Wednesday, June 6, 2018

The Little Stranger

Sarah Waters' The Little Stranger,  is set after the Second World War in a ruined mansion called Hundreds Hall, which stands formidable and gloomy, in the English countryside; the only company that is kept there are the ghosts of the past.
Dr. Faraday, a country doctor by profession, is called back to Hundreds Hall after 30 years since his last visit there... Once there, he meets with the Ayers family and takes an immediate liking to the eldest sister, Caroline, but is perplexed by Roderick's, Caroline's younger brother, increasingly erratic behavior, while shadowy memories from the past begin to seep in...


Style

Sarah Waters delivers an atmospheric ghost story; a slow burn in the same vein as The Haunting of Hill House. It is a vivid  "portrait" of a family's slow decline into destitution and with a ghost attached to it, or ghosts (that is open to your own interpretation).


Characters

I wasn't attached or intrigued by any character specifically, rather their actions to the events that unfold around them, but if I was to pick, I would say it is Caroline, as she seems to be the strongest of the three, and the one who is more practical and reasonable.

 9/10

Sunday, April 15, 2018

The Girl in the Woods

Another Camilla Lackberg gem! If you are a lover of crime fiction, such as I am, be sure to check out the author's latest: The  Girl in the Woods.When 4- year old Nia, goes missing from her home, an idyllic country house in Fjalbacka, old memories are awakened: 30 years prior, right from the same country house, 4-year old Stella is found murdered. Subsequently, two 13-year old girls are convicted of her murder. Now, one is back in Fjalbacka, and she is a famous Hollywood movie star, while the other one, has never left and now lives a boring, almost obscure, existence.In this book, the eleventh in the book series, Detective Patrik Hedstrom, and his beloved wife Erica Falk try to uncover the mystery behind the two cases. Are they somehow connected?This book is far more gritty than the rest of Lackberg's books; its intensity lies in the writing of the plot. Lackberg paints a harsh picture of a community of total strangers, that are thrown together when tragedy strikes.I "devoured" this book in just four days, and I kept going back to it after I was done, like a detective returning to the crime scene. Who did it? Who could have been so heartless, and what kind of world are children being raised up in?Score: 5/5 Worth it!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Into the Water

Happy New Year!
2018 found me reading Into the Water, by Paula Hawkins, and I have decided to write down a few lines in hopes of enticing you to read it too!
The story takes place in a little English village, and in like all little English villages, there are secrets, and people who keep secrets (think Agatha Christie!)
It all begins with a young woman, Nell Abbott, who takes her own life by jumping into the Drowning Pool, the infamous suicide spot in the village. Days before her death, she tried to get in touch with her sister, Jules, who ignored her pleas. Now, Jules is back in her hometown, and she is wracked with guilt and anger towards her sister, as she realizes that she has to take care of Nell’s daughter, a task that she isn’t ready for…
Meanwhile, the locals have their own secrets, and tragedies to get through.


This book is a 4/5 for me! In the same vein as Girl on the Train, this story has multiple characters, and if you like a good nail biting atmospheric thriller, this is the one you should start your year with.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The Lost Boy

Warning: This book is highly contagious, known to increase heart palpitations, and you are going to be left wondering about the human psyche.

The story revolves yet another murder case, in which Detective Patrick Hedstrom, investigates the homicide of Fjalbacka’s financial director, Mats Sverin. Meanwhile, Mats’ ex-girlfriend, Nathalie returns to Fjalbacka with secrets of her own.
Camilla Lackberg, from the first line, creates an eerie atmosphere as the story shifts between past and present. This is book 7, and it is by far (in my humble opinion) the darkest in the series. The only light element, again, is the light banter between the Detective and his wife, Erica Falck, who is an author and Camilla Lackberg’s alter ego.

Enjoy!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Buried Angels

For all lovers of crime fiction! You have to read Buried Angels, by Scandinavian crime fiction writer, Camilla Lackberg…The story begins in 1974, when a family mysteriously vanishes, leaving behind their infant daughter, Ebba. Years later, Ebba and her husband, return to the island, the same island where her family vanished.Mysteries begin to unfold, the past collides with the present and murder lurks at every corner.In comes Detective Patrick Hedstrom and together with his wife, author Erica Falck, try to solve the mystery behind Ebba’s tragic family past.This is the 8th book in the series, featuring Patrick and Erica, and together these characters create light and sweet harmony, in a rather bleak scenario, where murder and madness run in the blood.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Marina

Imagine you are in a dream, a dream that is much like a fairy tale, and the story within the fairy tale unfolds in such a way that captivates the reader. Marina, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, is such a story.

It is Barcelona 1980, and Oscar Drai, a young and curious boy, enters an old, dilapidated mansion and he meets Marina, a girl destined to steal his heart forever…Together, they delve into a forgotten and old Barcelona, where a cemetery is not just a cemetery, but a place of forgotten loves, mystery, magic and haunted souls.


Carlos Ruiz Zafon at his best!

The Little Stranger

Sarah Waters' The Little Stranger,  is set after the Second World War in a ruined mansion called Hundreds Hall, which stands formidable ...