Posts Tagged ‘fiction’

The Killer Next Door by Alex Marwood

August 22, 2018


I couldn’t stop listening to this book– the characters had great dynamics, and the setting and description was so vivid that I felt kind of like the house was one of the characters. I can’t get enough of this narrator, Imogen Church; since finishing this book I have continued to borrow more audiobooks of hers from the library on my Overdrive account.

The only drawback for me was that IT WAS SO GROSS! The description was so vivid it often made me wince or gag. But despite this, I couldn’t put it down. Worth the read if you like a good thriller.

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Still Me by Jojo Moyes

July 26, 2018

35791968Louisa in New York! I liked this third installment of Me Before You very much. My friend, with whom I was about to head to NYC, insisted that I read it before our trip and I’m happy she did. Perfect pre-NYC read.

Outside of this moment in my life, though, I’m not sure I would have enjoyed it quite as much, although I really loved the vivid characters that contributed to Louisa’s continued story.

I do recommend this book for those who have read the first two. Great follow up that shows new elements of Louisa and Sam.

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Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

July 19, 2018

Eligible Cover Art: Red with Shining diamond ringI LOVED THIS! Eligible had a lot stacked against it since I was pretty sure anything that messed with Pride & Prejudice was, by definition, going to be terrible. Nope. It evokes emotions and frustrations, weaving so many current day family relationships in believable, relatable ways. Sittenfeld did a great job translating Jane Austen’s masterpiece into modern day America, even if she did make it a little more raunchy.

I listened to this one on digital audio through Overdrive for free.

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Bird Box by Josh Malerman

February 12, 2018

Bird BoxI had never heard of this author, but when a customer recommended this book wholeheartedly I thought I’d give it a chance. I’m glad I did! Very good audiobook– it was terrifying to be trapped in a sightless world with these characters. They are stuck indoors, afraid to look outside, afraid of the unknown. Malerman paints a picture of terror, capturing well the feelings and interactions of characters caught in a new era they know little about. I felt he even did a good job giving voice to a female main character and mother, not always an easy feat for a male author.

I saw today that Netflix has a film adaptation in the works- I’m skeptical and curious because I feel like there is something innately off when it comes to “viewing” this story. I’m kind of excited, though, to see what the director does with it when it comes to portraying the absence of sight. Audio was obviously a great format for this sensation.

I’m looking forward to reading more from this author.

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Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris

February 9, 2018

behindB. A. Paris drew me right in, weaving the main character’s past and present perspectives together into a story I could not put down! So thrilling.

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Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

January 8, 2018


I actually picked up this book after reading Dark Tower #6 because of the title phrase “Turtles All the Way Down.” This bit of philosophical thought plays heavily into both these stories despite their vastly different content.

John Green does a good job delving into the main character’s psyche, making her relatable despite her severe anxiety and nauseating compulsions. This YA novel is great for an adult to pick up too despite featuring teenage characters– Green’s excellent writing brings you right into this girl’s life from her perspective. He presented her world in a way that was reminiscent of high school for me despite taking place (presumably) in 2017. (Age Disclaimer: I was not in high school during this millennium)

A page-turner, interesting.

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Gwendy’s Button Box, by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar

September 8, 2017


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gwendyThere are three ways up to Castle View from the town of Castle Rock: Route 117, Pleasant Road, and the Suicide Stairs. Quite the opening line.

This outlook at Castle View is the place where Gwendy’s life will change, a presumptive side effect of a meeting between a child and a haunting stranger.

This novella relates well to the reader in this tumultuous world we live in, as the character struggles with the control she has over the delicate balance of good and evil. The master storyteller does it again, with this page turner that will creep you out as well as make you examine your own evil side (you know it’s there. . . )

The Fireman by Joe Hill

October 4, 2016


The Fireman by Joe HillGood horror novel! It’s set in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where it becomes apparent that there is a world-wide outbreak of what is called dragonscale, an infection that creates mystical gold-flecked patterns on a person’s skin but ultimately burns the infected person to death.

Joe Hill, a local seacoast author, captures the adventure in this horror story, the humanity in an oppressive society and the heroism of a woman fighting to survive and protect those she loves against all odds. Disturbing and emotionally intense, this page-turner kept me mostly coming back for more (and reading all the way through the acknowledgements for a little extra surprise!). I hit a wall about half way through for a large section but was glad to get back into it.

I especially enjoy Hill’s use of witty language interspersed with the weighty plot. He throws in a cleverly placed reference to one of his previous novels as well for those who have read other works of his.

I recommend this book for readers who like a story that tells of a personal journey in a thrilling setting, such as The Stand or The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King, Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith, or The Constant Gardener by John Le Carre.

The People of the Book, by Geraldine Brooks

November 24, 2009


What a great book! I listened to this and the reader was excellent — did an amazing job with the different voices/accents from different time periods and parts of the world.  (I downloaded it using the library’s downloadable audiobook service – cool!)
I was fascinated both by the profession of the main narrator (a book conservator) and by the history of the book (a haggadah). The stories of the characters were also interesting and emotionally resonant.
If you liked the Red Violin, The Source (Michener) or any stories following a theme or item over history, you should give this book a try.