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The Reader #BookReview

Posted on 27th November 2012 in #bookreview

The Reader

by Bernhard Schlink

The synopsis: For 15-year-old Michael Berg, a chance meeting with an older woman leads to far more than he ever imagined. The woman in question is Hanna, and before long they embark on a passionate, clandestine love affair which leaves Michael both euphoric and confused. For Hanna is not all she seems. Years later, as a law student observing a trial in Germany, Michael is shocked to realize that the person in the dock is Hanna. The woman he had loved is a criminal. Much about her behaviour during the trial does not make sense. But then suddenly, and terribly, it does – Hanna is not only obliged to answer for a horrible crime, she is also desperately concealing an even deeper secret.

I read this for a book group and I have to say first off that the fact this book begins with a child being groomed by and adult and they referring to it as an erotic love affair made it incredibly hard for me to read the rest of the book.

He was fifteen she was in her thirties. All obvious and disappointing jokes to one side, if this were a fifteen year old girl and a man in his mid thirties would it be ok?

How about if it were a fourteen year old boy and woman in her early thirties or a thirteen year old boy and woman in her late twenties.

Or a fifteen year old boy and a man in his mid thirties – not so funny or erotic now huh.

However.

I did read the rest of the book as was required and with the exception of the above noted scenes it was a good, though provoking book.

It left a lot of things unanswered and, for me, it had some pretty huge plot holes which I’m told are conveyed better in the film.

I don’t feel as though I can offer any more of a review than that; for me the book was tainted by its opening scenes.

A Room Swept White #BookReview

Posted on 25th September 2012 in #bookreview

 

A Room Swept White

by Sophie Hannah

TV producer Fliss Benson receives an anonymous card at work. The card has sixteen numbers on it, arranged in four rows of four – numbers that mean nothing to her.

On the same day, Fliss finds out she’s going to be working on a documentary about miscarriages of justice involving cot-death mothers wrongly accused of murder. The documentary will focus on three women: Helen Yardley, Sarah Jaggard and Rachel Hines. All three women are now free, and the doctor who did her best to send them to prison for life, child protection zealot Dr Judith Duffy, is under investigation for misconduct. 

For reasons she has shared with nobody, this is the last project Fliss wants to be working on. And then Helen Yardley is found dead at her home, and in her pocket is a card with sixteen numbers on it, arranged in four rows of four . . .

I find Sophie Hannah to be an outstanding writer, her plots are often brave and touch upon subjects that most authors would leave well alone. A Room Swept White is a classic example of this as all the way through the book you have the much deeper unspoken subplot of whether or not you, the reader, believes that the three women killed their babies.

Sadly for me the book was lacking key characters to carry such an amazing storyline.

The Simon Waterhouse, Charlie Zailer and Proust relationship has become farcical. Such a shame as a few books back it was brilliant. Now Zailer is basically kept in a box until the author needs her for something, Waterhouse has become borderline psychotic but with none of the charisma which would normally accompany such a role and as for Proust, well, I’m a bit lost for words.

The worst thing for me was the way that the story seemed to jog along with lots of ‘is it this person, is it that person’ and then all of a sudden it felt as though the allocated number of words had been completed therefore, like a magician pulling a rabbit out from a tatty hat, the murderer is revealed and a few other loose ends are randomly and unbelievably tied up all in the space of about 4 pages.

Insulting.

 

#WIN The Chronicles of Narnia

Posted on 22nd June 2012 in #WIN/ books

I have been offered a giftset of The Chronicles of Narnia (rrp £90.93), containing seven hard backed books in a cloth backed slipcase, to give away!

As well as being wonderful to read, the books would make a fabulous gift and be an attractive asset to any book shelf.

To enter, please tweet “I’ve entered to win The Chronicles of Narnia gift set on @CoffeeCurls blog” and comment below to let me know that you’ve done so.

For an additional entry, you could sign up to The Works newsletter by emailing your details, along with the above phrase, to competitions@theworks.co.uk

The winner will be chosen, at random, by my cat Maisy… yes really, I will write the name of each entrant on a piece of paper, screw it up into a ball and then throw all the balls to Maisy – the one she bats back to me will win! I am sure that the lovely and oh so fair @SparkandFuse will let me know if this is an allowable system or  not and if it isn’t then I will be guided by them as to the correct way to randomly select my winner!

Closing date: 8pm on Friday 29th of June 2012. UK entries only, sorry.

Best of luck.

That’s all folks!

The Drowning Pool #BookReview

Posted on 7th March 2012 in #bookreview/ Ghost story/ Syd Moore

THE DROWNING POOL

By Syd Moore

I’ve just finished reading The Drowning Pool and want to post the review while it is still fresh in my mind.

I don’t want to give away the story itself in this review, instead I want to focus more on my opinions of the book. This is, essentially, a ghost story. Not my usual genre but a book that I really enjoyed nonetheless. In fact I would say that after reading it I think I’d be more inclined to pick up a ‘ghost story’ in the future.

I was initially drawn to it as it is based in Leigh on Sea in Essex which is quite near to where I used to live so I thought I would enjoy some of the local references and folk-lore; which I did.

I liked the way that relationships were built within the story, they were believable and engaging – I found myself caring about the central characters.

I liked the way that the suspense was built too. There was one morning in particular when I was reading this book that I scared myself witless thinking I could hear noises downstairs! Yes I said morning, it was broad daylight!

Spooky and engaging – gets a thumbs up from me.

Ticked one off

Posted on 8th January 2011 in books/ Little Women/ Michael Connelly/ new year resolutions

As it’s very early January I feel the shadow of my New Year Resolutions weighing down upon me, so I thought I’d better make it at least look as though I intend to action them.

So. Today I have taken Little Women out of the library (I’ll start it just as soon as I’ve finished The Reversal by Michael Connelly…..) no I can’t believe that I’ve never read Little Women before either, but I will be remedying that in the next few days.

Go me.

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