Review: What She Never Told Me

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Title: What She Never Told Me | Author: Kate McQualie | Publication year: 2016

Genre: drama, romance, mystery | Rating: 3 and half stars

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Summary (from GoodReads):

Louise Redmond left Ireland for London before she was twenty. Now, more than two decades later, her heart already breaking from a failing marriage, she is summoned home. Her mother is on her deathbed, and it is Louise’s last chance to learn the whereabouts of a father she never knew.

Stubborn to the end, Marjorie refuses to fill in the pieces of her daughter’s fragmented past. Then Louise unexpectedly finds a lead. A man called David Prescott . . . but is he really the father she’s been trying to find? And who is the mysterious little girl who appears so often in her dreams? As each new piece of the puzzle leads to another question, Louise begins to suspect that the memories she most treasures could be a delicate web of lies.

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Review:

It took me a while to decide on the rating of this book. I knew it was a 3 and half stars, but I couldn’t figure if it was leaning into 3 or 4 stars. I ended choosing 3 because of its predictability. The book is good, don’t get me wrong, reading it was a nice experience but being able to figure out almost every twist and turn almost as soon as they’re presented stopped me from giving it a higher rating.

The main character, Louise, is interesting and human, she makes mistakes, she hurts and she is hurt. There are other few characters well developed, others not so much.

One thing I really loved was the descriptions of the places Louise visits. They are rich and made me wish to visit them.

All in all, this was a good read, an enjoyable one perfect for a lazy weekend.

I’d like to thank NetGalley, Quercus Books and author Kate McQuaile for providing me with a copy of What She Never Told Me in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: Sao Bernardo

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Title: Sao BernardoSao Bernardo

Author: Graciliano Ramos

Rating: 5 stars

 

I have an interesting story/relationship with this book. The first time I was supposed to read it, I was in 9th grade and I had to read it for the finals. It took me too long to get the book which left me with little time to read it. As a result, I read until the middle, then skipped to the last few pages. I got a grade good enough to pass the class, but that was it.

I found the book interesting, though, so much that I decided to read it on my own. To this day, it’s still one of the most fascinating and interesting novels I’ve ever read. The book is not long, but the characters are intense and rich. The atmosphere, scenarios and the culture are vivid and involves you so much it’s easy to picture in your mind, even if it describes a world completely different from the one you live in.

Paulo Honorio is as arid as the land he lives in and where he built his life. Madalena is like the world he tries and fails to understand. This is a story of love, misunderstandings, pain and regret, a story where characters and land are sometimes so much alike it’s hard to separate one from the other.

I cannot recommend it enough.

It was originally published in Portuguese, but I believe it was translated to many other languages.

If you want to experience the richness of Brazilian literature, this is a good place to start.