din misteriosul manuscris si se trezeste din nou tinta unor atacuri inexplicabile. Singura cale de a scapa de urmaritori este sa dezlege taina manuscrisului si sa aduca la lumina un secret uluitor, pazit cu strasnicie de mai bine de patru milenii.

Recenzie:

Nu este prima data atunci cand se anunta noile titluri ce urmeaza a fi recenzate pe Bookblog, suntem tentati sa alegem aceleasi carti. Insa e prima oara cand un anumit roman vine in doua exemplare si fiecare dintre acestea ajunge exact la noi doi. Asa ca in loc sa facem doua recenzii, ne-am gândit că ar fi mai interesant sa impartasim impresiile in cadrul aceluiasi articol.

MOTIVAȚIA/HOW IT ALL STARTED:

ROXANA: Titlul. încă dinainte să citesc sinopsisul cărții titlul m-a făcut super curioasă. Evident, mai apoi, descrierea mi-a accentuat dorința de a parcurge volumul. Conspirații biblice, manuscrise antice, secrete, apocalipsă și mistere. Nu sună minunat totul? Cum să nu te tenteze o astfel de combinație?

RĂZVAN: Titlul, bineînțeles. M-a intrigat, m-a făcut să-mi imaginez fel de fel de scenarii în legătură cu ce s-ar putea întâmpla în carte. Am fost cucerit de ideea romanului dinainte să citesc descrierea făcută de editură, dar după ce am aflat ideea ce stă la baza thriller-ului scris de Tom Egeland am fost și mai entuziasmat să pun mâinile pe carte.

PROTAGONISTUL/BJØRN:

ROXANA: Mie mi-a plăcut de el. Ok, nu știu dacă la modul general la care îmi place un personaj. N-aș putea spune că…CONTINUAREA AICI.