I know some people who loved it, others found it underwhelming. I found it fun and exhilarating, great things for a thriller.
It is fast pacing, exciting and nerve wrecking. This was an ‘edge of your seat’ experience for me.
The book is not perfect. There were some unnecessary tension build ins (oh my gosh it’s him! No, it’s not…) and some plot points were a bit forced, but it was an enjoyable read.
There are some sad moments and slightly vivid descriptions of violence, but I’ve read worse.
I’m looking forward to read other books from the author.
I’d like to thank NetGalley, Bookouture and author Kathryn Croft for sending me an ARC of The Girl You Lost in exchange for an honest review.
I don’t remember how I learned about The Girl On The Train. I don’t know if someone mentioned it to me, if I read about it somewhere (EW.com most likely), or I just happened to stumble upon its description on Amazon. I wasn’t active on GoodReads at the time so it wasn’t there. All I know is that I bought it and I loved it.
I remember hearing that it was being compared to Gone Girl but that didn’t mean much to me. Is it a story about dysfunctional people with sociopath tendencies? Yes. Is it a story with a less than likable female protagonist? Yes. Is the narrator unreliable? Yes. Are there twists and turns? Again yes. None of these are new, though. We’ve seen these elements time and again in movies, books, plays etc.
What makes The Girl On The Train interesting for me is the writing, and the characters. Rachel is poster child for everything you shouldn’t do with your life after a break up, but that makes her human. She is a loser but she is also lost. She had her self esteem destroyed. I got to understand and like the character, and I found myself rooting for her, cringing every time she took a misstep, hoping she’d find her way back before it was too late.
There are lies and deceit, there are characters being deluded by appearances. There are false leads and tricks. Most importantly, this is a helluva ride, fast paced, thrilling book.
It’s also being made into a movie. I confess Emily Blunt is as far from what I imagine Rachel as possible. I’d love to see Drew Barrymore playing Rachel. I think she’d be wonderful.
This was a hard book to read, not because it’s not well written – it really is very well done – but because of the subject matter and some characters. The plot, to me, is scarier than many horror books and movies out there.
Too much power concentrated at the hands of one single person who turns out to be a megalomaniac sociopath it’s terrifying.
I had to read it in small doses, cringing at the insanity of one of the main characters, scared for others. They were all well written, real and scarily believable.
Not all characters are crazy sociopaths and psychopaths, but all of them are broken one way or another.
This book has some graphic violence and graphic sex scenes. If you’re comfortable with those, you’re good to go. If you’re not, you get enough warning that let you skip these parts and not miss the great plot.
The main plot is solved in a way that makes sense, but the ending…. I won’t spoil you.
This is a book worth reading but not for the faint of heart. There are enough twist, turns and surprises to make a fan of great thrillers very happy.
Maybe you’ll finish this book a little bit paranoid, but that’s not really a bad thing, right?
I’d like to thank Netgalley, Thomas & Mercer and author Barry Eisler for sending me an ARC of The God’s Eye View in exchange for an honest review.
This review was originally posted on GoodReads. Link here.
My reviews are usually very gut oriented meaning I talk mainly about the impressions a book leaves on me and what I feel reading it. I can’t help it. A book, a song, a movie, a painting, any form of art has to make me feel something – good or bad.
The amazing ratings this book was receiving plus the theme – amnesia – caught my attention. Like many others, I read this book quickly, I was eager to find out along with narrator who he was and what had happened.
This is a well written, well paced novel. The reveal is well done and well paced, and David M. Staniforth was very careful covering all bases, not explaining everything but still making every plot point a satisfying end point.
The angst Tom (the amnesiac) and Penny (his girlfriend) feel is real and touching. Many times you wonder along with them if it’s really worthy trying to recover the memories lost. After all, some things are better left forgotten. Still, they persevere, despite their fears.
This was a self published book, and I urge you to check it out. I’ll definitely be reading David’s other books.
I thought about giving it 4, maybe 4 and half stars but this book deserves a 5 star rating.
The writing in this book is beautiful. It’s impossible not to understand and feel Steven’s pain. It’s heartbreaking to realize he’s doing such extraordinary thing – find the body of his murdered uncle – to fix his little broken family. All he wants is to be normal and happy. It’s so simple and so poignant.
On the other side of the equation is Arnold Avery, the serial killer who murdered Steven’s uncle Billy Peters when he was a kid. Arnold is very honest about who he is, he doesn’t try to justify himself or believes he has a right to do what he does.
This book is a mix of character study and mystery, it is engaging, breathtaking and heartbreaking. It was hard to put it down – I only did because I was falling asleep but picked it up right after getting up.
This is a fast, fantastic reading. It deals tragedy and how it affects the lives of the survivors in the long term. I can’t recommend it enough.
Okay, so I was planning on posting a book review today, but I need to talk about Trainwreck.
I watched this movie yesterday and it was everything I needed and expected.
I am not a big fan of comedy movies, they have to have some specific qualities to make me enjoy them, the most important is brains. It has to be well thought, not just a collection of ideas thrown together. And it has to have heart.
Trainwreck has these qualities and it also have two great leads, Amy Schumer and Bill Hader. This is a romantic comedy with leads who are not your typical romcom leads. They are real, they are flawed, they are human. They don’t make exaggerated mistakes for the sake of a joke, they have very human reactions, their mistakes are the ones anyone could make.
This movie has hilarious scenes, and some top notch cameos.
LeBron James and John Cena are great findings and shine as much as Brie Larson, Mike Birbiglia and Colin Quinn.
This is such a great movie, I keep forgetting it was directed by Judd Apatow. It has his touch, but to a more evolved level. It is definitely worth watching it.
(Warning: This is a R rated movie, not something to watch with kids or grandparents :~P)
I’m not usually into romance, but I needed to read something different, something more light hearted and this book was the perfect choice.
This is a story of being found by your destiny, no matter how much you run from it. It is full of powerful magic, beauty and love. It reads like a fairy tale of sorts, a story of destiny, of breaking rules and boundaries, and finding and accepting yourself in the place and role you tried to escape.
This is also a story about friendship and learning to lean on others.
It’s about true love and soul mates, and how love knows no prejudice.
If you want to read something lovely, entertaining and rich, this is the book for you.
Did I mention the main character, Kay Baker, is a Native American, and descendant from a powerful lineage of medicine women? And she talks with coyotes? Oh, and she can’t cook, but that’s okay because she meets Sam, and although he knows nothing about herbs and healing and would run the other way if he came across a coyote, he is a chef, and a lot more.