Friday, November 23, 2018

Hallowe'en Party



This book was disappointing to me. I read Agatha Christie books before. But this was the least favorite so far.

It started out very slow. I just didn't get how important in the story that what Joyce kept repeating to everyone. Who actually listened to kids back than? Also Miranda, how she spoke to people. I like a good theme book and mystery. But this story was just a party. Nothing else was about Halloween.

The banter between Poirot and Mrs. Oliver was interesting. Speaking to each other with common things. Doing a favor for a friend, I haven't read so far about Poirot.

Some of Christie's books snag you from the start. Others are a bit lacking I have found out.

I look forward to reading more Agatha Christie. But for now I have to give Hallowe'en Party 4 

Thursday, October 04, 2018

The Silent Wife

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Not a thriller IMO. Reviews on this book were low and I could see why. Two people Her- Jodi Brett. Him- Todd Gilbert. She needed to have a routine being a therapist. He an architect. His life needed to be more fun, more money, spontaneous. Finds younger girl. Leaves SO for girl and baby.
I think what bothered me the most is when Jodi and Todd were hanging on to each other in a way. And when the story seem to get interesting and pick up, it didn’t.
Who wouldn’t be angry. Jodi keeps her anger to herself. Hence- Silent Wife. He doesn’t want her back, or does he?
Does she have him killed? Jodi goes through meltdown which is the scariest of the story. Law enforcement wasn’t even good. But she gets through. Thanks to the killer Natasha’s father (Todd’s bf)?
Jodi comes to understanding her patients and visa versus. Back and forth with both very tiresome. A lot of insecurities .
I give The Silent Wife 3 stars a bit of a disappointment 😞




Wednesday, August 22, 2018

The Guernsey Literacy Potato Peel Pie Society



I must say this book was interesting. I did not know it was a book of letters. And how the letters were written, I wish I could write as well with my thoughts. It was surprising how long (many years) the letter writing went on.
Terrible tragedy how the Germans came in and took over. Leading the people of Guernsey to believe they would treat them right. Red Cross even tried to help, so Germans threw them a bone and fed them. Amongst this the way to escape, through books. And there spark the attention of Juliet to write her next book. Here she found inspiration, friends, (family), and someone to love when she finally met these creative Guernsey people.

The stories she gathered, from the letters were funny at times. Telling Juliet how some weren't even interested in reading. But when one gets a hold of Wuthering Heights and says"I didn’t like Wuthering Heights at first, but the minute that specter, Cathy, scrabbled her bony fingers on the window glass—I was grasped"

One of the things that Juliet had mentioned was when going out with an American, Mark, she said"Americans especially- who seemed untouched by the war, or at least, un-mangled by it?" I guess one from another country as Juliet was England, has no idea what others from other countries think. That statement was off handed To me, since she is an author she should be more open minded. It was said "war is now the story of our lives, and there’s no subtracting it." Truth of everyone!
As a whole what I thought about the story, It was good. Love the letters that went back and forth with the Guernsey people and Juliet than Sidney. Love how Sidney and Sophie weighed in. I approve how Juliet and Dawsey relationship was going. And when Juliet finally got her story straight she found a strong woman, Elizabeth that was very much a part of the Guernsey people.

But what I didn't like was I think it was heavy handed with the Occupation. And the storyline was cut and flat at end. Very abrupt ending. I'm all for women being strong, but it could of had some depth to that. Speaking of characters not having any depth, a storyline can fall short.


And for that I give The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society 4 

Sunday, July 15, 2018

A Cold Death in Amsterdam


Since my son will be on vacation to Amsterdam soon, and because I like mysteries I found this book.
I liked it. The characters were good. Lottie had some baggage but she got the job done. She started out solving a murder of a girl 15 years ago, to some finance fraud with a murder to boot. 

I read some reviews about Lottie dealing more with her personal issues rather than the murder at hand. But I believe that is who she is. Why she does what she does. The secret she carried of the relationship she had with Laura's, (the dead girl) father. The years she struggled with this.

But working on the fraud case she had to deal with Stefanie, who believed Lottie's father was guilty. Didn't hear to much on the Captain. Her partner Hans though had her back.

What is so different though about these cases, they were actually cases (I imagine things were changed to fit the book) from the author Anja De Jager's father ( who was the actual detective)
Maybe that's why people think the book slow.
It had the book a bit slow at times but I think Lottie deserves a second chance. Especially since story leaves you with what will happen to Lottie.

I give A Cold Death in Amsterdam 4 

Saturday, June 02, 2018

The Lucky Ones



Well, finally finished the final book of the trilogy, Bright Young Things. I thought I was going to like it better than I did. This story started out it seemed about Astrid, the last girl character in this group. Didn't mind reading about her. Talk about depth in a character, it wasn't much there. 
And Letty what can I say about her? The author really played her shy and a bit stupid to the end. A few characters thrown in there, like Billie, Astrid's sister. A put together character that got along with everyone, strong and had the girl's backs.

And why is it that most stories are left to finalize everything at the end? Wow you couldn't miss that the main character throughout the trilogy was Cordilia. A tribute to the loss (gain) friendship of Cordilia. Through Billie's eyes was the story of the updates of the girls and their SO. Like a neat little package. And why would the author bring back Cordilia's ex husband? And how did he get Good Egg?
But anyway seems like there was loss of Cord and some good news for Letty and Astrid's lives.
They really were Bright Young Things coming almost from a different world. Turning into seasoned girls.

The threes stories were good. I really liked the first one the best. Someone said that they thought of The Great Gatsby when reading these stories. I can see that, The roaring "20's.

I myself thought there was going to be more grit to it. More jazz, more spreakeasies, more underground mystery. Even though not what I thought, I thought it was good story telling. Not sure if I'm just older for these books,but I don't think I'll be reading any future books of Anna Godbersen's. Guess it isn't for me.
I give The Lucky Ones 4